Only if China and India (as well as America) soon start to make the postmodern turn does our planet have hope. —David Ray Griffin


2022 14thJohn Cobb Common Good Award Ceremony

6:30-7:30 pm, June 4, 2022 ( Pacific time)

The John Cobb Common Good Award is the world's most prestigious prize for ecological civilization. The award is named after John B. Cobb, Jr., one of today’s most important ecological thinkers and is given to those who promote this hope in effective and remarkable ways. 

We will present

The 14thJohn Cobb Common Good Award


Dr. Vandana Shiva

In recognition of five decades of service to women, the poor, farmers, and rural communities; her consistent promotion of multiple diversities, both cultural and biological; and her persistent courage in challenging forms of economic and political power that obstruct a flourishing of life and community; and her leadership in working for an ecological civilization.

Vandana Shiva is known and admired globally for her life-long work on behalf of farmers, the poor, women, and the environment. After receiving her master’s and doctoral degrees in Canada, she returned to India to fight for environmental causes. Opposing large agri-businesses, dangerous pesticides, and monocropping, Vandana helped to create dozens of seed banks across India and to educate farmers in traditional methods and organic farming. Among her many books are Stolen HarvestWater WarsBiopiracy, and Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace. Vandana is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Right Livelihood Award. In 2003, Time magazine identified Shiva as an “environmental hero,”  and now the John Cobb Common Good Award. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Korten

Topic: Vandana Shiva and Ecological Civilization: The Living Earth Alternative


6:30-6:35  Welcome by MC (Dr. Bruce Hanson & Dr. Meijun Fan)    6:35-6:40   Performance by Chinese new farmers in Liantang Eco-village, Hunan Province:

“Keep Our Blue Planet Alive”

6:40-6:55  Keynote Speech by Dr. David Korten

6:55- 7:00  Presentation of Award (Prof. Philip Clayton and Tom Tseng)    

7:00-7:15  Remarks from Dr.: Vandana Shiva

7:15-7:25  Remarks from Dr. John Cobb    

7:25-7:30  Closing performance by  Dr. Sheri D Kling’s song, “We All Are Related.”

Beijing Whitehead Kindergarden’s chorus, “Because We Have Dreams.”

This event is associated with the 15th International Forum on Ecological Civilization, May 26-28, online. This year’s topic is “Ecological Civilization and Regenerative Communities of Communities.” The Institute for Postmodern Development of China, Cobb Institute, Center for Process Studies, Institute for Ecological Civilization, Budapest Center for Long-term Sustainability, etc, cosponsor this event.

 Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 874 5851 0541

Passcode: 015787

15th Claremont International Eco-Forum

& 4th International Youth Eco-Forum 

Ecological Civilization in Relational Context:

Building Regenerative  Communities of Communities

5:00-8:00 PM, May 26-28, 2022, Pacific Time

May 27–29, 2022 (Beijing Time)

Fully Online

Online Registration

The Claremont International Forum on Ecological Civilization is the earliest and largest forum on ecological civilization in the West. This annual forum began in 2006 to bring together creative scholars, non-profit leaders, governmental officials, and leading activists to explore new worldviews, new models of agriculture and rural development, and new models of education in the transition toward ecological civilization. Thus far, more than 60,000 Chinese and non-Chinese have participated in the Forums and exerted widespread influence.

In keeping with the emphasis on youth and education, the forum has incorporated a youth forum for several years in which young activists are encouraged to develop and share their own projects for change.  

The 15th International Forum on Ecological Civilization& the 4th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization will be held online from April 26-28, 2022 (Pacific Time). Its theme is “Ecological Civilization and Ecological Communities in the Post-COVID-19 Era.”

What lesions can we learn from COVID-19? Why is it so urgent to create an ecological civilization ? What does ecological civilization look like? What is the philosophical foundation of ecological civilization? Why are Ecological Communities from Eco-villages, to urban coops, and more, so crucial to an ecological civilization? What lessons can we learn from one another about building regenerative and equitable communities of communities? What role can traditional wisdom play in creating ecological civilization and ecological communities ? What role can science and technology play in creating ecological civilization and ecological communities ? What kind of education do we need for ecological civilization and ecological communities.

Experts, policymakers, and creative practitioners from all over the world will explore together the above issues.

You're invited to contribute to creative solutions toward the long-term wellbeing of people and the planet!

This year, the 15th International Forum on Building Regenerative Communities of Communities & 4th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization will be held on May 26-28, 2022 online, its main thesis is Building Regenerative Communities of Communities of Communities. It will be fully online and 100% collaborative exploration on 3 themes:

Day 1: Eco Villages

Day 2: Eco Cities

Day 3: Eco Digital Communities

Recommended by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, this year's forum was  selected as the "2022 National Important Academic Conference" by the Ministry of Science and Technology. PRC.

The co-organizers and co-sponsors of this year’s forum are:

The Institute for the Postmodern Development of China (IPDC)

The Center for Process Studies (CPS)

The Institute for Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv)

Cobb Institute

Chinese Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association

China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation

Budapest Centre for Long-term Sustainability, Hungary

Please join us to spread the voice of ecological civilization in every corner of the Earth, to make a bright future to this planet. Thank you!


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