RLC Bangkok

The Bangkok Campus is hosted by the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research, an independent action-research platform, centre of advocacy and informal higher learning. It was founded in 2009 by Chulalongkorn University (CU), the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation, which was established by the Right Livelihood Award Laureate Sulak Sivaraksa in 1969.

Major programmes of the School for Wellbeing are: the annual Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summerschool “CURLS”, Towards Organic Asia (TOA) with the Mindful Markets movement and social enterprise course on sustainable food systems, and the Young Organic Farmers alliance. These programmes are realised in collaboration with partners in the Mekong region, Southeast Asia and associates Asia-wide including the Royal University of Bhutan. In Thailand, RLC Bangkok works together with Innovation Network International (INI) and Heinrich Boell Foundation Southeast Asia on action-research titled “Connecting the Commons” (CTC).

RLC Bangkok, together with CU Social Research Institute (CUSRI), initiated the Earth Trusteeship Working Group (ETWG) in collaboration with the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Common Home of Humanity (CHH), Portugal, the Centre for Bhutan & GNH Studies, Bhutan, Global Campus of Human Rights Asia-Pacific at Mahidol University, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Thailand, as well as with Right Livelihood Award Laureate Alyn Ware from New Zealand and Neshan Gunasekera, who is the legacy holder of Right Livelihood Award Laureate Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Sri Lanka. ETWG Coordinator is Doctoral candidate Justin Sobion from Trinidad and Tobago.

The School for Wellbeing shares its physical campus at Wongsanit Ashram 40 kilometres outside Bangkok, together with other initiatives for informal higher studies inspired by the engaged spirituality of Sulak Sivaraksa.

For more information and an overview of recent activities, please check the RLC website.

Visit the RLC Bangkok homepage here.


RLC Bangkok Coordinator Hans van Willenswaard: hans@schoolforwellbeing.org

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