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.


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29 April 2015

On April 27, CNN host Fareed Zakaria defended the humanities as part of the L.A. book launch of his new treatise, In Defense of a Liberal Education. Zakaria is a member of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century Council. The WorldPost hosted the launch.

Attendees included, among many others, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, financiers Steve Schwarzman, David Bonderman and Mohamed El-Erian, California State Senator Bob Hertzberg, former California Governor Gray Davis and Hollywood producers Brian Grazer, Lawrence Bender and Mike Medavoy.

Economist and member Nouriel Roubini, essayist Pico Iyer and Harvard historian Niall Ferguson also attended. Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban sparred with Zakaria over the rights of Palestinians and the future of Israel as a democratic state.

A gallery of the event can be viewed here.

9 March 2015

This week, Berggruen Institute 21st Century Council members Eric Schmidt, Reid Hoffman, Arianna Huffington, Laura Tyson, Nouriel Roubini, Mohamed El-Erian, and Walter Isaacson shared their perspectives at The WorldPost conference on "The Future of Work", which took place at Lancaster House in London. Discussion around the theme "prepare to be disrupted" ranged from how the emergent sharing economy, along with 3D desktop manufacturing, would take work back into the home to worries that automation could eliminate as much as 47 percent of current jobs in the United States.

Jordan's Queen Rania spoke about how social media is fostering small business startups in the Arab world and offering a different narrative than that of the fanatics. She also called for dropping the "I" from ISIS since "there's nothing Islamic about them."

A gallery of pictures from the conference can be found here.

28 January 2015


Nicolas Berggruen & Arianna Huffington at the Davos launch of the WorldPost; January 2014

When we first came together to discuss the need for a global publishing platform, we knew that it would have to contribute to the conversation not only in a rapidly-changing world, but also in a rapidly-evolving media landscape. It would have to be a hub for everything from political and economic news to discussions of the cultural and artistic forces shaping and reshaping our increasingly global collective imagination. More than anything, it would have to be rooted in an understanding that there is a real hunger for an expanded global conversation.

A year after the launch of The WorldPost, that hunger is stronger than ever. Wherever we are in the world, we're living in a golden age of engagement for news consumers. And as the media landscape has evolved, The WorldPost has evolved along with it, while staying true to our DNA of combining the best of traditional journalism with the best of an open media and new technologies.

First, we are committed to viewing and interpreting world affairs from a truly global perspective. We are not American or Chinese or European, but global.

Second, we take a hybrid approach. While we have correspondents stationed in Istanbul and Beijing, what distinguishes The WorldPost are the "global first person voices" that are our blog contributors. From all corners of the planet, they analyze and interpret events from their personal viewpoint. From world leaders to young people whose voices might otherwise go unheard, these voices bring together a mix of perspectives -- underscoring The WorldPost's truly unique way of looking at the world.

You will find on our site not only the voice of China's President Xi Jinping, but alsocollege students in Xian offering their views of America. You will find not only Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, writing about how to attack Ebola in Africa, but also the caregivers on the ground in Liberia. You will find not only Nobel laureates in economics talking about global inequality, but also a young Spaniard doubting the promise of Europe as he watches others search fruitlessly for a job.

Third, The WorldPost is a partnership of the Berggruen Institute -- with its far-reaching global network of contacts through its various projects from governance to philosophy and culture -- and The Huffington Post, with its pioneering editorial concept and vast distribution network, including its 13 international editions from Paris to São Paulo and from Athens to New Delhi.

The WorldPost has its own Editorial Board and Advisory Council that includes prominent political figures, intellectuals and tech titans from all continents.

This unique partnership has proven highly successful in this first year. Since we launched in January 2014 at Davos, The WorldPost has reached 28 million monthly views.

At the time, Eric Schmidt said, "I can think of no other publication out there with such an impressive roster of high-profile contributors from all corners of the planet. In short order, The WorldPost will become an influential player."

Walter Isaacson also saw our early promise: "Since the advent of new media, we've been waiting for a global online publication where the whole world can meet. The WorldPost is it."

We couldn't agree more. And we're so grateful for the opportunity to continue the conversation on the subjects that shape our collective future.

Today, on the first anniversary, we celebrate by making The WorldPost the portal to all of Huffington Post's international editions including Canada, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Also, we are unveiling The WorldPost Voices app, a real time tool for accessing the distinctive blogs that have made the publication a success. In addition, a Year 1 Retrospective book featuring some of the most popular and important blogs of the first year has been put together and is available here. And finally, we will launch The WorldPost Future Series, a conference series exploring the economic, social and political transformations that technology and innovation will give rise to in the coming years.

-Nicolas Berggruen & Arianna Huffington

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