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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, International Peace & Security

Mission: To provide Pacific Islanders with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure necessary to realize their full potential on the world stage.

Results: PacSoc has already successfully launched a series of public events in the United Kingdom and inaugural young leader programs in national security, foreign policy and the arts in the United States. The organization has also attracted a growing base of close to 2,000 active online Facebook supporters.

Target demographics: promote ethical leadership, economic development, environmental sustainability, and cultural relations in the Pacific Island Countries and beyond

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6 young leaders have their voice heard on the world stage on disarmament, proliferation, emerging technologies, and human security issues

Geographic areas served: countries around the world

Programs: speaking series, cultural events, educational exchanges, young leader programs, and community outreach campaigns.

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Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pacific Islands Society is doing some incredible work- in particular the speaking series and events promoting global dialogue on international security issues in the Pacific Islands Region is of paramount importance. In addition, the work supporting young artists in the region is truly brilliant, and a testament to the vision of the PIS. I am extremely inspired by the work in supporting young professionals to become leaders on a wide range of important policy issues as this is at the heart of not just a more positive and equitable future for the Pacific Islands Region, but part of a whole new development paradigm and vision for a more prosperous world. Thank you for all your brilliant work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Pacific Islands Society is a young but very active organization to promote awareness and discussions on various issues surrounding the countries in the region and also promoting human resources development. It provides readers/members with opportunity to have active discussions/debates globally. I congratulate the funder, the board members, staff and readers to keeo the society active.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pacific Islands Society, since inception, has branched into an informative and interactive organization. Covering a plethora of engagements beginning with the Ambassador speech series, then the Security Scholars Programme to the brilliant interviews, just to list a few, it brings to the fore intellectually stimulating perspectives and discussions that cover the Pacific region and for good reasons. As a Pacific Islander, I am promoted to be more aware of the issues affecting the region and to critically think of the future of my children and the next generation and how to best protect their environment , livelihood and security - Thanks to Pacific Islands Society. Keep up the great job!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pacific Islands Society is an exceptional organisation. It informs and empowers us to be aware of events and decisions that affects our beautiful islands and its beautiful people. Thank you for keeping us abreast on issues that affect our nations. Keep up the awesome work!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Much of my interaction with the Pacific Islands Society has stemmed from working with students interested in the issues facing the Pacific region today. An educator based in the Middle East, it has been a great pleasure working with PacSoc in assisting student participation in Pacific affairs. With this organization, my students have learned about policy issues that include climate change, disarmament, public health, food security, education and technology. PacSoc has helped give these passionate students an avenue for pursuing their endeavors both in collaboration with their schooling and outside any formal education.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As young Papua New GuInean and Japanese, I have found the Pacific Islands Society to have been incredibly helping in educating and creating discourse in and amongst Pacific Islanders both at home and abroad. As well as creating a platform on which pacific voices and issues can be heard and discussed locally PACSOC has enabled and created an international space in which dialogue is enabled amongst individuals both from the pacific regions and abroad. PACSOC represents and symbolizes the exciting new developments and changes of motivated and passionate individuals who share a common interest and passion for the pacfic region. It is both educative and creates and facilitates opportunities to individuals in the pacific to engage with interests and ideas that educate both the international community as well as having a local impact that benefits the pacific community. PACSOC is a much needed platform and I congrarulate them for the incredible achievements they have achieved so far since it's formation and can only see the organization doing more in having a wider and greater impact that promotes and benefits the people of the pacific and the global community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sorry for my problems to write in english... i prefer to do it in spanish as Its my language.
Siendo de Uruguay, America del Sur, es difícil tener conocimiento sobre las injusticias y daños irreparables a la tierra y a la vida que ocurren al otro lado del mundo.
Viajando por el mundo conocí varias personas provenientes de Pacific Islands que me contaron sobre lo que sucedía en esa zona del planeta... De vuelta en mi país deje de tener noticias sobre el tema, hasta que por medio de este grupo PacSoc las noticias volvieron a ser fluidas y la campaña que estan llevando a cabo estas personas para que el mundo sepa que sucede en de Pacific islands.
El trabajo que esta haciendo este grupo por la comunidad local es admirable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an Australian the welfare of the Pacific Islands features prominently in my mind. As a student of Philosophy, and an educator, the future of this region seems to me both fraught with danger and with promise. My firsthand experience with the people at the head of PacSoc has offered me hope that there are dedicated, passionate, and most importantly, honest and honourable individuals working to provide opportunities that will aid the people of the Pacific Islands to realise more of that promise.
Having had the virtual galleries project, which helps Pacific Island art achieve broader recognition, outlined to me firsthand by Director of Development Keiko Ono I am convinced that Pacific Island artists are now, thanks to this initiative, capable of connecting with global audiences in a way that was before difficult and obscure. I encourage you those of you who have an interest in education, artistic practise, and the Pacifc Islands themselves, to find out, as I have, what you can do to assist this worthy organisation.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been a part of the Pacific Islands Society for the past year as a participant in the Pacific Young Leaders program, my involvement in the organisation has grown alongside the impact it has created within and beyond the Pacific Island Community. The organisation provides a much needed platform for intellectual exchange, discussion and innovative thinking on a wide range of issues affecting the Pacific Islanders and the world at large. The Pacific Islands Society has gone from strength to strength as the sole organisation to focus on providing a PICs perspective on global issues - a much needed voice to compliment representatives working in the international fora. Given PacSoc's broad and active group of participants within the diplomatic community and PIC diaspora and its recent registration as an official non-profit organisation, the New Year can only bring greater opportunities and achievements for the PacSoc community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pacific Islands Society has truly established itself as one of the most influential nonprofits in the Pacific Islands region. The organization's pursuit of a world that respects, inspires, and empowers Pacific Islanders is both important and necessary for our collective future. And, its programs are already helping to turn that vision into reality. By providing Pacific Islanders with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure necessary to realize their full potential, the organization is seeking to eliminate all barriers that undermine the security, equality, and cultural integrity of Pacific Islanders in the international community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a participant in the Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament program. When it comes to Asia-Pacific issues in general, the region is very diverse and so oftentimes the voices of smaller island countries aren't heard as loudly and especially those of the youth. The program does an excellent job of providing a platform for the Pacific Island youths like myself. I could not have published a blog article on a divisive issue facing the Conference on Disarmament (CD) and written a statement to the CD --outlining the concerns of Pacific Islanders-- without the guidance and networking the program provided. Through PacSoc, I have access to disarmament experts and diplomats, whom I am able to ask for interviews and direct mentorship. PacSoc also tries to create spaces for my classmates and me to have discussion despite our distant time zones. :)