The Today Public Policy Institute, Malta’s only independent and non-partisan think-tank, today announced the details of the call for nominations for the 2016 Peter Serracino Inglott Award for Civic Thinking and Engagement in honour of the much-loved Father Peter Serracino Inglott, a founder member of the think-tank, who died in 2012.

The Peter Serracino Inglott Award is awarded annually to any individual or organisation that in the opinion of the Judging Panel makes an outstanding and significant contribution to civic thinking and engagement in a Maltese context.  Civic thinking, civic participation and civic engagement are those individual or collective actions or thinking which identify and address issues of public concern. They epitomise the process of working together to make a positive difference to the life of our communities.

The Award will be made in recognition of a range of issues. For example, those addressing social or environmental causes. The effective implementation of social action. An important contribution to education or public policy. Any innovation that makes a marked improvement to the quality of life of our society. The scope has deliberately been made wide to cover any initiative or project which has as its focus civic engagement.

The Peter Serracino Inglott Award for 2016 will be made in November. All nominations for the 2016 Award should be submitted to The Today Public Policy Institute by not later than 30 June 2016. Applicants requiring more details about how to nominate somebody for the Award should submit a request by email to: joseph.v.tabone@gmail.com

Giving an example of the kind of projects which The Peter Serracino Inglott Award might recognise, Martin Scicluna, Director General of the think-tank said: “The entrants for the 2015 Awards were outstanding and covered well the range of worthy nominations which the Award has been designed to attract. For example, in 2015 these included Hospice Malta, Din l-Art Helwa, The Founder of Fondazzjoni U, the Founder of Nanniet Malta, the Founder of the OASI Centre in Gozo, the former Founder President of Fondazzjomi Patrimonju Malti, and the eventual winner, the Migrants’ Offshore Aid Station.”

Father Peter was during his lifetime one of Malta’s foremost thinkers – he was a philosopher, theologian, academic, writer, mentor and priest.  Reflecting the Aristotelian idea that thinking is completed by action, one of the areas closest to Father Peter’s heart was civic participation and creative social innovation.

Father Peter was also one of the founding members of TPPI where he made a considerable contribution to the various issues on the agenda of the Institute. It is for these reasons that the think-tank has established this Award in his memory for his contribution to civic thinking and engagement to recognise and encourage all those hard-working members of civil society in Malta who are following in the footsteps of everything Father Peter held so dear.

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