Book Lecture Tour 2015
Mills College, Oakland, California - How Pragmatism is Changing the World!
Mills College, Oakland, California - How Pragmatism is Changing the World!

On April 2, Laurence Brahm addressed Mills College in the Carnegie Hall of one of Bay Area's most historic Victorian era campuses. Professor Wah Cheng, chair of the East Asian Studies Program organized the event together with the Business School. "Interested in a New Global Perspective? Sustainable Economic Models? Non-Invasive Capitalism? Community Heath and Autonomy? Buying Your Next Read? Fusion Economics" posters for the event were on billboards across the school. Mills College student body is known for its strong progressive commitment to community and environment. Oakland is a core center of activism in America. Brahm's own mentor and law school dean, Gregory Tanaka, former Professor of Mills College and an organizer of Occupy Oakland, joined the lecture and worked closely with Brahm throughout the visit.

Bender Room, Carnegie Hall, Mills College

Bender Room, Carnegie Hall, Mills College
The History and Government Departments at Mills College are proud to present a talk by:

LAURENCE BRAHM, an American-born global activist, author, social enterprise entrepreneur, political-economist, international mediator and lawyer based in Beijing and Lhasa, who twice served as the intermediary between the Dalai Lama and the People’s Republic of China.

Pizza and Chinese food will be served prior to the talk at 6:00pm



A successful economic and legal advisor in China, Brahm’s professional reputation and integrity earned him widespread respect and trust. He became an advisor on China’s state-owned enterprise reforms, banking and foreign exchange policy, as well as critical media reforms during the 1990s, working closely with different government agencies, stakeholders, and officials, including the reformist Premier Zhu Rongji. In 2009, he was recognized by China’s Central Television as one of the “ten personalities contributing to China’s reform and opening.” Brahm was the only non-Chinese honored.

He later moved to Lhasa, Tibet, and lived there for seven years. While in Lhasa, Brahm established a successful social enterprise called “Shambhala Serai,” restoring ancient buildings, revitalizing historic neighborhoods, and supporting rural and nomadic medical and education programs. All operations use solar energy.

Brahm’s experience in Tibet and South Asia became the foundation of the Himalayan Consensus, an NGO he founded to promote an alternative developmental paradigm that is non-invasive, organic, that preserves and promotes local cultures, heritage, and economy. The principles of the Himalayan Consensus have inspired other grass-root movements in the world, including the African Consensus.

Brahm is also a prolific author. His talk will be based on his latest book, Fusion Economics: How Pragmatism Is Changing the World.

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