The WorldPost Celebrates Its First Anniversary

When we first came together to discuss the need for a global publishing platform, we knew that it would have to contribute to the conversation not only in a rapidly-changing world, but also in a rapidly-evolving media landscape. It would have to be a hub for everything from political and economic news to discussions of the cultural and artistic forces shaping and reshaping our increasingly global collective imagination. More than anything, it would have to be rooted in an understanding that there is a real hunger for an expanded global conversation.

A year after the launch of The WorldPost, that hunger 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.

, we are committed to viewing and interpreting world affairs from a truly global perspective. We are not American or Chinese or European, but global.

, we take a hybrid approach. While we have correspondents stationed in Istanbul and Beijing, what distinguishes The WorldPost are the “global first person voices” that are our blog contributors. From all corners of the planet, they analyze and interpret events from their personal viewpoint. From world leaders to young people whose voices might otherwise go unheard, these voices bring together a mix of perspectives — underscoring The WorldPost’s truly unique way of looking at the world.

You will find on our site not only the voice of China’s President Xi Jinping, but alsocollege students in Xian offering their views of America. You will find not only Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, writing about how to attack Ebola in Africa, but also the caregivers on the ground in Liberia. You will find not only Nobel laureates in economics talking about global inequality, but also a young Spaniard doubting the promise of Europe as he watches others search fruitlessly for a job.

, The WorldPost is a partnership of the Berggruen Institute — with its far-reaching global network of contacts through its various projects from governance to philosophy and culture — and The Huffington Post, with its pioneering editorial concept and vast distribution network, including its 13 international editions from Paris to São Paulo and from Athens to New Delhi.

The WorldPost has its own Editorial Board and Advisory Council that includes prominent political figures, intellectuals and tech titans from all continents.

This unique partnership has proven highly successful in this first year. Since we launched in January 2014 at Davos, The WorldPost has reached 28 million monthly views.

At the time, Eric Schmidt said, “I can think of no other publication out there with such an impressive roster of high-profile contributors from all corners of the planet. In short order, The WorldPost will become an influential player.”

Walter Isaacson also saw our early promise: “Since the advent of new media, we’ve been waiting for a global online publication where the whole world can meet. The WorldPost is it.”

We couldn’t agree more. And we’re so grateful for the opportunity to continue the conversation on the subjects that shape our collective future.

Today, on the first anniversary, we celebrate by making The WorldPost the portal to all of Huffington Post’s international editions including Canada, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil and the United Kingdom. Also, we are unveiling The WorldPost Voices app, a real time tool for accessing the distinctive blogs that have made the publication a success. In addition, a Year 1 Retrospective book featuring some of the most popular and important blogs of the first year has been put together and is available here. And finally, we will launch The WorldPost Future Series, a conference series exploring the economic, social and political transformations that technology and innovation will give rise to in the coming years.

-Nicolas Berggruen & Arianna Huffington

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.