Jeb Brugmann: Can India’s Cities Be Made to Work?


ConocoPhillips Environmental Lecture Series

Cities in India, which has a population of 1.2 billion people, have been starved of planning and investment for decades. Many lack formal public transport systems and suffer heavy congestion. Uncontrolled expansion has led to the creation of large slum areas in some of the most prosperous centers.

Jeb Brugmann argues that instead of clearing slums, India should use them for its poverty reduction strategy. Brugmann also states that Indian cities are currently copying Western city models blindly but instead should focus on developing on the basis of their own uniqueness.

Join Jeb Brugmann at Asia Society Texas Center as he explains what can be done to make Indian cities work.



Registration and Reception: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00 pm



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About Jeb Brugmann

Jeb Brugmann, with professional experience in 28 countries, is the founding partner of The Next Practice. Brugmann is a strategist and innovation expert in the fields of business and development, serving major corporations, local governments, and non-profit organizations worldwide. In addition to using a tested, disciplined innovation process developed with leading business thinker Prof. C.K. Prahalad, he focuses on innovation in market analytics, product development, and business modeling to increase local responsiveness and customization as a source of competitive advantage and global problem-solving. He served as ICLEI Secretary General from 1991-2000, and as interim executive director of ICLEI USA in 2009. In 2004, he co-founded The Next Practice innovation consultancy with Prof. Prahalad. He is speaker to business, government, civic, and academic audiences worldwide and provides executive education as a Senior Associate with the University of Cambridge (UK) Program for Sustainability Leadership. He has received a variety of distinctions and awards for his international initiatives and publications. He is the author of Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World published in 2009.


Event Details

Wed 20 Mar 2013
7 p.m.-
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
Asia Society members $5; nonmembers $10. Links to purchase tickets below event description. All sales final.
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