We empower thinkers — we empower work that hopefully generates new ideas. And then our job is to take those ideas and publish them — disseminate them. We do this through the World Post — our publication that lives entirely on the Washington Post, a direct and daily communication. We also publish books with the UC Press and we are about to launch something in between — in essence a journal.” – Nicolas Berggruen

Earlier this month, Nicolas Berggruen presented this year’s Berggruen Prize to Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago) at the Breggruen Institute’s annual award ceremony in New York. The Prize Jury awarded Nussbaum for her recent work regarding “the development of the philosophical foundations and practical applications of the ‘capability approach’ to welfare economics” and for its “impetus for the development by the United Nations of its Human Development Index (HDI).”

The Prize comes with a $1,000,000 grant, is given in recognition of “major achievements in advancing ideas that shape the world”, and has been awarded annually since 2016.

More about the event can be read at the Hollywood Reporter.


Coming March 2019, Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism by Nathan Gardels and Nicolas Berggruen, the first title in the new UC Press/Berggruen Institute series Great Transformations.

Nathan Gardels is Cofounder of the Berggruen Institute and Editor-in-Chief of The WorldPost, a partnership with the Washington Post. He is the coauthor of Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between East and West, a Financial Times best book of 2012. His previous books include American Idol after Iraq, The Changing Global Order and At Century’s End.

Nicolas Berggruen is Founder and Chairman of the Berggruen Institute. He is coauthor of Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East and is copublisher of The WorldPost. He is also Chairman of Berggruen Holdings.

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