The Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute seeks to identify and nurture ideas that have the potential to shape a better human future. In pursuit of that goal, the institute is committed to science as a source of knowledge and innovation and to philosophy as a source of critical perspective and deeper understanding of the place and role of humanity in the world.
Each year, the institute offers the Berggruen Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes humanistic thinkers whose ideas have helped humanity find direction and wisdom in a world that is being rapidly transformed by profound social, technological, political, cultural, and economic change.
The institute further believes that philosophy, broadly understood as the disciplined intellectual pursuit of wisdom, has a key role to play in making our complex reality more comprehensible and to prepare us to make wiser choices about our future.
The institute welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures.
See the Berggruen Institute website for complete program guidelines, information about last year's prize recipient, and nomination instructions.