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…

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.

As the premiere program for the Berggruen Institute and its work in the area of Geopolitics and Globalization, the 21st Century Council — an international group of 40 former heads of state or government, global thinkers and tech entrepreneurs — was founded in 2010 as a forum to address the challenges faced by both advanced and emerging countries in an interdependent, but fragmenting world.

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.