Himalayan Consensus as a concept arose from Laurence Brahm’s original work pioneering social enterprise on the Tibetan plateau. During the film expedition “Searching for Shangri-la” in 2002, he was strongly influenced by local responses to globalization. Ethnic groups across the region were spontaneously setting up small-scale businesses to protect their identity and culture. Indigenous culture by nature emphasizes protection of the environment. From this equation he saw an economic paradigm.
Laurence Brahm and Ian Baker being received by Bhutan's current Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay
Himalayan Consensus Core Principles draw upon traditional values of the Himalayan region to emphasize:
Economic foundations are integral to assuring cultural evolution in a sustainable way that protects ethnic diversity. Which all goes to say that business is needed to be a stakeholder in the community. Businesas in turn needs to recognize that environmental integrity is essential for our survival as a species and therefore a priority. Moreover, reducing energy costs through renewable and efficient energy can be the next opportunity for business innovation and finance.
Himalayan Consensus Summit is an outcome from these years of work articulating the Himalayan Consensus as a fresh economic paradigm. It will convene as an influential group of multi-stakeholder leaders representing a spectrum of interests from: business, finance, civil society and government. The Summit will convene annually in Bhutan and develop a consensus of vision and action between these stakeholders. Through panel discussions profiling individual success cases, practical experiences will be synthesized into an integrated environmentally enhancing economic development model. The Himalayan Consensus Summit will emphasize locally inspired solutions with global relevance and applicability. Annual Summits will conclude with an outcome document to serve as pragmatic policy recommendations for decision makers that can guide business toward environmental and social responsibility, to build each consecutive year as an evolving framework for sustainable development.
Himalayan Consensus Secretariat
With Muhammad Yunus in Beijing and at Rio+20 and in Beijing. In 2006 Brahm joined Yunus on the front cover of China’s financial magazine Cai Jing story entitled “Bankers to the Poor.”