1. What is the Right Livelihood College?

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global initiative of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, based in Stockholm, Sweden. The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ”Alternative Nobel Prize” has been thus far bestowed to over 140 laureates – organisations and individuals – from some sixty countries in the last thirty years for their stellar achievements in a very diverse number of fields and for their endeavors to take up the human challenges of today’s world. The prize is awarded every year in the Swedish Parliament.

2. Who are the Fellows of the College and what is their role?

Every Right Livelihood Laureate is automatically a Fellow of the Right Livelihood College. The role of the Fellows is to be principal sources of supply of learning resources through engagement in activities of education, scientific research and practical activities aimed at sharing and upscaling their work.

3. What type of activities in the College engaged in?

The College is engaged in eight different types of activities:

  • Laureates will share their ‘winning ideas’ with university staff and students by giving lectures on particular issues; some forty lectures have taken place since the founding of the College.
  • Fellowships and research grants are given to outstanding students and researchers to further work on issues Laureates are working on; some ten fellowships have been awarded.
  • Between two and five interns are supported and mentored by the Laureates on specific issues; over a dozen internships have taken place.
  • Various international policy and action building courses and seminarsare promoted, building upon the knowledge and activities of the Laureates. Topics that have been covered include ‘social mobilization’, ‘reversing environmental degradation’ and ‘how to make a better world’. Over a dozen courses and seminars have been organised.
  • The College is planning to publish a scientific monograph series and easy-to-understand publications in public booklet series. Both these type of publications will help explain Laureate key issues, actions and resource links. The College is currently seeking partners to help set up this venture.
  • Inspiring films will be produced with the aim to multiply the thoughts and actions of the Laureates. The Right Livelihood Youtube channel contains short documentaries on Laureates in English, German, French and Spanish.
  • ‘Days of Action’ are organised to link selected international United Nations days with issues Laureates are working on, such as biodiversity, water and migrant workers. An active programme on volunteerism – Lifting Others Through Voluntary Engagement (LOVE) – and a Run for Peace are organised on a regular basis.
  • Upscaling: Each Laureate will be actively involved in identifying institutions they can link up with along the lines of the existing campus. Thus far, the College has established additional campuses at Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia 2009-2014), Lund University (Sweden), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), the University of Bonn (Germany), University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria), Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile), University of California Santa Cruz (USA), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), and National University of Cordoba (Argentina). The College aims to develop more partnerships with universities around the world, with at least one university on each continent.

4. What are RLC partner organisations, alliances and campuses and what is their role?

RLC partner organisations are those institutions that agree to work with the College on specific issues that relate to the College’s mission, vision and goals and promote synergies with the Laureates.

Currently, the RLC has one partner – The Youth Future Project – and a number of alliances consisting of several capacity building organisations led by Laureates.

Institutions established or inspired by our Laureates with whom we work occassionaly

We work ocassionaly work with them on projects of mutually interesst

To become an RLC partner campus, the concerned institution must be willing to accept a number of short -and long term commitments documented in a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. In particular, the campus should be capable to yearly fund RLC fellowships for PhD and master students to work on issues concerning particular Laureates. Ideally, a partner campus is located in a country or region where Laureates are from in order to build linkages with the Laureates and support their work and projects.

5. How are the College and its activities funded?

The College can be described as self-sufficient and sustainable, which implies that there are no financial cost for the Right Livelihood Award Foundation to sustain the College financially. Therefore the College has been designed in a light, participatory and action-oriented way.

Each campus raises their own funds for activities and fellowships from various sources.

6. How can I participate in the Right Livelihood College?

The RLC offers workshops, internships, scholarships, community projects and lectures for which individuals can sign up or participate in. However, the RLC does not offer diploma and degree courses.

Also, the College encourages young scholars planning to pursue doctoral research in the fields of one of the Laureates to consider applying for theRight Livelihood Fellowships at one of the participating RLC campuses.

  • Right Livelihood College
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