A world of solidarity is possible

Laureate 2021

The Foundation presents the 2021 laureate of the award !

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Supported initiatives in 2021

The Foundation presents the 2021 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 2021, the Foundation has supported 58 initiatives and honored 33 laureates with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.


Recent articles :

A self-organized Guardias indígenas protects the territory of life  of the Shipibo-Konibo-Xetebo people in the Peruvian Amazon

A self-organized Guardias indígenas protects the territory of life of the Shipibo-Konibo-Xetebo people in the Peruvian Amazon

The Council of the Shipibo-Konibo-Xetebo people (Coshikox) has just announced the creation of a Guardias indígenas to protect its territory of life in the midst of harassments and aggressions by people determined to illegally extract timber from the communal forest, … Read more

The Salween Peace Park under fire by the  murderous Myanmar military

The Salween Peace Park under fire by the murderous Myanmar military

The Burmese military coup of February 1st 2021 has brought many challenges to communities across the country. Widespread protests for freedom and democracy have been met by indiscriminate arrests and police violence, and armed clashes have erupted across the … Read more

The struggle continues  in the Caribbian Coast of Nicaragua

The struggle continues in the Caribbian Coast of Nicaragua

Among the bad news of this year, we have to lament a massacre that affected the indigenous Miskitu and Mayangna communities living in the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua in August 2021.  At least 11 persons lost their lives there as … Read more

Salatou Sambou: artisan of solidarity at the heart of the 'good life' of a fishing community in Casamance (Senegal)

Salatou Sambou: artisan of solidarity at the heart of the ‘good life’ of a fishing community in Casamance (Senegal)

Salatou Sambou has dedicated his life to serving his community Djola, in Casamance, helping it to restore its ‘good life’ and sustainably manage its territory. About 10 years ago, the local territory was still under open access conditions, its natural … Read more

Communities of ethnic and linguistic minorities strengthen their solidarity to defend themselves and their territories from expanding extractive industries in Zimbabwe

Communities of ethnic and linguistic minorities strengthen their solidarity to defend themselves and their territories from expanding extractive industries in Zimbabwe

By 2023, Zimbabwe is projecting a US$12 billion economic target from extractive industries (mostly for gold, diamonds, coal, gas, and lithium), supposed to support ambitious development targets. This industrial expansion is expected to allow multinational companies to tap into the … Read more

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