Book Tour: Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism

October 24, 2019

12am Global Book Tour

Berggruen Institute Founders Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels kicked off their book tour in March 2019 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Join them on their journey as they unveil their bold approaches for renovating democracy.

As a follow-up to Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East, their latest work Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism (April 2019) is the first in the Berggruen Institute series on the “Great Transformations” published by the University of California Press (UC Press).

Current book tour dates are listed below with additional dates being added as they are confirmed.  Please check back frequently for updates.

Note: Exclusively for our Berggruen Institute network, UC Press is offering a limited time 40 percent discount code: 19W6125. To use this code, please click here.

Upcoming Book Tour Dates:

March, 2020

Action With Vision
Delphi, Greece
March 5: 3:15 p.m. (Private Event)

*Final date and time to be confirmed

Previous Book Tour Dates (2019):


Austin, TX,
March 12: 9:30 – 10:30am


LA Times Festival of Books
USC Campus
Where Do We Go From Here? Contextualizing This American Moment
April 14: 1:30 – 2:30pm

Live Talks Los Angeles
Moss Theatre in Santa Monica
April 24: 8:00 p.m.

Milken Global Conference
Los Angeles
April 27: Private Event

A Conversation with Evan Spiegel, CEO, Snap Inc.
Los Angeles
April 30: Private Event


Stanford University
Social Media and Democracy Workshop
May 1-2*: Private Event

Commonwealth Club
Moderated by: Reid Hoffman
San Francisco
May 11: 2:00pm

UC Berkeley
Moderated by: Laura D. Tyson
Social Science Matrix
May 13: Noon


Chatham House: Members Only Talk & Book Signing
Direct Democracy: Participation Without Populism?
Chaired by Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
London, England
June 24: 6 pm to 7:30 pm


European University Institute – School of Transnational Governance
Florence, Italy
July 8 & 9


Blavatnik School of Government – University of Oxford
Moderated by: Dean Ngaire Woods
Oxford, UK
September 9: 5:30 p.m.


The Brookings Institute
Washington, D.C.
October 1: 1:00 p.m.

University of Pennsylvania Perry World House

October 2: 4:30 p.m.

Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, Massachusetts
October 3: 5:30 p.m.

Campbell Brown Salon
New York City
October 7: 6:00 p.m. (Private Event)

Asia Society | New York
Moderated by: Josette Sheeran
New York City
October 10: 6:30 p.m.

Harvard Club
New York

October 11: Noon
Private Event

LA World Affairs Council
Moss Theater, Santa Monica

October 14: 7:00 p.m.

Asia Society | Southern California
Moderated by: Dick Drobnick

Los Angeles
October 21: 6:00 p.m.

UCLA Book Talk (Luskin 2355)
Co-sponsored with Luskin School of Public Affairs
Los Angeles
October 24: 1:15 p.m.

Burkle Center Salon
Sponsored by Burkle Center

Los Angeles
October 24: 6:30 (Private Event)

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.