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LECTURE PAPER: Inspiring Volunteerism Among Today’s Youth

How do we inspire the Selfie Generation to become more … selfless?  2002 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership Sandeep Pandey proposes that one should use a carrot that young people today seek: happiness.  In his very short but deep lecture paper, Pandey proposes that service to others in essential in achieving a state of […]

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 […]

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: Strengthening the Credibility of the Justice System

2002 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Hilario Davide, Jr. shares a parable on how credibility in the justice system is like a seed – it needs to be nurtured.  And once the seed has fully grown, it will be a sturdy oak tree that bears the fruit the system aspires for: the people’s faith.RelatedDavide, Hilario Jr. (Awardee)

LECTURE PAPER: The Heart of a Volunteer – How to Save Lives Against All Odds

When 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Vientiane Rescue started their grassroots rescue team in the dangerous streets of the capital city of Laos, chances of their success ranged from dismal to non-existent.  But through their Greatness of Spirit and unwavering belief that “it is the right thing to do”, these ragtag volunteers prevailed.RelatedVientiane Rescue (Awardee) In […]

JOVITO R. SALONGA: Nationalist, People’s Champion

World renowned icon of democracy Nelson Mandela was quoted as saying, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.”  2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Jovito Salonga is living proof that poverty is not a crutch but could be the impetus to success.  Despite his humble beginnings, Salonga has lived an epic […]

LECTURE PAPER: Leading the Charge – A Roadmap to Fight Corruption Head-on

Corruption is a social cancer that has crippled many a nations, including the Philippine archipelago. 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Conchita Carpio Morales, the current Ombudsman of the Philippines is finding a cure to this prevailing illness, paving the road to a government free of corruption through integrity, transparency and accountability in public service.RelatedCarpio Morales, Conchita (Awardee)

KOUL PANHA: A Personal Commitment to Democracy

Marred by a traumatic event in his childhood, 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Koul Panha does not take democracy and freedom for granted.  Panha has since dedicated his life fighting for freedom in his beloved Cambodia.  His chosen arsenal?  Not guns but a free electoral system.RelatedKoul Panha (Awardee) Koul Panha learned the value of democracy the […]

LECTURE PAPER: Harnessing the Power of Volunteerism

Stuck in a rut? Feeling aimless?  2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Community Leadership Gawad Kalinga shares that “volunteers are fueled by conviction. A simple task becomes a cause because the volunteer appreciates the objective, but more than that, the volunteer finds his purpose in his chosen cause.”  This insightful and inspiring lecture paper might help steer you […]