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The Club of Budapest
Brief History

The Club of Budapest is the international organization that Ervin Laszlo formed to expand beyond the exclusively scientific purpose of The General Evolution Research Group to try to mobilize the full cultural resources of humanity to meet the challenges we face.

“The Club of Budapest is an informal association of creative people in diverse fields of art, literature, and the spiritual domains of culture. It is dedicated to the proposition that only by changing ourselves we can change the world — and that to change ourselves we need the kind of insight and perception that art, literature, and the domains of the spirit can best provide,” says Laszlo of the Club’s mission.

“The philosophy of the Club of Budapest is based on the realization that the enormous challenges that humanity is currently facing can only be overcome through the development of a global cultural consciousness. Like Greenpeace fights for ecological issues, UNICEF for children, and Amnesty International for human rights, the Club of Budapest stands for global consciousness. Its mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation to a sustainable world.”

Formed relatively recently, the amazing range of activities and people already involved globally can be seen at the Club’s website for Europe and globally: www.club-of-budapest.com; for the U.S.: www.

Honorary members include: Oscar Arias, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the Dalai Lama, Riane Eisler, Peter Gabriel, Vaclev Havel, Hazel Henderson, Hans Kung, Zubin Mehta, Mary Robinson, Mstislav Rostropovich, Desmond Tutu, Liv Ullman, Eli Wiesel, and Betty Williams.

National branches of the Club of Budapest have already been formed in: Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hawaii, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Samoa, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States, and Venezuela.