On December 14, 2017 the Berggruen Institute 21st Century Council convened in New York City for their annual meeting. The purpose of this council is to bring together some of the best minds and most authoritative voices from across cultural and political boundaries to explore the fundamental questions of our time. We connect ideas to action to improve governance and institutional performance at the state, local, and national levels. We work to ensure that global policy conversations fully incorporate Chinese and Western perspectives. Our objective is an enduring impact on the progress and direction of societies, and to create new ideas for a changing world.