The Berggruen Institute is dedicated to the design and implementation of new ideas of good governance -- drawing from practices in both East and West -- that can be brought to bear on the common challenges of globalization in the 21st century.

We are an independent, non-partisan “think and action tank” that engages cutting edge entrepreneurs, global thinkers and political leaders from around the world as key participants in our projects.

The great transition of our time is from American-led globalization 1.0 to the interdependence of plural identities that characterizes globalization 2.0 as the dominance of the West recedes with the rise of the rest. A political and cultural awakening, amplified by social media, is part and parcel of this shift, and good governance must respond by devolving power and involving citizens more meaningfully in governing their communities. At the same time, we believe that accountable institutions must be created that can competently manage the global links of interdependence.


21st Century Council

A forum for dialogue on global governance, with a focus on the G-20 as the governing body of globalization. Members include former heads of state, global entrepreneurs and political thinkers.

Council for the Future of Europe

This Council gathers a small group of the region's most eminent political figures to research and debate ways forward for a united Europe.

Think Long Committee for California

Develops comprehensive approaches to repairing California's broken system of governance while evaluating policies and institutions vital for the state's long-term future.

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29 July 2014

In 2010 the Berggruen Institute on Governance founded the Think Long Committee for California, a high-powered group of eminent citizens with broad experience in public affairs, labor, and business.

The name of the group itself implied its main objective: to introduce a depoliticized, non-partisan and long-term agenda as a corrective to the partisan rancor and short-term, special interest political culture that has come to dominate California political life.

After deliberating a year in monthly sessions, the group released its "Blueprint to Renew California" in 2011 - a bipartisan plan to renew California's dysfunctional democracy.

As the work has transitioned from developing solutions to advocating for change the work of the Think Long Committee now falls under a newly formed 501(c)(4).

15 July 2014

Carl Bildt
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome and introduce Carl Bildt, who joins our Council for the Future of Europe.

Carl Bildt has been Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden since 2006. From 1991 until 1994, Mr. Bildt served as Sweden's Prime Minister. Prior to that, he was a Special Adviser for coordination functions in the Swedish Government (1976 - 1978). Mr. Bildt was also the Chair of the International Democratic Union (1992 - 1999). He was very active in resolving the conflict in the Balkans, serving as a Co-Chair of the Dayton Peace Talks on Former Yugoslavia (1995) and a High Representative of the International Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina for reconstruction and the peace implementation process (1996 - 1997).) Mr. Bildt was the first Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Balkans (1999 - 2001).

9 July 2014

     Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tony O. Elumelu and Emmanuel Hategeka, Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, at the launch of the East African Exchange in Kigali.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tony O. Elumelu and Emmanuel Hategeka, Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, at the launch of the East African Exchange in Kigali. --Tim Newbold (c/o Wall Street Journal)

Africa Exchange Holdings has introduced the East Africa Exchange (EAX) at the 6th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. His Excellency Presidency Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya launched the regional exchange.

Established by Tony O. Elumelu, CON, of Heirs Holdings, Nicolas Berggruen of Berggruen Holdings, Dr. Jendayi Frazer of 50 Ventures and Rwandan investment company Ngali Holdings— the EAX is a commodity exchange that aims to increase regional market efficiency and give the growing population, particularly smallholder farmers, better access to commercial markets.

Nicolas Berggruen said, “EAX is complementing the EAC’s goal of regional economic integration, and putting in place a world-class exchange to create a globally competitive market for Africa’s commodities.”

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Jendayi Frazer said, “The EAX has the capacity to facilitate cross border trading of commodities within the EAC, providing a central marketplace, connecting buyers and sellers throughout the region. To be a true regional exchange we are also opening up for regional investors so we can become East-African owned.”  --BizTech Africa

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