A world of solidarity is possible

Laureates 2020

The Foundation presents the 2020 laureates of the award !

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Supported initiatives in 2020

The Foundation presents the 2020 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 2020, the Foundation has supported 52 initiatives and honored 32 laureates with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.


Recent articles :

LIHE: assisting communities toward active self-governance in Yunnan (China)

LIHE: assisting communities toward active self-governance in Yunnan (China)

For over ten years, Lijiang Institute of Health and Environment (LIHE) has dedicated itself to supporting self-governance and endogenous development for ethnic minority communities in Mt. Laojunshan area, within the Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage Site of Yunnan (China).  Their … Read more

Henri Rakotoson: unity is strength for Madagascar's communities!

Henri Rakotoson: unity is strength for Madagascar’s communities!

Henri Rakotoson is a most active leader in defending the rights of local communities to a dignified life through equitable access to land, water and other gifts of nature. He leads actions in his community, but also at the national … Read more

Prof. Mazin B. Qumsiyeh: courageous spinner of solidarity in and with Palestine!

Prof. Mazin B. Qumsiyeh: courageous spinner of solidarity in and with Palestine!

Prof. Mazin B. Qumsiyeh– or Mazin, as many prefer to call him– is an inventive, gentle, untiring ‘spinner of solidarity’ who well fits the contemporary electronic modes of communication/ existence.  For years he has tirelessly diffused throughout the world a … Read more

Community Radio Brisas del Sur: strengthening local and indigenous governance in the mapuche-chono Antunen Rain community on the Aysén coast, Chile

Community Radio Brisas del Sur: strengthening local and indigenous governance in the mapuche-chono Antunen Rain community on the Aysén coast, Chile

This initiative will implement a communication strategy to strengthen local and indigenous governance in the Huichas archipelago, off the coast of the Aysén region in Chilean Patagonia. The project will have a positive impact on three levels.

At the local … Read more

Community solidarity in reaction to COVID 19 in Paute (Ecuador)

Community solidarity in reaction to COVID 19 in Paute (Ecuador)

Since early 2020, all countries in the world have been progressively affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, a disease whose impact is felt most severely by poor and disadvantaged communities.  Importantly, the disease requires a strong sense of mutual care … Read more

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