Nils Gilman

Chief Operating Officer; Executive Vice President of Programs; Deputy Editor of Noema Magazine

Nils Gilman is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at the Berggruen Institute, in which capacity he directs the day-to-day activities of the Institute, leads its research program, and serves as Deputy Editor of Noema Magazine. He has previously worked as Associate Chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, as Research Director and scenario planner at the Monitor Group and Global Business Network, and at various enterprise software companies including He is the author of Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America (2004), Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (2011), and the forthcoming Children of a Modest Star: Planetary Thinking for an Age of Crises (2024). He holds a Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate in History from U.C. Berkeley.

By Nils Gilman

Cover photo of Children of a Modest Star

"Children of a Modest Star" published by Stanford University Press

Tomorrow’s Democracy Is Open Source

Coordinating the Supply Side: Creating a Systemic Industrial Policy for the 21st Century

The Designer Economy

A New Philosophy of Planetary Computation

The Planet Is A Political Orphan

Op-ed: After 2021 Tumult, Here’s What It Will Take to Protect American Democracy

Workshop and Discussion on Children of a Modest Star: Governing in the Planetary Age

Both Parties Agree on the End of Reaganomics — and Little Else

The Mission-Oriented Government

Governing in the Planetary Age

The Origins of ‘Planetary Realism’ and ‘whole Earth’ Thinking

The Slander of ‘Isolationism’: How America Became Addicted to Military Intervention and How We Can Get Over It

How In-Person Voting Can Save America

Making Sense of the Unknown

Building Blocks of a National Endowment

The Long Shadow Of The Future

The Mutualist Economy: A New Deal for Ownership

Unprepared: How the Global Health Infrastructure Failed to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

Former Taiwan Premier Offers Lessons on How the U.S. Should Deal With COVID-19

China, Capitalism, and the New Cold War