Jeb Brugmann

Founding Partner, The Next Practice

Over a 30+ year career working with municipalities in 28 countries, Jeb Brugmann has been at the forefront of new practices for local sustainability, social and community health impact, social enterprise development, and resilience planning. An economist and market analyst, Jeb is currently the Managing Partner of The Next Practice (TNP) innovation consultancy. His work with local governments, community organizations, and property developers now focuses on performance innovation at the district scale, with particular emphasis on health, resilience, sustainability and productivity outcomes.

In 1989-90 he founded and served from 1990-2000 as secretary general of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the largest and oldest international association of cities focused on sustainability issues. In that capacity he oversaw the establishment of some of today’s core practices of urban sustainability planning and management, including the planning methodology for local action on climate change.

From 2001-2003, he designed and directed a two-year program with the Asian Development Bank, US Agency for International Development and the city and county of Honolulu to help the mayors and senior city managers of more than 40 Asia-Pacific cities to advance their local sustainability practices. During the same period, he served as President of Globalegacy Ltd., an incubator for enterprise-led approaches to poverty reduction in low-income East London, UK.

He has been and remains an advisor on urban programs to numerous international development finance institutions and United Nations programs.

Jeb has also worked extensively with the corporate sector. New products and business lines developed with TNP support have received awards and recognitions from the World Economic Forum, the Harvard Business Review, and business schools internationally. His corporate clients have included AP Moeller-Maersk, Barclays, bp, Grupo Bimbo, Britannia, Nestle, Thomson-Reuters, and Visa.

A Senior Associate with the University Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a lecturer at universities and keynote speaker internationally, Jeb’s last book is Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World.


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