Berggruen Institute

Nicolas Berggruen was once known as the "homeless billionaire," a globe trotter who traveled to many cities around the world
Charles Taylor, winner of the first $1 million Berggruen Prize for philosophy, has helped reshape debates on what it is to be human.
BEIJING -- Reform of China's hukou system is not only a requirement to fill the inequality gap, but also a requirement for the country's interest as a whole.
"The wall between machines and humans, between computer science and biology, is collapsing and I think the next century and probably the future of life itself will be shaped by this algorithmic view of the world."
Nicolas Berggruen scuffs along a dirt road overgrown with foxtails, high in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Los Angeles basin
Sociologist Craig Calhoun discusses getting into trouble as a kid, talking to strangers and what it means to be American.
The Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center recently brought a diverse group of neuroscientists and philosophers together with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and programmers to answer this question: As developments in artificial intelligence extend or surpass human intelligence, do they challenge the traditional definition of what it means to be human? Here's what five of them had to say.
What's so dangerous about strongmen like Victor Orban or Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not just that they are disdainful of individual rights -- but also that they really do give voice to the will of the people.
Across the world, nations are seeking out leaders who promise strength. What explains the sudden resurgence of the autocrats, 25 years after the end of the Cold War appeared to have heralded the final triumph of liberal democracy?
Many of Trump's policy proposals are remarkably unimaginative and centrist, but his campaign is unique in the vitriol of its rhetoric and its hostility towards established institutions of American politics. Routine shutdowns of the federal government over budgetary disagreements or calls to ban Muslims from immigrating into the United States have surprised and rocked even the party's conservative elite. The truly revolutionary populism now emanates from the right, and it's not a pretty sight.
From self-driving cars and self-service checkout machines to the rise of the shared economy, we find ourselves wondering how rapid advancements in technology will impact how we work -- and who works. There is a vast supply of data out there warning of jobs that may soon be rendered irrelevant. That data came to life when we photographed and spoke with the individuals behind the statistics.
The Berggruen Institute, an independent, non-partisan "think and action tank" that is co-publisher of The WorldPost, announced this week that Craig Calhoun will become the new president of the organization. Professor Calhoun will leave his current position as director and president of the London School of Economics and Political Science in the summer of 2016 to take on this new role.
The 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index, a "collective intelligence" analysis that maps the global conversation on the Internet and ranks its most influential voices, has just been released by The WorldPost and the Zurich-based Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. For the first time, the annual index measures not only the globally-dominant English language infosphere, but also the other main language infospheres of Spanish and Chinese, as well as German. Altogether we rank the nearly 400 people who are most often mentioned and discussed online, ranging in the global index from Pope Francis, who ranks #1, to Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk at #4, Edward Snowden at #5 and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at #9.
BEIJING -- China's future development is about economic transformation. Through green growth and the application of Internet technologies, China can spur new opportunities and foster global sustainable development.
"What's really behind politics is culture ... and culture is philosophy."
BERLIN -- What we are witnessing today is the first of the long predicted "migration of nations," a circumstance that in itself has the capacity to change many realities we all grew up with. Mass emigration on this order has been predicted as a result of climate change, droughts and dearth. But this exodus is due to a terrible war that is shaking up an already roiling region -- the Middle East.