Regional Conference for North American Laureates

North American Regional Conference

In May 2018, a group of Right Livelihood change-makers based in Canada and the US will convene at the University of California, Santa Cruz to discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing social and economic justice.  In these tumultuous times, this meeting will deepen and ground our local efforts toward a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world.

Dates: 15-18 May 2018
Place: University of California, Santa Cruz, USA



Since 2013, the Right Livelihood Award has arranged a series of regional conferences for its Laureates. It was after a call from one of our Colombian Laureates, asking for help to strengthen their regional network, that we decided to bring Laureates from Latin America and the Caribbean together for the first time. Since it was such an important and fruitful meeting, we decided to arrange regional meetings for Laureates in Africa and the Middle East in 2014, in Asia in 2015, and, in 2016, Laureates in Europe. The meeting of North American Right Livelihood Award Laureates will be the fifth regional conference. In times when safe spaces for action are shrinking for civil society all over the world, these meetings provide an enabling environment for important actors toward a more sustainable and peaceful world. Award recipients have been able to share struggles, exchange ideas, strengthen networks of collaboration, and engage more deeply with change makers and communities local to the areas where the meetings have been held.

Laureates attending

Invitations have been extended to all North American Laureates. The following have confirmed their attendance:

Alice Tepper Marlin (USA)
Amory Lovins (USA)
Amy Goodman (USA)
Bill McKibben (USA)
Frances Moore Lappé (USA)
Daniel Ellsberg (USA)
Yannick Beaudoin, representing the David Suzuki Foundation (Canada)
Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution (founded by Gene Sharp (USA) who just recently passed away)
Maude Barlow (Canada)
Pat Mooney (Canada)
Paul Walker (USA)
Plenty International (USA)
Robert Bilott (USA)
Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada)
Tony Clarke (Canada)
Wes Jackson (USA)

Partner Organisations

A number of groups at UC Santa Cruz are collaborating to co-host this event, including:

  • UCSC Foundation
  • UCSC Kresge College
  • Common Ground Center at Kresge College
  • Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance
  • Everett Program for Technology & Social Change
  • Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Division of Social Sciences
  • The Humanities Institute
  • University Relations
  • Science and Justice Research Center
  • Sustainability Office
  • Environmental Studies Department
  • Heller Chair in Agroecology
  • Rachel Carson College & Headley Chair for Integral Ecology and Environmental Justice

Contact information

Kajsa Övergaard
Senior Programme Director
Right Livelihood Award Foundation

David Shaw
Coordinator, RLC Campus Santa Cruz
Co-Director, Common Ground Center
UCSC Kresge College

Find more information in our press release published 2 May 2018.