40th Anniversary Celebrations

About the 40th Anniversary Conferences

In 2020, the Right Livelihood Foundation is hosting a series of anniversary conferences in 3 different continents with the participation of more than 30 Laureates.

The conferences will take place with the following themes:

  • February 20-22 in Bangkok, Thailand: “Education for Right Livelihood – Connecting Activism and Academia”

  • March 24-26 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: “Women, Peace and Security” (Postponed due to COVID-19)
  • August 18-24, September 2 in Medellín, Colombia: “Dialogues with Right Livelihood Laureates”

Dialogues with Right Livelihood Award Laureates

As the Right Livelihood Award is approaching its 40th Anniversary and the Medellín International Poetry Festival its 30th, our common global challenges are becoming increasingly acute and tangible when it comes to for example the climate crisis, authoritarian governance, the continuous threat of violent conflict including the use of nuclear weapons and growing inequality between rich and poor. More info below.

World Peace and Disarmament 
August 18, 10:45 COL. 15:45 GMT. 17:45 CET:
Mr. Alyn Ware (2009 Laureate, New Zealand)
– Ms. Geina Mhlophe (South Africa) 
– Ms. Ulrika Modeer (Sweden)

Defence of Earth and Life
August 24, 10:45 COL. 15:45 GMT. 17:45 CET:
– Ms. Fiore Longo (France) member of 1989 Laureate Survival International
Mr. Raúl Montenegro (2004 Laureate, Argentina)
– Ms. Francia Márquez (Colombia)
– Ms. Marije Langelaar (the Netherlands)

Culture, for the Transformation of Human Society
September 2, 10:45 COL. 15:45 GMT. 17:45 CET:
– Ms. Magdalena Max-Neef (Chile), President of 1983 Laureate Manfred Max-Neef Foundation
– Mr. Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Portugal)
– Mr. Freddy Ñáñez (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela)

Inspiring Change through Culture

As the Right Livelihood Award is approaching its 40th Anniversary and the Medellín International Poetry Festival its 30th, our common global challenges are becoming increasingly acute and tangible when it comes to for example the climate crisis, authoritarian governance, the continuous threat of violent conflict including the use of nuclear weapons and growing inequality between rich and poor. The Right Livelihood Foundation, in cooperation with the Medellín International Poetry Festival (Right Livelihood Laureate 2006), will organise a three-part webinar series inviting Right Livelihood Laureates, others within the Right Livelihood network, and poets. We want to provide a safe space for transformative ideas and visions. The focus will be on Culture as a tool to inspire change, and how to communicate the urgency of system change to the wider public. How can poets, musicians, activists and policymakers invited to the Poetry Festival best come together with science and Right Livelihood Laureates to trigger an urgent worldwide mobilisation around the pressing need for system change?

 

August 18: World Peace and Disarmament

10:45 COL. 15:45 GMT. 17:45 CET

Language: English

For decades, the security-concept has been defined by military strengths. However, in 2020, COVID-19 showed us that confrontations and weapons cannot solve a global threat like the virus. We need a shift in the political and economic priorities towards increased investments in human security issues such as health, poverty and climate change instead of spending trillions of dollars on weapons.

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August 24: Defence of Earth and Life

10:00 COL 15:00 GMT. 17:00 CET

Language: Spanish

The increasing effects of shrinking biodiversity, global warming, and other growing effects of human activities, are alarming and a significant threat to the planet’s inhabitants. By learning from each other we can develop a deeper understanding of the effects and struggles in different parts of the world, but also find more creative ways to cooperate globally in the urgent fight for a major systems change.

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September 2: Culture, for the Transformation of Human Society

10:00 COL 15:00 GMT. 17:00 CET

Language: Spanish

The world needs to go through an extensive transformation in the forthcoming ten years, starting now. The International Poetry Festival of Medellin shows the world how free expression and culture as a universal language could help us overcome fear and violence and to make the necessary changes to our way of life. What role does culture play in communicating the urgency of transforming human society?

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About the webinar series

Education for Right Livelihood – Connecting Activism and Academia

More than a dozen Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize,’ are set to gather in Bangkok for a conference 20-22 February to discuss how education and activism can be linked closer together to inspire the holistic change needed to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

About the Conference

About the Organisers

Inspiring Change in Times of Crisis – Conversations that Matter Series

Our common global challenges are becoming increasingly acute and tangible all over the globe; for example the climate crisis, authoritarian governance, the continuous threat of violent conflict, including the use of nuclear weapons, and growing inequality between rich and poor.  We are now facing a new global crisis, as the spread of COVID-19 is affecting everyone around the world. As part of the Right Livelihood Foundation 40th Anniversary, three global conferences were planned for the spring of 2020. Two of them are currently postponed, due to the pandemic. The Foundation has therefore adapted with new ideas and will instead launch an online series, inviting Laureates under different themes. These conversations will be spread in the Foundation’s network and Right Livelihood College network.

Past conversations in the series:

April 17, Building Solidarity Economics in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond

Join us for a timely panel discussion on how Nnimmo and Vandana’s alternative economic frameworks are informing and informed by this moment of the coronavirus crisis. We will consider how these frameworks can inform all of us about positive paths forward, and how we might turn this moment of great tragedy and challenge into a future of opportunities.

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April 29: Women in Global Health – COVID spotlight on major challenges

Healthcare structures around the world are now being tested, and differences in approaches are becoming increasingly visible. As in the majority of crises, women are disproportionately affected. Reports of domestic violence towards women have increased, while women are also over-represented in care work and family-related care, making it harder to maintain social distancing. How can we take advantage of and learn from this pandemic to change the global health system, so that it becomes more inclusive, accessible, and just for all?

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May 6: Water Justice in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond

Water contaminated by toxic chemical wastes; hundreds of millions without access to minimum necessary quantities of potable water.  These were grave, immense issues long before the coronavirus pandemic.  Now the pandemic, raging globally, poses new questions for us:  Do these pre-existing conditions, the polluted waters, the lack of access, make the pandemic worse?  Conversely, will the pandemic affect society’s future ability or willingness to improve access and quality?  These are the kinds of questions we will be exploring in this webinar with two Right Livelihood laureates, Maude Barlow and Robert Bilott.

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May 13: Threats & Opportunities for Democracy

As the Coronavirus spreads around the world, it is having far-reaching effects not only on public health, but also on our capacities for democratic politics. States have responded to the pandemic in various ways as they try to quickly implement new rules and restrictions for their populations to fight COVID-19. Many of these measures have not followed regular democratic protocols for decision-making, and some raise serious concerns about threats to democracy posed by increasing authoritarianism, lack of transparency, repression of media and opposition groups and parties, and other concerns. At the same time, crises can also be moments of political opportunity. As countries grapple with the Coronavirus, there is a spotlight on issues of unemployment, labour conditions, access to health care, and social interdependence, and this may provide openings and momentum for new democratic movements and agendas. What are the threats to democracy we should be grappling with and trying to prevent? What opportunities and potentials do we see for future democratic societies that we could be building now?

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May 27: Inequality and Vulnerability in Crisis

Around the world, states and organisations are struggling to control the outbreak of COVID-19. The directives from WHO declares that we should constantly wash our hands, keep good hygiene, and stay inside to protect others. But how does this affect the part of the population without access to basic hygiene articles, running water or a home to take refuge in when quarantine rules are applied. Like most crises, COVID-19 takes extraordinarily high demands on those already exposed in society. How can we turn this crisis into an opportunity to strengthen human rights and more just societies?

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