Future Humans – Program Manager

What We Do:
The mission of the Berggruen Institute is to ask questions and develop foundational ideas about how to reshape political and social institutions in a transforming society. We work across cultures, disciplines, and political boundaries to engage great thinkers in developing and promoting long-term answers to the biggest challenges of the 21st Century.

Our Values

Respect the human dignity of all

Cultivate future-oriented solutions

Inquire with an open mind

Build a collaborative environment

Invest in people and relationships

Future Humans (FH) is a new theme at the Berggruen Institute that explores how emerging and anticipated technoscientific phenomena are reforming the futures of life, mind, and outer space. It brings together philosophers, technologists, and artists to discover — indeed, to have a hand in shaping — how those phenomena are provoking radical new ways to be human. FH is developing projects around areas such as biotechnology, artificial intelligences, multispecies flourishing, the origins and evolutions of life both on and off Earth, and novel practices of the body (VR, AR).

FH seeks a full-time Program Manager (PM) to support the theme’s operations and communications. The PM will facilitate LA and international project meetings and events; coordinate with other Berggruen Institute programs; and generally, support FH activities. The role is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated, organized, and flexible person both able to facilitate complex logistics but also be a part of FH’s intellectual growth through experimentation and creativity.

Please note candidates must live in the Los Angeles area to be considered.

Responsibilities: 

  • Report directly to the Associate Director at BI, handling multiple major projects by establishing goals and driving communication, processes, and workflow
  • Drive budget planning and partner with teams to ensure the alignment of strategic goals
  • Provide ideas for operational improvement
  • Support Associate Director and Leadership in ongoing effort to implement and evaluate Institute’s vision, projects, strategy, and goals
  • Work across multiple project/department teams to ensure communication gaps are plugged quickly and efficiently
  • As requested, plan and coordinate meetings, conferences, roundtables, salons, etc.
  • Draft event invitations and summaries
  • Create compelling presentations for various research projects
  • Strengthen existing BI collaborations and partnerships
  • Oversee the work of interns, coordinators, and other team members on selected projects
  • Build excellent partnerships and relationships across Institute departments
  • Manage contact lists and strategic communications with various segments including direct (email, text, social media) and indirect (campaigns, website) media

Skills:

  • Required Education: B.A.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in complex Project Management
  • Lead and coordinate execution of project work
  • Provide visibility to project status to key stakeholders and leadership
  • Excellent communication, coordination, and organizational skills
  • Ability to break down projects into smaller, achievable tasks and guide teams to make progress, even when you are not a subject matter expert
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, using resourcefulness and experience to ask for help from the right people when needed
  • Ability to navigate and adapt quickly to ambiguity and change
  • Comfort with VIP relationships, development, and support
  • Familiarity with various current operations/communications software
  • Familiarity with art, graphic design, audio / film, photography
  • Familiarity with / general interests in science, technology, and philosophy

Work Perks:

  • Hybrid office work model (two days per week)
  • We offer exceptional 401k plan
  • Health, dental, and vision
  • Paid vacation, sick, and holiday pay
  • Phone reimbursement
  • Dog friendly workplace
  • Snacks and gourmet coffee!

Please email your cover letter and resume to careers@berggruen.org. No phone calls, please.

Berggruen Institute is a proud equal opportunities workplace. We firmly believe employing a diverse workforce is important regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Berggruen Institute is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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.


RAVE (IRCAM 2021) https://github.com/acids-ircam/RAVE