nicolas berggruen

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[love this capture.. because it’s as he’s saying.. ‘i’m lucky.. i think it’s a pretty good answer – (to socrates how to live a good life)]

intro’d to Nicolas here:


We are witnessing a society in search of an idea- for better or worse Society is constantly on the search for ideas. #IdeasMatter

let’s go ginorm small idea – a nother way


2023 – to that ginorm small ness

antikythera program

benjamin on antikythera


feb 10 2017 (pay wall)

What the world needs now, says Nicolas Berggruen, is more philosophy.

and best ideas/philosophy.. come from people who have the luxury to do whatever they want

let’s try that.. (huge bit thought: has to be all of us to dance)


dec 2016 – How to Shape The Future | Nicolas Berggruen, Philanthropist & Billionaire

5 min – the idea is.. experiment at the beginning..

1 yr to be 5

6 min – an actor (as a human) not a passenger.. engage

8 min – leader: 1\ mission  2\thoughtful 3\own actions..moral compass 4\vision 5\able to communicate

9 min – why ideas… every country today..symptoms of world where people look at past as safer place.. and are afraid of future.. even though could be more exciting..

11 min – need new paradigms – political/ethical – so need new ideas..

13 min – answers are not going to come from traditional places

15 min – advancement as humans and not necessarily in a narrow field

yearly 1 mn dollar prize..

let’s go faster Nicolas.. for your kids sake.. for all of us..

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.. for (blank)’s sake

16 min – 1\ multiculturalism 2\ together

holmgren indigenous law

listen to all the voices

17 min – *how do you unite people.. how do you get them to communicate… **today.. everyone has access.. has voice..  at end of day.. needs to be ***something that transcends..

*facil curiosity of 7 bn everyday..[short].. ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data… as the day [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]

**not really… that’s the problem.. but we can have that be true and we can facil that chaos..

***2 convos

24 min – dangerous.. thinking we should export our ideas..

so facil.. 7 bn ideas.. everyday.. let’s do that..

25 min – have to respect the differences..

indeed..  prejudice decreases as discrimination increases..

27 min – ultimate question.. govt as service for all.. how do you balance.. in democracy.. people compete and get elected.. you want institutions that function for everyone.. not hijacked by one party..

indeed.. public consensus always oppresses someone..

29 min – to get there.. need to reinvent some of the way we operate..

redefine decision making et al [policy change]

let’s try this.. a nother way.. again.. based on 2 convos

key: gershenfeld something else law

now need to balance power/freedom of individual with community

free\dom ness.. networked individualism ness..

30 min – how do we correlate that power to a world that still has to hold together.. to achieve that balance.. the most interesting challenge

let’s try this: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data… as the day [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]

34 min – the biggest divide today is cultural.. others thinking someone is defining revolution for them..

so.. let’s try.. rev of everyday life

36 min – capitalism give us access.. but that’s not enough.. need to meet human yearning.. material gains are not enough

maté basic needs – as  human\e constitution

38 min – can you define yourself for self in positive way.. but not against others..

authenticity & attachment

one of great things of living.. changes over time

antifragile ness

39 min – we need ideas.. any brainstorms.. any out of the box ideas is what we need..

40 min – embrace change.. push for change.. accept change.. don’t do it alone.. bring others into the journey

bravery to change mind.. embracing uncertainty.

what do i have to do in order for you to be free\dom.. be\cause.. none of us if one of us..


aug 2016 – Investing in Ideas: CNN Interview with Nicolas Berggruen

secular monastery in la

ideas shape who we are… what new world of politics.. look like

money to fund ideas.. at the end of the day.. they shape us more than anything else..

3 min – today.. we need new thinking..

i don’t think answers are going to come just from political rethinking.. but really from new concepts .. what it means to be a human.. and have an occupation in the future..

something diff/new/old: a nother way to live.. eagle and condor ness

all my time is with these ideas and my children.. i’m lucky.. it’s a pretty good answer (to socrates.. how to have a good life)

find/follow Nicolas:

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Founder of . A believer that ideas can make a better world.

berggruen inst:

Independent,nonpartisan think tank exploring design of new ideas across tech, governance & philosophy in an era of Great Transformations

president: Craig Calhoun

wikipedia small

Nicolas Berggruen (born 10 August 1961) is a philanthropist and investor. A dual American and German citizen, he is the founder and president of Berggruen Holdings, a private investment company and the Berggruen Institute, a think tank that works on addressing governance issues as well as the cultures and philosophies behind political systems. Through the Berggruen Institute he is also a co-founder, with the Huffington Post, of The WorldPost, a media publication dedicated to global issues


The press has often referred to Berggruen as “the homeless billionaire”, as at one point he frequently lived in hotels and did not own a home.


In 2010, Berggruen founded the Berggruen Institute, a think and action tank through which he aspires to develop and implement more effective systems of governance

human\e constitution via human nature.. and indigenous us


In September 2015, Nicolas Berggruen announced the launch of the Berggruen Institute’s Philosophy and Culture Center. The Center – dedicated to encouraging new ideas and fresh thinking across culture and disciplines – includes a fellowship program between Chinese and American universities, an ideas contest, and an annual $1 million philosophy prize to be awarded by an international jury


article from 2015

Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 9:17 AM – 7 Apr 2017 :

Nicolas Berggruen Wants to Bridge the East-West Gap #understandingchina (

The center’s larger purpose, its founder, the billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen, said in an interview, is to look past contemporary political differences to their deeper intellectual roots.

deep enough


Bridging conflicting views, Mr. Berggruen said, is at the core of the center’s mission. “We want to find solutions, not just underline differences,” he said. “We want to come up with new ideas.”



We talk about empathy & love, espec on social media, but exhibit mostly transactional behavior. *Where are the truly disinterested (not influenced by considerations of personal advantage) gestures?

a nother way – where we’ll be able to see that.. us..


Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 11:44 AM on Tue, May 09, 2017:
We will reach the far outer world one day, but our inner world will continue to be our greatest mystery.

begs we facil 7 bn going/being there.. everyday

a nother way via 2 convos.. as the day [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]


Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 2:37 PM on Mon, Dec 11, 2017:
The values to be programmed in AI and biological tools will vary greatly depending on cultures. How do we reconcile and set certain universal standards, or at least share some norms? #AIethics

most important part.. go deep enough to resonate with all of us today (maté basic needs) disengage from the rest


If all is an algorithm, which is the original algorithm? Is there such a thing, as it would have to come from somewhere, and differentiate itself from something…or could we imagine a transcendent universal algorithm?

Original Tweet:

let’s imagine a universal algo to augment our interconnectedness

ie: tech as it could be


Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 5:23 AM – 25 Jun 2019 :
In a world where nations are retrenching towards their traditional roots, which cities will be able to remain oasis for creativity and change, open to the outside, the new and the daring? (

cure ios city


Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 5:15 AM – 27 Jun 2019 :
As intellectual property is where all the value is headed, it will be important that the IP ownership be shared – otherwise the gulf between haves and haves-not can only be settled by punishing tax transfers. (

true value is in our interconnectedness..
intellect/ownership ness.. irrelevant/cancerous


Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 4:13 AM – 20 Aug 2019 :
Life is energy – energy that you can use, renew, invest, spend or save – treat life as your energy and where you want to direct it – it’s the only possession you really have. (

what the world needs most is the energy of 7bn alive people.. i don’t think that will happen if we focus on possessions/spending/saving/investing.. any form of measuring/accounting


The Daoist will fish and wait for the catch, the Buddhist will thrive to find equilibrium, Confucians will apply themselves to tasks and family, and Western existentialists will engage as individuals – different approaches to life.

Original Tweet:

the human being.. once they believe they are truly free.. will crave connectedness (findings abstract)

thurman interconnectedness lawwhen you understand interconnectedness it makes you more afraid of hating than of dying – Robert Thurman (@BobThurman)


To help the planet start with fixing humans.

Original Tweet:

self-talk as data/detox


Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 10:40 AM on Wed, Jul 08, 2020:
Charismatic figures can unite an entire nation- but it takes a leader with heart and vision to build for the lasting good.
#totd #thoughts #leadership #wednesdaywisdom

leaders..? i’m thinking what we need most is the energy of 8b alive people.. for lasting good

which begs a means/mech to undo our hierarchical listening


Nicolas Berggruen (@NBerggruen) tweeted at 11:00 AM on Mon, Jul 13, 2020:
With too much freedom some flourish but most get lost. With rules and a compass many will feel constrained but most feel safe and protected. Paradoxically the road to true freedom is a personal and internal one.

ie: cure ios city

what we need is a means to undo our hierarchical listening.. so we can hear the itch in 8b souls every morning.. and use that data to augment our interconnectedness


charles taylor – via sh – ethics of authenticity  []

In 2016, he was awarded the inaugural $1-million Berggruen Prize for being “a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity”.

missing piece #1

Following Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Hans-Georg GadamerMichael Polanyi, and Wittgenstein, Taylor argues that it is mistaken to presuppose that our understanding of the world is primarily mediated by representations.

martin heideggermaurice merleau-ponty, ..