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Crisis and Opportunity: Building Solidarity Economics in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond
with Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria) and Vandana Shiva (India)

Friday, April 17, 2020, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Pacific

Hosted by Chris Benner and David Shaw (USA)

Join us for a timely panel discussion on how Nnimmo and Vandana’s alternative economic frameworks are informing and informed by this moment of the coronavirus crisis. We will consider how these frameworks can inform all of us about positive paths forward, and how we might turn this moment of great tragedy and challenge into a future of opportunities.

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About Nnimmo Bassey and Vandana Shiva

Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria, received the Right Livelihood Award in 2010 “…for revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally.”

Nnimmo Bassey’s indefatigable work with national and international organizations has turned him into one of Africa’s leading advocates and campaigners for the environment and human rights. Bassey has stood up against the practices of multinational corporations in his country and the environmental devastation they leave behind destroying the lives and ignoring the rights of the local population.

Vandana Shiva, India, received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993 “…for placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse.”

Globally well-known intellectual and activist, Vandana Shiva has shown ongoing commitment in different fields, making it difficult to label her name under a precise and unique category. At the core of her activism there are: counter-development in favour of people-centered, participatory processes; support to grassroots networks; women rights and ecology. Author of numerous important books and articles, Vandana Shiva has shown a lifetime interest in campaigning against genetic engineering and the negative impact of globalisation, advocating for the crucial importance of preserving and celebrating biodiversity.


The Right Livelihood Award Foundation and Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz are organizing a number of online panel discussions this spring and summer. Right Livelihood Award laureates are among those who have implemented large-scale solutions to the root causes of global problems. Now, and in the years immediately ahead, we have an unprecedented opportunity to amplify these ecological and social solutions, frameworks, policies, and social movements.

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