The SDG Thought Leaders Circle thanks the Club of Budapest and the Laszlo Institute for these additions to the SDG Thought Leaders Circle’s Commentaries. See also their listing in the resource area under Activities.

The Club of Budapest (est. 1993) is a group of eminent individuals dedicated to the basic mission of facilitating and providing direction to a “global shift” toward a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world. Working toward this objective is a network of independently operating national Clubs in America, Europe, as well as Asia.

The headquarters of the Club and the seat of its President is the Club of Budapest Foundation in Budapest. It is the body entrusted with implementing and coordinating the Club’s international projects and activities. With its roster of internationally renowned members, the Club initiates a dialogue between different belief systems and worldviews in order to co-create and develop effective strategies for responsible and sustainable action with a global focus.

The Mission of the Club of Budapest is to be a catalyst for the transformation to a sustainable world through promoting the emergence of planetary consciousness and interconnecting generations and cultures. 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 with a global perspective.

The Club perceives itself as a builder of bridges between science and art, ethics and economy, between old and young, as well as between the different cultures of the world. One of the prime objectives of the work of the Club is the initiative “You can Change the World”.

At the first Conference in Budapest on 26th and 27th of October 1996, The Honorary Members of The Club of Budapest have signed the “Manifesto on the Spirit of Planetary Consciousness”. 

The initial signatories of the Manifesto were His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Karan Singh, Vilayat Inayat Khan, H. E. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Árpád Göncz, Tsingiz Aitmatov, A. T. Ariyaratne, Riane Eisler, Willis Harmann, Ervin Laszlo, Peter Russell, Betty Williams, Elie Wiesel, Milos Forman, Marice Béjart, Sir Peter Ustinov, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Liv Ullmann, Jean Pierre Rampal, Thomas Berry, Edgar Mitchell, Edgar Morin, Robert Muller, Gillo Pontecorvo, H. E. Richard von Weizsaecker, Sir Richard Rothblat, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Mohammed Yunus, Otto Herbert Hajek, and Sir Arthur C. Clark.

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About the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research

The Laszlo Institute researches, develops and communicates the essential aspects of the new way of thinking and acting we need at this critical time: the new paradigm.  This site helps the researcher, and everyone interested in the new thinking, to orient themselves in the multiple activities and projects of the Institute, and join in those in which he or she is most interested.

The Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research is an APS (Association for Social Promotion, Italian Non-Profit). The Laszlo Institute offers Educational Programs, Publications, and Consulting Services. The Laszlo Institute is also pioneering transdisciplinary New Paradigm research which acts at a causal level systemically addressing the key challenges our world is facing today. Currently our key areas of New Paradigm Research are in Education, Healthcare and ‘Systemic Impact & Leadership’ (SIL).

The mission of the Institute is to foster open transdisciplinary inquiry into current science-based conceptions of the human being and his and her world. The Institute is to bring together open-minded and dedicated scientists and lay people from all parts of the world and all walks of life, to develop the emerging ideas and communicate them to people in their particular fields as well as to society at large. This mission embraces the task of eliciting, welcoming and responding to comments and responses to the reviewed conceptions, and inviting further comments and original ideas, creating an ongoing multilogue between the members and staff of the Institute and its respondents worldwide.


About Ervin Laszlo

Ervin Laszlo spent his childhood in Budapest, Hungary. He was a celebrated child prodigy on the piano, with public appearances from the age of nine. Receiving a Grand Prize at the international music competition in Geneva, he was allowed to leave Hungary and begin an international concert career, first in Europe and then in America.

Laszlo received the Sorbonne’s highest degree, the Doctorat ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines in 1970. Shifting to the life of a scientist and humanist, he lectured at various U.S. Universities including Yale and Princeton. Following his work on modeling the future evolution of world order at Princeton, he was asked to produce a report for the Club of Rome, of which he was a member. In the late 70s and early 80s, Laszlo ran global projects at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research at the request of the Secretary-General. In the 1990s his research led him to the discovery of the Akashic Field.

The author, co-author or editor of 101 books that have appeared in a total of 23 languages, Ervin Laszlo has also written several hundred papers and articles in scientific journals and popular magazines. He is a member of numerous scientific bodies, including the International Academy of Science, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the International Academy of Philosophy of Science, and the International Medici Academy. He was elected member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2010.

Ervin Laszlo was awarded the state doctorate (the highest Ph.D) from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris in 1970, and received honorary Ph.D’s from the United States, Canada, Finland, and Hungary. He was the recipient of the Peace Prize of Japan, the Goi Award, in 2001, of the International Mandir of Peace Prize of Assisi in 2005, and of the Luxembourg World Peace Prize in 2017. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and 2005. In 2019, Ervin Laszlo was cited as one of the “100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in the World” according to Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine. In 2020 he was cited as 28th of the OOOM Magazine’s Top 100: The World’s Most Inspiring People” list. 

A native of Budapest and a U.S. citizen, he lives with Carita his Finnish-born wife in Tuscany.

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