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 January 2015

On behalf of Nicolas Berggruen, Arianna Huffington, and The WorldPost Team, we are proud to announce the WorldPost Future Series.  

The Future Series, a conference series hosted by The WorldPost, will explore the various dimensions of human evolution in the current era. From how we work to how we play, the series will take on the challenge of understanding the forces currently shaping our world and how those forces will shape us in the future. 

The inaugural conference of the Future Series will be The Future of Work conference held in London on March 5th and 6th. The event will bring together leading thinkers, economists and tech entrepreneurs to explore the shift from an information scarce economy to an information abundant economy and how this has redefined work.

Featured speakers will include Eric Schmidt, Walter Isaacson, David Bonderman, Arianna Huffington, Neelie Kroes, Laura Tyson, Nouriel Roubini, and more.


Companies struggle with new ways to organize and motivate their resources to add value while individuals struggle to find privacy, balance and meaning in a world that never powers down.

The conference will explore how to harness the opportunities and manage the consequences of these changes.

For more information and to be put on the waitlist for the conference please visit the WorldPost Conference website and follow the conference on Twitter at @WPFutureSeries.

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

22 January 2015


We would like to take this opportunity to welcome and Jörg Asmussen as a new member of BIG's Council for the Future of Europe. 

Jörg Asmussen has been Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs since January 2014. He is responsible for the human resources and budgetary policy of the Ministry. The subjects of pension and disability policy as well as the European and international employment and social policy also fall within his area of competence. 

From 2012 to 2013 he was a member of the executive board of the European Central Bank (ECB). His area of competence in the ECB included European and international relations and he represented the ECB in European and international bodies such as the Eurogroup Working Group and the EU Economic and Financial Committee. 

 

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