Our Purpose:

Fostering purpose in individuals and organizations to bring about a world in which we take care of ourselves, others and the planet

IKIGAI Lab is a group of CRI researchers, professionals and dreamers creating open-source content for workshops, learning groups and digital tools.

The core aims of our work are to :

  1. Help individuals and organisations with identifying and realizing their purpose/Ikigai, while creating for themselves a successful, balanced and satisfied lifestyle.
  2. Bring a diversity of actors together under the shared purpose of democratizing and opening up access to the (pedagogical) tools that are needed to take care of ourselves, others and the planet.
Individual Ikigai

Inspired by Stanford University’s pioneering Life Design Lab, IKIGAI Lab has been delivering workshops for individuals from a multitude of backgrounds. Young children, students, researchers, professionals and retirees have all attended our workshops, which use a variety of individual and group exercises to help attendees on the journey to identifying and realizing their ‘personal IKIGAI’ (A tool that helps individuals to connect to a purpose that aims at benefitting society).

Ikigai (Japanese word & Western concept):

生 ( I) alive, life, to live / き (ki) / 甲斐 (gai) value of doing something

Usually interpreted as: Source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. The rough English translation means "thing that you live for" or "the reason for which you wake up in the morning." Each individual's ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of an individual and expresses that faithfully, while simultaneously creating a mental state in which the individual feels at ease. Activities that allow one to feel ikigai are never forced on an individual; they are often spontaneous, and always undertaken willingly, giving the individual satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life. (read further)

Collective Ikigai

More and more organisations are being encouraged to re-evaluate, or simply to identify, their purpose. This is being encouraged not only in France but on an international basis. The Loi Pacte encourages French businesses to commit to establishing a charter detailing their “raison d’être” as a company, while the largest US business group has accepted that businesses must define company targets beyond solely making profit. IKIGAI Lab is researching ways in which to support companies in this transition towards defining their collective purpose, through workshops and digital content.


The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) was founded by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner in 2005 to create a student/researcher centered open environment in which people can collaborate together to build a world where lifelong learning is at the heart of our society.

To help everyone take care of themselves, others and the planet, the CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences. Sitting at the crossroads of research and education, CRI advocates for innovative pedagogy by putting the student at the heart of their own learning experience through projects, research and societal challenges.