The Club Of Budapest
The origins of the Club of Budapest are connected with the events that took place in the second half of the twentieth century. One of them was the creation in 1968 of the Club of Rome, a progressive scientific and analytical center with a world base for activities, especially active in Europe. In Hungary, the club was represented by Erwin Laszlo, who became an active member of the Club of Rome, after the publication of “Growth Limits” (1972) in his country. The active work of Mr. Laszlo did not stand aside and, in turn, in 1977 he already presented to the Rome Club the 5th report, “The Goals of Humanity”.
The second event concerns the history of Hungary itself, when in the late 1980s democratization processes began to occur against the background of a weakening socialist regime. The transition from one political model of development to another was achieved without bloodshed, in an exclusively peaceful way. The period from 1988 to 1992 was the most dramatic for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe in the second half of the 20th century. During this time, E. Laszlo put forward a proposal to create an international movement of "artists and writers", which was to become the basis for the creation of the Budapest Club and become a partner of the Rome Club. The idea of creating such a movement included “soft factors” of growth limits: values, expectations, world view, and the state of mind and consciousness. E. Laszlo suggested that there are ideal conditions in Budapest for such intellectual and cultural activities. The idea was picked up by Shandor Choori (poet), then the President of the World Federation of Hungarians, and in 1993 the Budapest Club received recognition.
The real work began after 1995, when the main activities of the club were determined, and especially after the first conference was held in 1996, which was attended by the Dalai Lama, Vaclav Havel, Chingiz Aymatov, Yehudi Menuhin and other guests. All of them signed and promulgated the “Manifesto of Planetary Consciousness”, a document that became the basis of the club’s activity, where the main goals were set.
The manifesto consists of 12 articles, each of which is aimed at explaining the problems facing humanity and possible ways to solve them. For example, the idea of all club activities is based on a thought that binds all the articles of the Manifesto as a red thread. It consists in the following: what was past is what it will remain; to solve the problems of the present and future, a different way of thinking, a different view is required. The processes in the world that we initiated are not similar to those initiated by our fathers and grandfathers, and whether our children and grandchildren’s views depend on whether we can abandon the old way of thinking; -new look at current problems, thereby finding the necessary solution.
The Manifesto emphasizes that humanity is on the threshold of a new stage of social, spiritual and cultural evolution. Many problems: the problems of socio-economic development, the environmental problem, the demographic problem, the problems of energy and raw materials cannot be overcome only with political and economic instruments. A new way of thinking is the main tool and a necessary condition for further development. To create such a way of thinking, the Budapest Club has set itself the task of promoting creativity in all people, in all parts of the world. Creativity is not genetic, but cultural capital of a person. Today, the achievements in the economic, social and technological environment are actually the creation of man.
Genuine creativity does not remain paralyzed, faced with an unusual and unexpected problem, on the contrary, it gives rise to many different ways to break the deadlock. Cultivating creativity in a person is a condition for creating a global interconnected society in which individuals, societies and states can live together peacefully, together and with mutual benefit.
The Budapest Club is an informal association of creative people in various fields of science, art, literature, the spiritual sphere and culture.
The club sees its mission in promoting and facilitating the evolution of planetary consciousness, which is a vital aspect of our sustainable material and cultural well-being and socio-economic development. Club members use the model of opening branches in various countries, where new members who have joined, using their artistic and scientific work and spiritual insight, contribute to raising awareness of global problems and human capabilities. They convey their ideas in the words of scientific lectures and images, sounds of music and movements on the stage, appealing to the support of numerous new media technologies.
In many countries, there are branches of the Budapest Club, and since 2015, this branch began its work in Russia. Thus, in the framework of the IV International Congress "Globalism 2015", held from 26 to 30 October 2015 at the Moscow State University. Mv Lomonosov, the constituent assembly of the Budapest Club in the Russian Federation. Among the foreign private owners of this meeting was the President of the International Ecological Non-Governmental Organization “Dancing Star Foundation” (USA) who arrived at the congress, an honorary member of the Budapest Club, Michael Tobias. He conveyed the proposal of the founder of the Club, Erwin Laszlo, to create a corresponding branch in Russia and outlined the basic ideas of the club. He also noted the importance of popularizing philosophical ideas, since the Budapest Club is a broad social movement to protect the environment for peaceful coexistence and sustainable development. The importance of involving students in the work of the club was emphasized, which is particularly well combined with the profile of the Faculty of Global Processes of Moscow State University.
This will positively affect the development of systemic thinking, which is necessary for the formation of an integrated global worldview, which is absolutely necessary for an adequate perception of the modern global world. After discussing the possibility of creating and operating mechanisms of a branch of the Budapest Club in Russia, the meeting participants decided to support this proposal. Professor A.N. was elected the coordinator of the Russian branch of the Budapest Club. Chumakov, and the secretary is a third-year student (now a graduate student) of the Faculty of Global Processes of Moscow State University, V.A. Golinay.
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