Prof. Nicanor Perlas, Nicanor Perlas was born in 1950, and graduated with highest honours in agriculture from Xavier University. He gave up his master's degree after being drawn into the struggle against the Marcos-promoted Baataan nuclear plant in 1978 and had to leave the Philippines after organising a conference to expose its dangers.
After the fall of Marcos Perlas was able to return to the Philippines, founding the Centre for Alternative Development Initiatives (CADI).
He became a consultant to the Aquino Government on the troubled nuclear power plant, and contributed to the decision to mothball it, despite it being very near completion, and having cost $2.1 billion.
At the same time he engaged in a campaign against the abuse of pesticides, founding the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. This (and very often Perlas personally) gave training and technical assistance in 23 provinces in the Philippines. Perlas also became a member of the government's Pesticides Technical Advisory Committee, which eventually banned 32 of the most damaging pesticides and caused the government to invest P760 million in integrated pest management, which trained more than 100,000 farmers. For this work Perlas won the Global 500 Award from UNEP, and one of the TOFIL Awards to outstanding Filipinos, both in 1994. In the substantial press coverage that accompanied these awards, Perlas was often referred to as 'a farmer' and his work with CADI still helps farmers to shift away from chemical-intensive agriculture.
Centre For Alternative Development Initiatives, unit 718, Cityland Mega Plaza, Ortigas, Pasing City. Philipines Phone: 0063(2)687-7481
Identity Formation that can Shape the World
There are four key stages of identity formation. Each hast ist own particular set of challenges.There is a key principle that integrates the journey thru these four stages of identity formation. There is a critical juncture during this journey which can make or break a potential new identity. Being conscious of this juncture facilitates acretive leap to a new world of possibilities. The workshop substance will be formed through a series of questions which participants will be encouraged to engage in. In addition, questions of participants will lso be uesed to weave in new substance and which will be integrated into a whole. This is the technique of "Emerent Dialogue". If successfully doen, the workshop will encourage the emergence of diverse identities are harnessed for greater good instead of everlasting conflict.