On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

nicanorNicanor Perlas

Activist/Co-Founder of Global Network for Social Threefolding



“Unraveling the true identity of civil society is an urgent matter. It is not a mere intellectual exercise. The answers we give to this quest will determine the effectiveness with which we engage the world.”

–Nicanor Perlas

from “Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding”

Nicanor’s book is on our Forum’s Reading List! Read it and come ready to threefold at our forum!

“Nicanor Perlas is one of the profound thinkers of our time. Shaping Globalization is a must-read for all who work for a positive future.”

– David C. Korten, author, The Post Corporate World


Nicanor Jesus Perlas III, or “Nicanor Perlas” for short, 67 years of age, has been engaged in trying to create a better world since he was 18 years old. He has led successful global campaigns to stop nuclear power in the Philippines and ban 32 hazardous pesticide formulations. He was also in the core group of People Power 2 that deposed former Philippine President Joseph Estrada who was starting to violate key provisions of the Philippine Constitution. He spearheaded the formulation of Philippine Agenda 21, the sustainable development blueprint of the Philippine government, which introduced into mainstream policy and development circles the societal threefolding approach to participatory governance.

He was also the key negotiator for the Asia Pacific Sustainable Development (APSUD) Coalition, composed of over 5000 organizations spread throughout Asia and the Pacific. APSUD convinced the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), through the chairmanship of then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos, not to force the total liberalization of the rice sector in the Philippines, thereby sparing 3 million farmers from the adverse impacts of premature trade liberalization. In all these various advocacies, Perlas helped organize and mobilize civil society and its networks and leaders to come together and achieve collective impact.

Perlas is also a global and national plenary lecturer in over a hundred of conferences around the world. He serves a consultant to government, business, and civil society on integral sustainable development and its local adaptation for towns and cities, Sustainable Integrated Area Development or SIAD. For the national and global impact of his work, Perlas received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, in 2003. Earlier, he also received The Outstanding Filipino Award and the UNEP’s Global 500 Award.

Ready to join our cultural collective and see threefolding in action with Nicanor Perlas? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st-September 4th, 2017.

Register here!

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