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Social Justice And Peace-Building

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LECTURE PAPER: Rebuilding the Lives of the Socially Marginalized

In this lovely lecture, 2002 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Dr. Ruth Pfau shares, “This beautiful and magic word and attitude: You are precious in my eyes.  This worry and concern for the other, crude and impatient and half-betrayed and nevertheless powerful, this unconditional belief in love.” Through her work with people with leprosy, she demonstrates that with […]

CHEN GUANGCHENG: In the Spirit of Classic Heroes

He may have been blind since he was an infant, but it does not mean that he could not see injustice happening all around him. 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership CHEN GUANGCHENG is a transformative leader and a hero through and through – despite his lack of vision, he is a true visionary.RelatedChen […]

LECTURE PAPER: Breaking Ground in the Fight Against Trafficking Women and Children

How do we ensure that we protect all women and children from the evil clutches of exploitation and marginalization?  In this impassioned lecture, 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee OUNG CHANTHOL shares her fight in protecting Cambodia’s people and in providing them hope – through legal aid, counseling, training and employment – that goodness always trumps evil.RelatedOung […]

AKIO ISHII: Rewriting Social Justice in Japan

2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee AKIO ISHII is living proof of the true power of the pen – that if combined with Greatness of Spirit, it can challenge antiquated social norms and break down walls of discrimination and prejudice.RelatedIshii, Akio (Awardee) Akio Ishii, 68, has lived mostly on the margins of Japanese society. Early on in […]

LISTICLE: The Essential Films of Lino Brocka

Master filmmaker Lino Brocka, heralded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of Philippine cinema, is renowned for his gritty films that realistically portray the plight of the common man.  Despite its Philippine settings, his oeuvre crossed geo-political boundaries, making him the first Filipino filmmaker to showcase a film, Insiang […]

LECTURE PAPER: How Can Journalism Touch a Nation’s Conscience?

2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Palagummi Sainath is a warrior whose weapon of choice is the mighty pen.  In his short and very timely lecture, he encourages us to challenge our sources of information for it 1) to be credible and 2) to grow a conscience.RelatedSainath, Palagummi (Awardee)

LECTURE PAPER: Is There Hope for This Country?

War. Social unrest. Human rights violations. Crippling poverty. Technological paranoia. Political tensions.  Climate change.  The world seems to be on a downward spiral.  We have to ask ourselves the question: is there hope for the world?RelatedMeloto, Antonio (Awardee) 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Antonio Meloto delivers a riveting and heartfelt lecture that points to a resounding […]

CHEN SHU-JIU: Small Change, Changing Millions

With great power comes great responsibility.  Sure, we’ve heard this line over and over again. But 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Chen Shu-Jiu has proven that even those with seemingly  little power and a few spare change can transform the world.  All you need is a little thing called Greatness of Spirit.RelatedChen Shu-jiu (Awardee) Small change.  That’s […]

ARVIND KEJRIWAL: A People’s Leader

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  This seems to be the driving force behind Arvind Kejriwal from India.  Kerjriwal established Parivartan, meaning “change”, and empowered citizens, especially the marginalized, to demand from the government and its bureaucracy the rights that is rightfully theirs.RelatedKejriwal, Arvind (Awardee) There was little in his youth […]

LECTURE PAPER: Making Social Change Everybody’s Business

2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Park Won Soon sees himself as a “social designer”.  Through his work advocating for transparency in the government with People’s Solidarity of Participatory Democracy (PSPD) and encouraging philanthropy among the public through the Beautiful Foundation, he has designed a society in South Korea that is both of style and substance.  Learn more about […]