Right Livelihood Conference, May 2018


Schedule | Background


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

7:30pm | Peace United Church | 900 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Inaugural Kamieniecki Lecture in Environmental Policy

Climate Justice: A Conversation with Bill McKibben & Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Hosted by the Social Sciences Division, Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and Kresge College Common Ground Center 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7:00pm | Kresge Town Hall

Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever

A Conversation with Maude Barlow & Robert Bilott 

Hosted by UCSC Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance, and Kresge College Common Ground Center

Thursday, May 17, 2018

9:30am–8:45pm | Colleges Nine & Ten Multipurpose Room, and Social Sciences Lawn 


A Day of Teaching and Activism for Human Rights, Sustainability, Social Justice & Media Reform


9:30 am - 9:45 am | Opening Remarks @ Multipurpose Room

Ben Leeds Carson, Provost, Kresge College  
Monika Griefahn, Chair of the Board, Right Livelihood Award Foundation
David Robles, Spoken Word Poet, "As the Fog Lifts"


9:50 am - 11:25 am | Session #1 

Ecology & Society: A Conversation with Maude Barlow @ Multipurpose Room

Hosted by Prof. Andy Szasz and Environmental Studies 100: Ecology and Society

Democracy: A Conversation with Frances Moore Lappé @ Social Sciences Lawn

Hosted by Prof. Alejandra Kramer and Anthropology 110S: The Evolution of Democracy
With Prof. Elizabeth Beaumont, Director of UCSC Legal Studies

Caring for Prairies: A Conversation with Wes Jackson @ Soc Sci 2 Room 179

Hosted by Prof. Jenny Reardon, Director of the Science & Justice Research Center 


11:40 am - 1:15 pm | Lunch & Poster Session @ Multipurpose Room & Dining Hall

David Shaw, Coordinator, UCSC Right Livelihood College

Farm-to-College Introduction and "Real Food" Lunch, Hosted by the Campus Food Systems Working Group

Poster Session, Hosted by students and faculty of Kresge-78 - Social and Environmental Justice Activism and the Right Livelihood Award. 


1:30 pm - 3:05 pm | Session #2

Renewable Energy: Amory Lovins @ Multipurpose Room

Hosted by Prof. Yu Zhang and Electrical Engineering 80J/180J - Renewable Energy Sources, Storage and Smart Grids

Social and Political Philosophy: A Conversation with Robert Bilott & Paul Walker @ Social Sciences Lawn

Hosted by Prof. Kyle Robertson and Legal Studies / Philosophy 144 - Topics in Social and Political Philosophy


3:20 pm - 4:55 pm | Session #3

Economic Justice & Human Rights: A Conversation with Alice Tepper Marlin, Tony Clarke & Yannick Beaudoin @ Multipurpose Room 

Hosted by Prof. Sylvanna Falcón and Latin American & Latino Studies 5 - Introduction to Humans Rights & Social Justice

With Prof. David Gordon and Politics 160A - Theories of International and World Politics

Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems: A Conversation with Wes Jackson & Frances Moore Lappé @ Social Sciences Lawn

Hosted by Prof. Stacy Philpott and Environmental Studies 130C - Field Experiences in Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems

Moderated by Mark Lipson, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems


5:20 pm - 6:30 pm | Session #4

Technology & Social Change: Jamila Raqib & Amory Lovins @ Multipurpose Room

Hosted by Prof. Chris Benner, Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and Sociology 30C: Project Implementation and Grant Writing for Social Entrepreneurs


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Doors at 7:10pm | Event 7:30pm | Colleges Nine & Ten Multipurpose Room

A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg & Amy Goodman 

Hosted by UCSC Foundation, Kresge Media and Society, and Common Ground Center



'Alternative Nobel Prize' Laureates at UCSC

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 environmental justice.  In these tumultuous times, this meeting will deepen and ground our local efforts toward a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world.

Public Program Dates: May 15 - 17, 2018
Place: University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

The Right Livelihood Award 

The Right Livelihood Award—widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’—was established in 1980 to honor and support courageous people and organizations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems. In addition to presenting the annual award, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation also supports the work of its Laureates, particularly those whose lives may be in danger due to the nature of their activities.

The Right Livelihood College

UC Santa Cruz is the one and only Right Livelihood College campus in North America, and we are honored to host the first North American Regional Conference. By linking activists and academics, the Right Livelihood College highlights UC Santa Cruz's trailblazing leadership in service of people and the planet, and makes vital contributions to the intellectual life of the campus and community.

Laureates attending

The following Laureates have confirmed their attendance:


Right Livelihood Award Foundation
UCSC Foundation
Common Ground Center
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

Please contact us using the information below if you would like to contribute to the conference. 

Conference Background

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, this meeting was followed by 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.


Contact information

Kajsa Övergaard
Senior Programme Director
Right Livelihood Award Foundation

David Shaw
Coordinator, RLC Campus Santa Cruz
Institute for Social Transformation