May 2019

Nicanor Perlas to Speak on "Humanizing Artificial Intelligence" and "Social Threefolding", June 26 & 27

The RSCT, in cooperation with the Thornhill Group of the Anthroposophical Society, and the Money for a Better World group at Hesperus, is looking forward to welcoming author and activist Nicanor Perlas to Thornhill, where he is scheduled to speak June 26th on "Humanizing Artificial Intelligence" and June 27th on "Social Threefolding". Both events will take place at 7:00 pm in the evening, in the music room of the Toronto Waldorf School.

However, this visit is still subject to confirmation, since the Canadian embassy in the Philipines has not yet issued a visa for his visit. [May 27 update: Nicanor has now received his travel visa to come to Canada in June]. The RSCT has provided him with a letter of invitation for his planned visit to Toronto. And the Anthroposphical Society in Canada has issued a letter of invitation for his visit to Vancouver, where he will be going after Toronto. Earlier in June he will be speaking at various events across the United States.

Nicanor in a Nutshell

Nicanor Perlas has been a champion of Civil Society and an advocate for human interests, both in his native Philippines, and on the world stage. His published works include two books "Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding" (1999) and "Humanity's Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence" (2018). Both of these will be available for purchase at the book signing, after the lecture on June 26th. 

Nicanor is credited with stopping twelve nuclear power plants, banning 32 pesticides, and mainstreaming organic farming in the Philippines. He has received numerous awards in recognition of the global impact of his work, including the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) in 2003.

He has worked with the United Nations to develop strategies and plans to lay the groundwork for an ecologically sustainable world for the 21st century. Nicanor's  visit to Thornhill is part of a continent-wide tour to awaken people to the urgent challenges of our time, including the dehumanizing dangers of artificial intelligence.

Download a printable pdf copy of the event poster.

Book Signing and Sale

Special thanks to Gabrielle Edelstein of Trifold Books for ordering in extra copies of Nicanor's two books (on Globalizalization and Threefolding, and on the Challenge of AI) to have on hand for a book signing on June 26th. Gabrielle will also be there selling books after the lecture on June 27th.

The Longer and More Detailed Story

Much of the biographical material below is from a promo for a week-long workshop he will be doing at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Nicanor will also be speaking in Seattle and in New York state (probably in Spring Valley).

"Nicanor Perlas is an adviser, global activist, writer and speaker on artificial intelligence, globalization, societal threefolding, Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD), post-materialist science or the second and more spiritual scientific revolution, leadership, and self-mastery. He has advised global civil society networks, social enterprises, UN and Philippine government agencies, including the Office of the President.

He headed global and national civil society networks, that were responsible for stopping 12 nuclear power plants, banning 32 pesticide formulations, and mainstreaming sustainable development, including organic farming in the Philippines, thereby educating citizens worldwide on their inherent power to create a better world.

He has written over 500 articles, monographs, and books including Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding, an international bestseller, translated in 9 languages as well as Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence, A Spiritual Scientific Response. He has been a plenary speaker on a diverse range of topics, in over 100 global conferences in 25 countries and 130 national conferences in the Philippines. Perlas was recently Undersecretary Designate for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

He is a member of the Philippine Senate Technical Working Group on Artificial Intelligence and is helping the mayors of seven cities and towns practice participatory governance and direct democracy by empowering altogether more than 300,000 citizens to collectively embark on sustainable development. For the global impact of his work, he has been given, among others, the Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL), UNEP’S Global 500 Award and the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize). "

Perlas has been the resource person and keynote speaker in over 70 global conferences and events in over 20 countries, and over 120 national conferences on a range of topics including culture and societal transformation, integral sustainable development, globalization, technology, corporate social responsibility, science and spirituality, social threefolding, strategic micro finance, direct democracy and others.

He has provided consultancy work for several UN agencies, the Philippine Senate, donor agencies and foundations, as well as many other global and national civil society organizations and networks and businesses striving for ecological and social responsibility.

As a technical writer and key formulator of Philippine Agenda 21, as well as co-chair for the Civil Society of the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development, Office of the President of the Philippines, Perlas was invited to attend several UN meetings including the UN General Assembly on Sustainable Development, UNGASS and the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, 6th Session, as Technical Adviser to the Philippine Delegation to the UN.

Member, Mikhail Gorbachev’s Commission on Globalization, Creative Member, Club of Budapest, Recognized as “highly creative innovators for a social and ecological sustainable world and a culture of peace”. Agenda 21 is a program of action into the 21st century for bringing the Earth into a sustainable future. It was adopted by the participating governments of the world in the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), otherwise known as the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992.

Photo by Wolfgang Schmidt, from the page for Nicanor's 2003 Right Livelihood Award

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