Chula Right Livelihood Summer School 2019

“Nature Rights, Global Citizenship and Reclaiming ‘the Commons’:The Rise of Earth   Trusteeship”

7 -22 July 2019, Thailand

CURLS 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research. At this occasion the Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summerschool (CURLS) concluded with a two days forum Nature Rights, Global Citizenship and Reclaiming “the Commons”: the Rise of Earth Trusteeship.

The School for Wellbeing was founded in 2009 as a follow-up to the 3rd International Conference on Gross National Happiness held in Thailand two years earlier. The founding partners were the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University (CU), the Centre for Bhutan & GNH Studies (CBS), based in Thimphu, Bhutan and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation established by Sulak Sivaraksa in 1968. 

CURLS is a programme bringing students together from all over the world to learn about sustainability, organic agriculture, and right living. The Summer School balances the traditional academic learning of speakers and text with alternative forms of learning through art and theater. The movement, art, and theater components culminated in an artistic exhibition and a 45-minute performance during the Earth Trusteeship Forum at Chulalongkorn University. While learning activities varied, the theme of the School focused on Earth Trusteeship and innovative ways to reimagine ‘the Commons’.

Over the course of the program, CURLS was divided into four modules illustrating the various stages of the learning journey.

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