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Shaping Globalization

Civil Society, Cultural Power, and Threefolding

Nicanor Perlas

318 pp.  
6" x 9"

Temple Lodge Press


Published:  May 2019


  • “Nicanor Perlas lays out a framework that integrates the social, the ecological, and the spiritual in a simple and yet profound view of 21st century society.” —C. Otto Scharmer, author of Theory U

Civil Society has become a major power in the world. The stunning defeat of the controversial and secretive Multilateral Agreement on Investments, the massive worldwide WTO protests, and the annual meetings of the World Social Forum all testify to its coming of age. From these significant victories, civil society continued to catch world attention with the Arab Spring, the grassroots movement that helped elect former US President Barack Obama, and the significant gains of the anti-fracking campaign. With tens of millions of citizens and more than a trillion dollars involved in advancing its agenda, civil society now joins the state and the market as the third key institution shaping globalization. Nevertheless, it cannot fully mobilize its resources and power as it currently lacks clear understanding of its identity.

Shaping Globalization asserts that global civil society is a cultural institution wielding cultural power, showing how—through the use of this distinct power—it can advance its agenda in the political and economic realms of society without compromising its identity. Nicanor Perlas outlines the strategic implications for civil society, both locally and globally, and explains that civil society’s key task is to inaugurate “threefolding”—forging strategic interrelationships of civil society, government, and the economy. Such authentic tri-sector partnerships are essential for advancing new ways for nations to develop and for charting a new, sustainable form of globalization. Using the model of the Philippine Agenda 21, we are shown how civil society and progressive individuals and agencies in government and business are demonstrating the effectiveness of this new understanding to ensure that globalization benefits the environment, the poor and society as a whole.

This new edition includes a new afterword.

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