Right Livelihood Summer Institute, 2019

Humanizing Artificial Intelligence:
Using Cultural Power, Governance & Business
to Address the Challenges of Our Time 

With Nicanor Perlas

July 8-12, 2019
University of California, Santa Cruz




UC Santa Cruz hosts the Right Livelihood Summer Institute with world recognized activist, editor and publisher Nicanor Perlas. Perlas, a Right Livelihood Award laureate, received the "alternative Nobel" in 2003 for his work opposing corporate globalization. The institute will explore the intersection of humans and technology led by one of the subjects’ leading experts. This promises to be a powerful small-group seminar experience with participants from a wide range of backgrounds and ages.

Course Topics

Artificial Intelligence

Post-Materialist Science

Societal Threefolding: Tri-Sector Partnerships for Social Transformation


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Course Instructor: Nicanor Perlas

rla-roundel-cmyk.png Nicanor Perlas received the Right Livelihood Award in 2003 "...for his outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalisation, and how alternatives to it can be implemented." Click here for details.

Nicanor Perlas is an adviser, global activist, writer and speaker on artificial intelligence, globalization, societal threefolding, Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD), post-materialist science, leadership, and self-mastery. He has advised global civil society networks, social enterprises, and UN and Philippine government agencies. Perlas headed global and national civil society networks, that were responsible for stopping 12 nuclear power plants, banning 32 pesticide formulations, and mainstreaming sustainable development.

His books include Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding, an international bestseller, as well as Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence, A Spiritual Scientific Response. For the global impact of his work, he has been given, among others, the Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL), UNEP’S Global 500 Award and the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize).

Please scroll down for videos with Mr. Perlas.


The Summer Institute is based at Porter College, immersed in the redwood forest and Monterey Bay. 

Institute Costs and Registration


Tuition costs are tiered to accommodate a diverse group from business, government and civil society. Tuition helps cover staffing costs and scholarships for other attendees. To ensure a high quality experience the institute is capped at 30 participants.
• $460 - Community representatives and students
• $860 - Full time private or academic

Limited scholarships are available. Click here to apply. Applications due June 20, 2019. 

Housing and food

Full registration - the full experience includes housing and food on the UC Santa Cruz campus. These are single rooms in shared apartments, two attendees per apartment.
• $530 - Full registration 

Commuter registration - includes lunch and dinner, but not breakfast or housing. 
• $130 - Commuter ticket
• $45 - Weekly parking pass (optional)

The deadline to register is July 3rd, 2019. There is a 3% credit card processing fee for all transactions. 


Week Overview

  • Check in is 2:00 PM to 3:45PM on Monday, July 8, 2019.
  • The first session begins at 4:00PM on Monday, July 8, 2019.
  • Departure is after lunch on Friday, July 12, 2019 roughly at 2:00PM.

Course Schedule Overview

  • 08:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 09:00 AM: Course
  • 10:30 AM: Break
  • 11:00 AM: Course
  • 12:30 PM: Lunch//Rest/Network
  • 02:30 PM: Course
  • 04:00 PM: Break
  • 04:30 PM: Course
  • 06:00 PM: Dinner/Rest/Network

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and no-shows received less than 48 hours prior to the groups contracted arrival date will be charged the full conference rate for the contracted number of nights. All other inquiries about refunds/cancellation will be given at rates standard to the university policy. 


Contact Right Livelihood College Coordinator David Shaw at daveshaw@ucsc.edu