Renovating Democracy with Nicolas Berggruen, Reid Hoffman and Nathan Gardels

May 11, 2019

2pm Commonwealth Club – San Francisco

Across the globe, democratic governance is under assault. The rise of populism in the West, and the rise of China in the East, have stirred a rethinking of how democratic systems work—and how they failed their citizens by not addressing the dislocation of globalization and the rapid disruption of technological change.

Yet, despite the increasing attention paid to the impact of globalism and digital capitalism, few concrete solutions that use technology and apply the realities of globalization have been offered to close the stark divide between the haves and the have-nots. Little has been done to repair the damaged social contract in countries around the world. The Berggruen Institute, the innovative California think tank, is answering this challenge with their new book, Renovating Democracy.

Berggruen Institute founders Nicolas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels challenge us to conceive of an alternative framework for governance. To truly renovate our global systems, the authors argue for empowering participation without populism by integrating social networks and direct democracy into the system. They outline steps for harnessing globalization through positive nationalism at home while advocating for global cooperation—specifically with a Chinese partnership—to create a viable rules-based world order.

In a special Saturday appearance at The Commonwealth Club, just weeks before critical elections in Europe where populists are pushing for more power, Berggruen, Gardels and Berggruen Institute board member Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, will discuss this new approach to governance and why such a forward-looking approach is so critically needed.

Video Highlights:


Universal Income Is a Handout, but Universal Basic Capital Is Ownership

Universal Income Is a Handout, but Universal Basic Capital Is Ownership

Data Sharing Can Be a Solution to Income Inequality

Data Sharing Can Be a Solution to Income Inequality

Predistribution In Practice: How Would This Economic System Actually Work?

Predistribution In Practice: How Would This Economic System Actually Work?

How Elections Actually Corrupt the Democratic Process

How Elections Actually Corrupt the Democratic Process

The Age of Social Media and It's Impact on Democracy

The Age of Social Media and It’s Impact on Democracy

An Introduction to the American Governance System and the Founding Fathers Views on Democracy

An Introduction to the American Governance System and the Founding Fathers Views on Democracy

Reid Hoffman Asks "Why Renovate?"

Reid Hoffman Asks “Why Renovate Democracy?”

Nicolas Berggruen Explains the Work of the Berggruen Institute

Nicolas Berggruen Explains the Work of the Berggruen Institute

Positive Nationalism

“Positive Nationalism”

Predistribution

Nathan Gardels Explains “Predistribution”

Participation Without Populism

Nathan Gardels Explains “Participation Without Populism”

Why "Renovating Democracy"?


Why “Renovating Democracy”?

Upcoming


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