The Human Endeavor of Intentional Communities: The Gawad Kalinga Movement

A story of a social movement’s conception and the articulation of its meaning and meaningfulness. Gawad Kalinga, an ambitious Philippine community development cum nation building movement, initiated "GK777" to build 700,000 homes in 7,000 communities, in seven years. I assessed the national and global implications of this social movement’s social networking model of nation-building through community development, poverty alleviation, and slum eradication. Using an ethnographic case study to conduct an inductive, grounded theory analysis, the study sought to explore if strategies and actions that go beyond traditional and conflict-centered social movement perspectives are enabling Gawad Kalinga to achieve its goals and to transfer its model to other countries.

The Economic and Artistic Flows of Gawad Kalinga

Gawad Kalinga: Innovation in the City (and Beyond)