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Stephen Gaskin, iconic founder of The Farm, Tennessee, U.S., and founder of PLENTY International, died on Tuesday at the age of 79 according to US media.

STOCKHOLM - In 1970, Stephen Gaskin together with hundreds of hippies set out on a road trip in the U.S. to finally settle down in Tennessee, where they built "The Farm". Stephen Gaskin also founded PLENTY International, a non-profit, non-sectarian agency for relief, development, environment, education and human rights. Founded in the early 70s, PLENTY was built on the principle that all people are members of the human family and that, if we protect and share the abundance of the earth, there is plenty for everyone.

Right Livelihood Award Founder Jakob von Uexkull: "Stephen Gaskin received the first Right Livelihood Award in 1980 for the work of PLENTY International. The name says it all: Stephen believed that there is plenty for all if we share. PLENTY aid projects have been very effective because they were run by people who understood the differences between misery, poverty and voluntarily living simply from personal experience. Stephen represented a different, hopeful vision of America. He has inspired several generations by showing how materially simple and spiritually rich lives are possible today and can guide us to a sustainable future."

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The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 to honour and support those "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today". It has become widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' and there are now 153 Laureates from 64 countries. The annual Award Ceremony takes place in the Swedish Parliament Building in December, with support by parliamentarians from all established political parties.
The Right Livelihood Award Foundation is based in Stockholm, Sweden. The prize is financed by individual donors.

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