A world of solidarity is possible

Laureate 2019

The Foundation presents the 2019 laureate of the award !

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Supported initiatives in 2019

The Foundation presents the 2019 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 2019, the Foundation has supported 49 initiatives and honored 29 laureates with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.


Recent articles :

Securing territories of life for the sustainable livelihoods of mobile indigenous peoples and the conservation of nature in Iran - an initiative in memory and honor of Dr. M. Taghi Farvar

Securing territories of life for the sustainable livelihoods of mobile indigenous peoples and the conservation of nature in Iran – an initiative in memory and honor of Dr. M. Taghi Farvar

Dr M. Taghi Farvar (1942-2018) was a pioneer in participatory nature conservation with indigenous peoples and local communities. He always defended their collective rights over their territories and natural resources and sought to positively influence relevant policies at national and … Read more

Security and solidarity go together for the Adivasi Baiga community of Central India

Security and solidarity go together for the Adivasi Baiga community of Central India

This initiative of the civil society organisation Adiwasi Samta Manch engages 20 villages in Kabirdham District, Chhattisgarh State, Central India. The villages are inhabited by the Baiga—an Adiwasi group that was assigned the status of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) … Read more

Defending the territory and food sovereignty of Maya people in Yucatan, Mexico

Defending the territory and food sovereignty of Maya people in Yucatan, Mexico

This initiative will be carried out in three communities of the Chenes region, where a participatory space will be promoted—in assemblies and dedicated workshops— to identify the elements of strength of the local indigenous food systems. The survival of the … Read more

Salween Peace Park and its slain leader Saw O Moo - providing a grassroots’ alternative to imposed destructive development in Burma / Myanmar

Salween Peace Park and its slain leader Saw O Moo – providing a grassroots’ alternative to imposed destructive development in Burma / Myanmar

The Salween Peace Park (SPP) is a conserved territory covering 5,485 km2 in the Salween River basin, a region of great importance to global biodiversity in Burma/Myanmar. It is self-declared by its indigenous Karen people to fulfill their three … Read more

Saw O Moo: Defender of Indigenous Karen Territories, the Environment and Way of Life

Saw O Moo: Defender of Indigenous Karen Territories, the Environment and Way of Life

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