Robert Neuwirth

Robert Neuwirth

Author, Journalist, 2020-2021 Berggruen Fellow

Biography

Robert Neuwirth is the author of two books of immersive reportage on the street life of the developing world – Stealth of Nations and Shadow Cities. He is now at work on a third book, a study of what he calls “bottom-down economics,” how certain communities, though powerless and economically ignored or excluded, function as platforms that collectively raise the welfare of their members. Neuwirth’s work has garnered support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. His books have been translated into many languages and his writings have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. In addition, his three TED talks have been watched and shared by millions. Before turning to writing full-time, Neuwirth spent a decade working as a community organizer and taught at Rikers Island, New York City’s jail. At Berggruen, Neuwirth is going to work on a book-length voyage in what he calls “bottom-down economics,” chronicling how certain communities, though powerless and economically ignored or excluded, function as platforms that collectively raise the prospects of their members.