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 :

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

Sustaining in a practical way the spiritual force of women (zomo newen) to protect our Mapuche territory in the south of Chile.

Sustaining in a practical way the spiritual force of women (zomo newen) to protect our Mapuche territory in the south of Chile.

Our Lof Domingo Cayun Panicheo, located in the First and Second Corral of the Puelo River Valley in southern Chile, is a territory in which the zomo newen (women’s spiritual force) stands out and which we consider sacred.  It is … Read more

Children and youth of pastoralist peoples in Isiolo county (Kenya) learn from their elders how to become custodians of cultural and natural heritage

Children and youth of pastoralist peoples in Isiolo county (Kenya) learn from their elders how to become custodians of cultural and natural heritage

Ecologically harsh and sparsely populated, the northern regions of Kenya are home to different ethnic groups with livelihoods centered on mobile pastoralism and foraging.  Vibrant ecological knowledge and skills have enabled people like the Gabbra, Borana, Saakuyye, Somali, Turkana, Samburu, … Read more

Self-strengthening towards collective forest rights— a first attempt at taking advantage of progressive new legislation in Kenya!

Self-strengthening towards collective forest rights— a first attempt at taking advantage of progressive new legislation in Kenya!

This initiative will facilitate the self-strengthening of two communities towards improved collective governance and management of forests via re-learning and application of their traditional knowledge and skills.  On this solid ground, the communities will then seek to acquire collective land … Read more

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