The Planetary
The Planetary
The Planetary
The Planetary
The Planetary

From new viruses to rising seas, many of our most urgent challenges are not contained by national borders. During the past several decades defined by globalization, nation-states and international organizations have focused on managing the worldwide flow of money, goods, people, services, and ideas. But many phenomena and flows that were once seen as mere background characters – such as microbes, atmospheric carbon compounds, oceanic plastics, the data flooding through algorithms, and more – have been revealed as central. Yet these non-human features do not care about our borders and political divisions. We are entering a new era, in which our pressing challenges exceed the narrow concerns of human beings. These challenges call for a conceptual break with traditional human-centered understandings of the world and its politics, toward processes and institutions that are planetary in scale and scope.

The Berggruen Institute’s Global to Planetary theme aims to clarify the political and philosophical implications of this shift and to develop new means and mechanisms to foster cooperation in addressing planetary challenges. Though the current backlash against globalization and interdependence creates obstacles to cooperation, the urgency of planetary concerns makes partnership crucial.



image from Aeon article "Governing for the planet"

"Governing for the planet" article in Aeon

Governor Newsom and inmates

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Cover photo of Children of a Modest Star

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

Cover of Gongsheng Across Contexts

New Book by Bing Song, Director of Berggruen Institute China

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

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Planetary Metaphysics photo

Planetary Metaphysics Colloquium

Pulmonata illustration

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In That Golden Summer Time poster

The Problem of Heat on an Unequal Planet

Planetary Portal

Talk: Agnieszka Kurant and Nigel Warburton on Art in the Age of the Planetary