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How the Right Livelihood Award is different
Unlike the Nobel Prizes and most other international prizes, the Right Livelihood Award has no categories. It recognises that, in striving to meet the human challenges of today’s world, the most inspiring and remarkable work often defies any standard classification. For example, people who start out with an environmental goal frequently find themselves drawn into issues of health, human rights and/or social justice. Their work becomes a holistic response to community needs, and sectoral categories lose their meaning.
The Right Livelihood Award is not an award for the world’s political, scientific or economic elite, but an award for the people and their work and struggles for a better future. The Laureates come from all walks of life: they are farmers, teachers, doctors, or simply, concerned citizens. Also, the Right Livelihood Award accepts proposals from everyone – not just from people of ‘high rank’! This open nomination process works like a seismic detector of the most urgent problems of today and thus allows for timely, often even agenda-setting awards.