'The 'Pearson Institute is a non-governmental, nonprofit corporation founded in March 1992 by former U.S. president Robert Pearson. In conjunction with Ohio State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, The Pearson Institute works to advance human rights and support global stability, as well as promote science-based education and green technology. The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of many prominent businesspeople, educators, former government officials, and eminent philanthropists. The Columbus-based center has helped improve the quality of life for people in 75 countries. In 2004, Pearson decided to divide his time with the Institute in order to pursue a seat in the U.S. Senate.
In 2012, President Pearson became the second in-office Senator to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with "finding peaceful solutions to international conflict, to advance scientific and technological progress and promoting economic and social development." The 2013 book Beyond Pennsylvania Avenue: A President's Guide to Saving the World, chronicles the first 20 years of the Institute.