A world of solidarity is possible

Laureates 2016

This year's we honor six recipients, individuals or communities, who deserve our admiration and share three awards.

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Supported initiatives in 2016

The Foundation presents the 2016 supported initiatives !

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Our aims :

Promote the wellbeing and empowerment of underprivileged human communities by valuing and supporting their own capacities to understand and to act, their biological and cultural diversity, and their sense of solidarity—internal as well as with other communities.

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Community

There exist a plethora of human “communities” in the ordinary sense; they share a territory, a city quarter, natural resources, a language, a culture, traditions, etc. These socio-cultural communities are crucial for the work of the Foundation. There also exist human communities which are centered around one or several common issues or interests but whose members may not be linked geographically or culturally.

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Solidarity

Solidarity is first of all an attitude and a value. It means the acceptance of the other’s humanity, and turns the other into an equal subject, independently of possible social, economic, political or other differences. But solidarity is also an active engagement – between individuals, within a community, or between different communities – for instance to defend or to reinforce a common good or a common interest.

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Meeting the Stranger, this fundamental event

Emmanuel Levinas calls « event » the encounter with the other, he even calls it « fundamental event ». It is, according to him, the most important experience, which opens the greatest horizons.

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The Foundation

The Paul K. Feyerabend Foundation promotes the empowerment and well being of disadvantaged human communities. By strengthening intra and inter-community solidarity the Foundation strives to improve local capacities, promote the respect of human rights, and sustain cultural and biological diversity.

The Foundation was created in Switzerland in March 2006. It has an international Board of Directors including seven members.

As of 2017, the Foundation has supported 41 initiatives and honored 27 laureates with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.


Recent articles :

A Maya people alliance to defend the territory and build its autonomy

A Maya people alliance to defend the territory and build its autonomy

The micro region Poniente of Bacalar, in Quintana Roo, Mexico, is mostly inhabited by Maya communities. Lately, as a result of ignorance of collective rights, more and more ejidal land has been sold there and, with that, land use changes … Read more

S. Janaki - a wise woman bridging tradition and modernity in the Nilgiris (India)

S. Janaki – a wise woman bridging tradition and modernity in the Nilgiris (India)

Janaki is a Kurumba woman elder who has emerged as a leader amongst her community, working hard to promote traditional systems of governance and revive important events in the community to keep their pride and identity alive. Protection of sacred … Read more

Pauliina Feodoroff, courageous beacon of hope (Finland)

Pauliina Feodoroff, courageous beacon of hope (Finland)

Mrs. Pauliina Feodoroff is a Sámi woman from the Skolt family– a minority of a minority, who had to relocate to Finland in 1944 at the end of the Second World War due to territorial annexations by Soviet Union. The … Read more

José Leónidas Ramos and Danilo Gómez, champions of ecological community development (Honduras)

José Leónidas Ramos and Danilo Gómez, champions of ecological community development (Honduras)

The Gulf of Fonseca, in Central America is shared by Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Mangrove ecosystems and other types of wetlands dominate the coast, where mammals, reptiles, mollusks, crustaceans, and birds interact, and where thousands of fishermen use the … Read more

Dingo Markus, leading by example in Indonesia

Dingo Markus, leading by example in Indonesia

“One day, as I was walking from the village to the forest, I stopped by the river and thought that the forest, the trees, the water… they are not just for us to exploit and deplete, they are the source Read more

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