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Howard Richards

Three doctorates: Education, Philosophy and Law

Yale, Oxford, Harvard, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Toronto, Stanford Law School (USA)

First volunteer attorney for the late Cesar Chavez in Delano, California 1960s.

Travels via mass transit, bicycle, carpool and walking in exclusion of a personal automobile since 1990—the first U.S. war in Iraq; chooses to eat from low on the food chain (vegan); resides (before, during and shortly after the Chilean Military coup d’e´tat of the democratic socialism in 1973; again since 2003) in Chile, with activist partner, Carolina Richards.
“Understanding the world through participation in and engagement with it helps us see how to improve our world.”


– Founder:
Global Peace Studies Program (Earlham College, USA)
The Transformative Learning Centre (Toronto, CA)
The Soul Community – active model community of cultural economics based on solidarity and cooperation in the new model of economic sustainability (USA)
– Co-chair: Global Political Economy Commission of the International Peace Research Association (UNESCO affiliate)
Affiliated with:
International Association of Educating Cities (to create communities of economic solidarity, the heart of the new economic paradigm, mainly in Rosario, Argentina)
Co-founder: Unbounded Organization Academy
– Research Professor of Peace and Global Studies, Earlham College (USA)
– Teach-ins, worldwide: historical and theoretical background, issues and solutions to the global economy


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2021 Dignity Workshop 45.1: Howard Richards, Recipient of 2021 HumanDHS Lifetime Commitment Award!

He kindly recorded his acceptance speech on December 8, 2021 in Limache, Chile, for Day Two of the 18th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict at Columbia University in New York City, December 9 – 10, 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this conference had to take place online.

Peace philosopher Howard Richards is one of the deepest thinkers of our time, and more — he has also put into practice what he teaches. Dr. Richards is a philosopher of social science who is now based in Chile, where he, his wife Caroline and their daughter Shelley host the Chileufu dialogue home. . With Gavin Andersson he teaches once a year “Ethics, Macroeconomics and Organizing” in the EMBA program at University of Cape Town. With Gavin (who pioneered the unbounded idea) and others he co-founded the Unbounded Academy. It develops dignified and dignifying solutions for our currently unsustainable institutional structures and systems. His focus is philosophical and scientific support for an ethic of care. He holds the title of Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, USA, a Quaker school where he taught for thirty-five years. He was the founder of the Peace and Global Studies Program there and co-founder of the Business and Nonprofit Management program.

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Howard Richards 2021 Human DHS Lifetime Commitment Award

Howard Richards is being honored with the 2020 HumanDHS Lifetime Commitment Award on Day Two of the 18th Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, “Toward a New Global Normal: Dignity Through Solidarity,” co-hosted by Morton Deutsch-International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, Columbia University, December 9 – 11, 2021, held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Howard Richards' 3 Most Important Messages to the World, 5th June 2013

Howard Richards shares what he thinks are his most important insights after a long life of study and reflection, insights that he wishes to offer as his most important messages to the world. The video was recorded in Pretoria, South Africa, on 5th June 2013 by Justine Richards.