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Nicolas Berggruen

Weekend Roundup: U.S. Founders Entrusted Elites To Save Democracy From Itself

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.03.2017 | Home
Nathan Gardels

The word “democracy” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution. Nor in the Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence. That is because, as m...

Doing Well By Doing Good: An Interview with Nicolas Berggruen, Billionaire and Philanthropist

Alexandre Mars | Posted 11.01.2016 | Impact
Alexandre Mars

Nicolas Berggruen was once known as the "homeless billionaire," a globe trotter who traveled to many cities around the world both as a successful inve...

This Billionaire Is On A Quest For Ideas That Make A Difference

Los Angeles Times | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 05.02.2016 | Home

Nicolas Berggruen scuffs along a dirt road overgrown with foxtails, high in the Santa Monica Mountains. The Los Angeles basin falls at his feet. The s...

London School of Economics Chief to Run Berggruen Institute

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.04.2017 | Home
Nathan Gardels

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.

Think Tank Creates $1 Million Philosophy Prize Because 'Ideas Matter'

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact

The Berggruen Institute, an independent think tank based in Santa Monica, California, announced a $1 million prize for achievements in philosophy. The...

Why The New Berggruen Philosophy And Culture Center Aims For The Big Questions

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.19.2015 | Home

There’s no shortage of thinkers, academics, artists and activists working on some of the world's biggest issues -- poverty, war, economic and politi...

Berggruen Announces $1 Million Prize For Ideas That Span East And West

The New York Times | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 09.16.2015 | Home

Western universities and private philanthropists have poured resources into China in recent years, funding scholarships, campuses and other initiative...

The 'Double Truth' Revealed by Greek Crisis Shows Path Ahead Is a 'Two Speed' Europe

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Nicolas Berggruen

Europe has arrived at its moment of double truth. The muddling is over with and the path ahead is clear for all to see.

Obtaining Self-Mastery at Frieze Week NYC (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

Obtaining self-mastery or enlightenment during Frieze week is not an easy mission. Frieze Art Fair New York poses many challenges for art dealers, artists, collectors and its boosters, known as patrons. Most of this is psychological.

The WorldPost Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.29.2015 | Home
Arianna Huffington

A year after the launch of The WorldPost, the hunger for an expanded global conversation 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.

Taking Back California's Direct Democracy from Special Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Home
Nicolas Berggruen

Together, these reforms will improve the quality of our initiatives and our direct participation. They create what in political science circles is known as an "indirect initiative effect" -- a role for the legislature to foster public comment and active debate, to highlight errors and unintended consequences and fix them, and perhaps to craft policy solutions via legislation.

Is Viktor Orbán Right That Liberal Democracy Has Failed? Is Italy Exhibit #1?

Marco Valerio Lo Prete | Posted 08.11.2014 | Home
Marco Valerio Lo Prete

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has argued that "liberal democratic societies cannot remain globally competitive" because their decision-making mechanisms are anachronistic. As Orbán sees it, the alternative is to build what he calls an "illiberal" democratic state. And this, he posited, is not a personal whim: "Today, the world tries to understand systems which are not Western, not liberal, maybe not even democracies, yet they are successful."

Now Small Farmers In East Africa Can Sell On The World Market

BiztechAfrica | Posted 07.09.2014 | Home

Africa Exchange Holdings has introduced the East Africa Exchange (EAX) at the 6th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. His...

Enrico Letta: Populism + Social Media = Trouble for Europe

Posted 12.01.2014 | Home

Enrico Letta was the Italian prime minister from April 2013 until mid-February, when he was ousted by Matteo Renzi as leader of the Democratic Party a...

Europe Needs A Road Map -- Or It Will Go Backwards

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 12.01.2014 | Home
Nicolas Berggruen

The paradox of this historical moment is that we see across the world -- in Ukraine, Egypt, Thailand, Turkey -- that elections in and of themselves are not the standard of legitimacy. Only strong institutions can sustain democracy. But institutions alone without democratic legitimacy conferred upon them, as we see in the European Union, are also not sustainable.

WATCH: BIG - 'Project Europe' Live Stream From Madrid

Posted 02.27.2014 | Home

The Berggruen Institute on Governance (BIG) is hosting the international conference Project Europe, which will bring together a range of European lead...

Some Thoughts for This Year's World Economic Forum

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.25.2014 | Home
Ali Wyne

While America's regenerative capacity has thus far allowed it to offset underperforming governance, hoping or trusting that it'll do so indefinitely doesn't seem like a smart bet. Nor will avowing its exceptionalism address its systemic challenges.

The Answer to Unemployment Is More Europe Not Less

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Vivian Norris

Beyond more focused EU spending is also the responsibility of business to help bring down youth unemployment by showing what they have to offer Europe in order to make the transition from school to work flow more smoothly.

Beyond the Eurocrisis: Is More Democratic Governance the Solution for Europe?

Luka Orešković | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Luka Orešković

If invested with popular legitimacy, Europe's success will depend on balancing it with long-term focused meritocratic governance and avoiding capture by short-term and particular special interests. A middle Way between West and East is indeed necessary.

Will Germany Lead?

Scott Malcomson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Scott Malcomson

At the Council on the Future of Europe, the dominant note was of nervousness at the state of Spain's financial system, combined with resolve to rally German opinion behind greater fiscal coordination and debt mutualization.

Rule of Law Worries Behind Bo Xilai Purge

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.01.2012 | Home
Nathan Gardels

The cracks that are beginning to appear in the opaque machinations of the Chinese Communist Party are yielding some new clues that clarify the forces at work behind the purge of Chongqing's populist leader Bo Xilai.

Democracy and Smart Mobs

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.09.2012 | Home
Nathan Gardels

In our age, the advent of social networks and the transparency of shared networks challenge all hierarchies from monopoly of the mainstream media to professional knowledge protected by credentials, such as doctors, to dictators protected by force.

PAY UP: Billionaires Want To Increase Your Taxes By $10 Billion

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.05.2016 | Los Angeles

A group of some of California's most powerful billionaires say they plan on putting a $10-billion tax increase on the November 2012 ballot. Calling it...

Has California's Reform Moment Arrived?

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Has California's big reform moment arrived? It sure seems as though it should have, but Jerry Brown only has half a budget deal. Even though the chronic crisis is still more glaring than before.

Welcome to a Big, Small, Strange World of Art

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Edward Goldman

It's not often that one can find art-related news on the front page of American newspapers. BUt Robert Mapplethorpe's name is once again front-page news -- and this time, it's good news.