A world of solidarity is possible

Laureates 2022

The Foundation presents the 2022 laureates of the award !

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Supported initiatives in 2022

The Foundation presents the 2022 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 wellbeing 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 2022, the Foundation has supported 66 initiatives and honored 35 laureates with the Paul K. Feyerabend Award.


Recent articles :

Josefina Antonieta Tunki Tiris - first woman President of the Shuar Arutam people of Ecuador, courageous defender of her territory of life in the face of polluting mining industry

Josefina Antonieta Tunki Tiris – first woman President of the Shuar Arutam people of Ecuador, courageous defender of her territory of life in the face of polluting mining industry

In 2019, Josefina Antonieta Tunki Tiris— Tunki to her colleagues— was elected President of the Shuar Arutam people of Ecuador.  Being the first woman President of her people, Tunki has a historic role and meets particular challenges, which she is … Read more

Working in self-determination and mutual solidarity, four villages in the Ogooué-Ivindo region of north-eastern Gabon document, manage, and defend their territories of life

Working in self-determination and mutual solidarity, four villages in the Ogooué-Ivindo region of north-eastern Gabon document, manage, and defend their territories of life

Near the town of Makokou, the capital of the province of Ogooué-Ivindo in north-east Gabon, there are twenty villages inhabited mainly by the Fang and Kota ethnic groups.  These villages have been obliged to group together, and distribute themselves along … Read more

A 'permanent solidarity' process protects indigenous ancestral knowledge and native seeds in Ajuluco de Tenancingo, Buena Vista and Animas de Santa Cruz Michapa (El Salvador).

A ‘permanent solidarity’ process protects indigenous ancestral knowledge and native seeds in Ajuluco de Tenancingo, Buena Vista and Animas de Santa Cruz Michapa (El Salvador).

CESTA is an environmental organisation founded in August 1980 that since then, has been contributing to defend ecosystems and people’s wellbeing in El Salvador.  It has done so by helping the communities affected by environmental conflicts to care for their … Read more

The guardians of the land (Kanan Lu'um Moo) of Chapab de las Flores (Yucatan, Mexico) confront polluting 'development' by taking control of their territory, promoting alternative livelihoods, and protecting their Mayan knowledge, customs, seeds, and ways of life.

The guardians of the land (Kanan Lu’um Moo) of Chapab de las Flores (Yucatan, Mexico) confront polluting ‘development’ by taking control of their territory, promoting alternative livelihoods, and protecting their Mayan knowledge, customs, seeds, and ways of life.

Chapab de las Flores is an indigenous Mayan community located in the central-western part of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico), a region with rich biodiversity, abundant forest vegetation and water resources, thanks to the cenotes— natural pits resulting from the … Read more

The Nicaragua Government closes more organizations defending indigenous and afro-descendant peoples in an attempt to silence their struggle for lands and lives

The Nicaragua Government closes more organizations defending indigenous and afro-descendant peoples in an attempt to silence their struggle for lands and lives

In March 2022 the government of President Daniel Ortega has revoked the legal status of 29 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including two organizations founded by Indigenous and Afrodescendant Nicaraguans to defend their peoples’ autonomy and rights. This added to more than … Read more

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