Activities and Events 2015
Living for Change: Youth Future Project releases short documentary on Alyn Ware
Living For Change is a series of short documentaries that highlights people who are trying to make the world a better place sustainably. Living for Change is run by Youth Future Project, which establishes the exchange between laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and the youth.
The first short documentary portrays the peace activist Alyn Ware, who is globally known for his activities on nuclear disarmement for more than 20 years. Alyn Ware is laureate of the Right Livelihood Award 2009. The episode gives an impression of Alyn Ware's work and visions.
Please watch the video below or visit Youth Future Project online.
Right Livelihood Award Laureates received their awards in Stockholm
On November 30 the 36th Right Livelihood Awards were presented in the Swedish Parliament. The 2015 Laureates are
Tony de Brum & the People of the Marshall Islands,
Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada),
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (Uganda) and
Gino Strada / EMERGENCY (Italy).
Watch their inspiring acceptance speeches here.
Public Talk with Representatives of Right Livelihood Award Organizations in Bonn
Sakina Qasimi of the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education in Kabul (Afghanistan) and Ovais Sultan Khan, working for the Lokayan Network based in New Delhi (India), are both representing human rights organisations which have been honoured with the Right Livelihood Award, the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. At a public talk in the Old City Hall of the City of Bonn, they spoke about the human rights situation in Afghanistan and India, as well as their work and life in this context.
RLC PhD student Willis Okumu presented paper at conference in Morocco
RLC Bonn PhD student Willis Okumu participated at the Human and Environmental Security Conference organised by the Environment and Human Security Program (EHSP), North-South Center for Social Sciences (NRCS) in Agadir, Morocco, in November 25th-27th 2015. Together with Dr. Papa Sow, Senior Researcher at ZEF Bonn, Willis Okumu presented a paper on "Linking Pastoralists Conflicts and Environmental Security: The Case of Turkana and Samburu communities in Northern Kenya".
Next RLC workshop on human rights and the empowerment of the marginalized
From September 26 until October 1, 18 young researchers from ten different countries worked together with representatives of two awarded human rights organisations at the Right Livelihood College Campus in Bonn. The workshop focused on research and education on human rights in Asia and Africa as well as on practical concepts and approaches to empower marginalized social groups. Case studies of participatory empirical research were presented, discussed and analyzed in a cohesive trans-disciplinary way by building on each participant's expertise and experience.
Successful RLC workshop on “Food security and sustainable agriculture: The future of smallholder farmers?”
Between May 30 and June 4, scientists, practitioners and 27 PhD students from 15 different countries participated in an international workshop at the Right Livelihood College (RLC) in Bonn.
The workshop focused on the role of smallholder farmers in rural areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America, and future pathways for a more sustainable agriculture. Inputs were presented, discussed and analysed in a cohesive transdisciplinary way, thus building on each participant's expertise and experience. Right Livelihood Award Laureate Hans Herren, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable and organic agriculture and President of the Millennium Institute (Washington DC), shared his expertise and knowledge with both researchers and the public.
The workshop was embedded in a variety of social and cultural side-events and was kindly supported by DAAD and the Robert Bosch Foundation.
Who will feed the World? Global Agriculture between Population Growth, Business, Sustainability, and Poverty
On Monday, 1 June, 2015 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Hans Herren discussed together with Timo Beiermann, Food First Information und Action Network (FIAN), and Stephan Krall, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) about opportunities and challenges in the global agricultural and food systems - with a special focus on the role of smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia.
Hans Herren spoke at a public panel discussion on Monday, June 1, 2015, in the Old Town Hall of Bonn. Around 130 people attended the lively debate about risks and opportunities of organic and sustainable agriculture in contrast to more "conventional" agricultural methods which imply the use of pesticides for increasing yields.
According to Hans Herren an adaptation of pricing policies for agricultural products is crucial - as long as consumers in the Global North only have to pay up to 7% of their income for food and people in the South up to 70% something is wrong in the food system, he claimed. Especially as most small-scale food producers are also the ones being hungry.
"In addition, smallholder farmers should be on board when governments talk with private companies and broker deals - they should be part of the planning and implementation process", he emphasized.
Article on Social Engagement in New Sunday Times
Prof. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Chairman of the Right Livelihood College Steering Council and President of the International Association of Universities, recently published an article for the New Sunday Times on the regional conference of RLA Laureates from the Asia-Pacific region in Mumbai.
RLC Global Network: Kick-off meeting in Mumbai brought together all campus coordinators
On March 7th and 8th, the coordinators of all Right Livelihood Colleges worldwide met with the members of the Right Livelihood College Steering Council in Mumbai, India. At this meeting, the new project “Global RLC Network” was commenced. The seven RLC campuses will cooperate on a broad range of matters in the future. These will include education and capacity-building projects, as well as publications and other ways to share the work of the seven campuses. The "Global RLC Network" is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.
Prior to this event, the coordinators met with Right Livelihood Laureates at the Regional Conference of the RLA to build