The Right Livelihood Award was first presented in 1980 to honour and support those “offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today”. Founder Jakob von Uexkull felt that the Nobel Prize categories were too narrow in scope and too concentrated on the interests of the industrialised countries to be an adequate answer to the challenges now facing humanity. The award has since developed into a decoration for people from all walks of life and their work and struggles for a better future. Today, there are more than 150 Laureates from nearly 70 countries.
The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global capacity building initiative of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. Since its inception in 2009, it aims to harness and spread the knowledge and experience of the Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and connect them to a wider public. Currently, there are seven colleges worldwide. Please find further information on the RLA Web page.