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Social Justice And Peace-Building

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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 […]

GRACE PADACA: A Symbol of People Power

2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Grace Padaca may be riddled by polio but this did not deter her from being the people’s voice as a well-respected broadcast journalist to the people’s champion as governor of the Philippine province of Isabela.  Padaca proved that no disability, when Greatness of Spirit is applied, can be a hindrance to one’s […]

HU SHULI: The Hard-Earned Right to Report

When Hu Shuli found her country lacking a “real, open media”, the fearless journalist defied naysayers and created her own platforms.  Through her Greatness of Spirit and strong belief that “good journalism can safeguard interests and foster changes of rules”, Hu became the moving spirit of a world-class, independent media organization in China.RelatedHu, Shuli (Awardee) During […]

LECTURE PAPER: Bridging Social Divides through the Healing Power of Music and the Arts

In this inspiring lecture paper, the irreverent Thodur Madabushi Krishna, 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership, shares that the arts can indeed bring healing and catharsis.  Perhaps more importantly, he argues that true healing occurs when the artistic community acknowledges the pain it directly or indirectly inflicts upon others.  Put on your thinking caps.  You […]

PALAGUMMI SAINATH: Challenging the Fourth Estate

2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Palagummi Sainath challenged how journalism has slowly shifted from “journalism for the people to journalism for stakeholders”.  Through the power of his pen, he shattered the paradigm and reconnected, especially in development journalism, mass media with mass reality.RelatedSainath, Palagummi (Awardee) India’s millions of rural poor has been journalist Palagummi Sainath’s beat […]

PARK WON SOON: The People’s Servant as Visionary

How many ways can one individual help transform society for the better? 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Park Won Soon, dubbed as Korea’s foremost social designer, has proven through Greatness of Spirit that there is only one answer: INFINITE.RelatedPark Won Soon (Awardee) Some people can’t leave well enough alone. Park Won Soon is one of them. […]

AHM KHAN: Allowing the Disabled to Achieve their Dreams

2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee A.H.M. Noman Khan, Executive Director of Bangladesh’s Center for Disability in Development (CDD) tackled disability with a unique twin-strategy they called Community Approaches to Handicap in Development (CAHD).  Through his work, disabled people in Bangladesh can stand tall and proud.RelatedKhan, A.h.m. Noman (Awardee) Enduring stares without the perks of celebrity is a typical […]

LECTURE PAPER: Promoting Compassion in the Concrete

2002 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Peace and International Understanding the Venerable Pomnyun Sunim is recognized for “his compassionate attention to the human cost of Korea’s bitter division and his hopeful appeal for reconciliation.”  In this insightful lecture paper, he shares his thoughts on how we, as individuals and as a society can achieve peace: through compassion.RelatedPomnyun […]

LAHPAI SENG RAW: A Different Kind of Voice

What kind of voice does one use in a place filled with disenfranchised people ravaged by decades of war?  A loud booming voice in the wilderness? No.  One uses a voice filled with metta – loving kindness.RelatedLahpai, Seng Raw (Awardee) When Lahpai Seng Raw was born, Kachin State was just in its first year of existence. […]