So…what have you done today? [Right Livelihood Award to Amy Goodman and friends]

Via Henry Schliff
on Dec 8, 2008
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In 1980 Jakob von Uexkull founded the Right Livelihood Award in response to the Nobel Prize which he believed was not as open and inclusive as it had the potential to be. Normally four persons are chosen to receive the Right Livelihood Award and this year the recipients include Krishnammal and Sankaralingam Jagannathan of India, Amy Goodman, Asha Hagi of Somalia, and Monica Hauser of Germany. Amy interviewed them all on Democracy Now today and it is well worth a listen. These are some amazing individuals involved in much needed work. The nomination process is one hundred percent open, anyone can nominate anybody. As long as you aren’t out there giving props to yourself.

The award is intended, according to the website, “to honor and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.” This is an award recognizing and indeed focused on social transformation in whatever medium it may take. Because there are no specific categories for the prize it is all the more inclusive. Listening to the voices of the recipients as they shared there work, visions, and the contributions they have made to human welfare I am compelled to reflect, however cliche it may seem, what have I done today to make the world a better and more hopeful place.


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  1. […] Amy Goodman (click here for video with interviewed student slash hero Tim DeChristopher the other day. Excerpt: While many environmental groups launched campaigns to oppose the sale of the land, one student in Salt Lake City attempted to block the sale by disrupting the auction itself. Twenty-seven-year-old Tim DeChristopher posed as a potential bidder and bid hundreds of thousands of dollars on parcels of the land, driving up prices and winning some 22,000 acres for himself, without any intention of paying for them. […]