Nicanor Perlas was among
the recipients of The Right Livelihood Award (RLA) announced today in Sweden.
He was recognized for “playing a crucial role in developing the theoretical and
practical basis for a world order that benefits all people. The jury honors
Perlas for his outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects
of corporate globalization and how positive alternatives to it can be
The RLA is also known as
the “Alternative Nobel Prize” and was established in 1980 to honor and support
individuals who uphold the principles of right livelihood. “This Award exists to
strengthen the positive social forces that its recipients represent and to
provide the support and inspiration needed to make them a model for the future.”
In the past 20 years, over 100 individuals from 48 countries have received this
prestigious recognition. Previous awardees include: Leonardo Boff, Vandana
among others. Mr. Perlas becomes the second Filipino to be given the honor.
Previously, and also in
recognition of the national and international impact of his work, Mr. Perlas was
awarded the U.N. Environmental Program Global 500 Award for Sustainable
Agriculture and The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award.
Among others, the RLA
cited the work of Mr. Perlas in developing a “tri-sector approach to policy
making which he calls Threefolding. In social Threefolding the three global
powers government, representing political concerns, business, representing
economic concerns, and civil society representing cultural concerns, can come
together where appropriate and feasible to join efforts in solving major world
problems. This is the subject of Perlas’ most recent book, Shaping
Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding,” which has
been translated into over 7 languages.
Nicanor Perlas is also the
author of the forthcoming book: Spirit or Empire: Societal Revolutions in the
21st Century. He has also authored over 100 articles and monographs on
various topics, including globalization, sustainable development, civil society,
philosophy of biology and science, biodynamic and sustainable agriculture,
environment, and spiritual science.
Nicanor Perlas is
President of the Center for Alternative Development Initiatives (CADI) in Manila
where he guides research, policy work and initiatives on globalization,
threefolding, civil society, cultural power and comprehensive sustainable
development. He is also Board Member of the Life Bank - a bank involved in
poverty eradication and sustainable development, now giving services to over