Right Livelihood Award

Official logo of the Right Livelihood Award.
Jakob von Uexkull, founder of the Right Livelihood Award

The Right Livelihood Award, established in 1980 by Jakob von Uexkull, is an award that is presented annually, in early December, to honour those "working on practical and exemplary solutions to the most urgent challenges facing the world today".[1] An international jury, invited by the five regular Right Livelihood Award board members, decides the awards in such fields as environmental protection, human rights, sustainable development, health, education, and peace.[citation needed] The prize money is shared among the winners, usually numbering four, and is EUR150,000.[2] Very often one of the four Laureates receives an Honorary Award, which means that the other three share the Prize money.


[edit] Ceremony

The ceremonial event takes place in the Stockholm old Parliament building, usually during the first week of December. A group of Swedish Parliamentarians from different parties host the ceremony. The prize is sometimes called the Alternative Nobel Prize,[3][4] and differs significantly from the Nobel Prizes in

  • having an open nomination process (anyone can nominate anyone else, except close relatives or their own organizations);[5]
  • not being limited to specific categories (many more people are eligible);[2]
  • making individual or shared awards amounting to about 5% of the Nobel ones; and[citation needed]
  • neither being a fulfillment of Alfred Nobel's bequest nor being affiliated with the Nobel Prize committees.[citation needed]

[edit] History

The 1994 award given to Dr. Sudarshan photographed in BR Hills

Before establishing the award in 1980, von Uexkull had tried to interest the Nobel Foundation in a new prize to be awarded together with the Nobel Prizes. However, as a result of the debate that followed the establishment of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (first awarded in 1969), the Nobel Foundation had decided not to associate the Nobel Prize with any additional awards, so von Uexkull's proposal was rejected.[6]

The award states that, in the 21st century, the "greatest benefit to mankind" may be found in different fields than in the traditional sciences or in strict categories: the vast majority of award winners work for grassroots non-governmental organisations in their countries. The foundation understands its awards as a complement to the Nobel Prizes.[7]

Since 1980, the foundation has presented, as of 2009, awards to 137 individuals and organisations from 58 countries. Its purpose is both to bestow prizes and to publicize the work of its recipients' local solutions to problems that also exist worldwide.[citation needed]

[edit] Laureates

Year Laureates Country
Hassan Fathy Egypt
Plenty International US, Guatemala, Lesotho
Mike Cooley United Kingdom
Bill Mollison Australia
Patrick van Rensburg / Education with Production Botswana, South Africa
Eric Dammann / Future in Our Hands Norway
Anwar Fazal Malaysia
Petra Kelly Germany
Participatory Institute for Development Alternatives Sri Lanka
George Trevelyan United Kingdom
Leopold Kohr Austria
Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins / Rocky Mountain Institute US
Manfred Max-Neef / CEPAUR Chile
High Chief Ibedul Gibbons and the People of Belau Palau
Imane Khalifeh Lebanon
Self-Employed Women's Association / Ela Bhatt India
Winefreda Geonzon / Free Legal Assistance Volunteers' Association (FREE LAVA) Philippines
Wangari Maathai / Green Belt Movement Kenya
Theo Van Boven Netherlands
Cary Fowler (Rural Advancement Fund International) US
Pat Mooney (Rural Advancement Fund International) Canada
Lokayan / Rajni Kothari India
Duna Kr Hungary
Robert Jungk Austria
Rosalie Bertell Canada
Alice Stewart United Kingdom
Ladakh Ecological Development Group / Helena Norberg-Hodge India
Evaristo Nugkuag / AIDESEP Peru
Johan Galtung Norway
Chipko movement India
Hans-Peter Drr / Global Challenges Network Germany
Institute for Food and Development Policy / Frances Moore Lapp US
Mordechai Vanunu Israel
International Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims / Dr. Inge Kemp Genefke Denmark
Jos Lutzenberger Brazil
John F. Charlewood Turner United Kingdom
Sahabat Alam Malaysia / Mohammed Idris, Harrison Ngau, the Penan people Malaysia
Seikatsu Club Consumers' Co-operative Union Japan
Melaku Worede Ethiopia
Aklilu Lemma / Legesse Wolde-Yohannes Ethiopia
Survival International United Kingdom
Alice Tepper Marlin / Council on Economic Priorities US
Bernard Lda Ouedraogo Burkina Faso
Felicia Langer Israel
ATCC (Asociacin de Trabajadores Campesinos del Carare) Colombia
Edward Goldsmith United Kingdom
Narmada Bachao Andolan India
Bengt Danielsson & Marie-Thrse Danielsson Polynesia
Senator Jeton Anjain / the People of Rongelap Marshall Islands
Landless Workers' Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais sem Terra) / CPT (Commissao Pastoral da Terra) Brazil
Finnish Village Action Movement (Kyltoiminta) Finland
Gonoshasthaya Kendra / Zafrullah Chowdhury Bangladesh
Helen Mack Guatemala
John Gofman, USA / Alla Yaroshinskaya Ukraine
Arna Mer-Khamis / Care and Learning Israel
Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress / Sithembiso Nyoni Zimbabwe
Vandana Shiva India
Mary and Carrie Dann of the Western Shoshone Nation North America
Astrid Lindgren Sweden
SERVOL (Service Volunteered for All) Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. H. Sudarshan / VGKK (Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra) India
Ken Saro-Wiwa / Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People Ogoniland, Nigeria
Andr¡s Bir / Hungarian Foundation for Self-Reliance Hungary
Serb Civic Council Bosnia-Herzegovina
Carmel Budiardjo / TAPOL Indonesia /United Kingdom
Sulak Sivaraksa Thailand
Herman Daly US
Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia Russia
People's Science Movement of Kerala (Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad) India
George Vithoulkas Greece
Joseph Ki-Zerbo Burkina Faso
Jinzaburo Takagi Japan
Mycle Schneider France
Michael Succow Germany
Cindy Duehring US
International Baby Food Action Network
Samuel Epstein US
Juan Pablo Orrego Chile
Katarina Kruhonja / Vesna Terselic Croatia
Hermann Scheer Germany
Juan Garcs Spain
COAMA (Consolidation of the Amazon Region) Colombia
Grupo de Agricultura Org¡nica Cuba
Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher Ethiopia
Munir Indonesia
Birsel Lemke Turkey
Wes Jackson US
Jos Antonio Abreu Venezuela
Gush Shalom / Rachel and Uri Avnery Israel
Leonardo Boff Brazil
Trident Ploughshares United Kingdom
Martin Green Australia
Kamenge Youth Centre (Centre Jeunes Kamenge) Burundi
Kvinna Till Kvinna Sweden
Martn Almada Paraguay
David Lange New Zealand
Walden Bello / Nicanor Perlas Philippines
Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice South Korea
SEKEM Egypt and Ibrahim Abouleish
Swami Agnivesh / Asghar Ali Engineer India
Memorial Society Russia
Bianca Jagger Nicaragua
Ral Montenegro Argentina
Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke Canada
Irene Fernandez Malaysia
Roy Sesana and First People of the Kalahari Botswana
Francisco Toledo Mexico
Daniel Ellsberg US
Ruth Manorama India
Chico Whitaker Brazil
International Poetry Festival of Medelln Colombia
Christopher Weeramantry Sri Lanka
Dekha Ibrahim Abdi Kenya
Percy Schmeiser and Louise Schmeiser Canada
Grameen Shakti Bangladesh
Krishnammal Jagannathan and Sankaralingam Jagannathan LAFTI India
Amy Goodman US
Asha Haji Elmi Somalia
Monika Hauser Germany
Catherine Hamlin Australia
Ren Ngongo Democratic Republic of the Congo
David Suzuki Canada
Alyn Ware New Zealand

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ Jawetz, Pincas. 30th Right Livelihood Awards: Wake-up calls to secure our common future. SustainabiliTank. 13 Oct. 2009.
  2. ^ a b About the Right Livelihood Award. Accessed January 24, 2010.
  3. ^ NewsAhead (2006-12-08). "Alternative Nobel Prize" awarded in Sweden. NewsAhead World News Forecast, 8 December 2006. Retrieved on 2007-10-24 from http://www.newsahead.com/PREVIEW/alternative_Nobel_award_Dec_06.htm[dead link].
  4. ^ Liptak, Bela G. (1988-02-14). Austria Fouling Hungary's Environment. Letter to the Editor dated 14 February 1988. The New York Times, 9 March 1988. Retrieved on 2007-10-24 from http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DEFDF1238F93AA35750C0A96E948260.
  5. ^ Right Livelihood Award: Proposals & Selection Process. Accessed January 24, 2010.
  6. ^ TT-DN (2003-10-02). Alternativt Nobelpris delas p fem. Dagens Nyheter, "Publicerat 2003-10-02 10:08". Retrieved from http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?a=188389. (Swedish)
  7. ^ Right Livelihood Foundation (2007-10-02). "2007 Right Livelihood Awards highlight solutions to global challenges". Right Livelihood Foundation. http://www.rightlivelihood.org/2007_10_02.html. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 

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