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30 Years: The Work of Mr. Sombath Somphone (2014)
Lessons Learned during the Asian Financial Crisis (2012)
Video made by PADETC staff in 2012 shows the impact of Sombath’s development concepts towards participatory problem solving in a village in Xieng Kuang Province.
In 2012, Sombath helped make this video.
This video about the value of indigenous knowledge was produced by Sombath, PADETC, and the Lao Ministry of Education.
Saving the Planet: It’s Alive!
Sombath Somphone: Lao Development Visionary Speaks
An interview with Sombath recorded in 2008 as part of a TV series produced by TVE Asia Pacific (for more info, visit the TVEAP website)
Country Boy Forever: Sombath Somphone
This VDO was made by PADETC, in preparation of Mr. Sombath to receive Ramon Magsaysay Award in year 2005.
Articles, Interviews & Speeches
Magsaysay CItation (2005)
Citation from the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation upon awarding Sombath its prize for Community Leadership in 2005. Also included is Sombath's response.
Magsaysay Biography (2005)
An article written about Sombath in 2005 when he received the Magsaysay Award for Community leadership can be read here.
Challenges for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development - A View from Laos (2012)
Keynote speech by Sombath at the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) in Vientiane in October, 2012.
Listening to the People's Voice (2012)
Draft news article article written jointly with Minh H. Pham, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Lao PDR in October 2012. The article was withdrawn prior to publication at the request of Minh H. Pham, reportedly because of pressure from Lao authorities.
Teaching Happiness (2012)
Sombath & Bounhhang Vorachit
Sombath & Bounpheng Mounphosay
Sombath & Desmond Tutu
Sombath at AEPF9
Teaching Happiness. An interview with Sombath published in the Bangkok Post on 24 August, 2012.
Community Learning. This film, made by PADETC staff in 2012, shows the impact of Sombath’s development concepts towards participatory problem solving in a village in Xieng Kuang Province.
Happy Laos. In 2012, Sombath helped to make this video.
Bird Toy. This video about the value of indigenous knowledge was produced by Sombath, PADETC, and the Lao Ministry of Education.
Meditation Builds Wisdom towards Sustainable Development. An article by Sombath published in the Vol. 4, No. 7, 2011 issue of the Lao Buddhist Newsletter (Lao Language).
The Force of Inter‐Connectedness. Keynote address at the 10th Asian Public Intellectuals Regional Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand, November, 2011.
Poverty and Development–a case study of Laos. An audio recording of speech by Sombath at a meeting of International Forum on Globalization, Hawaii, 2011.
Less teaching, More Learning. Article in Capacity, Issue 43, September, 2011
Preparing a Generation of Leaders in Laos. A profile of Sombath’s work, included in ‘50 years, 50 stories‘ published by the East-West Centre in 2010.
Mekong Public Forum: Panel discussion at FCCT in Bangkok, Thailand on 10 November 2008. Sombath’s notes for the event are here. Also available are video clips on Civil Society in Laos, Ecology & Linkages, EIAs, Banks & Credit, and Investment & Transparency.
Interdependencies between Education and Sustainable Development: Presentation at the 10th Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) in Bangkok, Thailand, December, 2008
Experiential Learning in Lao Ricefields: Article by Sombath in SaenSaeng, Summer, 2008.
Developing Youth in Leadership for Sustainable Living. An article in Tales of Hope, published by the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, 2007.
Ways to Move from Mass Schooling to ESD. 2007 article from UNESCO publication ESD Currents: Changing Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific.
Towards Global Transformation: Making Change Happen. Closing panel remarks at 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness held in Bangkok, Thailand in November, 2007
Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership. Citation and Sombath’s response at the Ramon Magsaysay Award Presentation Ceremonies, August 2005, Manila. PADETC made a video about Sombath and his work in preparation for this event: Country Boy Forever
Traditional Weave, New Wave. Video made on the occasion of PADETC’s winning the 2001 ESCAP HRD Award.
Watershed. An interview in the November, 2001 issue of Watershed on The Future of Democracy, Societies and Ecosystems in the Mekong Region
Summary of NGO Approach to Shifting Cultivation. Paper for workshop on Shifting Cultivation Systems and Rural Development in the Lao PDR, organised at Nabong Agriculture College, Vientiane, in 1994.
Agricultural Development in Laos-A Social and Technical Integration: Program description of the Rice-Based Integrated Farming Systems (RIFS) Project, 1990.
Traditional Weave, New Wave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGzR3sirVCU&list=PL-Yku2MLwvKCWlQGy-kArbx4GQKyrb8BH&index=10 Video made in preparation for PADETC receiving the 2001 ESCAP HRD award.
Education for Sustainable Development