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Welcome to the Right Livelihood College Bonn!

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". The RLC promotes and implements transdisciplinary education and research on social justice, poverty and inequality reduction, and environmental sustainability together with laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

RLC Bonn PhD student presents at University of Helsinki

From August 15 to 18, Alejandro Mora-Motta, RLC PhD student at the RLC Campus Bonn, attended the World-Ecology Research Network Conference held at the University of Helsinki.  He presented his paper titled “Tree plantations as (neo)extractivism in Chile” in which he analyses this tree plantations model as a form of (neo)extractivism, which emerged in Latin America to apprehend the multi-scale process involving nature commodification ranging from its large scale appropriation in the local territories to the capture of globalized production networks. His presentation was part of the session “Planting – and Resisting cheap Natures”, where issues around extractivism, territories, plantations and property were discussed.

Right Livelihood College Opens New Campus in Thailand

The Right Livelihood College Global Network is pleased to announce the opening of its ninth Right Livelihood College Campus at The School for Wellbeing Studies and Research in Bangkok, Thailand.

The new Campus will officially open on 20 July, in connection with the opening of the Chula Right Livelihood Summer School.

The School for Wellbeing Studies and Research is an independent action-research platform, centre of advocacy and informal higher learning. It was founded in 2009 by Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Political Science, the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH, a national social sciences research institute in Bhutan and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation which was established by the Right Livelihood Award Laureate Sulak Sivaraksa in Thailand in 1968.

About the School for Wellbeing

Major programmes of the School for Wellbeing are: the annual Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summerschool, “CURLS”, in collaboration with the Right Livelihood College and Royal University of Bhutan. The second programme, Towards Organic Asia (TOA), gave rise, among other initiatives, to Mindful Markets movement and social enterprise course on sustainable food systems, with core partners in the Mekong region and associates Asia-wide. Recently the Earth Trusteeship Platform was inaugurated in collaboration with organizations in Europe, by means of a first international gathering in The Hague, Netherlands.

The School for Wellbeing shares its physical campus at Wongsanit Ashram 40 kilometres outside Bangkok, together with other initiatives for informal higher studies inspired by the engaged spirituality of scholar and activist Sulak Sivaraksa.

"Right Livelihood Award" Laureate Colin Gonsalves talks at the Global Media Forum 2018

Within the framework of the RLC workshop on “Policy, Law and Practice: Ensuring full Rights for the most Marginalized Citizen” from June 9 until June 14, 2018 at Campus Bonn, “Right Livelihood Award” Laureate Colin Gonsalves spoke at a panel at Global Media Forum 2018. The Global Media Forum focussed on Global Inequalities. Colin Gonsalves put it in a nutshell: “No level of inequality is tolerable in any country. We are fed up with that system of inequality!”

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