What is CURLS?


What is Right Livelihood? – Right Livelihood in Buddhism is one of the steps in the Eightfold Path, a pathway to Enlightenment. According to the contemporary and secular interpretation of the Right Livelihood Award foundation, Stockholm, it “embodies the principle that each person should follow an honest occupation, which fully respects other people and the natural world. It means being responsible for the consequences of our actions and taking only a fair share of the earth’s resources”. The book, The Right Livelihood Way: A sourcebook for Changemakers, has developed a five-point framework for Right Livelihood which includes social justice, ecological sustainability, community participation, economic productivity, and cultural vibrancy for social transformation.

Within the complexity of current global economic, environmental and cultural challenges, we need a global and spiritual perspective. However actions to concretely tackle our challenges must happen at local level, and need to be based in community spirit and based on inner activity. New perspectives on leadership rooted in right livelihood, socially engaged spirituality and mindful markets are needed as much as appropriate tools, action research and practical capabilities in order to effectively stimulate change.

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About CURLS – To realize this mission four organizations have prepared to pioneer the co-creation of the international Chulalongkorn University – Right Livelihood Summer School. This is a proposed partnership between Chulalongkorn University, the Right Livelihood College, Royal University of Bhutan, and Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation / Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise. The academia – civil society partnership was inaugurated in 2015 initiating  CURLS 2015.

CURLS aims to promote the concept of Right Livelihood by living rightly on earth. By bringing together laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and like-minded resource persons, with independent individuals from various backgrounds and different experiences, a platform will be co-created for sharing informative and inspiring intellectual dialogues and self reflection, leading towards future activism towards sustainability and deepening Right Livelihood.


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The program will offer the unique opportunity of being in an Asian setting where participants will benefit from interdisciplinary learning, action research and sharing cross-cultural experiences as well as “local wisdom” that will bring in new ideas and perspectives on their careers, new alliances, and policy initiatives.


What are CURLS’ goals and overall objectives?

  • Co-create a holistic (interdisciplinary) approach to effectively address contemporary policy dilemmas as well as challenges to give direction to personal life and community building; articulating “happiness” and “meaning” in public policy development.
  • Empower participants as individuals and as a group to become catalysis for change and to develop directions to find their vision towards a Well-Being Society.
  • To strengthen movements aiming at a paradigm shift towards genuine sustainable development and an economy of sharing.
  • Encourage Southeast Asia as a point of convergence for change and transformation where shared ideas and new discoveries can be used as a basis for future research and project initiation in order to generate well-being impact for all.