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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18 September 2014

We invite you to tune into a livestream of the special event “The Ukraine Crisis: What’s Next for Europe?” this Monday at 3:15pm EST. Carl Bildt, Foreign Minister of Sweden, and Mario Monti, former Prime Minister of Italy, will address the Ukrainian crisis and its implications for Europe. The event is part of the 2014 Summit on the Future of Europe sponsored by Harvard’s Center for European Studies and The WorldPost. The link for the livestream can be found here

The Ukraine Crisis: What’s Next for Europe?
“Security is like oxygen--you tend not to notice it until you begin to lose it, but once that occurs there is nothing else that you will think about.” – Dr. Jospeh Nye, Foreign Affairs, July/August 1995
The Ukraine crisis has brought to fore the existential threats facing Europe. The question of what steps are needed to maintain and enhance European security has taken on renewed urgency, both among foreign policy experts and in the wider public.
In this keynote event of the 2014 Summit on the Future of Europe, Carl Bildt and Mario Monti will address the most pressing threats facing the European continent, and discuss what policy options are open to countering them.  Some of the issues that will be explored include, should European leaders confront or co-opt Russia? How can Europe overcome the danger posed by the continent’s continued reliance on Russian gas? In light of America’s isolationist temptations, can NATO-members count on the solidarity of the United States in case of armed conflict? For that matter, can Central and Eastern European nations count on the solidarity of their Western neighbors?
The event will be broadcast live over the web. A discussion with Professor Grzegorz Ekiert (Director of Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies) and a Q&A session with students will follow the keynote address.

10 September 2014

We are proud to announce an important legislative milestone for the Berggruen Institute and Think Long for California, Inc. in the legislature last week.

The California Senate approved a measure to strengthen the ballot initiative process with bipartisan support in both the Senate and the Assembly. The Ballot Initiative Transparency Act, SB-1253 authored by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, will increase public participation during the initiative process and provide greater information to voters on proposed initiatives. The measure passed the Senate on a 28 to 9 vote and now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

About SB-1253:

In its "Blueprint to Renew California", the Think Long Committee (TLC) made a series of recommendations to improve and curb the abuses of California's prodigious initiative process (adopted a century ago from the Swiss system of popular initiatives, albeit with several consequential changes), which is badly in need of reform.

Over the last year, under the close guidance of former Chief Justice Ron George and former Speaker of the House Robert Hertzberg, a coalition of over 60 business, labor, tax, civil rights and civic reform groups came together to craft a far-reaching initiative reform for California.

Initially designed as an initiative itself, TLC chose instead to pursue the reforms through legislation, rather than going directly to the voters. The reforms are now in Senate Bill 1253 (the Ballot Measure Transparency Act).

The Ballot Measure Transparency Act looks at several steps to improve California's initiative process:

  • Making all campaign funding sources from both proponents and opponents transparent;
  • Putting in place a non-partisan review process to vet proposed initiatives for unintended consequences or flaws that would lead to constitutional challenges;
  • Enabling citizens who lack the resources of special interests groups to engage in the initiative process by lengthening the petition gathering period;
  • Simplifying ballot language to make it plain instead of legalese.

The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval.

Note: Think Long for California, Inc. was created as a separate 501(c)(4) in 2014 to implement the recommendations of the Think Long Committee for California, a bipartisan panel which convened in 2011 and put forth its Blueprint to Renew California to address the state's governance crisis.

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).