The Washington Post and Berggruen Institute Partner to Publish The WorldPost

Commentary from Prominent Global Voices Appear in The Posts’ Global Opinions Section

Rachel S. Bauch

The WorldPost

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rachel Bauch, Berggruen Institute; O: (323) 841-4139;

Azhar AlFadl Miranda, The Washington Post; O: (202)-334-9884; 

 The Washington Post and the Berggruen Institute have announced a new partnership to publish The WorldPost, with op-eds, videos and features by contributors writing in from around the world.

“The more the world becomes interdependent, the more the media is de-globalizing, re-nationalizing and even tribalizing with social media,” said Nathan Gardels, editor in chief of The WorldPost. “The paradox of that situation is that the information age risks becoming the age of non-communication. The Washington Post is the perfect platform to meet this challenge with The WorldPost. By joining with the extensive worldwide network of the Berggruen Institute, we can have a powerful impact together.”

Kathleen Miles is The WorldPost’s executive editor, managing daily editorial operations with The WorldPost team in New York and Los Angeles, in coordination with The Washington PostGlobal Opinions editors in Washington D.C. The content will appear in The Post’s Global Opinions section.

“As the Post’s Opinions section grows, one of our aims is to increase our offerings of thoughtful commentary that brings our readers up close to the biggest international conversations today,” said Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt. “The WorldPost, with its strong global reputation and impressive network of writers around the world, is an ideal partner for achieving this.”

The Berggruen Institute was founded in 2010 to promote cross-cultural communication around the “great transformations” affecting the world — especially the global power shift toward Asia and disruptions by the digital economy, artificial intelligence and biosciences. Through its councils and committees, the Institute is engaged in governance reform efforts in California and Europe. Since 2012, it has presented a regular “Understanding China” series in Beijing that brings together global statespersons for exchanges with the top Chinese leadership.

“The Washington Post has become one of the strongest pillars of quality journalism in the age of peer-driven social media,” noted Nicolas Berggruen, chairman of the Berggruen Institute. “I can think of no better partner for The WorldPost to help improve the integrity and trustworthiness of the democratic discourse.”

The WorldPost, which has over a million Facebook followers, was previously published by the Berggruen Institute on the HuffPost platform. WorldPost contributors and interviews have included, among many others, Chinese President Xi Jinping; international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; entrepreneur Elon Musk; the head of theU.N. Paris Climate Summit, Christiana Figueres; and former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. 

The WorldPost’s editorial board members are Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, Kathleen Miles, Jackson Diehl, Juan Luis Cebrian, Walter Isaacson, Yoichi Funabashi, Arianna Huffington, John Elkann, Pierre Omidyar, Eric Schmidt and Wadah Khanfar. 


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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.