2001 Goi Peace Award Laureate


Ervin Laszlo

Systems philosopher (Hungary)

“For promoting planetary consciousness for a new and sustainable civilization based on his extraordinary insights and vision.”

 As the founder of the Club of Budapest, an international association of eminent individuals in the fields of art, literature and spirituality, Ervin Laszlo has been a global leader in advancing new ways of thinking and new ethics for our common future.


Ervin Laszlo, Founder and President of the Club of Budapest, is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory. He has a PhD from the Sorbonne and is the recipient of four honorary PhDs and other prizes and awards. A former Professor of Philosophy, Systems Science, and Futures Studies at various universities in the US, Europe, and the Far East, Dr. Laszlo is the author or editor of 70 books translated into as many as 19 languages. He has also worked as Program Director for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and as President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. Currently, in addition to designing and overseeing the global projects of the Club of Budapest, he serves as Founder-Director of the General Evolution Research Group, and Administrator of the Interdisciplinary University of Paris, among other positions.