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Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 19:30

The Himalayan Consensus: An Alternative Development Paradigm

Laurence Brahm

Global Activist and Author

Embassy of Luxembourg 


Lusenbao Dashiguan 21 Nei Wu Bu Jie  Dongcheng District

Laurence Brahm is a global activist, international mediator, political columnist and author. He is the leading advocate of a fresh development paradigm – The Himalayan Consensus – which emphasizes empowering people with local pragmatism in place of broad sweeping globalized ideology and theory.

The Himalayan Consensus evolved from Brahm's years embedded on the Himalayan Plateau seeking alternative economic experiences relevant to rural poverty alleviation and environmental protection. Since 2002, Brahm has developed an extensive program of heritage building restoration, micro-equity empowerment programs, medical outreach projects and the first free education Montessori school in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Brahm has integrated different experiences from Tibet, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka into his latest book, The Anti-Globalization Breakfast Club: Manifesto for a Peaceful Revolution. This book explains the theoretical tenets of The Himalayan Consensus, tells the story of the author's journeys throughout the region and has sparked a global movement around the ideas.