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Imagining a Future That’s Better Than the Past

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by Anthony Orlando

Nationalism is experiencing a resurgence. Global cooperation is under attack. Xenophobia is ascending from all corners of the Western world. “Populists” speak openly about returning to the past. What happened to the future? What happened to the optimistic vision of overcoming the differences between us, coming together, and building a better world? Wouldn’t you like to hear someone make that case? Better yet, we found someone who’s investing real money to make it happen.

In this episode, philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen shares his vision of a progressive, cooperative future where people and technology work together to build an inclusive, intelligent society.

Mr. Berggruen is the Chairman of the Berggruen Institute, a think tank he founded in Los Angeles after a career in finance, real estate, art, culture, and governance around the world. He is a board member of multiple museums, an adviser to elite universities, and a member of the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.

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Related Reading

“This Is How a Resistance Movement Succeeds” by Nicolas Berggruen

“Let’s Elect an American President Who Focuses on the Right Things” by Nicolas Berggruen

“The Billionaire Who’s Building a Davos of His Own” by The New York Times

“On His Santa Monica Mountaintop, a Billionaire Envisions Lofty Thoughts on Politics and Culture” by Los Angeles Times


This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by The Brothers Hedden (Corey & Ryan).

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