Changes are sweeping across the world—great transformations in technology and culture, politics and economics, and global power arrangements. These changes are altering how we perceive ourselves as human beings, how we view our institutions and how we look at the future. The Berggruen Institute was created to think deeply about these epochal changes and to shape better choices for tomorrow.

The Transformations of the Human program explores the manifold ways that artificial intelligence and biotechnology are challenging established conceptions of what it means to be human. By placing philosophers and artists in dialogue with technologists, we aim to foster conversations that will render AI and Biotech visible as potent experimental sites for reformulating our vocabulary for thinking about ourselves as humans.

Capitalism has conquered the world, creating a dynamic system for enabling capital, ideas and people to work together, thus generating unprecedented global wealth. The current formula of capitalism has however been less successful in solving distributional issues.

The Future of Democracy program seeks to develop new institutions of governance designed for the current age. A decade after the global recession undermined confidence in the global financial system, a political crisis no less transformative is shaking democracies across the world.

From climate change and biodiversity loss to tech risk and pandemic preparedness, many of today’s most urgent challenges exceed the boundaries of nations and the limits of human concerns. Going beyond the intellectual framework of the era of globalization, the Berggruen Institute’s program in the Planetary aims to develop and support new means and mechanisms to foster cooperation in an era of mutual interdependence not just with each other but with the biogeochemical processes of the Earth itself.

The China Center is a hub for East-West research and dialogue dedicated to the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary study of the transformations affecting humanity. Located at Peking University, the Center engages China’s most outstanding thinkers to examine, share and develop ideas to address global challenges.

Published online and in print by the Berggruen Institute, Noema grew out of a previous publication called The WorldPost, which was first a partnership with HuffPost and later with The Washington Post. Noema publishes thoughtful, rigorous, adventurous pieces by voices from both inside and outside the institute. While committed to using journalism to help build a more sustainable and equitable world, we do not promote any particular set of national, economic or partisan interests.

The Berggruen Fellowship Program is a cornerstone of the Institute’s mission to nurture ideas that shape the future. Since its inception in 2015, the program has established academic partnerships at premier research universities throughout the world: Harvard, New York University, Oxford, Peking University, Stanford, Tsinghua University, and University of Southern California. It offers scholars the opportunity of flexible periods to live and work in both the United States and China.

Los Angeles is a place where innovation and diversity are celebrated, and where far-reaching ideas are given a chance to take root. The city is uniquely suited to be the home to the Berggruen Institute’s Scholar’s Campus, where the world’s best minds will study the most pressing issues of our time.