Eric Dawson

Eric Dawson

Founder of Peace First

1996 Global Fellow

Eric Dawson is the President of Peace Games, a comprehensive peace and justice education program, that mobilizes hundreds young people to provide services to whole school communities, including students, families, and school staff. Inspired by his own experiences with violence during his childhood, Eric co-founded Peace Games in 1992 as an 18 year-old undergraduate at Harvard University. In the first year, he oversaw the growth of Peace Games from a one-day festival for children to share their vision of a peaceful world to a 10-week curriculum that prepares students for the Festival. Since then, Eric has led the growth of Peace Games through several phases, including incorporation in 1996 and its conscious move toward whole school climate change work from 1999 onward. Prior to Peace Games, Eric served as Education Director for a summer program in Roxbury, MA, and spent three years doing disability awareness work in Columbus, Ohio.