The Berggruen Institute (formerly Berggruen Institute on Governance) is a think tank which develops ideas to shape political and social institutions, fully financed by the billionaire Nicolas Berggruen.
The Berggruen Institute was founded in 2010 by Nicolas Berggruen. Formerly known as the Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Institute launched various projects devoted to proposing and implementing new ideas of governance. Today the Institute is composed of the Berggruen Governance Center and the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center.
Berggruen Governance Center
The Berggruen Governance Center is dedicated to the design and implementation of new ideas of good governance relevant to the common challenges of globalization in the 21st century. This is primarily being done through three projects: the 21st Century Council, the Council for the Future of Europe, and the Think Long Committee for California.
The Council on the Future of Europe
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21st Century Council
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The Think Long Committee for California
The Think Long Committee for California promotes a comprehensive approach for improving California's government. It has involved a politically bi-partisan board from the outset, to implement a joint elite policy. In November 2011, the Committee published its report, A Blueprint to Renew California. The report recommended "the devolution of power to local governments and school districts, reform of the democracy initiative process to ensure greater consideration of measures proposed by the public, establishment of a “rainy day” fund for economic downturns, a body of long-term oversight to balance the short-term, special-interest character of the elected legislature, and modernization of California’s tax system."
Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center
Global Fellowship Program
The Fellowship Program is a two-year program that gives scholars the opportunity to study at academic institutions all over the world. The Program also supports research at the University of Southern California (USC) Brain and Creativity Institute under Dr. Antonio Damasio.
The academic institutions include Stanford University's Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Harvard University, Oxford University, New York University, Tsinghua University, and Peking University.
The Berggruen Prize honors "a living thinker whose ideas are of basic importance for contemporary life".
The Prize carries a cash award of $1 million.
In October 2017, the Berggruen Institute partnered with The Washington Post to publish The WorldPost, a media platform that publishes op-eds, features and videos exclusively on The Washington Post. Nathan Gardels is editor in chief of The WorldPost, and Kathleen Miles is the executive editor.  On the board are fellow billionaires like Pierre Omidyar,Eric E. Schmidt (Alphabet/Google, John Elkann (Chairman FiatChrysler) and Juan Luis Cebrián, Arianna Huffington
This is a corrupt lobbying and influence system at its most brazen, paid op-eds sponsored by billlionaires, to be placed in another billionaire's newspaper.
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