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Announcing our Finalists for the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

Tällberg Foundation Announces Finalists for 2021 Leadership Awards Introduces New Award for Emerging Leaders   Stockholm and New York, October 5, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced finalists for the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on universal values, […]

Escaping the Taliban

  The Taliban’s surge to power in Afghanistan is one of those events that will have repercussions for years to come. Listen as Jamila Afghani talks about escaping the Taliban, and what she expects for her country. Jamila Afghani, president of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) Afghanistan and civil society activist, has […]

Can We Unearth Solutions to the Climate Challenge?

  Tero Mustonen is a climate scholar who combines indigenous knowledge with academic research. Listen to his insights on how to promote positive change on a damaged planet. Tero Mustonen, President and Co-Founder of the Snowchange Cooperative, Finland Despite its green global image, Finland has long relied heavily on the exploitation of Nature for income […]

Latin American Democracy: Dead or Alive?

  Why hasn’t liberal democracy developed deeper roots in Latin America? Why are institutions under pressure in so many places? Why do many Latins seemingly embrace “strong man” rather than democratic solutions to their social, economic, and political problems? Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council […]

New World Order: Middle East Chapter

Iran sits at the center of this emerging new reality. Rapprochement among Arabs and peace with Israel is one thing if it is aimed at a united front against Iran, but quite another if it is about finding new ways to work with Iran on common objectives. That really would be New Thinking for a […]

Can Brazil’s Democracy Survive Bolsonaro?

Can Bolsonaro bully his way into reelection? Will the country’s democratic institutions be so badly damaged by him that Brazil’s future stability could be at risk? Most importantly, what do the Brazilian people actually want? Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He received a law degree at the University of […]

Cyber (In)Security in a Connected World

Cyber insecurity is a reality of life in the digital age. We all worry about being hacked, about losing personal or corporate secrets to online bandits. But what happens when nations do it? Is that war? Marcus Willett CB OBE, has extensive experience of advising governments and companies on cyber, in the UK and internationally. […]

Can We Innovate Our Way to Better Times?

Can we really innovate our way out of the mess? Are we smart enough to translate fantastic discoveries into tangible benefits for people? Livio Valenti is a sustainability entrepreneur leveraging scientific discoveries to build innovative companies in the healthcare, biotechnology and material science field. He is the co-founder of Vaxess Technologies, a biotechnology company developing […]

Who Cares About Migrants?

here do they go and who will take them? What rights do migrants seeking safety have? Who worries about them in a world that is focused on coping with Covid? Becca Heller is the co-founder and Executive Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. IRAP provides legal assistance to refugees all over the world. She […]

​​A German Millennial Looks at a New — Or, at Least, Different — World

For all practical purposes, the 20th century ended when the Berlin Wall fell, followed by, rather quickly and relatively quietly, the collapse of the Soviet Union. Dr. Ulrike Franke is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She leads ECFR’s Technology and European Power initiative. Her areas of focus include […]

Understanding—and Protecting—Neurorights

“What we’re talking about is mentally enhancing humans…about building a new type of species, a hybrid human, in which part of our brain will be devices that would be running artificial intelligence algorithms and connected to huge data databases.” — Rafael Yuste “Setting global expectations around how this technology can be developed and how the […]

Are Your Thoughts Safe?

Where is neuroscience taking us? Rafael Yuste works at the forefront of neuroscience. In an effort to protect your individual neuro-identity and neurorights, he is joined by Jared Genser, a leading international human rights lawyer. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging in serious scholarship, and […]

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” – Reflections on a Changing Culture

Recently, I had the opportunity to podcast with Shirin Neshat, acclaimed visual artist, and Jonathan Burnham, one of the leading New York-based book publishers. The idea was to talk about culture in the (almost) post-pandemic West: identity politics, cancel culture, how the pandemic is impacting artists and writers, what our culture is telling us about […]

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

If art is a window on the soul of a nation, what does ours look like? Who do we, defined loosely as the West, think we are in the sense of identity? What’s our mood? Jonathan Burnham is President and Publisher of the Harper Division at HarperCollins, overseeing imprints which include Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper […]

War With Russia?

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Russia or if it’s China or if it’s Iran, it’s a threat against all of us, and we should do something together to secure ourselves from all these complex threats.” — Marius Laurinavičius   “There’s a flood of illegal migrants crossing the Lithuania border….now the border is used as a tool […]

Hot War, Cold War, New War

Lithuania is a frontline state in the growing confrontation—some think it is already war—between East and West. Dalia Bankauskaitė, a defense and security expert at Vilnius University, and Marius Laurinavičius, a journalist and analyst at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, are both in that camp. Dalia Bankauskaitė is a Partnership Associated Professor at Vilnius […]

Reimagining the Middle East

“There was a moment where Israel was contemplating annexing lands in the West Bank. I thought that was going to have a drastically negative impact, not just on the region, but on Israel and on America, because America was going to have to defend an incredibly unpopular decision. So what we were trying to do […]

A New Middle East

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates long serving ambassador to the United States and also a key player in the process of creating this new Middle East, discusses the future of the region. Yousef Al Otaiba is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States and Minister of State. His […]

Democracia en Peligro

Latin America is in trouble. From the Rio Grande to the Drake Passage, angry and violent partisanship is rising; citizens feel their governments have failed to provide peace, prosperity or security; courts and the media—the usual counter-balances to autocrats—are weakening; and too many politicians are proposing radical, rather than centrist, solutions. So, what is the […]

Does Democracy Have a Future in Latin America?

By any measure, Latin American democracy is in trouble. Will things get worse before they get better? Patricio Navia, Eduardo Amadeo, Sergio Guzmán, all think (and certainly hope) that democracy will survive in their countries and in their region. Eduardo Amadeo has served his country in many capacities, most recently (2015-19) as an elected member […]

Welcome to the High-Tech Barbecue

Can we produce enough food to meet humanity’s growing needs and wants, without further environmental damage? Is it possible to move the center point of the production process from the farm or the sea into the laboratory? Didier Toubia is the co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, a cultivated meat company that is shaping the future […]

Understanding Africa

“The first draft of history is always going to be very messy.”  — Michela Wrong Human life originated in Africa, and humanity’s future will be intensely African: by 2100 one in three people on earth will live on the continent, including almost half of the young people. How to understand 1.4 billion people, more than […]

Heart of Darkness

  How is Africa doing? Can Africa produce the food, energy, economic activity, education, and social and political stability that all those people, especially all those young people, need and deserve? And is democracy the best means to that end? Michela Wrong has spent nearly three decades writing about Africa, first as a Reuters correspondent […]

Mirabilis annus secundus

“The second part of the second years prodigies being a true additional collection of many strange signs and apparitions which have this last year been seen in the heavens and in the earth, and in the waters” — Anonymous, 1662   In American college basketball the phrase “one and done” refers to a young athlete […]

Leadership Special: Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons

Two prize winners and friends, Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons, discuss how great leaders can change everything. Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests […]

The hope of our future

Youth is the hope of our future. When it comes to governance, is that a good thing in a world where there is a growing body of evidence that youth’s satisfaction with democracy is declining in many countries? Listen as Cristóbal Marín Rojas and Julien Richard discuss the challenges of making democracy work. Julien Richard […]

Leadership Special: Jan Eliasson, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize is named in honor of Jan Eliasson, one of the most accomplished global diplomats of our era. In this special episode, Jan discusses how great leaders can change everything. Jan Eliasson (Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish and international diplomat. He most recently served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United […]

Are we really all in this together?

The global pandemic was a test of the proposition that global problems not only need global solutions, but that if the crisis is big enough, then those global solutions will be forthcoming. If so, we failed and—as the pandemic continues to roil countries, ruin lives, and damage futures even while “mission accomplished” celebrations break out […]

Fixing what’s broken

Is democracy in trouble? The evidence so far this year is troubling: January 6th in Washington, coup in Myanmar, widening arrests in Hong Kong, presidential interference with the judicial systems in El Salvador and Mexico, Polish and Hungarian EU lobbying against “gender equality”—the list is long and global. Some of the sins are big, some […]

Alone together: China and America

We seem to be moving from a world where markets ruled to one where politics rules: the politics of nationalism and confrontation, of East versus West instead of East and West. Weijian Shan, economist, businessman, investor, shares his unique perspective, not just on global markets, but on how the world really works. Weijian Shan is […]

Teach Your Children Well

“Malala Fund has a very, very simple philosophy…the right of every citizen to have 12 years of safe, quality, and free education available to them.” “We’re predicting that almost 20 million more secondary school girls will drop out of school by the end of the crisis.”                            — Dr. Maliha […]

Presenting the 2021 Prize Jury and Pre-Jury

LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD As the worst of the pandemic starts to recede, it is leaving a mess: not just the millions of dead, but democracy under stress, whole societies buckling, health care systems broken, children’s development stunted—the list goes on. Leaders were tested, and many were found wanting. That reality gives […]

Girls, Interrupted

Dr. Maliha Khan, one of the leaders of the Malala Fund, talks about how the pandemic has made the goal “all girls, everywhere should have free, safe, quality education”, even more difficult to achieve. The global pandemic affects almost everyone on the planet—but it especially affects children. And what’s bad for kids is worse for […]

‘The Fortune You Seek is in Another Cookie’

“If China can rise smoothly to the top of the world without firing a single bullet, it will certainly be able to claim the moral high ground. This may sound harsh, but the truth is that peace is not a godsend. It often has to be earned, sometimes at the cost of war.” China Daily, […]

Leadership Special: Nithya Ramanathan, Engineer working to improve human health with sensory intelligence

Today’s world is short of a lot of things—sustainable environment, peace, prosperity, equality—but what we lack most is innovative, global, values-based leadership. If we can find and nurture that kind of leadership, the rest will follow. In this special episode, you will meet Prize winner Nithya Ramanathan as she is interviewed by Cecilia Weckstrom. Nithya […]

Join the Webinar: Sustainable Democracy?

A panel of young leaders from Hungary, Venezuela, Poland and South Sudan, who are on the front lines of fighting for real, sustainable democracy, will discuss what they have learned in their struggles and how we can make the forces for good governance more muscular. Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Time: 11am EST, 5pm CEST […]

The Chinese Puzzle

What does China—or, more particularly China’s leadership and the Chinese Communist Party— want from the rest of the world? Domination or collaboration? Allies or subjects? War or peace? Dr. Jonathan D. T. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese global strategy and US-China competition. He earned his PhD in China-India relations at the University […]

For Every Child

“I do fear we will look back on the disruption caused by the pandemic on children’s education—which has been at unprecedented scale, length and duration—we will be looking on this period as indeed something that will be with us for many years to come.” —Robert Jenkins   As the intensity of the pandemic slowly and […]

Social Media, Social Discord

“What we’ve seen happening is the acceleration of the spread of hate, based on political leadership, on political conversation, on groups who have an agenda to spread that hate.” — Sarah Durieux “If it’s human relationships that so often get people into a place where they are perpetrating harm to the world, it is so […]

The kids are not alright!

“All children of all ages and in all countries are being effected in particular by the socioeconomic impacts and in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good. This is a universal crisis. And for some children, the impact will be lifelong.” Robert Jenkins, Chief, Education and Associate Director, Programme […]

Leadership Special: Jared Genser, international human rights lawyer

In this special episode, you will meet Jared Genser, one of the three 2020 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership prize winners. Listen, as he is interviewed by Shahidul Alam, photographer, writer, curator and activist and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging […]

The best of times, and the worst of times

Even as the pandemic, like some giant glacier, slowly and unevenly recedes, the world seems frozen in place as it deals with the mess left behind. But is this crisis or opportunity? This week’s guests are dedicated to the latter proposition. They both are trying to make the world the kind of place it could […]

Fighting for Democracy

“The Hungarian illiberal regime…is extremely cynical. So in that sense, anything can be put on the agenda and at any given day, just the exact opposite could become the top of the agenda.” — András Léderer “What happened during the four years of the Law and Justice ruling in Poland is that many reforms were […]

¿QUÉ PASA CUANDO LA DEMOCRACIA MUERE?

“Venezuela se ha convertido en una amenaza para la seguridad, la estabilidad y la democracia del hemisferio”. “Creo que cualquier opción… es legítima para proteger a millones de venezolanos que sufren del hambre, que sufren de las enfermedades, que sufren de los crímenes contra la humanidad, que sufren de las violaciones de derechos humanos” -David […]

If it’s illiberal, is it democracy?

Europe is increasingly divided: between the frugal North and the Club Med South; between the illiberal East and the progressive West. In many ways, the latter is more profound at a time when democracy is under pressure almost everywhere. Listen as our guests discuss the profound conflicts that will shape their countries—and perhaps Europe—for decades […]

Leadership Special: Sylvia Earle, world-class oceanographer and educator

In this special episode, you will meet Sylvia Earle, one of the three 2020 prize winners. Listen, as she is interviewed by Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Sylvia A. Earle is a pioneering ocean scientist, explorer, author, influential speaker and conservation leader known as a […]

What Happens When Democracy Dies?

“[Venezuela] has become a threat to the security and stability and democracy of the hemisphere.” “I think that any option…is legitimate to protect millions of Venezuelans that are suffering from starvation, that are suffering from disease, that are suffering from crimes against humanity, that are suffering from human rights violations.” — David Smolansky   Sometimes […]

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Joins the Tällberg Foundation in Presenting the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize   Stockholm and New York, March 29, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced that it has renamed its flagship leadership prize as the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which incorporates the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as a partner in the Tällberg […]

Casas Muertas

Venezuela has been in a death spiral for years. The country have been devastated by political repression and economic depression; its people suffer from hunger, malnutrition, shortages of food, medicine and, perhaps worst of all, opportunity. David Smolansky is the special envoy of the Organization of American States to address the Venezuelan Migration and Refugee […]

Speaking Freely

“Free speech is counterintuitive…That’s why we have it as part of the Bill of Rights. We have to have courts that stop the government and the society from doing what they’re inclined to do. It’s more natural to suppress free speech than it is to protect free speech. This has been true forever and will […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Our world is a mess. Pandemic, recession, accelerating climate change, refugees frustrated in their search for better lives, political frustration spilling into the streets: stress and distress are almost everywhere. What can we do—as individuals and as leaders—to change the play, to break out of a truly vicious circle? How about some magic? Not the […]

When is too much freedom too much?

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, is widely considered one of America’s leading legal scholars on freedom of speech and has written extensively about the evolution of that fundamental freedom in the digital age. Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s 19th president in 2002 and is the longest serving Ivy League president. He is […]

The (non) Future of Europe

“I don’t see us Europeans taking hold of our future…technologically and economically we are totally torn up between United States and China. We may turn out to be only the battlefield for that competition.  That’s tragic for what we represent as a civilization in Europe.” — Pierre Lellouche When Pierre Lellouche, veteran French politician and […]

“Expect to have very violent reactions after the pandemic”

Pierre Lellouche worries that bad is likely to get worse. Listen as he discusses how Europe got stuck between the United States and China, the future of democracy, and the tragedy of social movements focused only on race and gender. Pierre Lellouche, after a long career in the French Parliament (five consecutive terms, 1993-2017) and […]

Persian Delights; Persian Dangers

“After all of these years of sanctions and containment…is it not time to stop wondering when the Islamic Republic is going to fall and instead think about how the Islamic Republic might change?” — Sanam Vakil  “[Ayatollah Khamenei’s] legacy will be: do not believe the Americans, do not negotiate with the Americans.” — Sima Shine […]

Iran’s Annus Horribilis

2020 was an awful year for Iran. A year that started with the assassination of the country’s widely popular, leading general ended with the assassination of its most important nuclear scientist. Answers are difficult to find, but this week’s guests are in the business of looking for them. Sima Shine leads the Iran program at […]

Hiding in plain sight

“One of the worst things you can give to the human brain is chronic uncertainty. And the name of the game since March 2020, is uncertainty.”  — Mike Niconchuk “With the virus, we see a breaking of social bonds and those have not been reestablished. But I think basic trust has to be the starting […]

High Anxiety

There is mounting evidence that the pandemic is generating a global mental health crisis. How do we cope with the results? Dr. Jonathan DePierro and Michael Niconchuk try to answer questions about our mental health in this episode. Jonathan DePierro, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount […]

Online Conversation: Long COVID

International health expert and physician Dr. Kees Rietveld worries that instead of a fast exit from COVID we are entering a twilight scenario of Long COVID. We recently published his opinion piece, in which he makes the case that we might be looking at years, not months, before something resembling “normal” is once again actually […]

Magical thinking (about Zoom)

Since the onset of the pandemic, most people have been forced to put their lives on hold or online. Work, education, entertainment, exercise—almost everything has largely moved from the real world to the virtual world. One result is near universal groans about “Zoom fatigue.” But is it the tool or how we are using the […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Magician Mark Mitton explores how magical thinking (or, at least, a magician’s thinking) can help us through this crisis Mark Mitton is a magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to performing and producing events all over the world, Mark explores the theme of “Misdirection” […]

Opinion: Long COVID

It is time for society to bite the bullet and accept that SARS CoV 2, the virus that causes COVID, is here to stay. It has become an endemic pandemic, mutating in the direction of becoming a part of the annual winter respiratory onslaught. Some countries might achieve temporary eradication, but the world won’t. The […]

Looking for a New Normal (or something like it)

We live at a time of pandemic, recession, growing doubts about the future and form of capitalism, challenges to democracy, shifts in global power.   Sandra Breka is Member of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the major foundations in Europe. Since joining the Board of Management, she spearheaded the […]

Democracy Now?

“I have never been in my whole life as worried as I was on that day…about whether or not we could survive as a democracy. I think we’re as divided and in danger of losing the democracy as we were in 1860.” — Richard Gephardt   Dick Gephardt is a democrat; he firmly believes that democracy […]

“A republic, if you can keep it”

Congressman Gephardt, a Democrat, firmly believes America needs bipartisanship to cope with the divisive spirits that are tearing at the country. Listen as he talks about some of the things that urgently need to be done, not just in the United States, but everywhere that democracy is under pressure. Richard Gephardt served for 28 years […]

Lines in the sand

“There are more red lines right now, more lines between countries, between ideologies, between peoples than have ever really existed at any single time in history.” “We need to master all of that [history] if we’re going to go forward and figure a way of either working with these red lines or dismantling them.”       […]

Lines in the Sand

History is replete with leaders drawing real or metaphorical lines in the sand, challenging opponents to cross only if they dare. David Andelman, an American journalist and author, believes that one way to understand global risks and challenges is to explore the nexus of red lines that define global politics. David A. Andelman, a columnist […]

Celebrating or Cursing Democracy?

This week the United States inaugurates a new President, much to the joy of many Americans, but to the utter dismay of millions of others. And the swearing in takes place in a Washington, DC locked down, not by fear of pandemic, but by fear of domestic terrorists. Only two weeks ago, a mob encouraged […]

Welcome to the Brave New (digital) World

We explore living online with a woman whose job it is to make the experience as productive and pleasant as possible. Jaime Teevan is Microsoft’s Chief Scientist for Experiences and Devices. Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Experiences and Devices and helps Microsoft create the future of productivity. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s […]

European Renaissance

“By tradition, by history, by culture, by philosophy, the model of the way of life in Europe is better for people, better for nature.” “It’s a question of whether we have the three ingredients of global influence: namely weight, ambition and know-how. — Pascal Lamy At a time of Brexit, political uncertainties in many continental […]

Online Conversation: American Agonies

January 6, 2021 is now one of those days seared in our memories.   What happened in Washington was awful, but perhaps inevitable—maybe necessary—eruption; a catharsis to bleed off the poison.  Donald Trump is all but finished, and the most virulent brand of Trumpism has been revealed in all its base, vile thuggery.  That’s good, not […]

Why Europe?

Pascal Lamy is arguably one of the most prominent, thoughtful and enthusiastic supporters of a global leadership role for Europe. Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from […]

Online Workshop: Making Democracy Work

On December 8 and 9, 2020, the Tällberg Foundation celebrated the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize during a virtual workshop. The theme of the meeting was “Making Democracy Work” which encompassed a range of interviews, panels, and performances. See the program for both days here. Day 1 Global Leaders! Meet the winners […]

Follow the Science

2020 will probably be remembered as the year of COVID. Our guest has long worked at the intersection of science, politics, and policy. Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists, an organization […]

Gorillas (and people) in the Mist

A few days ago we were visiting the gorillas and you could see that they were actually quite happy to see visitors coming back. Some of them even tried to get close because they think, “Hey, you’re back!” How can you protect the gorillas when the communities aren’t benefiting? We’re seeing win-win situations for people, […]

Live and let live

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka believes that zoonotic disease is controllable by simultaneously working to improve the health of humans and animals, at the points where they meet. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda, a veterinarian and scientist, works at the intersection of human and animal health.  Her work addresses the well being of human communities and wildlife where […]

Announcing the 2020 Winners of the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

TÄLLBERG FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP PRIZE WINNERS Sylvia Earle, Jared Genser, Nithya Ramanathan Receive 2020 Awards Stockholm and New York, November 25, 2020—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, awarded annually for extraordinary leadership—in any field and any country—that is courageous, innovative, rooted in universal values and global in application or […]

America Chooses!

“I am a Trump supporter.  I supported him in ’16, voted for him in ’20, but I had a raging case of Trump fatigue myself…. I was not that sorry to see the outcome, and I think the country needed it.” — Scott Miller “I thought [you] were very cognizant of the damage this president […]

True Blue

Sylvia Earle, a finalist for the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, behaves like a woman running out of time, which she is. The world’s foremost oceanographer—the Jacques Cousteau of our era, dubbed “Her Deepness”—she is on the road most of the year, and has logged countless hours underwater since her first dive, in a […]

Democracy in America

The U.S. election has come, but not quite gone as President Trump continues to resist the otherwise apparent victory of Joe Biden. Notwithstanding that drama, what did the voting tell us about America, Americans, and democracy? Scott Miller is a leading strategic and marketing consultant to some of America’s most important companies and most important […]

Objections Sustained

Sara Hossain can sound ambivalent about her role as honorary executive director of BLAST, the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.  “I don’t like running a large organization and I really don’t want to keep on doing that,” she says, “because there are many aspects of it that a lawyer is not best skilled for […]

Save the Date – December 8-9, 2020!

We invite you to join the Tällberg Foundation in celebrating the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize on December 8 and 9 from 10:00AM-11.45AM EST / 16.00-17.45 CET as part of a virtual workshop. The theme underlying this year’s meeting is “Making Democracy Work” which will encompass a range of interviews, panels and performances. […]

Data Minded

Nithya Ramanathan won’t deny that she loves engineering puzzles. “I just find them really fun to solve,” she says. “But ultimately I get pretty bored unless I’m solving that bigger, human-centered problem.” The computer scientist and C.E.O. of the non-profit Nexleaf Analytics is talking about really big problems here—climate change, pandemics, infant mortality—and about designing […]

Burning Down the House

“Basically, we are telling our kids and our grandkids that we don’t care about them when we burn the Amazon… This is something that can’t happen anymore.” — André Guimarães   Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged in October with the number of blazes up 25% in the first 10 months of 2020 compared to […]

Amazonian Armageddon

Once again, the Amazon is burning—and deforestation may be approaching a tipping point that could turn the world’s largest rain forest into dry savanna or even dessert. What are the potential consequences? Why aren’t we terrified? Who should be doing what? André Guimarães is the Executive Director of IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute). He has […]

Online Conversation: Right/Wrong

On October 28, Juan Enriquez presented his latest book for members of the Tällberg Foundation network. How rapid changes in technology could lead to rapid changes in ethics and, more importantly, how we can have civil conversations. Juan Enriquez is one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. […]

Believing It’s Possible

As founder of the Open Source Pharma Foundation, which is creating a crowd-sourced alternative to the pharmaceutical industry, Jaykumar Menon feels he may have met his moment. Just a couple of years ago, “We were considered crazy people,” he says. “And now I think we were shown to be prescient. Everybody in the world is […]

Dealing with a Dragon

“Everybody is saying, ‘Oh, why isn’t China being so meek and so docile anymore? Why is it showing his teeth?’  The simple answer is that, it is what all great powers do.” “It would be best for the world for China to emerge as a happy dragon, rather than an angry dragon…The West is handling […]

Has China Won?

The competition between China and the United States is the defining geopolitical reality of the 21st century. The evolution of its new Great Game will determine whether our collective future will be one of prosperity or disaster. Kishore Mahbubani is a veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and author of eight books, and is currently a […]

The Ripple Effect

Jared Genser’s client list reads like a Who’s Who of democratic aspiration: Václav Havel, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Liu Xiaobo, and Anwar Ibrahim to name a few. But the international human rights lawyer will never forget his first, James Mawdsley, who was imprisoned in Burma in 1999, with a 17-year sentence for handing out leaflets. […]

As the World Turns

Jan Eliasson—Swedish and global diplomat, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, accomplished conflict mediator—considers himself a “concerned optimist.”  As he surveyed the world in a New Thinking for a New World podcast with host Alan Stoga, sometimes he seems more concerned than optimistic—and that troubles him. “I am now very worried about where we […]

Happy (?) Birthday

  The United Nations turned 75 this year—but the pandemic overwhelmed its birthday party. The UN, built in a different world, has succeeded in its core mission: preventing World War III.  But is the UN, as it is now constructed, relevant to the problems of the 21st century? Ambassador Jan Eliasson is a well-known Swedish […]

Our Wildlife, Our Selves

More than two decades ago, in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka made a connection that most of the world is only now beginning to get: The well-being of humans and animals are inextricably linked. About half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas live in the park—around 650 at the time, a population that […]

Cooperation, Competition, or Confrontation

Coping with a Dangerous World   “I think that this is a period of increasing danger.” “You can draw a direct line from the unenforced red line in Syria in 2014, to the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese land grab in the South China Sea.” “We always ask, ‘should we […]

Battlegrounds

General H.R. McMaster, a highly decorated U.S. military officer, discusses how he believes the U. S. and like-minded countries can maneuver through today’s complicated global realities to produce peace and prosperity for their citizens. H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A native of Philadelphia, […]

Writing on the Wall: Bahia Shehab

Historian. Street artist. Professor of graphic design. Bahia Shehab lives the future she believes in for her students: multi-disciplinarity. “I think if I were only a historian or only an artist or only an academic, I wouldn’t have survived,” says the Lebanese-Egyptian finalist for the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, who lives and teaches in […]

Ugly, Uglier, Ugliest: Migration at a Time of Covid

“When I was in Lesbos, there were over 9,000, 10,000 people in the streets with little food, little water, and nothing else… literally lines of people stretched for miles and miles along the road.” – Myrto Xanthopoulou “We saw busloads of Venezuelans choosing to return to Venezuela saying that as the situation got worse and […]

Online Conversation: Triple shock

The triple shock of pandemic, lockdown and economic collapse has rocked countries, communities and citizens around the world. Imagine the impact on refugees and migrants, caught in mid flight between their dangerous homes and less-than-welcoming destinations. The dramatic burning of what had been described as Europe’s largest refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece—probably started by desperate […]

Migrants (barely) Surviving

Like a great magician, the pandemic has drawn our attention away from things that are hiding in plain sight. One of those has been the plight of millions of refugees and migrants who are in refugee camps or trying to escape from war, violence, poverty or other scourges. Myrto Xanthopoulou, Mike Niconchuk, and Megan López who […]

Announcing the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Finalists

Seven Global Leaders Selected From 2,165 Nominations Winners to be Announced in November Stockholm and New York, September 30, 2020 — Today the Tällberg Foundation announced seven finalists for the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on […]

Reshuffling the Global Deck

“We have entered a world which we’ve not experienced for a long time …  The most populous nation in the world is acquiring the economic and military and political might to go with that size.” “You cannot make global politics or globalization something apolitical. You cannot take the politics out of human life and human […]

A World Divided

The world’s a mess.  The great powers today, the Chinese and the Americans, seem to disagree on most things. In this episode, Robin Niblett looks for answers. Dr Robin Niblett CMG has led Chatham House since January 2007. Previously he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies […]

Bearing Witness

Earlier this month, the migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos were again homeless after fires, probably set out of desperation, destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp, Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos.  Moria, intended for 2,200, housed more than 12,000 people under horrible conditions that worsened when COVID-19 hit. Myrto Xanthopoulou, a […]

Power to the People

“What building a state and what building a society means … is for people to come together, discuss, and agree on a shared way forward.” “When they come to power through military means, they tend to then rely on those same instruments to wield power.” —Peter Biar Ajak Independence!! A war won; a people freed. […]

Africa Agonistes

In this episode we’re going to explore why democracy and good governance are so rare in East Africa and what leaders like Peter Biar Ajak can do to change that reality. Peter Biar Ajak is the Chairman of the South Sudan Young Leaders Forum, Senior Advisor to the International Growth Centre, and Founder of the […]

Europe’s Union: Better after Covid?

“The European project has suffered and suffers from a structural blame game from the member states.” —Ana Palacio “You need to have a common platform within the European Union… otherwise, things will definitely go apart.” —Magnus Schöldtz The pandemic has exposed the fragility of governmental institutions around the world, and the European Union is no […]

A Silver Lining to the Covid Disaster?

Ana Palacio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Magnus Schöldtz, former Ambassador at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, talk about Europes challenges in this week’s podcast. Ana Palacio is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. From 1994 to 2002, she was […]

Talking Turkey

“We have a neighbor who is important, big, but still very aggressive, very assertive, and looking for adventures.” “Erdoğan wants to dictate the terms of the game.”  —Constantinos Filis A weird year threatens to become even weirder: war between Turkey and Greece, two NATO allies with a long, fraught history, has suddenly become a possibility. […]

War, What is it Good For?

Turkey and Greece are locked in a struggle in the Eastern Mediterranean that feels like it belongs more in 1920 than in 2020.  Is war possible? In this episode, Alan Stoga looks for answers from Constantinos Filis, Executive Director at the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University in Athens. Dr Constantinos Filis is Director […]

A Turkish Game of Thrones

“You can’t play Russian roulette any longer in diplomacy. You don’t know what’s coming up next…” — Nabil Fahmy “We are now living … not in a world order, but world disorder. We will see more chaos, more disorder, and more uncertainty…” — Cengiz Çandar Power abhors a vacuum, and the combination of “America First” […]

Sometimes History Rhymes

Egypt’s Nabil Fahmy and Turkey’s Cengiz Çandar discuss what Erdogan wants as he is playing a high stakes game that some think could even lead to war between Turkey and Greece or Egypt. Cengiz Çandar is a “Distinguished Visiting Scholar” at the Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies and Senior Associate Fellow at UI (The […]

There is No Solution Without You

“What Covid has done is to apply an extraordinary and unusually powerful microscope to worldwide governance. And much of what we see through that lens of the microscope is not pretty.” —Cardinal Michael Czerny Covid-19 has been a world-wide disaster—one that refuses to end. Although some countries and their leaders have performed extraordinarily well, many […]

Are We Really All in This Together?

Cardinal Czerny argues that any approach to Covid-19 that does not include those most vulnerable among us is a non-solution. Who then seems to have overlooked these people? Card. Michael Czerny S.J. was born on 18 July 1946, in Brno, Czechoslovakia (today the Czech Republic). Following his 1963 graduation from Loyola High School in Montreal, […]

Africa on the Run

“The journey to development has been stunted.” —Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr “Because there’s less external pressure on the continent now than there has ever been, we are beginning to see African countries coming together to figure out how they’re going to solve their problems.” —Carole Wainaina Numbers can be misleading. Global health data suggest that Covid-19 has […]

African Possibilities

How can Africa cope? Are solutions—or, at least, possibilities—to be found at the local, national or regional level? Listen to Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, and Carole Wainaina, a leader of Africa50. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn in May 2018 with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to […]

You May Choose to Look Away, But Never Again Say You Do Not Know

“The demand for exploitation is not just something that is related to poverty. It is related to a certain kind of human volition, which is global and somehow we have normalized it.” — Sunitha Krishnan Why do nations, rich and poor, in the 21st century, tolerate widespread slavery and human trafficking, including the buying and […]

STOP SLAVERY NOW!

Why do nations, rich and poor, tolerate widespread slavery, human trafficking and even the buying and selling of young children in the 21st century? This episode explores the darkness of slavery—which consumes even very young children—with India’s Sunitha Krishnan. Sunitha Krishnan, Co-Founder and Chief Functionary of Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization in Hyderabad, India. She is […]

It’s (Still) The Economy, Stupid!

“In all of the West, we run into a divided society. Those who are smart enough to play on the stock market are fine; they can live. Those who are educated to play in the digital economy are also fine. And those who were the hard-working laborers for distribution and simple workers, they will get […]

The Covid Economy: Your Bust, My Boom

What happens when the global economy collapses, but global financial markets boom? That’s one of the issues explored in the conversation with German business leader Kurt Lauk and long-time top American central banker Terry Checki. Dr. Kurt J. Lauk is the co founder and President of Globe CP GmbH, a private investment firm established in […]

Can America halt its decline — and does it want to?

“We’re shocked, for example, that trains don’t work. We are shocked that the digital infrastructure is not good … America doesn’t not just invest in itself; Americans don’t invest in each other.” —Christine Loh What’s wrong, America? What has turned the global superpower and self-defined moral leader into a nation whose president insists the country […]

“What’s happened in 2020 is very promising.”

Those words have not been spoken by many this year. But Jorge Castañeda—Mexican educator, diplomat, former Foreign Minister, and frequent critic of the United States—believes that all the turmoil of a mishandled pandemic, economic recession, racial unrest, extreme political partisanship, and palpable anger throughout society might just be providing the impetus the country needs to […]

Is America Finished?

Why has America stopped investing in itself? We speak with Christine Loh who is a Hong Kong-based academic, environmentalist, and former government official with deep ties to the United States Professor Christine Loh is Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also Visiting Professor, Anderson School […]

America: Darkness Before the Crack of Dawn?

What kind of institutional change does the United States need and can that change be achieved without revolution? Castañeda talks about some of the ideas from his latest book, “America Through Foreign Eyes” and explains why he thinks the United States is heading in exactly the right direction. Jorge Castañeda was Foreign Minister of Mexico […]

Are “we” capable of fixing all that is breaking? Or is it too late?

Looking for silver linings may be an integral part of the human condition.  Even during the bleakest moments—like during a global pandemic, a global recession, leadership failures and profound social stress almost everywhere—we try to find bits and pieces of positive energy and new ideas.  In this episode of Tällberg’s “New Thinking for a New […]

On the Outside, Looking In: America in the Era of George Floyd

“Do I think that the U.S. is a racist country? Oh yes. Yes. This is a country that was built on that premise of the negation of humanity of part of its people.” —Faustin Linyekula “I think the United States is a racist country … I was appalled when I went to the U.S., at […]

Is America Racist — if so, will it ever not be?

American Carnage or American Dream? It matters to everyone everywhere whether or not the United States is in terminal decline or (painfully) resetting the basis of its democracy and its society. If the former, the global order will change in incalculable ways, for better or for worse. If the latter, life after the pandemic could […]

The time for Climate Action is NOW

A recent global survey conducted by the Tällberg Foundation showed widespread enthusiasm for aggressive action to mitigate accelerating climate change*. Overwhelmingly, respondents said: Accelerating climate change is a major threat to their individual lives and is already directly affecting their communities; Two thirds believe that it’s not too late to prevent catastrophic consequences from climate […]

Shared problems; shared destinies

The global pandemic and global recession have led many leaders and countries to turn inward. But Ahmed Reda Chami, President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco, understands that giving up on global solutions is both shortsighted and doomed to fail. As he said in a recent New Thinking for a New World […]

First, help yourself – A Moroccan leader on coping with life after Covid

Like everywhere else, Morocco must cope with the potentially overwhelming health, economic and political consequences of the pandemic.  But unlike most places, the country has a well-designed, focused strategy to mitigate the worst of what is happening and, possibly, to position itself—and the rest of Africa—for a better future. In this episode of the Tällberg […]

Is It Possible to Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

Tomas Anker Christensen, Denmark’s Climate Ambassador, and Daniel Martínez-Valle, Chief Executive Officer of Orbia, a Mexican-based multinational operating in more than 40 countries, recently discussed the lessons of the pandemic and why they are fundamentally optimistic that catastrophic climate change can be avoided. “We’ve learned during this pandemic … that many of the things that […]

The Millennial Future

Are there possibilities for a different future to emerge from the Covid crisis? Listen to Rosario Diaz Garavito, Baiqu Gonkar and David Ross, discuss the possibilities for a different future to emerge from the Covid crisis. Rosario Diaz Garavito is the founder and Chief Executive Director of The Millennials Movement, current UN NGO Major Group […]

Is It Possible to Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

For the first time in 75 years, the whole world is focused on the same problem and, in the process, mobilizing unprecedented political will, state authority and fiscal resources as well as relying on scientists to build evidence-based policies. How do we transfer all of that energy to addressing even the larger, more deadly challenge […]

Q&A from Disruptive Technologies Webinar

On May 6, the Tällberg Foundation co-sponsored a webinar on “Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly” with Kenya’s Strathmore Business School. The conversation among George Njenga, Strathmore’s Executive Dean, and Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners Anne Goldfeld, Fio Omenetto and Rafa Yuste was moderated by Tällberg’s chairman, Alan Stoga. A recording of the webinar can […]

Survey: Climate Change at a Time of Covid

While we are all focused on the pandemic, climate change continues to accelerate with consequences that are likely to dwarf the impact of Covid. How are you thinking about the climate and what needs to be done? We at the Tällberg Foundation want to engage with you as we explore the parameters of the new […]

Is Europe’s Future Green or Black?

The global Covid-19 pandemic has exposed deep fissures in the global political and economic fabric. For democracy to survive, the social contract needs to be reimagined; economies needs to be re-engineered and climate change – that is now accelerating at a pace that could quickly dwarf the consequences of the pandemic – needs to be […]

The American Condition

In this week’s podcast episode, Scott Miller and Josh Steiner explore the potential impact of the pandemic on longer term trends shaping the United States. What is the state of the Union? Has the American dream become American carnage? Covid-19 has laid bare many pre-existing fissures and deep distress in American society. Can the exhausted majority […]

Recordings from Webinars

Webinar: Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly Recording from Wednesday May 6, 2020 A panel of innovation leaders will discuss their efforts to create new technologies and new solutions to some of the challenges of our times–and what could go wrong, even when innovators have the best intentions. Panelists: Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean of Strathmore, […]

Taking Democracy’s Temperature

The Tällberg Foundation deeply believes that democracy is the form of government most likely to produce the best outcomes for people everywhere. Unfortunately, it didn’t take the pandemic crisis to demonstrate that many democracies and most of their leaders are falling short. Why? We decided to ask our global network, surveying more than 500 people […]

Webinar: Global Order Amidst Global Disorder

The global architecture built in the late 1940s served mankind well. Yet the global system has evolved: Cold War, the United States as the sole superpower, the emergence of China and today’s hodgepodge of multiple power centers. What’s next—and what might be in Egypt’s and, more broadly, the Middle East’s best interests? Date: Thursday May […]

Webinar: Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly

A panel of innovation leaders will discuss their efforts to create new technologies and new solutions to some of the challenges of our times–and what could go wrong, even when innovators have the best intentions. Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8am New York, 2pm Stockholm, 3pm Nairobi The panelists are: Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean of […]

Tällberg SNF Fellows

The Board of the Tällberg Foundation is establishing a community of global leaders who are committed to exploring the challenges facing humanity and then imagining creative solutions that reach across boundaries and borders. The program is called the Tällberg/Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellows, or Tällberg SNF Fellows.  Fellows are individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the Tällberg Foundation’s […]

Climate After Covid

Christiana Figueres—climate activist, one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement and 2016 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winner—passionately believes that the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to focus on constructive climate action.  In this New Thinking for a New World podcast, she discusses the possibility of leveraging the massive political and economic resources that governments […]

The Value(s) of Democracy

Democracy is under huge pressure everywhere, made worse by the global pandemic. Too many governments in too many places are failing to deliver on the basic social contract with their citizens. In this podcast, celebrated photographer and human rights activist Shahidul Alam of Bangladesh discusses these issues from the perspective of a country which struggles […]

Will Democracy Survive Covid-19?

Democracy and democratic institutions were under severe pressure well before the novel Coronavirus appeared. Could the added burden of the pandemic break the back of democracy as we have known it? How worried should we be by governments proclaiming wartime powers and instituting new kinds of location and information tracking, all in the name of […]

Understanding Coronavirus and Its Implications

In this podcast, Anne Goldfeld, a scientist and doctor with deep pandemic experience, discusses what we know about Covid-19, what we still need to learn and why it is a global problem that demands a global response. Anne, who is Senior Investigator of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and a Professor of Medicine […]

What Is a Thought?

Rafael Yuste, a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University and a 2018 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leader speaks with Alan Stoga, the Tällberg Foundation’s chairman about recent and prospective progress in neuroscience. They discuss such questions as could our evolving understanding of the human brain lead to a new Renaissance? What are the implications of this […]

Civilization, Interrupted

Written by Alan Stoga, Chairman, Tällberg Foundation “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind…. By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six […]

Grappling With the Unknown

In this week’s episode of the Tällberg Foundation Podcast, we listen to a conversation between Anne Goldfeld, Faustin Linyekula, and Saul Griffith who share their perspectives on the future and their relationship with it. The three 2019 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners discover how their respective expertise – medicine, dance, and fighting climate change – are all […]

Brain Guys

Q. What do hydra polyps, mice and Columbia University neuroscientist Rafael Yuste have in common? A. The Tällberg Foundation Rafa, a 2018 winner of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, is one of the most accomplished neuroscientists in the world, whose pioneering work and leadership helped launch what has evolved into the global BRAIN initiative. His lab at […]

What Is the Future of Democracy?

In our second episode of the Tällberg Foundation Podcast, we listen in on a panel conversation addressing these questions. Panelists: Kenneth Lusaka (The Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Senate, Parliament of the Republic of Kenya), David Sperling (Research Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Strathmore Governance Centre; Kenya ) and Ulrika Karlsson (Special Advisor on Global […]

Unpacking a Tällberg Workshop: Hopes, Concerns and Red Threads

Our initial podcast was recorded in Nairobi, Kenya, after a Tällberg Workshop. Three members of the Tällberg Foundation community reflect on “New Thinking for a New World.” Optimism or pessimism about the future may have less to do with facts, and more to do with filters: young or old, local or global, African or western. […]

What will the world look like in 2030?

Welcome to the 2020s! “Three things are true at the same time. The world is much better, the world is awful, the world can be much better.” Max Roser, Oxford University We asked members of the Tällberg community to define their fears, their hopes and their expectations for the new decade. Not predictions, as much […]

A Conversation with Rafa Yuste

On January 31, 2018 Winner, Rafa Yuste, hosted a group from the Tällberg Foundation network for a tour of his lab, a presentation of key aspects of his research, and a discussion of the profound ethical implications of the current explosion of knowledge about the brain. Rafa’s current work, using laboratory mice, focuses on investigating […]

Names of the Dead

Three of the intertwined strands of DNA that standout in the Tällberg Foundation’s genetic make-up are learning through conversation, leveraging cultural experiences to deepen understanding, and engaging with the natural world. The result, sometimes by design and often by accident, is a kind of experiential learning that engages the intellect as well as the emotions. […]

Celebration of Great Leadership in Kenya

During the week of November 11, the Tällberg Foundation—in partnership with the Senate of Kenya and the Strathmore Business School—celebrated great leadership and great leaders in the form of the 2019 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners. Anne Goldfeld, Saul Griffith and Faustin Linyekula received their awards in Nairobi on November 13th from William Ruto, Kenya’s […]

Tällberg Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

Tällberg in Kenya – New Thinking for a New World The Tällberg Foundation, launched in 1981, exists to provoke thinking—and action based on thinking— about the issues that are challenging the evolution of liberal democracies. Those challenges are profound: the world that we have known since the mid 20th century, which produced unprecedented peace as […]

Shaping the Future

On April 11 at 6:30 pm at the Italian Academy, Columbia University in New York the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Rafael Yuste had a conversation about the challenges facing leaders today. The conversation will be moderated by Vishakha Desai, Vice Chair, Committee on Global Thought, Senior Advisor for Global […]

Tällberg Workshop in Cairo, Egypt

We live at a time of profound changes in global and regional political structures, real time climate change, increasingly disruptive technologies (whose potential—good or bad—beggar the imagination), and collapsing trust in leaders as well as in institutions. Too many people in too many countries are too afraid of their futures. The workshop will parse these […]

Thought experiments

Answer: The Tällberg Foundation’s recent workshop, “Inside Every Utopia is Dystopia,” which was hosted by Fio Omenetto at Silk Lab at Tufts University in Boston, on January 17th. Prominent scientists—including two recent winners of the foundation’s Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, Omenetto and Rafael Yuste—engaged with engineers, academics, NGO leaders, investors, artists, designers, and more (see […]

Inside Every Utopia is Dystopia

We are all aware of the accelerating pace of technological innovation. What alternative futures are available, how can we choose among them, and who should make those choices?


Got Silk?

Omenetto’s work leans on the Utopian side of the scale, which is why he was awarded the foundation’s Eliasson Global Leadership Prize in 2017. An interdisciplinary research facility that investigates materials at the interface between technology and life sciences, Silklab’s goal is to create innovations and find solutions using naturally derived, abundant, sustainable materials. Like […]

Show of leadership

“Conventional wisdom is that great leadership is in short supply today,” said Tällberg Foundation chairman Alan Stoga, introducing the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Award winners to the audience at ITAM, in Mexico City, on November 15. “Too many countries, companies, and institutions are badly served by leaders who lack the vision, imagination, and moral compass […]

Something to talk about

In the 35 years since a Swedish businessman named Bo Ekman created the Tällberg Foundation, both the world and his organization have changed dramatically.But, as the foundation’s current chairman, Alan Stoga, noted last month in Mexico City, Ekman’s central tenet may be even more valuable today: “His idea was that intelligent, questioning, respectful, non-partisan conversation […]

A Tällberg Workshop in Mexico City

Our daily news feeds tell the story of a transformational time: Trade and financial sanctions picking apart long established global supply chains; Voters increasingly choosing anti-establishment candidates in rejection of the centrist politics of more than half a century; Borders being raised or reinforced against people and ideas that are seen to threaten national identity; […]

Announcement: Winners of the the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes

To be honored at ITAM in Mexico City on November 15 New York, NY, USA – October 17, 2018 – Today the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, that are awarded annually for extraordinary leadership—in any field and any country—that is courageous, optimistic dynamic, rooted in universal values and […]

Disruption

The 21st Century is quickly evolving into an era defined by global disruption, as socio-economic changes and groundbreaking technological advancements are seemingly having a major impact and are turning upside down standard modes of operation, models and assumptions in every area of life, including the field of philanthropy. The conference examined, among others, the effects […]

Hegira/Journey

This is a Tällberg Foundation production. The film was first shown at the Tällberg workshop in Tangier: Can we Bend the Arc in the Age of Migration? on May 10 – 12, 2018. Do you want to use this film? Show it to a bigger audience? Please contact us at info@tallbergfoundation.org

Can we Bend the Arc in the Age of Migration?

In March, 2016 the Tällberg Foundation convened a workshop on the Greek island of Lesvos to explore the dynamics of mass migration under the flag of “A Clash of Civilizations.” Instead of a “clash”—or, for that matter, much “civilization”—we experienced the horrific, hopeful, feared and fearful reality of people desperate to find new lives largely […]

Alternative Futures

We are organizing a series of one day meetings at various labs and companies around the world, with a view to understanding some of the disruptive technologies—in AI, life sciences, robotics, nanotech, etc—that seem likely to change the world as we know it.   We want to provoke a conversation between scientists and technologists on the […]

Polarization in the 21st Century: YOU’RE WRONG! (and I am right)

Social and political polarization is a new (or at least, dramatically intensifying) force that is having a huge impact on political discourse, public policy and electoral outcomes in many democracies such as in the US, in Europe and in the Americas. It may be an important compounding factor in the ongoing erosion of the centrist […]

Honoring Jan Eliasson

Stockholm Sweden and New York, U.S.—October 23, 2017 The Tällberg Foundation today announced that it is naming its leadership prize in honor of the international and Swedish diplomat, Ambassador Jan Eliasson, who most recently served as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The prize is given annually to outstanding leaders in any country and any […]

Winners of the Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Tällberg Foundation Announces Winners of its Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Mr. Alonso, an architect, co-founder and executive director of Instituto Elos based in Santos, Brazil was selected for his dedication to participative leadership, mobilization and community building; Ms. Heller was chosen for her tireless efforts to provide competent legal support for refugees who must cope […]

Leadership in the 21st Century

Leadership in the 21st Century: “The times, they are a-changin’ ” November 28-29, 2017 New York, USA It’s been more than half a century since Bob Dylan first sang the words that became an anthem for the turbulent 60s, an era when “revolution” or, at least revolutionary change seemed to be in the air. Today […]

Future rhymes

Mankind is confronted by profound changes: in our planet, in how societies organize and function, in increasingly worn-out institutions, in the possibilities of science and technology. Even though some of those changes could be positively transformative, the dizzying—and seemingly accelerating—pace of change is overwhelming our collective capacity to cope…. Continue to read Alan Stoga’s contribution […]

Leadership for a Better Future

The 2016 Tällberg Leadership Workshop in Amsterdam will celebrate the accomplishments of our 2016 Global Leaders and create a space where they can tell their inspiring stories. This year, our leaders are women whose remarkable qualities spur us to question what kind of leadership is required to counter the challenges of the 21st century. Leadership […]

To Lead or Not to Lead?

The Tällberg Foundation has a history of recognizing and engaging pathfinding leaders who are seeking to make a difference in an increasingly complicated global environment. We believe that the times demand leaders who rethink assumptions, imbue their work in a deep commitment to ethical action, leverage challenges into opportunities and nourish networks of engagement. Identifying, […]

The Global Leadership Prize winners 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands – November 29, 2016 – The Tällberg Foundation announced today the winners of its Global Leadership Prize for 2016: Sunitha Krishnan from India and Christiana Figueres from Costa Rica. Ms. Krishnan was chosen for her untiring advocacy on behalf of women and children who are victims of sex crimes and trafficking. Ms. Figueres […]

Clash of Civilizations?

The Tällberg Workshop on Lesvos. Clash of Civilizations? March 2016 As at all Tällberg Foundation meetings, the goal of this workshop was to question and explore, without prejudice, the dynamics of an issue which has enormous consequences not only for the refugees fleeing political and economic instability but for the people of Europe who are […]

The White Desert

At the forefront of climate change research, our journey revealed some key findings including that sea levels could rise by a dozen meters in our lifetime, because of the level of CO2 already released into the atmosphere. This video is about Greenland and Climate Change. The poles are melting, and one degree of atmospheric temperature […]

Abrupt Climate Change

E: One of the concepts that we’ve heard about during the last few day is what you scientists call “abrupt climate change”. I am used to thinking about climate change in terms of centuries or millennia, but this appears to be a dramatically different concept. JW: Abrupt climate change is interesting; it really didn’t enter […]

Learning journey to Greenland

EGRIP (http://isaaffik.org/users/egrip-camp) is an international project and the EGRIP camp, established during the summer of 2015, is in the center of the East Greenland ice stream and is the successor to a multiyear science program. Dr. Dorthe Dahl Jensen from the University of Copenhagen and the Niels Bohr Institute, Ice and Climate Program, will lead […]

US Election Analysis

The short introduction is in Spanish, but the presentation is in English beginning at  2:42 minutes

Does Europe Need Brexit?

Published on YaleGlobal, 9 June 2016 By Alan Stoga NEW YORK: The conventional wisdom is that the British exit from the European Union — Brexit — would be bad for everyone: the British people, the United Kingdom, the European Union and even the United States. While that may be true, in the age of Trump — the unconventional presumptive Republican nominee for US […]

Everything old is new: power in the 21st century

Tällberg Workshop in Helsinki, Finland Everything old is new: power in the 21st century Tällberg Workshop in Helsinki June 2015 For years the tension has been growing between the obvious need to address issues beyond the reach of national politicians—like climate change, mass migration, weapons proliferation—and national politicians’ unwillingness to act in the interest of […]

The Global Leadership Prize winners 2015

On November 11, the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of our Global Leadership Prize for 2015: Jamila Afghani from Afghanistan and Martín von Hildebrand from Colombia. Ms. Afghani was chosen for her work promoting a new understanding of women’s rights in Islam among her country’s imams. Mr. von Hildebrand was selected for his work to […]

What’s leadership got to do with it?

What’s leadership got to do with it? in Stockholm, Sweden November 2015 We considered  leadership from a number of perspectives and guiding questions: What are the new questions being asked of leaders today? What do we need to understand, identify and cultivate in the next generation of global leaders?    How would we know a great […]

Bridging gaps and crossing borders

TechCamp Scandinavia – Bridging gaps and crossing borders, which will be held in Malmö, Sweden on October 1- 2, 2015. The evolving dynamics of identity, culture and communication are essential to the development of democratic, open and free societies. The media, traditional and online, have a crucial role to play in these developments. Indeed, the […]

TW@C

The Tällberg Workshop at CERN (TW@C) aimed to explore the implications for mankind and society of the accelerating pace of evolution, in all its dimensions: the cosmos, the planet, homo sapiens, technology, and social organization. We live in a fracturing world where the pace of change has become a source of further change; the more […]

Announcing our Finalists for the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

Tällberg Foundation Announces Finalists for 2021 Leadership Awards Introduces New Award for Emerging Leaders   Stockholm and New York, October 5, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced finalists for the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on universal values, […]

Escaping the Taliban

  The Taliban’s surge to power in Afghanistan is one of those events that will have repercussions for years to come. Listen as Jamila Afghani talks about escaping the Taliban, and what she expects for her country. Jamila Afghani, president of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) Afghanistan and civil society activist, has […]

Can We Unearth Solutions to the Climate Challenge?

  Tero Mustonen is a climate scholar who combines indigenous knowledge with academic research. Listen to his insights on how to promote positive change on a damaged planet. Tero Mustonen, President and Co-Founder of the Snowchange Cooperative, Finland Despite its green global image, Finland has long relied heavily on the exploitation of Nature for income […]

Latin American Democracy: Dead or Alive?

  Why hasn’t liberal democracy developed deeper roots in Latin America? Why are institutions under pressure in so many places? Why do many Latins seemingly embrace “strong man” rather than democratic solutions to their social, economic, and political problems? Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council […]

New World Order: Middle East Chapter

Iran sits at the center of this emerging new reality. Rapprochement among Arabs and peace with Israel is one thing if it is aimed at a united front against Iran, but quite another if it is about finding new ways to work with Iran on common objectives. That really would be New Thinking for a […]

Can Brazil’s Democracy Survive Bolsonaro?

Can Bolsonaro bully his way into reelection? Will the country’s democratic institutions be so badly damaged by him that Brazil’s future stability could be at risk? Most importantly, what do the Brazilian people actually want? Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He received a law degree at the University of […]

Cyber (In)Security in a Connected World

Cyber insecurity is a reality of life in the digital age. We all worry about being hacked, about losing personal or corporate secrets to online bandits. But what happens when nations do it? Is that war? Marcus Willett CB OBE, has extensive experience of advising governments and companies on cyber, in the UK and internationally. […]

Can We Innovate Our Way to Better Times?

Can we really innovate our way out of the mess? Are we smart enough to translate fantastic discoveries into tangible benefits for people? Livio Valenti is a sustainability entrepreneur leveraging scientific discoveries to build innovative companies in the healthcare, biotechnology and material science field. He is the co-founder of Vaxess Technologies, a biotechnology company developing […]

Who Cares About Migrants?

here do they go and who will take them? What rights do migrants seeking safety have? Who worries about them in a world that is focused on coping with Covid? Becca Heller is the co-founder and Executive Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. IRAP provides legal assistance to refugees all over the world. She […]

​​A German Millennial Looks at a New — Or, at Least, Different — World

For all practical purposes, the 20th century ended when the Berlin Wall fell, followed by, rather quickly and relatively quietly, the collapse of the Soviet Union. Dr. Ulrike Franke is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She leads ECFR’s Technology and European Power initiative. Her areas of focus include […]

Understanding—and Protecting—Neurorights

“What we’re talking about is mentally enhancing humans…about building a new type of species, a hybrid human, in which part of our brain will be devices that would be running artificial intelligence algorithms and connected to huge data databases.” — Rafael Yuste “Setting global expectations around how this technology can be developed and how the […]

Are Your Thoughts Safe?

Where is neuroscience taking us? Rafael Yuste works at the forefront of neuroscience. In an effort to protect your individual neuro-identity and neurorights, he is joined by Jared Genser, a leading international human rights lawyer. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging in serious scholarship, and […]

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” – Reflections on a Changing Culture

Recently, I had the opportunity to podcast with Shirin Neshat, acclaimed visual artist, and Jonathan Burnham, one of the leading New York-based book publishers. The idea was to talk about culture in the (almost) post-pandemic West: identity politics, cancel culture, how the pandemic is impacting artists and writers, what our culture is telling us about […]

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

If art is a window on the soul of a nation, what does ours look like? Who do we, defined loosely as the West, think we are in the sense of identity? What’s our mood? Jonathan Burnham is President and Publisher of the Harper Division at HarperCollins, overseeing imprints which include Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper […]

War With Russia?

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Russia or if it’s China or if it’s Iran, it’s a threat against all of us, and we should do something together to secure ourselves from all these complex threats.” — Marius Laurinavičius   “There’s a flood of illegal migrants crossing the Lithuania border….now the border is used as a tool […]

Hot War, Cold War, New War

Lithuania is a frontline state in the growing confrontation—some think it is already war—between East and West. Dalia Bankauskaitė, a defense and security expert at Vilnius University, and Marius Laurinavičius, a journalist and analyst at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, are both in that camp. Dalia Bankauskaitė is a Partnership Associated Professor at Vilnius […]

Reimagining the Middle East

“There was a moment where Israel was contemplating annexing lands in the West Bank. I thought that was going to have a drastically negative impact, not just on the region, but on Israel and on America, because America was going to have to defend an incredibly unpopular decision. So what we were trying to do […]

A New Middle East

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates long serving ambassador to the United States and also a key player in the process of creating this new Middle East, discusses the future of the region. Yousef Al Otaiba is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States and Minister of State. His […]

Democracia en Peligro

Latin America is in trouble. From the Rio Grande to the Drake Passage, angry and violent partisanship is rising; citizens feel their governments have failed to provide peace, prosperity or security; courts and the media—the usual counter-balances to autocrats—are weakening; and too many politicians are proposing radical, rather than centrist, solutions. So, what is the […]

Does Democracy Have a Future in Latin America?

By any measure, Latin American democracy is in trouble. Will things get worse before they get better? Patricio Navia, Eduardo Amadeo, Sergio Guzmán, all think (and certainly hope) that democracy will survive in their countries and in their region. Eduardo Amadeo has served his country in many capacities, most recently (2015-19) as an elected member […]

Welcome to the High-Tech Barbecue

Can we produce enough food to meet humanity’s growing needs and wants, without further environmental damage? Is it possible to move the center point of the production process from the farm or the sea into the laboratory? Didier Toubia is the co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, a cultivated meat company that is shaping the future […]

Understanding Africa

“The first draft of history is always going to be very messy.”  — Michela Wrong Human life originated in Africa, and humanity’s future will be intensely African: by 2100 one in three people on earth will live on the continent, including almost half of the young people. How to understand 1.4 billion people, more than […]

Heart of Darkness

  How is Africa doing? Can Africa produce the food, energy, economic activity, education, and social and political stability that all those people, especially all those young people, need and deserve? And is democracy the best means to that end? Michela Wrong has spent nearly three decades writing about Africa, first as a Reuters correspondent […]

Mirabilis annus secundus

“The second part of the second years prodigies being a true additional collection of many strange signs and apparitions which have this last year been seen in the heavens and in the earth, and in the waters” — Anonymous, 1662   In American college basketball the phrase “one and done” refers to a young athlete […]

Leadership Special: Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons

Two prize winners and friends, Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons, discuss how great leaders can change everything. Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests […]

The hope of our future

Youth is the hope of our future. When it comes to governance, is that a good thing in a world where there is a growing body of evidence that youth’s satisfaction with democracy is declining in many countries? Listen as Cristóbal Marín Rojas and Julien Richard discuss the challenges of making democracy work. Julien Richard […]

Leadership Special: Jan Eliasson, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize is named in honor of Jan Eliasson, one of the most accomplished global diplomats of our era. In this special episode, Jan discusses how great leaders can change everything. Jan Eliasson (Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish and international diplomat. He most recently served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United […]

Are we really all in this together?

The global pandemic was a test of the proposition that global problems not only need global solutions, but that if the crisis is big enough, then those global solutions will be forthcoming. If so, we failed and—as the pandemic continues to roil countries, ruin lives, and damage futures even while “mission accomplished” celebrations break out […]

Fixing what’s broken

Is democracy in trouble? The evidence so far this year is troubling: January 6th in Washington, coup in Myanmar, widening arrests in Hong Kong, presidential interference with the judicial systems in El Salvador and Mexico, Polish and Hungarian EU lobbying against “gender equality”—the list is long and global. Some of the sins are big, some […]

Alone together: China and America

We seem to be moving from a world where markets ruled to one where politics rules: the politics of nationalism and confrontation, of East versus West instead of East and West. Weijian Shan, economist, businessman, investor, shares his unique perspective, not just on global markets, but on how the world really works. Weijian Shan is […]

Teach Your Children Well

“Malala Fund has a very, very simple philosophy…the right of every citizen to have 12 years of safe, quality, and free education available to them.” “We’re predicting that almost 20 million more secondary school girls will drop out of school by the end of the crisis.”                            — Dr. Maliha […]

Presenting the 2021 Prize Jury and Pre-Jury

LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD As the worst of the pandemic starts to recede, it is leaving a mess: not just the millions of dead, but democracy under stress, whole societies buckling, health care systems broken, children’s development stunted—the list goes on. Leaders were tested, and many were found wanting. That reality gives […]

Girls, Interrupted

Dr. Maliha Khan, one of the leaders of the Malala Fund, talks about how the pandemic has made the goal “all girls, everywhere should have free, safe, quality education”, even more difficult to achieve. The global pandemic affects almost everyone on the planet—but it especially affects children. And what’s bad for kids is worse for […]

‘The Fortune You Seek is in Another Cookie’

“If China can rise smoothly to the top of the world without firing a single bullet, it will certainly be able to claim the moral high ground. This may sound harsh, but the truth is that peace is not a godsend. It often has to be earned, sometimes at the cost of war.” China Daily, […]

Leadership Special: Nithya Ramanathan, Engineer working to improve human health with sensory intelligence

Today’s world is short of a lot of things—sustainable environment, peace, prosperity, equality—but what we lack most is innovative, global, values-based leadership. If we can find and nurture that kind of leadership, the rest will follow. In this special episode, you will meet Prize winner Nithya Ramanathan as she is interviewed by Cecilia Weckstrom. Nithya […]

Join the Webinar: Sustainable Democracy?

A panel of young leaders from Hungary, Venezuela, Poland and South Sudan, who are on the front lines of fighting for real, sustainable democracy, will discuss what they have learned in their struggles and how we can make the forces for good governance more muscular. Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Time: 11am EST, 5pm CEST […]

The Chinese Puzzle

What does China—or, more particularly China’s leadership and the Chinese Communist Party— want from the rest of the world? Domination or collaboration? Allies or subjects? War or peace? Dr. Jonathan D. T. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese global strategy and US-China competition. He earned his PhD in China-India relations at the University […]

For Every Child

“I do fear we will look back on the disruption caused by the pandemic on children’s education—which has been at unprecedented scale, length and duration—we will be looking on this period as indeed something that will be with us for many years to come.” —Robert Jenkins   As the intensity of the pandemic slowly and […]

Social Media, Social Discord

“What we’ve seen happening is the acceleration of the spread of hate, based on political leadership, on political conversation, on groups who have an agenda to spread that hate.” — Sarah Durieux “If it’s human relationships that so often get people into a place where they are perpetrating harm to the world, it is so […]

The kids are not alright!

“All children of all ages and in all countries are being effected in particular by the socioeconomic impacts and in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good. This is a universal crisis. And for some children, the impact will be lifelong.” Robert Jenkins, Chief, Education and Associate Director, Programme […]

Leadership Special: Jared Genser, international human rights lawyer

In this special episode, you will meet Jared Genser, one of the three 2020 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership prize winners. Listen, as he is interviewed by Shahidul Alam, photographer, writer, curator and activist and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging […]

The best of times, and the worst of times

Even as the pandemic, like some giant glacier, slowly and unevenly recedes, the world seems frozen in place as it deals with the mess left behind. But is this crisis or opportunity? This week’s guests are dedicated to the latter proposition. They both are trying to make the world the kind of place it could […]

Fighting for Democracy

“The Hungarian illiberal regime…is extremely cynical. So in that sense, anything can be put on the agenda and at any given day, just the exact opposite could become the top of the agenda.” — András Léderer “What happened during the four years of the Law and Justice ruling in Poland is that many reforms were […]

¿QUÉ PASA CUANDO LA DEMOCRACIA MUERE?

“Venezuela se ha convertido en una amenaza para la seguridad, la estabilidad y la democracia del hemisferio”. “Creo que cualquier opción… es legítima para proteger a millones de venezolanos que sufren del hambre, que sufren de las enfermedades, que sufren de los crímenes contra la humanidad, que sufren de las violaciones de derechos humanos” -David […]

If it’s illiberal, is it democracy?

Europe is increasingly divided: between the frugal North and the Club Med South; between the illiberal East and the progressive West. In many ways, the latter is more profound at a time when democracy is under pressure almost everywhere. Listen as our guests discuss the profound conflicts that will shape their countries—and perhaps Europe—for decades […]

Leadership Special: Sylvia Earle, world-class oceanographer and educator

In this special episode, you will meet Sylvia Earle, one of the three 2020 prize winners. Listen, as she is interviewed by Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Sylvia A. Earle is a pioneering ocean scientist, explorer, author, influential speaker and conservation leader known as a […]

What Happens When Democracy Dies?

“[Venezuela] has become a threat to the security and stability and democracy of the hemisphere.” “I think that any option…is legitimate to protect millions of Venezuelans that are suffering from starvation, that are suffering from disease, that are suffering from crimes against humanity, that are suffering from human rights violations.” — David Smolansky   Sometimes […]

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Joins the Tällberg Foundation in Presenting the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize   Stockholm and New York, March 29, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced that it has renamed its flagship leadership prize as the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which incorporates the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as a partner in the Tällberg […]

Casas Muertas

Venezuela has been in a death spiral for years. The country have been devastated by political repression and economic depression; its people suffer from hunger, malnutrition, shortages of food, medicine and, perhaps worst of all, opportunity. David Smolansky is the special envoy of the Organization of American States to address the Venezuelan Migration and Refugee […]

Speaking Freely

“Free speech is counterintuitive…That’s why we have it as part of the Bill of Rights. We have to have courts that stop the government and the society from doing what they’re inclined to do. It’s more natural to suppress free speech than it is to protect free speech. This has been true forever and will […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Our world is a mess. Pandemic, recession, accelerating climate change, refugees frustrated in their search for better lives, political frustration spilling into the streets: stress and distress are almost everywhere. What can we do—as individuals and as leaders—to change the play, to break out of a truly vicious circle? How about some magic? Not the […]

When is too much freedom too much?

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, is widely considered one of America’s leading legal scholars on freedom of speech and has written extensively about the evolution of that fundamental freedom in the digital age. Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s 19th president in 2002 and is the longest serving Ivy League president. He is […]

The (non) Future of Europe

“I don’t see us Europeans taking hold of our future…technologically and economically we are totally torn up between United States and China. We may turn out to be only the battlefield for that competition.  That’s tragic for what we represent as a civilization in Europe.” — Pierre Lellouche When Pierre Lellouche, veteran French politician and […]

“Expect to have very violent reactions after the pandemic”

Pierre Lellouche worries that bad is likely to get worse. Listen as he discusses how Europe got stuck between the United States and China, the future of democracy, and the tragedy of social movements focused only on race and gender. Pierre Lellouche, after a long career in the French Parliament (five consecutive terms, 1993-2017) and […]

Persian Delights; Persian Dangers

“After all of these years of sanctions and containment…is it not time to stop wondering when the Islamic Republic is going to fall and instead think about how the Islamic Republic might change?” — Sanam Vakil  “[Ayatollah Khamenei’s] legacy will be: do not believe the Americans, do not negotiate with the Americans.” — Sima Shine […]

Iran’s Annus Horribilis

2020 was an awful year for Iran. A year that started with the assassination of the country’s widely popular, leading general ended with the assassination of its most important nuclear scientist. Answers are difficult to find, but this week’s guests are in the business of looking for them. Sima Shine leads the Iran program at […]

Hiding in plain sight

“One of the worst things you can give to the human brain is chronic uncertainty. And the name of the game since March 2020, is uncertainty.”  — Mike Niconchuk “With the virus, we see a breaking of social bonds and those have not been reestablished. But I think basic trust has to be the starting […]

High Anxiety

There is mounting evidence that the pandemic is generating a global mental health crisis. How do we cope with the results? Dr. Jonathan DePierro and Michael Niconchuk try to answer questions about our mental health in this episode. Jonathan DePierro, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount […]

Online Conversation: Long COVID

International health expert and physician Dr. Kees Rietveld worries that instead of a fast exit from COVID we are entering a twilight scenario of Long COVID. We recently published his opinion piece, in which he makes the case that we might be looking at years, not months, before something resembling “normal” is once again actually […]

Magical thinking (about Zoom)

Since the onset of the pandemic, most people have been forced to put their lives on hold or online. Work, education, entertainment, exercise—almost everything has largely moved from the real world to the virtual world. One result is near universal groans about “Zoom fatigue.” But is it the tool or how we are using the […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Magician Mark Mitton explores how magical thinking (or, at least, a magician’s thinking) can help us through this crisis Mark Mitton is a magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to performing and producing events all over the world, Mark explores the theme of “Misdirection” […]

Opinion: Long COVID

It is time for society to bite the bullet and accept that SARS CoV 2, the virus that causes COVID, is here to stay. It has become an endemic pandemic, mutating in the direction of becoming a part of the annual winter respiratory onslaught. Some countries might achieve temporary eradication, but the world won’t. The […]

Looking for a New Normal (or something like it)

We live at a time of pandemic, recession, growing doubts about the future and form of capitalism, challenges to democracy, shifts in global power.   Sandra Breka is Member of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the major foundations in Europe. Since joining the Board of Management, she spearheaded the […]

Democracy Now?

“I have never been in my whole life as worried as I was on that day…about whether or not we could survive as a democracy. I think we’re as divided and in danger of losing the democracy as we were in 1860.” — Richard Gephardt   Dick Gephardt is a democrat; he firmly believes that democracy […]

“A republic, if you can keep it”

Congressman Gephardt, a Democrat, firmly believes America needs bipartisanship to cope with the divisive spirits that are tearing at the country. Listen as he talks about some of the things that urgently need to be done, not just in the United States, but everywhere that democracy is under pressure. Richard Gephardt served for 28 years […]

Lines in the sand

“There are more red lines right now, more lines between countries, between ideologies, between peoples than have ever really existed at any single time in history.” “We need to master all of that [history] if we’re going to go forward and figure a way of either working with these red lines or dismantling them.”       […]

Lines in the Sand

History is replete with leaders drawing real or metaphorical lines in the sand, challenging opponents to cross only if they dare. David Andelman, an American journalist and author, believes that one way to understand global risks and challenges is to explore the nexus of red lines that define global politics. David A. Andelman, a columnist […]

Celebrating or Cursing Democracy?

This week the United States inaugurates a new President, much to the joy of many Americans, but to the utter dismay of millions of others. And the swearing in takes place in a Washington, DC locked down, not by fear of pandemic, but by fear of domestic terrorists. Only two weeks ago, a mob encouraged […]

Welcome to the Brave New (digital) World

We explore living online with a woman whose job it is to make the experience as productive and pleasant as possible. Jaime Teevan is Microsoft’s Chief Scientist for Experiences and Devices. Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Experiences and Devices and helps Microsoft create the future of productivity. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s […]

European Renaissance

“By tradition, by history, by culture, by philosophy, the model of the way of life in Europe is better for people, better for nature.” “It’s a question of whether we have the three ingredients of global influence: namely weight, ambition and know-how. — Pascal Lamy At a time of Brexit, political uncertainties in many continental […]

Online Conversation: American Agonies

January 6, 2021 is now one of those days seared in our memories.   What happened in Washington was awful, but perhaps inevitable—maybe necessary—eruption; a catharsis to bleed off the poison.  Donald Trump is all but finished, and the most virulent brand of Trumpism has been revealed in all its base, vile thuggery.  That’s good, not […]

Why Europe?

Pascal Lamy is arguably one of the most prominent, thoughtful and enthusiastic supporters of a global leadership role for Europe. Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from […]

Online Workshop: Making Democracy Work

On December 8 and 9, 2020, the Tällberg Foundation celebrated the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize during a virtual workshop. The theme of the meeting was “Making Democracy Work” which encompassed a range of interviews, panels, and performances. See the program for both days here. Day 1 Global Leaders! Meet the winners […]

Follow the Science

2020 will probably be remembered as the year of COVID. Our guest has long worked at the intersection of science, politics, and policy. Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists, an organization […]

Gorillas (and people) in the Mist

A few days ago we were visiting the gorillas and you could see that they were actually quite happy to see visitors coming back. Some of them even tried to get close because they think, “Hey, you’re back!” How can you protect the gorillas when the communities aren’t benefiting? We’re seeing win-win situations for people, […]

Live and let live

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka believes that zoonotic disease is controllable by simultaneously working to improve the health of humans and animals, at the points where they meet. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda, a veterinarian and scientist, works at the intersection of human and animal health.  Her work addresses the well being of human communities and wildlife where […]

Announcing the 2020 Winners of the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

TÄLLBERG FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP PRIZE WINNERS Sylvia Earle, Jared Genser, Nithya Ramanathan Receive 2020 Awards Stockholm and New York, November 25, 2020—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, awarded annually for extraordinary leadership—in any field and any country—that is courageous, innovative, rooted in universal values and global in application or […]

America Chooses!

“I am a Trump supporter.  I supported him in ’16, voted for him in ’20, but I had a raging case of Trump fatigue myself…. I was not that sorry to see the outcome, and I think the country needed it.” — Scott Miller “I thought [you] were very cognizant of the damage this president […]

True Blue

Sylvia Earle, a finalist for the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, behaves like a woman running out of time, which she is. The world’s foremost oceanographer—the Jacques Cousteau of our era, dubbed “Her Deepness”—she is on the road most of the year, and has logged countless hours underwater since her first dive, in a […]

Democracy in America

The U.S. election has come, but not quite gone as President Trump continues to resist the otherwise apparent victory of Joe Biden. Notwithstanding that drama, what did the voting tell us about America, Americans, and democracy? Scott Miller is a leading strategic and marketing consultant to some of America’s most important companies and most important […]

Objections Sustained

Sara Hossain can sound ambivalent about her role as honorary executive director of BLAST, the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.  “I don’t like running a large organization and I really don’t want to keep on doing that,” she says, “because there are many aspects of it that a lawyer is not best skilled for […]

Save the Date – December 8-9, 2020!

We invite you to join the Tällberg Foundation in celebrating the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize on December 8 and 9 from 10:00AM-11.45AM EST / 16.00-17.45 CET as part of a virtual workshop. The theme underlying this year’s meeting is “Making Democracy Work” which will encompass a range of interviews, panels and performances. […]

Data Minded

Nithya Ramanathan won’t deny that she loves engineering puzzles. “I just find them really fun to solve,” she says. “But ultimately I get pretty bored unless I’m solving that bigger, human-centered problem.” The computer scientist and C.E.O. of the non-profit Nexleaf Analytics is talking about really big problems here—climate change, pandemics, infant mortality—and about designing […]

Burning Down the House

“Basically, we are telling our kids and our grandkids that we don’t care about them when we burn the Amazon… This is something that can’t happen anymore.” — André Guimarães   Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged in October with the number of blazes up 25% in the first 10 months of 2020 compared to […]

Amazonian Armageddon

Once again, the Amazon is burning—and deforestation may be approaching a tipping point that could turn the world’s largest rain forest into dry savanna or even dessert. What are the potential consequences? Why aren’t we terrified? Who should be doing what? André Guimarães is the Executive Director of IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute). He has […]

Online Conversation: Right/Wrong

On October 28, Juan Enriquez presented his latest book for members of the Tällberg Foundation network. How rapid changes in technology could lead to rapid changes in ethics and, more importantly, how we can have civil conversations. Juan Enriquez is one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. […]

Believing It’s Possible

As founder of the Open Source Pharma Foundation, which is creating a crowd-sourced alternative to the pharmaceutical industry, Jaykumar Menon feels he may have met his moment. Just a couple of years ago, “We were considered crazy people,” he says. “And now I think we were shown to be prescient. Everybody in the world is […]

Dealing with a Dragon

“Everybody is saying, ‘Oh, why isn’t China being so meek and so docile anymore? Why is it showing his teeth?’  The simple answer is that, it is what all great powers do.” “It would be best for the world for China to emerge as a happy dragon, rather than an angry dragon…The West is handling […]

Has China Won?

The competition between China and the United States is the defining geopolitical reality of the 21st century. The evolution of its new Great Game will determine whether our collective future will be one of prosperity or disaster. Kishore Mahbubani is a veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and author of eight books, and is currently a […]

The Ripple Effect

Jared Genser’s client list reads like a Who’s Who of democratic aspiration: Václav Havel, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Liu Xiaobo, and Anwar Ibrahim to name a few. But the international human rights lawyer will never forget his first, James Mawdsley, who was imprisoned in Burma in 1999, with a 17-year sentence for handing out leaflets. […]

As the World Turns

Jan Eliasson—Swedish and global diplomat, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, accomplished conflict mediator—considers himself a “concerned optimist.”  As he surveyed the world in a New Thinking for a New World podcast with host Alan Stoga, sometimes he seems more concerned than optimistic—and that troubles him. “I am now very worried about where we […]

Happy (?) Birthday

  The United Nations turned 75 this year—but the pandemic overwhelmed its birthday party. The UN, built in a different world, has succeeded in its core mission: preventing World War III.  But is the UN, as it is now constructed, relevant to the problems of the 21st century? Ambassador Jan Eliasson is a well-known Swedish […]

Our Wildlife, Our Selves

More than two decades ago, in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka made a connection that most of the world is only now beginning to get: The well-being of humans and animals are inextricably linked. About half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas live in the park—around 650 at the time, a population that […]

Cooperation, Competition, or Confrontation

Coping with a Dangerous World   “I think that this is a period of increasing danger.” “You can draw a direct line from the unenforced red line in Syria in 2014, to the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese land grab in the South China Sea.” “We always ask, ‘should we […]

Battlegrounds

General H.R. McMaster, a highly decorated U.S. military officer, discusses how he believes the U. S. and like-minded countries can maneuver through today’s complicated global realities to produce peace and prosperity for their citizens. H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A native of Philadelphia, […]

Writing on the Wall: Bahia Shehab

Historian. Street artist. Professor of graphic design. Bahia Shehab lives the future she believes in for her students: multi-disciplinarity. “I think if I were only a historian or only an artist or only an academic, I wouldn’t have survived,” says the Lebanese-Egyptian finalist for the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, who lives and teaches in […]

Ugly, Uglier, Ugliest: Migration at a Time of Covid

“When I was in Lesbos, there were over 9,000, 10,000 people in the streets with little food, little water, and nothing else… literally lines of people stretched for miles and miles along the road.” – Myrto Xanthopoulou “We saw busloads of Venezuelans choosing to return to Venezuela saying that as the situation got worse and […]

Online Conversation: Triple shock

The triple shock of pandemic, lockdown and economic collapse has rocked countries, communities and citizens around the world. Imagine the impact on refugees and migrants, caught in mid flight between their dangerous homes and less-than-welcoming destinations. The dramatic burning of what had been described as Europe’s largest refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece—probably started by desperate […]

Migrants (barely) Surviving

Like a great magician, the pandemic has drawn our attention away from things that are hiding in plain sight. One of those has been the plight of millions of refugees and migrants who are in refugee camps or trying to escape from war, violence, poverty or other scourges. Myrto Xanthopoulou, Mike Niconchuk, and Megan López who […]

Announcing the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Finalists

Seven Global Leaders Selected From 2,165 Nominations Winners to be Announced in November Stockholm and New York, September 30, 2020 — Today the Tällberg Foundation announced seven finalists for the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on […]

Reshuffling the Global Deck

“We have entered a world which we’ve not experienced for a long time …  The most populous nation in the world is acquiring the economic and military and political might to go with that size.” “You cannot make global politics or globalization something apolitical. You cannot take the politics out of human life and human […]

A World Divided

The world’s a mess.  The great powers today, the Chinese and the Americans, seem to disagree on most things. In this episode, Robin Niblett looks for answers. Dr Robin Niblett CMG has led Chatham House since January 2007. Previously he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies […]

Bearing Witness

Earlier this month, the migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos were again homeless after fires, probably set out of desperation, destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp, Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos.  Moria, intended for 2,200, housed more than 12,000 people under horrible conditions that worsened when COVID-19 hit. Myrto Xanthopoulou, a […]

Power to the People

“What building a state and what building a society means … is for people to come together, discuss, and agree on a shared way forward.” “When they come to power through military means, they tend to then rely on those same instruments to wield power.” —Peter Biar Ajak Independence!! A war won; a people freed. […]

Africa Agonistes

In this episode we’re going to explore why democracy and good governance are so rare in East Africa and what leaders like Peter Biar Ajak can do to change that reality. Peter Biar Ajak is the Chairman of the South Sudan Young Leaders Forum, Senior Advisor to the International Growth Centre, and Founder of the […]

Europe’s Union: Better after Covid?

“The European project has suffered and suffers from a structural blame game from the member states.” —Ana Palacio “You need to have a common platform within the European Union… otherwise, things will definitely go apart.” —Magnus Schöldtz The pandemic has exposed the fragility of governmental institutions around the world, and the European Union is no […]

A Silver Lining to the Covid Disaster?

Ana Palacio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Magnus Schöldtz, former Ambassador at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, talk about Europes challenges in this week’s podcast. Ana Palacio is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. From 1994 to 2002, she was […]

Talking Turkey

“We have a neighbor who is important, big, but still very aggressive, very assertive, and looking for adventures.” “Erdoğan wants to dictate the terms of the game.”  —Constantinos Filis A weird year threatens to become even weirder: war between Turkey and Greece, two NATO allies with a long, fraught history, has suddenly become a possibility. […]

War, What is it Good For?

Turkey and Greece are locked in a struggle in the Eastern Mediterranean that feels like it belongs more in 1920 than in 2020.  Is war possible? In this episode, Alan Stoga looks for answers from Constantinos Filis, Executive Director at the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University in Athens. Dr Constantinos Filis is Director […]

A Turkish Game of Thrones

“You can’t play Russian roulette any longer in diplomacy. You don’t know what’s coming up next…” — Nabil Fahmy “We are now living … not in a world order, but world disorder. We will see more chaos, more disorder, and more uncertainty…” — Cengiz Çandar Power abhors a vacuum, and the combination of “America First” […]

Sometimes History Rhymes

Egypt’s Nabil Fahmy and Turkey’s Cengiz Çandar discuss what Erdogan wants as he is playing a high stakes game that some think could even lead to war between Turkey and Greece or Egypt. Cengiz Çandar is a “Distinguished Visiting Scholar” at the Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies and Senior Associate Fellow at UI (The […]

There is No Solution Without You

“What Covid has done is to apply an extraordinary and unusually powerful microscope to worldwide governance. And much of what we see through that lens of the microscope is not pretty.” —Cardinal Michael Czerny Covid-19 has been a world-wide disaster—one that refuses to end. Although some countries and their leaders have performed extraordinarily well, many […]

Are We Really All in This Together?

Cardinal Czerny argues that any approach to Covid-19 that does not include those most vulnerable among us is a non-solution. Who then seems to have overlooked these people? Card. Michael Czerny S.J. was born on 18 July 1946, in Brno, Czechoslovakia (today the Czech Republic). Following his 1963 graduation from Loyola High School in Montreal, […]

Africa on the Run

“The journey to development has been stunted.” —Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr “Because there’s less external pressure on the continent now than there has ever been, we are beginning to see African countries coming together to figure out how they’re going to solve their problems.” —Carole Wainaina Numbers can be misleading. Global health data suggest that Covid-19 has […]

African Possibilities

How can Africa cope? Are solutions—or, at least, possibilities—to be found at the local, national or regional level? Listen to Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, and Carole Wainaina, a leader of Africa50. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn in May 2018 with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to […]

You May Choose to Look Away, But Never Again Say You Do Not Know

“The demand for exploitation is not just something that is related to poverty. It is related to a certain kind of human volition, which is global and somehow we have normalized it.” — Sunitha Krishnan Why do nations, rich and poor, in the 21st century, tolerate widespread slavery and human trafficking, including the buying and […]

STOP SLAVERY NOW!

Why do nations, rich and poor, tolerate widespread slavery, human trafficking and even the buying and selling of young children in the 21st century? This episode explores the darkness of slavery—which consumes even very young children—with India’s Sunitha Krishnan. Sunitha Krishnan, Co-Founder and Chief Functionary of Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization in Hyderabad, India. She is […]

It’s (Still) The Economy, Stupid!

“In all of the West, we run into a divided society. Those who are smart enough to play on the stock market are fine; they can live. Those who are educated to play in the digital economy are also fine. And those who were the hard-working laborers for distribution and simple workers, they will get […]

The Covid Economy: Your Bust, My Boom

What happens when the global economy collapses, but global financial markets boom? That’s one of the issues explored in the conversation with German business leader Kurt Lauk and long-time top American central banker Terry Checki. Dr. Kurt J. Lauk is the co founder and President of Globe CP GmbH, a private investment firm established in […]

Can America halt its decline — and does it want to?

“We’re shocked, for example, that trains don’t work. We are shocked that the digital infrastructure is not good … America doesn’t not just invest in itself; Americans don’t invest in each other.” —Christine Loh What’s wrong, America? What has turned the global superpower and self-defined moral leader into a nation whose president insists the country […]

“What’s happened in 2020 is very promising.”

Those words have not been spoken by many this year. But Jorge Castañeda—Mexican educator, diplomat, former Foreign Minister, and frequent critic of the United States—believes that all the turmoil of a mishandled pandemic, economic recession, racial unrest, extreme political partisanship, and palpable anger throughout society might just be providing the impetus the country needs to […]

Is America Finished?

Why has America stopped investing in itself? We speak with Christine Loh who is a Hong Kong-based academic, environmentalist, and former government official with deep ties to the United States Professor Christine Loh is Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also Visiting Professor, Anderson School […]

America: Darkness Before the Crack of Dawn?

What kind of institutional change does the United States need and can that change be achieved without revolution? Castañeda talks about some of the ideas from his latest book, “America Through Foreign Eyes” and explains why he thinks the United States is heading in exactly the right direction. Jorge Castañeda was Foreign Minister of Mexico […]

Are “we” capable of fixing all that is breaking? Or is it too late?

Looking for silver linings may be an integral part of the human condition.  Even during the bleakest moments—like during a global pandemic, a global recession, leadership failures and profound social stress almost everywhere—we try to find bits and pieces of positive energy and new ideas.  In this episode of Tällberg’s “New Thinking for a New […]

On the Outside, Looking In: America in the Era of George Floyd

“Do I think that the U.S. is a racist country? Oh yes. Yes. This is a country that was built on that premise of the negation of humanity of part of its people.” —Faustin Linyekula “I think the United States is a racist country … I was appalled when I went to the U.S., at […]

Is America Racist — if so, will it ever not be?

American Carnage or American Dream? It matters to everyone everywhere whether or not the United States is in terminal decline or (painfully) resetting the basis of its democracy and its society. If the former, the global order will change in incalculable ways, for better or for worse. If the latter, life after the pandemic could […]

The time for Climate Action is NOW

A recent global survey conducted by the Tällberg Foundation showed widespread enthusiasm for aggressive action to mitigate accelerating climate change*. Overwhelmingly, respondents said: Accelerating climate change is a major threat to their individual lives and is already directly affecting their communities; Two thirds believe that it’s not too late to prevent catastrophic consequences from climate […]

Shared problems; shared destinies

The global pandemic and global recession have led many leaders and countries to turn inward. But Ahmed Reda Chami, President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco, understands that giving up on global solutions is both shortsighted and doomed to fail. As he said in a recent New Thinking for a New World […]

First, help yourself – A Moroccan leader on coping with life after Covid

Like everywhere else, Morocco must cope with the potentially overwhelming health, economic and political consequences of the pandemic.  But unlike most places, the country has a well-designed, focused strategy to mitigate the worst of what is happening and, possibly, to position itself—and the rest of Africa—for a better future. In this episode of the Tällberg […]

Is It Possible to Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

Tomas Anker Christensen, Denmark’s Climate Ambassador, and Daniel Martínez-Valle, Chief Executive Officer of Orbia, a Mexican-based multinational operating in more than 40 countries, recently discussed the lessons of the pandemic and why they are fundamentally optimistic that catastrophic climate change can be avoided. “We’ve learned during this pandemic … that many of the things that […]

The Millennial Future

Are there possibilities for a different future to emerge from the Covid crisis? Listen to Rosario Diaz Garavito, Baiqu Gonkar and David Ross, discuss the possibilities for a different future to emerge from the Covid crisis. Rosario Diaz Garavito is the founder and Chief Executive Director of The Millennials Movement, current UN NGO Major Group […]

Is It Possible to Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

For the first time in 75 years, the whole world is focused on the same problem and, in the process, mobilizing unprecedented political will, state authority and fiscal resources as well as relying on scientists to build evidence-based policies. How do we transfer all of that energy to addressing even the larger, more deadly challenge […]

Q&A from Disruptive Technologies Webinar

On May 6, the Tällberg Foundation co-sponsored a webinar on “Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly” with Kenya’s Strathmore Business School. The conversation among George Njenga, Strathmore’s Executive Dean, and Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners Anne Goldfeld, Fio Omenetto and Rafa Yuste was moderated by Tällberg’s chairman, Alan Stoga. A recording of the webinar can […]

Survey: Climate Change at a Time of Covid

While we are all focused on the pandemic, climate change continues to accelerate with consequences that are likely to dwarf the impact of Covid. How are you thinking about the climate and what needs to be done? We at the Tällberg Foundation want to engage with you as we explore the parameters of the new […]

Is Europe’s Future Green or Black?

The global Covid-19 pandemic has exposed deep fissures in the global political and economic fabric. For democracy to survive, the social contract needs to be reimagined; economies needs to be re-engineered and climate change – that is now accelerating at a pace that could quickly dwarf the consequences of the pandemic – needs to be […]

The American Condition

In this week’s podcast episode, Scott Miller and Josh Steiner explore the potential impact of the pandemic on longer term trends shaping the United States. What is the state of the Union? Has the American dream become American carnage? Covid-19 has laid bare many pre-existing fissures and deep distress in American society. Can the exhausted majority […]

Recordings from Webinars

Webinar: Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly Recording from Wednesday May 6, 2020 A panel of innovation leaders will discuss their efforts to create new technologies and new solutions to some of the challenges of our times–and what could go wrong, even when innovators have the best intentions. Panelists: Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean of Strathmore, […]

Taking Democracy’s Temperature

The Tällberg Foundation deeply believes that democracy is the form of government most likely to produce the best outcomes for people everywhere. Unfortunately, it didn’t take the pandemic crisis to demonstrate that many democracies and most of their leaders are falling short. Why? We decided to ask our global network, surveying more than 500 people […]

Webinar: Global Order Amidst Global Disorder

The global architecture built in the late 1940s served mankind well. Yet the global system has evolved: Cold War, the United States as the sole superpower, the emergence of China and today’s hodgepodge of multiple power centers. What’s next—and what might be in Egypt’s and, more broadly, the Middle East’s best interests? Date: Thursday May […]

Webinar: Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly

A panel of innovation leaders will discuss their efforts to create new technologies and new solutions to some of the challenges of our times–and what could go wrong, even when innovators have the best intentions. Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8am New York, 2pm Stockholm, 3pm Nairobi The panelists are: Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean of […]

Tällberg SNF Fellows

The Board of the Tällberg Foundation is establishing a community of global leaders who are committed to exploring the challenges facing humanity and then imagining creative solutions that reach across boundaries and borders. The program is called the Tällberg/Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellows, or Tällberg SNF Fellows.  Fellows are individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the Tällberg Foundation’s […]

Climate After Covid

Christiana Figueres—climate activist, one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement and 2016 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winner—passionately believes that the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to focus on constructive climate action.  In this New Thinking for a New World podcast, she discusses the possibility of leveraging the massive political and economic resources that governments […]

The Value(s) of Democracy

Democracy is under huge pressure everywhere, made worse by the global pandemic. Too many governments in too many places are failing to deliver on the basic social contract with their citizens. In this podcast, celebrated photographer and human rights activist Shahidul Alam of Bangladesh discusses these issues from the perspective of a country which struggles […]

Will Democracy Survive Covid-19?

Democracy and democratic institutions were under severe pressure well before the novel Coronavirus appeared. Could the added burden of the pandemic break the back of democracy as we have known it? How worried should we be by governments proclaiming wartime powers and instituting new kinds of location and information tracking, all in the name of […]

Understanding Coronavirus and Its Implications

In this podcast, Anne Goldfeld, a scientist and doctor with deep pandemic experience, discusses what we know about Covid-19, what we still need to learn and why it is a global problem that demands a global response. Anne, who is Senior Investigator of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and a Professor of Medicine […]

What Is a Thought?

Rafael Yuste, a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University and a 2018 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leader speaks with Alan Stoga, the Tällberg Foundation’s chairman about recent and prospective progress in neuroscience. They discuss such questions as could our evolving understanding of the human brain lead to a new Renaissance? What are the implications of this […]

Civilization, Interrupted

Written by Alan Stoga, Chairman, Tällberg Foundation “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind…. By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six […]

Grappling With the Unknown

In this week’s episode of the Tällberg Foundation Podcast, we listen to a conversation between Anne Goldfeld, Faustin Linyekula, and Saul Griffith who share their perspectives on the future and their relationship with it. The three 2019 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners discover how their respective expertise – medicine, dance, and fighting climate change – are all […]

Brain Guys

Q. What do hydra polyps, mice and Columbia University neuroscientist Rafael Yuste have in common? A. The Tällberg Foundation Rafa, a 2018 winner of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, is one of the most accomplished neuroscientists in the world, whose pioneering work and leadership helped launch what has evolved into the global BRAIN initiative. His lab at […]

What Is the Future of Democracy?

In our second episode of the Tällberg Foundation Podcast, we listen in on a panel conversation addressing these questions. Panelists: Kenneth Lusaka (The Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Senate, Parliament of the Republic of Kenya), David Sperling (Research Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Strathmore Governance Centre; Kenya ) and Ulrika Karlsson (Special Advisor on Global […]

Unpacking a Tällberg Workshop: Hopes, Concerns and Red Threads

Our initial podcast was recorded in Nairobi, Kenya, after a Tällberg Workshop. Three members of the Tällberg Foundation community reflect on “New Thinking for a New World.” Optimism or pessimism about the future may have less to do with facts, and more to do with filters: young or old, local or global, African or western. […]

What will the world look like in 2030?

Welcome to the 2020s! “Three things are true at the same time. The world is much better, the world is awful, the world can be much better.” Max Roser, Oxford University We asked members of the Tällberg community to define their fears, their hopes and their expectations for the new decade. Not predictions, as much […]

A Conversation with Rafa Yuste

On January 31, 2018 Winner, Rafa Yuste, hosted a group from the Tällberg Foundation network for a tour of his lab, a presentation of key aspects of his research, and a discussion of the profound ethical implications of the current explosion of knowledge about the brain. Rafa’s current work, using laboratory mice, focuses on investigating […]

Names of the Dead

Three of the intertwined strands of DNA that standout in the Tällberg Foundation’s genetic make-up are learning through conversation, leveraging cultural experiences to deepen understanding, and engaging with the natural world. The result, sometimes by design and often by accident, is a kind of experiential learning that engages the intellect as well as the emotions. […]

Celebration of Great Leadership in Kenya

During the week of November 11, the Tällberg Foundation—in partnership with the Senate of Kenya and the Strathmore Business School—celebrated great leadership and great leaders in the form of the 2019 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners. Anne Goldfeld, Saul Griffith and Faustin Linyekula received their awards in Nairobi on November 13th from William Ruto, Kenya’s […]

Tällberg Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

Tällberg in Kenya – New Thinking for a New World The Tällberg Foundation, launched in 1981, exists to provoke thinking—and action based on thinking— about the issues that are challenging the evolution of liberal democracies. Those challenges are profound: the world that we have known since the mid 20th century, which produced unprecedented peace as […]

Shaping the Future

On April 11 at 6:30 pm at the Italian Academy, Columbia University in New York the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Rafael Yuste had a conversation about the challenges facing leaders today. The conversation will be moderated by Vishakha Desai, Vice Chair, Committee on Global Thought, Senior Advisor for Global […]

Tällberg Workshop in Cairo, Egypt

We live at a time of profound changes in global and regional political structures, real time climate change, increasingly disruptive technologies (whose potential—good or bad—beggar the imagination), and collapsing trust in leaders as well as in institutions. Too many people in too many countries are too afraid of their futures. The workshop will parse these […]

Thought experiments

Answer: The Tällberg Foundation’s recent workshop, “Inside Every Utopia is Dystopia,” which was hosted by Fio Omenetto at Silk Lab at Tufts University in Boston, on January 17th. Prominent scientists—including two recent winners of the foundation’s Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, Omenetto and Rafael Yuste—engaged with engineers, academics, NGO leaders, investors, artists, designers, and more (see […]

Inside Every Utopia is Dystopia

We are all aware of the accelerating pace of technological innovation. What alternative futures are available, how can we choose among them, and who should make those choices?


Got Silk?

Omenetto’s work leans on the Utopian side of the scale, which is why he was awarded the foundation’s Eliasson Global Leadership Prize in 2017. An interdisciplinary research facility that investigates materials at the interface between technology and life sciences, Silklab’s goal is to create innovations and find solutions using naturally derived, abundant, sustainable materials. Like […]

Show of leadership

“Conventional wisdom is that great leadership is in short supply today,” said Tällberg Foundation chairman Alan Stoga, introducing the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Award winners to the audience at ITAM, in Mexico City, on November 15. “Too many countries, companies, and institutions are badly served by leaders who lack the vision, imagination, and moral compass […]

Something to talk about

In the 35 years since a Swedish businessman named Bo Ekman created the Tällberg Foundation, both the world and his organization have changed dramatically.But, as the foundation’s current chairman, Alan Stoga, noted last month in Mexico City, Ekman’s central tenet may be even more valuable today: “His idea was that intelligent, questioning, respectful, non-partisan conversation […]

A Tällberg Workshop in Mexico City

Our daily news feeds tell the story of a transformational time: Trade and financial sanctions picking apart long established global supply chains; Voters increasingly choosing anti-establishment candidates in rejection of the centrist politics of more than half a century; Borders being raised or reinforced against people and ideas that are seen to threaten national identity; […]

Announcement: Winners of the the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes

To be honored at ITAM in Mexico City on November 15 New York, NY, USA – October 17, 2018 – Today the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, that are awarded annually for extraordinary leadership—in any field and any country—that is courageous, optimistic dynamic, rooted in universal values and […]

Disruption

The 21st Century is quickly evolving into an era defined by global disruption, as socio-economic changes and groundbreaking technological advancements are seemingly having a major impact and are turning upside down standard modes of operation, models and assumptions in every area of life, including the field of philanthropy. The conference examined, among others, the effects […]

Hegira/Journey

This is a Tällberg Foundation production. The film was first shown at the Tällberg workshop in Tangier: Can we Bend the Arc in the Age of Migration? on May 10 – 12, 2018. Do you want to use this film? Show it to a bigger audience? Please contact us at info@tallbergfoundation.org

Can we Bend the Arc in the Age of Migration?

In March, 2016 the Tällberg Foundation convened a workshop on the Greek island of Lesvos to explore the dynamics of mass migration under the flag of “A Clash of Civilizations.” Instead of a “clash”—or, for that matter, much “civilization”—we experienced the horrific, hopeful, feared and fearful reality of people desperate to find new lives largely […]

Alternative Futures

We are organizing a series of one day meetings at various labs and companies around the world, with a view to understanding some of the disruptive technologies—in AI, life sciences, robotics, nanotech, etc—that seem likely to change the world as we know it.   We want to provoke a conversation between scientists and technologists on the […]

Polarization in the 21st Century: YOU’RE WRONG! (and I am right)

Social and political polarization is a new (or at least, dramatically intensifying) force that is having a huge impact on political discourse, public policy and electoral outcomes in many democracies such as in the US, in Europe and in the Americas. It may be an important compounding factor in the ongoing erosion of the centrist […]

Honoring Jan Eliasson

Stockholm Sweden and New York, U.S.—October 23, 2017 The Tällberg Foundation today announced that it is naming its leadership prize in honor of the international and Swedish diplomat, Ambassador Jan Eliasson, who most recently served as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The prize is given annually to outstanding leaders in any country and any […]

Winners of the Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Tällberg Foundation Announces Winners of its Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Mr. Alonso, an architect, co-founder and executive director of Instituto Elos based in Santos, Brazil was selected for his dedication to participative leadership, mobilization and community building; Ms. Heller was chosen for her tireless efforts to provide competent legal support for refugees who must cope […]

Leadership in the 21st Century

Leadership in the 21st Century: “The times, they are a-changin’ ” November 28-29, 2017 New York, USA It’s been more than half a century since Bob Dylan first sang the words that became an anthem for the turbulent 60s, an era when “revolution” or, at least revolutionary change seemed to be in the air. Today […]

Future rhymes

Mankind is confronted by profound changes: in our planet, in how societies organize and function, in increasingly worn-out institutions, in the possibilities of science and technology. Even though some of those changes could be positively transformative, the dizzying—and seemingly accelerating—pace of change is overwhelming our collective capacity to cope…. Continue to read Alan Stoga’s contribution […]

Leadership for a Better Future

The 2016 Tällberg Leadership Workshop in Amsterdam will celebrate the accomplishments of our 2016 Global Leaders and create a space where they can tell their inspiring stories. This year, our leaders are women whose remarkable qualities spur us to question what kind of leadership is required to counter the challenges of the 21st century. Leadership […]

To Lead or Not to Lead?

The Tällberg Foundation has a history of recognizing and engaging pathfinding leaders who are seeking to make a difference in an increasingly complicated global environment. We believe that the times demand leaders who rethink assumptions, imbue their work in a deep commitment to ethical action, leverage challenges into opportunities and nourish networks of engagement. Identifying, […]

The Global Leadership Prize winners 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands – November 29, 2016 – The Tällberg Foundation announced today the winners of its Global Leadership Prize for 2016: Sunitha Krishnan from India and Christiana Figueres from Costa Rica. Ms. Krishnan was chosen for her untiring advocacy on behalf of women and children who are victims of sex crimes and trafficking. Ms. Figueres […]

Clash of Civilizations?

The Tällberg Workshop on Lesvos. Clash of Civilizations? March 2016 As at all Tällberg Foundation meetings, the goal of this workshop was to question and explore, without prejudice, the dynamics of an issue which has enormous consequences not only for the refugees fleeing political and economic instability but for the people of Europe who are […]

The White Desert

At the forefront of climate change research, our journey revealed some key findings including that sea levels could rise by a dozen meters in our lifetime, because of the level of CO2 already released into the atmosphere. This video is about Greenland and Climate Change. The poles are melting, and one degree of atmospheric temperature […]

Abrupt Climate Change

E: One of the concepts that we’ve heard about during the last few day is what you scientists call “abrupt climate change”. I am used to thinking about climate change in terms of centuries or millennia, but this appears to be a dramatically different concept. JW: Abrupt climate change is interesting; it really didn’t enter […]

Learning journey to Greenland

EGRIP (http://isaaffik.org/users/egrip-camp) is an international project and the EGRIP camp, established during the summer of 2015, is in the center of the East Greenland ice stream and is the successor to a multiyear science program. Dr. Dorthe Dahl Jensen from the University of Copenhagen and the Niels Bohr Institute, Ice and Climate Program, will lead […]

US Election Analysis

The short introduction is in Spanish, but the presentation is in English beginning at  2:42 minutes

Does Europe Need Brexit?

Published on YaleGlobal, 9 June 2016 By Alan Stoga NEW YORK: The conventional wisdom is that the British exit from the European Union — Brexit — would be bad for everyone: the British people, the United Kingdom, the European Union and even the United States. While that may be true, in the age of Trump — the unconventional presumptive Republican nominee for US […]

Everything old is new: power in the 21st century

Tällberg Workshop in Helsinki, Finland Everything old is new: power in the 21st century Tällberg Workshop in Helsinki June 2015 For years the tension has been growing between the obvious need to address issues beyond the reach of national politicians—like climate change, mass migration, weapons proliferation—and national politicians’ unwillingness to act in the interest of […]

The Global Leadership Prize winners 2015

On November 11, the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of our Global Leadership Prize for 2015: Jamila Afghani from Afghanistan and Martín von Hildebrand from Colombia. Ms. Afghani was chosen for her work promoting a new understanding of women’s rights in Islam among her country’s imams. Mr. von Hildebrand was selected for his work to […]

What’s leadership got to do with it?

What’s leadership got to do with it? in Stockholm, Sweden November 2015 We considered  leadership from a number of perspectives and guiding questions: What are the new questions being asked of leaders today? What do we need to understand, identify and cultivate in the next generation of global leaders?    How would we know a great […]

Bridging gaps and crossing borders

TechCamp Scandinavia – Bridging gaps and crossing borders, which will be held in Malmö, Sweden on October 1- 2, 2015. The evolving dynamics of identity, culture and communication are essential to the development of democratic, open and free societies. The media, traditional and online, have a crucial role to play in these developments. Indeed, the […]

TW@C

The Tällberg Workshop at CERN (TW@C) aimed to explore the implications for mankind and society of the accelerating pace of evolution, in all its dimensions: the cosmos, the planet, homo sapiens, technology, and social organization. We live in a fracturing world where the pace of change has become a source of further change; the more […]

Announcing our Finalists for the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

Tällberg Foundation Announces Finalists for 2021 Leadership Awards Introduces New Award for Emerging Leaders   Stockholm and New York, October 5, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced finalists for the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on universal values, […]

Escaping the Taliban

  The Taliban’s surge to power in Afghanistan is one of those events that will have repercussions for years to come. Listen as Jamila Afghani talks about escaping the Taliban, and what she expects for her country. Jamila Afghani, president of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) Afghanistan and civil society activist, has […]

Can We Unearth Solutions to the Climate Challenge?

  Tero Mustonen is a climate scholar who combines indigenous knowledge with academic research. Listen to his insights on how to promote positive change on a damaged planet. Tero Mustonen, President and Co-Founder of the Snowchange Cooperative, Finland Despite its green global image, Finland has long relied heavily on the exploitation of Nature for income […]

Latin American Democracy: Dead or Alive?

  Why hasn’t liberal democracy developed deeper roots in Latin America? Why are institutions under pressure in so many places? Why do many Latins seemingly embrace “strong man” rather than democratic solutions to their social, economic, and political problems? Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council […]

New World Order: Middle East Chapter

Iran sits at the center of this emerging new reality. Rapprochement among Arabs and peace with Israel is one thing if it is aimed at a united front against Iran, but quite another if it is about finding new ways to work with Iran on common objectives. That really would be New Thinking for a […]

Can Brazil’s Democracy Survive Bolsonaro?

Can Bolsonaro bully his way into reelection? Will the country’s democratic institutions be so badly damaged by him that Brazil’s future stability could be at risk? Most importantly, what do the Brazilian people actually want? Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He received a law degree at the University of […]

Cyber (In)Security in a Connected World

Cyber insecurity is a reality of life in the digital age. We all worry about being hacked, about losing personal or corporate secrets to online bandits. But what happens when nations do it? Is that war? Marcus Willett CB OBE, has extensive experience of advising governments and companies on cyber, in the UK and internationally. […]

Can We Innovate Our Way to Better Times?

Can we really innovate our way out of the mess? Are we smart enough to translate fantastic discoveries into tangible benefits for people? Livio Valenti is a sustainability entrepreneur leveraging scientific discoveries to build innovative companies in the healthcare, biotechnology and material science field. He is the co-founder of Vaxess Technologies, a biotechnology company developing […]

Who Cares About Migrants?

here do they go and who will take them? What rights do migrants seeking safety have? Who worries about them in a world that is focused on coping with Covid? Becca Heller is the co-founder and Executive Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. IRAP provides legal assistance to refugees all over the world. She […]

​​A German Millennial Looks at a New — Or, at Least, Different — World

For all practical purposes, the 20th century ended when the Berlin Wall fell, followed by, rather quickly and relatively quietly, the collapse of the Soviet Union. Dr. Ulrike Franke is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She leads ECFR’s Technology and European Power initiative. Her areas of focus include […]

Understanding—and Protecting—Neurorights

“What we’re talking about is mentally enhancing humans…about building a new type of species, a hybrid human, in which part of our brain will be devices that would be running artificial intelligence algorithms and connected to huge data databases.” — Rafael Yuste “Setting global expectations around how this technology can be developed and how the […]

Are Your Thoughts Safe?

Where is neuroscience taking us? Rafael Yuste works at the forefront of neuroscience. In an effort to protect your individual neuro-identity and neurorights, he is joined by Jared Genser, a leading international human rights lawyer. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging in serious scholarship, and […]

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” – Reflections on a Changing Culture

Recently, I had the opportunity to podcast with Shirin Neshat, acclaimed visual artist, and Jonathan Burnham, one of the leading New York-based book publishers. The idea was to talk about culture in the (almost) post-pandemic West: identity politics, cancel culture, how the pandemic is impacting artists and writers, what our culture is telling us about […]

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

If art is a window on the soul of a nation, what does ours look like? Who do we, defined loosely as the West, think we are in the sense of identity? What’s our mood? Jonathan Burnham is President and Publisher of the Harper Division at HarperCollins, overseeing imprints which include Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper […]

War With Russia?

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Russia or if it’s China or if it’s Iran, it’s a threat against all of us, and we should do something together to secure ourselves from all these complex threats.” — Marius Laurinavičius   “There’s a flood of illegal migrants crossing the Lithuania border….now the border is used as a tool […]

Hot War, Cold War, New War

Lithuania is a frontline state in the growing confrontation—some think it is already war—between East and West. Dalia Bankauskaitė, a defense and security expert at Vilnius University, and Marius Laurinavičius, a journalist and analyst at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, are both in that camp. Dalia Bankauskaitė is a Partnership Associated Professor at Vilnius […]

Reimagining the Middle East

“There was a moment where Israel was contemplating annexing lands in the West Bank. I thought that was going to have a drastically negative impact, not just on the region, but on Israel and on America, because America was going to have to defend an incredibly unpopular decision. So what we were trying to do […]

A New Middle East

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates long serving ambassador to the United States and also a key player in the process of creating this new Middle East, discusses the future of the region. Yousef Al Otaiba is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States and Minister of State. His […]

Democracia en Peligro

Latin America is in trouble. From the Rio Grande to the Drake Passage, angry and violent partisanship is rising; citizens feel their governments have failed to provide peace, prosperity or security; courts and the media—the usual counter-balances to autocrats—are weakening; and too many politicians are proposing radical, rather than centrist, solutions. So, what is the […]

Does Democracy Have a Future in Latin America?

By any measure, Latin American democracy is in trouble. Will things get worse before they get better? Patricio Navia, Eduardo Amadeo, Sergio Guzmán, all think (and certainly hope) that democracy will survive in their countries and in their region. Eduardo Amadeo has served his country in many capacities, most recently (2015-19) as an elected member […]

Welcome to the High-Tech Barbecue

Can we produce enough food to meet humanity’s growing needs and wants, without further environmental damage? Is it possible to move the center point of the production process from the farm or the sea into the laboratory? Didier Toubia is the co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, a cultivated meat company that is shaping the future […]

Understanding Africa

“The first draft of history is always going to be very messy.”  — Michela Wrong Human life originated in Africa, and humanity’s future will be intensely African: by 2100 one in three people on earth will live on the continent, including almost half of the young people. How to understand 1.4 billion people, more than […]

Heart of Darkness

  How is Africa doing? Can Africa produce the food, energy, economic activity, education, and social and political stability that all those people, especially all those young people, need and deserve? And is democracy the best means to that end? Michela Wrong has spent nearly three decades writing about Africa, first as a Reuters correspondent […]

Mirabilis annus secundus

“The second part of the second years prodigies being a true additional collection of many strange signs and apparitions which have this last year been seen in the heavens and in the earth, and in the waters” — Anonymous, 1662   In American college basketball the phrase “one and done” refers to a young athlete […]

Leadership Special: Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons

Two prize winners and friends, Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons, discuss how great leaders can change everything. Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests […]

The hope of our future

Youth is the hope of our future. When it comes to governance, is that a good thing in a world where there is a growing body of evidence that youth’s satisfaction with democracy is declining in many countries? Listen as Cristóbal Marín Rojas and Julien Richard discuss the challenges of making democracy work. Julien Richard […]

Leadership Special: Jan Eliasson, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize is named in honor of Jan Eliasson, one of the most accomplished global diplomats of our era. In this special episode, Jan discusses how great leaders can change everything. Jan Eliasson (Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish and international diplomat. He most recently served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United […]

Are we really all in this together?

The global pandemic was a test of the proposition that global problems not only need global solutions, but that if the crisis is big enough, then those global solutions will be forthcoming. If so, we failed and—as the pandemic continues to roil countries, ruin lives, and damage futures even while “mission accomplished” celebrations break out […]

Fixing what’s broken

Is democracy in trouble? The evidence so far this year is troubling: January 6th in Washington, coup in Myanmar, widening arrests in Hong Kong, presidential interference with the judicial systems in El Salvador and Mexico, Polish and Hungarian EU lobbying against “gender equality”—the list is long and global. Some of the sins are big, some […]

Alone together: China and America

We seem to be moving from a world where markets ruled to one where politics rules: the politics of nationalism and confrontation, of East versus West instead of East and West. Weijian Shan, economist, businessman, investor, shares his unique perspective, not just on global markets, but on how the world really works. Weijian Shan is […]

Teach Your Children Well

“Malala Fund has a very, very simple philosophy…the right of every citizen to have 12 years of safe, quality, and free education available to them.” “We’re predicting that almost 20 million more secondary school girls will drop out of school by the end of the crisis.”                            — Dr. Maliha […]

Presenting the 2021 Prize Jury and Pre-Jury

LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD As the worst of the pandemic starts to recede, it is leaving a mess: not just the millions of dead, but democracy under stress, whole societies buckling, health care systems broken, children’s development stunted—the list goes on. Leaders were tested, and many were found wanting. That reality gives […]

Girls, Interrupted

Dr. Maliha Khan, one of the leaders of the Malala Fund, talks about how the pandemic has made the goal “all girls, everywhere should have free, safe, quality education”, even more difficult to achieve. The global pandemic affects almost everyone on the planet—but it especially affects children. And what’s bad for kids is worse for […]

‘The Fortune You Seek is in Another Cookie’

“If China can rise smoothly to the top of the world without firing a single bullet, it will certainly be able to claim the moral high ground. This may sound harsh, but the truth is that peace is not a godsend. It often has to be earned, sometimes at the cost of war.” China Daily, […]

Leadership Special: Nithya Ramanathan, Engineer working to improve human health with sensory intelligence

Today’s world is short of a lot of things—sustainable environment, peace, prosperity, equality—but what we lack most is innovative, global, values-based leadership. If we can find and nurture that kind of leadership, the rest will follow. In this special episode, you will meet Prize winner Nithya Ramanathan as she is interviewed by Cecilia Weckstrom. Nithya […]

Join the Webinar: Sustainable Democracy?

A panel of young leaders from Hungary, Venezuela, Poland and South Sudan, who are on the front lines of fighting for real, sustainable democracy, will discuss what they have learned in their struggles and how we can make the forces for good governance more muscular. Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Time: 11am EST, 5pm CEST […]

The Chinese Puzzle

What does China—or, more particularly China’s leadership and the Chinese Communist Party— want from the rest of the world? Domination or collaboration? Allies or subjects? War or peace? Dr. Jonathan D. T. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese global strategy and US-China competition. He earned his PhD in China-India relations at the University […]

For Every Child

“I do fear we will look back on the disruption caused by the pandemic on children’s education—which has been at unprecedented scale, length and duration—we will be looking on this period as indeed something that will be with us for many years to come.” —Robert Jenkins   As the intensity of the pandemic slowly and […]

Social Media, Social Discord

“What we’ve seen happening is the acceleration of the spread of hate, based on political leadership, on political conversation, on groups who have an agenda to spread that hate.” — Sarah Durieux “If it’s human relationships that so often get people into a place where they are perpetrating harm to the world, it is so […]

The kids are not alright!

“All children of all ages and in all countries are being effected in particular by the socioeconomic impacts and in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good. This is a universal crisis. And for some children, the impact will be lifelong.” Robert Jenkins, Chief, Education and Associate Director, Programme […]

Leadership Special: Jared Genser, international human rights lawyer

In this special episode, you will meet Jared Genser, one of the three 2020 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership prize winners. Listen, as he is interviewed by Shahidul Alam, photographer, writer, curator and activist and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging […]

The best of times, and the worst of times

Even as the pandemic, like some giant glacier, slowly and unevenly recedes, the world seems frozen in place as it deals with the mess left behind. But is this crisis or opportunity? This week’s guests are dedicated to the latter proposition. They both are trying to make the world the kind of place it could […]

Fighting for Democracy

“The Hungarian illiberal regime…is extremely cynical. So in that sense, anything can be put on the agenda and at any given day, just the exact opposite could become the top of the agenda.” — András Léderer “What happened during the four years of the Law and Justice ruling in Poland is that many reforms were […]

¿QUÉ PASA CUANDO LA DEMOCRACIA MUERE?

“Venezuela se ha convertido en una amenaza para la seguridad, la estabilidad y la democracia del hemisferio”. “Creo que cualquier opción… es legítima para proteger a millones de venezolanos que sufren del hambre, que sufren de las enfermedades, que sufren de los crímenes contra la humanidad, que sufren de las violaciones de derechos humanos” -David […]

If it’s illiberal, is it democracy?

Europe is increasingly divided: between the frugal North and the Club Med South; between the illiberal East and the progressive West. In many ways, the latter is more profound at a time when democracy is under pressure almost everywhere. Listen as our guests discuss the profound conflicts that will shape their countries—and perhaps Europe—for decades […]

Leadership Special: Sylvia Earle, world-class oceanographer and educator

In this special episode, you will meet Sylvia Earle, one of the three 2020 prize winners. Listen, as she is interviewed by Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Sylvia A. Earle is a pioneering ocean scientist, explorer, author, influential speaker and conservation leader known as a […]

What Happens When Democracy Dies?

“[Venezuela] has become a threat to the security and stability and democracy of the hemisphere.” “I think that any option…is legitimate to protect millions of Venezuelans that are suffering from starvation, that are suffering from disease, that are suffering from crimes against humanity, that are suffering from human rights violations.” — David Smolansky   Sometimes […]

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Joins the Tällberg Foundation in Presenting the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize   Stockholm and New York, March 29, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced that it has renamed its flagship leadership prize as the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which incorporates the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as a partner in the Tällberg […]

Casas Muertas

Venezuela has been in a death spiral for years. The country have been devastated by political repression and economic depression; its people suffer from hunger, malnutrition, shortages of food, medicine and, perhaps worst of all, opportunity. David Smolansky is the special envoy of the Organization of American States to address the Venezuelan Migration and Refugee […]

Speaking Freely

“Free speech is counterintuitive…That’s why we have it as part of the Bill of Rights. We have to have courts that stop the government and the society from doing what they’re inclined to do. It’s more natural to suppress free speech than it is to protect free speech. This has been true forever and will […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Our world is a mess. Pandemic, recession, accelerating climate change, refugees frustrated in their search for better lives, political frustration spilling into the streets: stress and distress are almost everywhere. What can we do—as individuals and as leaders—to change the play, to break out of a truly vicious circle? How about some magic? Not the […]

When is too much freedom too much?

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, is widely considered one of America’s leading legal scholars on freedom of speech and has written extensively about the evolution of that fundamental freedom in the digital age. Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s 19th president in 2002 and is the longest serving Ivy League president. He is […]

The (non) Future of Europe

“I don’t see us Europeans taking hold of our future…technologically and economically we are totally torn up between United States and China. We may turn out to be only the battlefield for that competition.  That’s tragic for what we represent as a civilization in Europe.” — Pierre Lellouche When Pierre Lellouche, veteran French politician and […]

“Expect to have very violent reactions after the pandemic”

Pierre Lellouche worries that bad is likely to get worse. Listen as he discusses how Europe got stuck between the United States and China, the future of democracy, and the tragedy of social movements focused only on race and gender. Pierre Lellouche, after a long career in the French Parliament (five consecutive terms, 1993-2017) and […]

Persian Delights; Persian Dangers

“After all of these years of sanctions and containment…is it not time to stop wondering when the Islamic Republic is going to fall and instead think about how the Islamic Republic might change?” — Sanam Vakil  “[Ayatollah Khamenei’s] legacy will be: do not believe the Americans, do not negotiate with the Americans.” — Sima Shine […]

Iran’s Annus Horribilis

2020 was an awful year for Iran. A year that started with the assassination of the country’s widely popular, leading general ended with the assassination of its most important nuclear scientist. Answers are difficult to find, but this week’s guests are in the business of looking for them. Sima Shine leads the Iran program at […]

Hiding in plain sight

“One of the worst things you can give to the human brain is chronic uncertainty. And the name of the game since March 2020, is uncertainty.”  — Mike Niconchuk “With the virus, we see a breaking of social bonds and those have not been reestablished. But I think basic trust has to be the starting […]

High Anxiety

There is mounting evidence that the pandemic is generating a global mental health crisis. How do we cope with the results? Dr. Jonathan DePierro and Michael Niconchuk try to answer questions about our mental health in this episode. Jonathan DePierro, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount […]

Online Conversation: Long COVID

International health expert and physician Dr. Kees Rietveld worries that instead of a fast exit from COVID we are entering a twilight scenario of Long COVID. We recently published his opinion piece, in which he makes the case that we might be looking at years, not months, before something resembling “normal” is once again actually […]

Magical thinking (about Zoom)

Since the onset of the pandemic, most people have been forced to put their lives on hold or online. Work, education, entertainment, exercise—almost everything has largely moved from the real world to the virtual world. One result is near universal groans about “Zoom fatigue.” But is it the tool or how we are using the […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Magician Mark Mitton explores how magical thinking (or, at least, a magician’s thinking) can help us through this crisis Mark Mitton is a magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to performing and producing events all over the world, Mark explores the theme of “Misdirection” […]

Opinion: Long COVID

It is time for society to bite the bullet and accept that SARS CoV 2, the virus that causes COVID, is here to stay. It has become an endemic pandemic, mutating in the direction of becoming a part of the annual winter respiratory onslaught. Some countries might achieve temporary eradication, but the world won’t. The […]

Looking for a New Normal (or something like it)

We live at a time of pandemic, recession, growing doubts about the future and form of capitalism, challenges to democracy, shifts in global power.   Sandra Breka is Member of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the major foundations in Europe. Since joining the Board of Management, she spearheaded the […]

Democracy Now?

“I have never been in my whole life as worried as I was on that day…about whether or not we could survive as a democracy. I think we’re as divided and in danger of losing the democracy as we were in 1860.” — Richard Gephardt   Dick Gephardt is a democrat; he firmly believes that democracy […]

“A republic, if you can keep it”

Congressman Gephardt, a Democrat, firmly believes America needs bipartisanship to cope with the divisive spirits that are tearing at the country. Listen as he talks about some of the things that urgently need to be done, not just in the United States, but everywhere that democracy is under pressure. Richard Gephardt served for 28 years […]

Lines in the sand

“There are more red lines right now, more lines between countries, between ideologies, between peoples than have ever really existed at any single time in history.” “We need to master all of that [history] if we’re going to go forward and figure a way of either working with these red lines or dismantling them.”       […]

Lines in the Sand

History is replete with leaders drawing real or metaphorical lines in the sand, challenging opponents to cross only if they dare. David Andelman, an American journalist and author, believes that one way to understand global risks and challenges is to explore the nexus of red lines that define global politics. David A. Andelman, a columnist […]

Celebrating or Cursing Democracy?

This week the United States inaugurates a new President, much to the joy of many Americans, but to the utter dismay of millions of others. And the swearing in takes place in a Washington, DC locked down, not by fear of pandemic, but by fear of domestic terrorists. Only two weeks ago, a mob encouraged […]

Welcome to the Brave New (digital) World

We explore living online with a woman whose job it is to make the experience as productive and pleasant as possible. Jaime Teevan is Microsoft’s Chief Scientist for Experiences and Devices. Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Experiences and Devices and helps Microsoft create the future of productivity. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s […]

European Renaissance

“By tradition, by history, by culture, by philosophy, the model of the way of life in Europe is better for people, better for nature.” “It’s a question of whether we have the three ingredients of global influence: namely weight, ambition and know-how. — Pascal Lamy At a time of Brexit, political uncertainties in many continental […]

Online Conversation: American Agonies

January 6, 2021 is now one of those days seared in our memories.   What happened in Washington was awful, but perhaps inevitable—maybe necessary—eruption; a catharsis to bleed off the poison.  Donald Trump is all but finished, and the most virulent brand of Trumpism has been revealed in all its base, vile thuggery.  That’s good, not […]

Why Europe?

Pascal Lamy is arguably one of the most prominent, thoughtful and enthusiastic supporters of a global leadership role for Europe. Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from […]

Online Workshop: Making Democracy Work

On December 8 and 9, 2020, the Tällberg Foundation celebrated the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize during a virtual workshop. The theme of the meeting was “Making Democracy Work” which encompassed a range of interviews, panels, and performances. See the program for both days here. Day 1 Global Leaders! Meet the winners […]

Follow the Science

2020 will probably be remembered as the year of COVID. Our guest has long worked at the intersection of science, politics, and policy. Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists, an organization […]

Gorillas (and people) in the Mist

A few days ago we were visiting the gorillas and you could see that they were actually quite happy to see visitors coming back. Some of them even tried to get close because they think, “Hey, you’re back!” How can you protect the gorillas when the communities aren’t benefiting? We’re seeing win-win situations for people, […]

Live and let live

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka believes that zoonotic disease is controllable by simultaneously working to improve the health of humans and animals, at the points where they meet. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda, a veterinarian and scientist, works at the intersection of human and animal health.  Her work addresses the well being of human communities and wildlife where […]

Announcing the 2020 Winners of the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

TÄLLBERG FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP PRIZE WINNERS Sylvia Earle, Jared Genser, Nithya Ramanathan Receive 2020 Awards Stockholm and New York, November 25, 2020—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, awarded annually for extraordinary leadership—in any field and any country—that is courageous, innovative, rooted in universal values and global in application or […]

America Chooses!

“I am a Trump supporter.  I supported him in ’16, voted for him in ’20, but I had a raging case of Trump fatigue myself…. I was not that sorry to see the outcome, and I think the country needed it.” — Scott Miller “I thought [you] were very cognizant of the damage this president […]

True Blue

Sylvia Earle, a finalist for the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, behaves like a woman running out of time, which she is. The world’s foremost oceanographer—the Jacques Cousteau of our era, dubbed “Her Deepness”—she is on the road most of the year, and has logged countless hours underwater since her first dive, in a […]

Democracy in America

The U.S. election has come, but not quite gone as President Trump continues to resist the otherwise apparent victory of Joe Biden. Notwithstanding that drama, what did the voting tell us about America, Americans, and democracy? Scott Miller is a leading strategic and marketing consultant to some of America’s most important companies and most important […]

Objections Sustained

Sara Hossain can sound ambivalent about her role as honorary executive director of BLAST, the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.  “I don’t like running a large organization and I really don’t want to keep on doing that,” she says, “because there are many aspects of it that a lawyer is not best skilled for […]

Save the Date – December 8-9, 2020!

We invite you to join the Tällberg Foundation in celebrating the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize on December 8 and 9 from 10:00AM-11.45AM EST / 16.00-17.45 CET as part of a virtual workshop. The theme underlying this year’s meeting is “Making Democracy Work” which will encompass a range of interviews, panels and performances. […]

Data Minded

Nithya Ramanathan won’t deny that she loves engineering puzzles. “I just find them really fun to solve,” she says. “But ultimately I get pretty bored unless I’m solving that bigger, human-centered problem.” The computer scientist and C.E.O. of the non-profit Nexleaf Analytics is talking about really big problems here—climate change, pandemics, infant mortality—and about designing […]

Burning Down the House

“Basically, we are telling our kids and our grandkids that we don’t care about them when we burn the Amazon… This is something that can’t happen anymore.” — André Guimarães   Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged in October with the number of blazes up 25% in the first 10 months of 2020 compared to […]

Amazonian Armageddon

Once again, the Amazon is burning—and deforestation may be approaching a tipping point that could turn the world’s largest rain forest into dry savanna or even dessert. What are the potential consequences? Why aren’t we terrified? Who should be doing what? André Guimarães is the Executive Director of IPAM (Amazon Environmental Research Institute). He has […]

Online Conversation: Right/Wrong

On October 28, Juan Enriquez presented his latest book for members of the Tällberg Foundation network. How rapid changes in technology could lead to rapid changes in ethics and, more importantly, how we can have civil conversations. Juan Enriquez is one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. […]

Believing It’s Possible

As founder of the Open Source Pharma Foundation, which is creating a crowd-sourced alternative to the pharmaceutical industry, Jaykumar Menon feels he may have met his moment. Just a couple of years ago, “We were considered crazy people,” he says. “And now I think we were shown to be prescient. Everybody in the world is […]

Dealing with a Dragon

“Everybody is saying, ‘Oh, why isn’t China being so meek and so docile anymore? Why is it showing his teeth?’  The simple answer is that, it is what all great powers do.” “It would be best for the world for China to emerge as a happy dragon, rather than an angry dragon…The West is handling […]

Has China Won?

The competition between China and the United States is the defining geopolitical reality of the 21st century. The evolution of its new Great Game will determine whether our collective future will be one of prosperity or disaster. Kishore Mahbubani is a veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and author of eight books, and is currently a […]

The Ripple Effect

Jared Genser’s client list reads like a Who’s Who of democratic aspiration: Václav Havel, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Liu Xiaobo, and Anwar Ibrahim to name a few. But the international human rights lawyer will never forget his first, James Mawdsley, who was imprisoned in Burma in 1999, with a 17-year sentence for handing out leaflets. […]

As the World Turns

Jan Eliasson—Swedish and global diplomat, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, accomplished conflict mediator—considers himself a “concerned optimist.”  As he surveyed the world in a New Thinking for a New World podcast with host Alan Stoga, sometimes he seems more concerned than optimistic—and that troubles him. “I am now very worried about where we […]

Happy (?) Birthday

  The United Nations turned 75 this year—but the pandemic overwhelmed its birthday party. The UN, built in a different world, has succeeded in its core mission: preventing World War III.  But is the UN, as it is now constructed, relevant to the problems of the 21st century? Ambassador Jan Eliasson is a well-known Swedish […]

Our Wildlife, Our Selves

More than two decades ago, in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka made a connection that most of the world is only now beginning to get: The well-being of humans and animals are inextricably linked. About half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas live in the park—around 650 at the time, a population that […]

Cooperation, Competition, or Confrontation

Coping with a Dangerous World   “I think that this is a period of increasing danger.” “You can draw a direct line from the unenforced red line in Syria in 2014, to the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Ukraine and the Chinese land grab in the South China Sea.” “We always ask, ‘should we […]

Battlegrounds

General H.R. McMaster, a highly decorated U.S. military officer, discusses how he believes the U. S. and like-minded countries can maneuver through today’s complicated global realities to produce peace and prosperity for their citizens. H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A native of Philadelphia, […]

Writing on the Wall: Bahia Shehab

Historian. Street artist. Professor of graphic design. Bahia Shehab lives the future she believes in for her students: multi-disciplinarity. “I think if I were only a historian or only an artist or only an academic, I wouldn’t have survived,” says the Lebanese-Egyptian finalist for the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, who lives and teaches in […]

Ugly, Uglier, Ugliest: Migration at a Time of Covid

“When I was in Lesbos, there were over 9,000, 10,000 people in the streets with little food, little water, and nothing else… literally lines of people stretched for miles and miles along the road.” – Myrto Xanthopoulou “We saw busloads of Venezuelans choosing to return to Venezuela saying that as the situation got worse and […]

Online Conversation: Triple shock

The triple shock of pandemic, lockdown and economic collapse has rocked countries, communities and citizens around the world. Imagine the impact on refugees and migrants, caught in mid flight between their dangerous homes and less-than-welcoming destinations. The dramatic burning of what had been described as Europe’s largest refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece—probably started by desperate […]

Migrants (barely) Surviving

Like a great magician, the pandemic has drawn our attention away from things that are hiding in plain sight. One of those has been the plight of millions of refugees and migrants who are in refugee camps or trying to escape from war, violence, poverty or other scourges. Myrto Xanthopoulou, Mike Niconchuk, and Megan López who […]

Announcing the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Finalists

Seven Global Leaders Selected From 2,165 Nominations Winners to be Announced in November Stockholm and New York, September 30, 2020 — Today the Tällberg Foundation announced seven finalists for the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on […]

Reshuffling the Global Deck

“We have entered a world which we’ve not experienced for a long time …  The most populous nation in the world is acquiring the economic and military and political might to go with that size.” “You cannot make global politics or globalization something apolitical. You cannot take the politics out of human life and human […]

A World Divided

The world’s a mess.  The great powers today, the Chinese and the Americans, seem to disagree on most things. In this episode, Robin Niblett looks for answers. Dr Robin Niblett CMG has led Chatham House since January 2007. Previously he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies […]

Bearing Witness

Earlier this month, the migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos were again homeless after fires, probably set out of desperation, destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp, Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos.  Moria, intended for 2,200, housed more than 12,000 people under horrible conditions that worsened when COVID-19 hit. Myrto Xanthopoulou, a […]

Power to the People

“What building a state and what building a society means … is for people to come together, discuss, and agree on a shared way forward.” “When they come to power through military means, they tend to then rely on those same instruments to wield power.” —Peter Biar Ajak Independence!! A war won; a people freed. […]

Africa Agonistes

In this episode we’re going to explore why democracy and good governance are so rare in East Africa and what leaders like Peter Biar Ajak can do to change that reality. Peter Biar Ajak is the Chairman of the South Sudan Young Leaders Forum, Senior Advisor to the International Growth Centre, and Founder of the […]

Europe’s Union: Better after Covid?

“The European project has suffered and suffers from a structural blame game from the member states.” —Ana Palacio “You need to have a common platform within the European Union… otherwise, things will definitely go apart.” —Magnus Schöldtz The pandemic has exposed the fragility of governmental institutions around the world, and the European Union is no […]

A Silver Lining to the Covid Disaster?

Ana Palacio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Magnus Schöldtz, former Ambassador at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, talk about Europes challenges in this week’s podcast. Ana Palacio is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and international lawyer specializing in international and European Union law. From 1994 to 2002, she was […]

Talking Turkey

“We have a neighbor who is important, big, but still very aggressive, very assertive, and looking for adventures.” “Erdoğan wants to dictate the terms of the game.”  —Constantinos Filis A weird year threatens to become even weirder: war between Turkey and Greece, two NATO allies with a long, fraught history, has suddenly become a possibility. […]

War, What is it Good For?

Turkey and Greece are locked in a struggle in the Eastern Mediterranean that feels like it belongs more in 1920 than in 2020.  Is war possible? In this episode, Alan Stoga looks for answers from Constantinos Filis, Executive Director at the Institute of International Relations of Panteion University in Athens. Dr Constantinos Filis is Director […]

A Turkish Game of Thrones

“You can’t play Russian roulette any longer in diplomacy. You don’t know what’s coming up next…” — Nabil Fahmy “We are now living … not in a world order, but world disorder. We will see more chaos, more disorder, and more uncertainty…” — Cengiz Çandar Power abhors a vacuum, and the combination of “America First” […]

Sometimes History Rhymes

Egypt’s Nabil Fahmy and Turkey’s Cengiz Çandar discuss what Erdogan wants as he is playing a high stakes game that some think could even lead to war between Turkey and Greece or Egypt. Cengiz Çandar is a “Distinguished Visiting Scholar” at the Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies and Senior Associate Fellow at UI (The […]

There is No Solution Without You

“What Covid has done is to apply an extraordinary and unusually powerful microscope to worldwide governance. And much of what we see through that lens of the microscope is not pretty.” —Cardinal Michael Czerny Covid-19 has been a world-wide disaster—one that refuses to end. Although some countries and their leaders have performed extraordinarily well, many […]

Are We Really All in This Together?

Cardinal Czerny argues that any approach to Covid-19 that does not include those most vulnerable among us is a non-solution. Who then seems to have overlooked these people? Card. Michael Czerny S.J. was born on 18 July 1946, in Brno, Czechoslovakia (today the Czech Republic). Following his 1963 graduation from Loyola High School in Montreal, […]

Africa on the Run

“The journey to development has been stunted.” —Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr “Because there’s less external pressure on the continent now than there has ever been, we are beginning to see African countries coming together to figure out how they’re going to solve their problems.” —Carole Wainaina Numbers can be misleading. Global health data suggest that Covid-19 has […]

African Possibilities

How can Africa cope? Are solutions—or, at least, possibilities—to be found at the local, national or regional level? Listen to Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, and Carole Wainaina, a leader of Africa50. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE was sworn in May 2018 with a commitment to transform Freetown using an inclusive, data-driven approach to […]

You May Choose to Look Away, But Never Again Say You Do Not Know

“The demand for exploitation is not just something that is related to poverty. It is related to a certain kind of human volition, which is global and somehow we have normalized it.” — Sunitha Krishnan Why do nations, rich and poor, in the 21st century, tolerate widespread slavery and human trafficking, including the buying and […]

STOP SLAVERY NOW!

Why do nations, rich and poor, tolerate widespread slavery, human trafficking and even the buying and selling of young children in the 21st century? This episode explores the darkness of slavery—which consumes even very young children—with India’s Sunitha Krishnan. Sunitha Krishnan, Co-Founder and Chief Functionary of Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization in Hyderabad, India. She is […]

It’s (Still) The Economy, Stupid!

“In all of the West, we run into a divided society. Those who are smart enough to play on the stock market are fine; they can live. Those who are educated to play in the digital economy are also fine. And those who were the hard-working laborers for distribution and simple workers, they will get […]

The Covid Economy: Your Bust, My Boom

What happens when the global economy collapses, but global financial markets boom? That’s one of the issues explored in the conversation with German business leader Kurt Lauk and long-time top American central banker Terry Checki. Dr. Kurt J. Lauk is the co founder and President of Globe CP GmbH, a private investment firm established in […]

Can America halt its decline — and does it want to?

“We’re shocked, for example, that trains don’t work. We are shocked that the digital infrastructure is not good … America doesn’t not just invest in itself; Americans don’t invest in each other.” —Christine Loh What’s wrong, America? What has turned the global superpower and self-defined moral leader into a nation whose president insists the country […]

“What’s happened in 2020 is very promising.”

Those words have not been spoken by many this year. But Jorge Castañeda—Mexican educator, diplomat, former Foreign Minister, and frequent critic of the United States—believes that all the turmoil of a mishandled pandemic, economic recession, racial unrest, extreme political partisanship, and palpable anger throughout society might just be providing the impetus the country needs to […]

Is America Finished?

Why has America stopped investing in itself? We speak with Christine Loh who is a Hong Kong-based academic, environmentalist, and former government official with deep ties to the United States Professor Christine Loh is Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is also Visiting Professor, Anderson School […]

America: Darkness Before the Crack of Dawn?

What kind of institutional change does the United States need and can that change be achieved without revolution? Castañeda talks about some of the ideas from his latest book, “America Through Foreign Eyes” and explains why he thinks the United States is heading in exactly the right direction. Jorge Castañeda was Foreign Minister of Mexico […]

Are “we” capable of fixing all that is breaking? Or is it too late?

Looking for silver linings may be an integral part of the human condition.  Even during the bleakest moments—like during a global pandemic, a global recession, leadership failures and profound social stress almost everywhere—we try to find bits and pieces of positive energy and new ideas.  In this episode of Tällberg’s “New Thinking for a New […]

On the Outside, Looking In: America in the Era of George Floyd

“Do I think that the U.S. is a racist country? Oh yes. Yes. This is a country that was built on that premise of the negation of humanity of part of its people.” —Faustin Linyekula “I think the United States is a racist country … I was appalled when I went to the U.S., at […]

Is America Racist — if so, will it ever not be?

American Carnage or American Dream? It matters to everyone everywhere whether or not the United States is in terminal decline or (painfully) resetting the basis of its democracy and its society. If the former, the global order will change in incalculable ways, for better or for worse. If the latter, life after the pandemic could […]

The time for Climate Action is NOW

A recent global survey conducted by the Tällberg Foundation showed widespread enthusiasm for aggressive action to mitigate accelerating climate change*. Overwhelmingly, respondents said: Accelerating climate change is a major threat to their individual lives and is already directly affecting their communities; Two thirds believe that it’s not too late to prevent catastrophic consequences from climate […]

Shared problems; shared destinies

The global pandemic and global recession have led many leaders and countries to turn inward. But Ahmed Reda Chami, President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco, understands that giving up on global solutions is both shortsighted and doomed to fail. As he said in a recent New Thinking for a New World […]

First, help yourself – A Moroccan leader on coping with life after Covid

Like everywhere else, Morocco must cope with the potentially overwhelming health, economic and political consequences of the pandemic.  But unlike most places, the country has a well-designed, focused strategy to mitigate the worst of what is happening and, possibly, to position itself—and the rest of Africa—for a better future. In this episode of the Tällberg […]

Is It Possible to Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

Tomas Anker Christensen, Denmark’s Climate Ambassador, and Daniel Martínez-Valle, Chief Executive Officer of Orbia, a Mexican-based multinational operating in more than 40 countries, recently discussed the lessons of the pandemic and why they are fundamentally optimistic that catastrophic climate change can be avoided. “We’ve learned during this pandemic … that many of the things that […]

The Millennial Future

Are there possibilities for a different future to emerge from the Covid crisis? Listen to Rosario Diaz Garavito, Baiqu Gonkar and David Ross, discuss the possibilities for a different future to emerge from the Covid crisis. Rosario Diaz Garavito is the founder and Chief Executive Director of The Millennials Movement, current UN NGO Major Group […]

Is It Possible to Be Optimistic About Climate Change?

For the first time in 75 years, the whole world is focused on the same problem and, in the process, mobilizing unprecedented political will, state authority and fiscal resources as well as relying on scientists to build evidence-based policies. How do we transfer all of that energy to addressing even the larger, more deadly challenge […]

Q&A from Disruptive Technologies Webinar

On May 6, the Tällberg Foundation co-sponsored a webinar on “Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly” with Kenya’s Strathmore Business School. The conversation among George Njenga, Strathmore’s Executive Dean, and Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners Anne Goldfeld, Fio Omenetto and Rafa Yuste was moderated by Tällberg’s chairman, Alan Stoga. A recording of the webinar can […]

Survey: Climate Change at a Time of Covid

While we are all focused on the pandemic, climate change continues to accelerate with consequences that are likely to dwarf the impact of Covid. How are you thinking about the climate and what needs to be done? We at the Tällberg Foundation want to engage with you as we explore the parameters of the new […]

Is Europe’s Future Green or Black?

The global Covid-19 pandemic has exposed deep fissures in the global political and economic fabric. For democracy to survive, the social contract needs to be reimagined; economies needs to be re-engineered and climate change – that is now accelerating at a pace that could quickly dwarf the consequences of the pandemic – needs to be […]

The American Condition

In this week’s podcast episode, Scott Miller and Josh Steiner explore the potential impact of the pandemic on longer term trends shaping the United States. What is the state of the Union? Has the American dream become American carnage? Covid-19 has laid bare many pre-existing fissures and deep distress in American society. Can the exhausted majority […]

Recordings from Webinars

Webinar: Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly Recording from Wednesday May 6, 2020 A panel of innovation leaders will discuss their efforts to create new technologies and new solutions to some of the challenges of our times–and what could go wrong, even when innovators have the best intentions. Panelists: Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean of Strathmore, […]

Taking Democracy’s Temperature

The Tällberg Foundation deeply believes that democracy is the form of government most likely to produce the best outcomes for people everywhere. Unfortunately, it didn’t take the pandemic crisis to demonstrate that many democracies and most of their leaders are falling short. Why? We decided to ask our global network, surveying more than 500 people […]

Webinar: Global Order Amidst Global Disorder

The global architecture built in the late 1940s served mankind well. Yet the global system has evolved: Cold War, the United States as the sole superpower, the emergence of China and today’s hodgepodge of multiple power centers. What’s next—and what might be in Egypt’s and, more broadly, the Middle East’s best interests? Date: Thursday May […]

Webinar: Disruptive Technologies: Good, Bad and Ugly

A panel of innovation leaders will discuss their efforts to create new technologies and new solutions to some of the challenges of our times–and what could go wrong, even when innovators have the best intentions. Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8am New York, 2pm Stockholm, 3pm Nairobi The panelists are: Dr. George Njenga, Executive Dean of […]

Tällberg SNF Fellows

The Board of the Tällberg Foundation is establishing a community of global leaders who are committed to exploring the challenges facing humanity and then imagining creative solutions that reach across boundaries and borders. The program is called the Tällberg/Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellows, or Tällberg SNF Fellows.  Fellows are individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the Tällberg Foundation’s […]

Climate After Covid

Christiana Figueres—climate activist, one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement and 2016 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winner—passionately believes that the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to focus on constructive climate action.  In this New Thinking for a New World podcast, she discusses the possibility of leveraging the massive political and economic resources that governments […]

The Value(s) of Democracy

Democracy is under huge pressure everywhere, made worse by the global pandemic. Too many governments in too many places are failing to deliver on the basic social contract with their citizens. In this podcast, celebrated photographer and human rights activist Shahidul Alam of Bangladesh discusses these issues from the perspective of a country which struggles […]

Will Democracy Survive Covid-19?

Democracy and democratic institutions were under severe pressure well before the novel Coronavirus appeared. Could the added burden of the pandemic break the back of democracy as we have known it? How worried should we be by governments proclaiming wartime powers and instituting new kinds of location and information tracking, all in the name of […]

Understanding Coronavirus and Its Implications

In this podcast, Anne Goldfeld, a scientist and doctor with deep pandemic experience, discusses what we know about Covid-19, what we still need to learn and why it is a global problem that demands a global response. Anne, who is Senior Investigator of the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and a Professor of Medicine […]

What Is a Thought?

Rafael Yuste, a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University and a 2018 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leader speaks with Alan Stoga, the Tällberg Foundation’s chairman about recent and prospective progress in neuroscience. They discuss such questions as could our evolving understanding of the human brain lead to a new Renaissance? What are the implications of this […]

Civilization, Interrupted

Written by Alan Stoga, Chairman, Tällberg Foundation “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind…. By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six […]

Grappling With the Unknown

In this week’s episode of the Tällberg Foundation Podcast, we listen to a conversation between Anne Goldfeld, Faustin Linyekula, and Saul Griffith who share their perspectives on the future and their relationship with it. The three 2019 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners discover how their respective expertise – medicine, dance, and fighting climate change – are all […]

Brain Guys

Q. What do hydra polyps, mice and Columbia University neuroscientist Rafael Yuste have in common? A. The Tällberg Foundation Rafa, a 2018 winner of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, is one of the most accomplished neuroscientists in the world, whose pioneering work and leadership helped launch what has evolved into the global BRAIN initiative. His lab at […]

What Is the Future of Democracy?

In our second episode of the Tällberg Foundation Podcast, we listen in on a panel conversation addressing these questions. Panelists: Kenneth Lusaka (The Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Senate, Parliament of the Republic of Kenya), David Sperling (Research Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Strathmore Governance Centre; Kenya ) and Ulrika Karlsson (Special Advisor on Global […]

Unpacking a Tällberg Workshop: Hopes, Concerns and Red Threads

Our initial podcast was recorded in Nairobi, Kenya, after a Tällberg Workshop. Three members of the Tällberg Foundation community reflect on “New Thinking for a New World.” Optimism or pessimism about the future may have less to do with facts, and more to do with filters: young or old, local or global, African or western. […]

What will the world look like in 2030?

Welcome to the 2020s! “Three things are true at the same time. The world is much better, the world is awful, the world can be much better.” Max Roser, Oxford University We asked members of the Tällberg community to define their fears, their hopes and their expectations for the new decade. Not predictions, as much […]

A Conversation with Rafa Yuste

On January 31, 2018 Winner, Rafa Yuste, hosted a group from the Tällberg Foundation network for a tour of his lab, a presentation of key aspects of his research, and a discussion of the profound ethical implications of the current explosion of knowledge about the brain. Rafa’s current work, using laboratory mice, focuses on investigating […]

Names of the Dead

Three of the intertwined strands of DNA that standout in the Tällberg Foundation’s genetic make-up are learning through conversation, leveraging cultural experiences to deepen understanding, and engaging with the natural world. The result, sometimes by design and often by accident, is a kind of experiential learning that engages the intellect as well as the emotions. […]

Celebration of Great Leadership in Kenya

During the week of November 11, the Tällberg Foundation—in partnership with the Senate of Kenya and the Strathmore Business School—celebrated great leadership and great leaders in the form of the 2019 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners. Anne Goldfeld, Saul Griffith and Faustin Linyekula received their awards in Nairobi on November 13th from William Ruto, Kenya’s […]

Tällberg Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

Tällberg in Kenya – New Thinking for a New World The Tällberg Foundation, launched in 1981, exists to provoke thinking—and action based on thinking— about the issues that are challenging the evolution of liberal democracies. Those challenges are profound: the world that we have known since the mid 20th century, which produced unprecedented peace as […]

Shaping the Future

On April 11 at 6:30 pm at the Italian Academy, Columbia University in New York the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize winners Nicolas Guérékoyame-Gbangou, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Rafael Yuste had a conversation about the challenges facing leaders today. The conversation will be moderated by Vishakha Desai, Vice Chair, Committee on Global Thought, Senior Advisor for Global […]

Tällberg Workshop in Cairo, Egypt

We live at a time of profound changes in global and regional political structures, real time climate change, increasingly disruptive technologies (whose potential—good or bad—beggar the imagination), and collapsing trust in leaders as well as in institutions. Too many people in too many countries are too afraid of their futures. The workshop will parse these […]

Thought experiments

Answer: The Tällberg Foundation’s recent workshop, “Inside Every Utopia is Dystopia,” which was hosted by Fio Omenetto at Silk Lab at Tufts University in Boston, on January 17th. Prominent scientists—including two recent winners of the foundation’s Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, Omenetto and Rafael Yuste—engaged with engineers, academics, NGO leaders, investors, artists, designers, and more (see […]

Inside Every Utopia is Dystopia

We are all aware of the accelerating pace of technological innovation. What alternative futures are available, how can we choose among them, and who should make those choices?


Got Silk?

Omenetto’s work leans on the Utopian side of the scale, which is why he was awarded the foundation’s Eliasson Global Leadership Prize in 2017. An interdisciplinary research facility that investigates materials at the interface between technology and life sciences, Silklab’s goal is to create innovations and find solutions using naturally derived, abundant, sustainable materials. Like […]

Show of leadership

“Conventional wisdom is that great leadership is in short supply today,” said Tällberg Foundation chairman Alan Stoga, introducing the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Award winners to the audience at ITAM, in Mexico City, on November 15. “Too many countries, companies, and institutions are badly served by leaders who lack the vision, imagination, and moral compass […]

Something to talk about

In the 35 years since a Swedish businessman named Bo Ekman created the Tällberg Foundation, both the world and his organization have changed dramatically.But, as the foundation’s current chairman, Alan Stoga, noted last month in Mexico City, Ekman’s central tenet may be even more valuable today: “His idea was that intelligent, questioning, respectful, non-partisan conversation […]

A Tällberg Workshop in Mexico City

Our daily news feeds tell the story of a transformational time: Trade and financial sanctions picking apart long established global supply chains; Voters increasingly choosing anti-establishment candidates in rejection of the centrist politics of more than half a century; Borders being raised or reinforced against people and ideas that are seen to threaten national identity; […]

Announcement: Winners of the the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes

To be honored at ITAM in Mexico City on November 15 New York, NY, USA – October 17, 2018 – Today the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, that are awarded annually for extraordinary leadership—in any field and any country—that is courageous, optimistic dynamic, rooted in universal values and […]

Disruption

The 21st Century is quickly evolving into an era defined by global disruption, as socio-economic changes and groundbreaking technological advancements are seemingly having a major impact and are turning upside down standard modes of operation, models and assumptions in every area of life, including the field of philanthropy. The conference examined, among others, the effects […]

Hegira/Journey

This is a Tällberg Foundation production. The film was first shown at the Tällberg workshop in Tangier: Can we Bend the Arc in the Age of Migration? on May 10 – 12, 2018. Do you want to use this film? Show it to a bigger audience? Please contact us at info@tallbergfoundation.org

Can we Bend the Arc in the Age of Migration?

In March, 2016 the Tällberg Foundation convened a workshop on the Greek island of Lesvos to explore the dynamics of mass migration under the flag of “A Clash of Civilizations.” Instead of a “clash”—or, for that matter, much “civilization”—we experienced the horrific, hopeful, feared and fearful reality of people desperate to find new lives largely […]

Alternative Futures

We are organizing a series of one day meetings at various labs and companies around the world, with a view to understanding some of the disruptive technologies—in AI, life sciences, robotics, nanotech, etc—that seem likely to change the world as we know it.   We want to provoke a conversation between scientists and technologists on the […]

Polarization in the 21st Century: YOU’RE WRONG! (and I am right)

Social and political polarization is a new (or at least, dramatically intensifying) force that is having a huge impact on political discourse, public policy and electoral outcomes in many democracies such as in the US, in Europe and in the Americas. It may be an important compounding factor in the ongoing erosion of the centrist […]

Honoring Jan Eliasson

Stockholm Sweden and New York, U.S.—October 23, 2017 The Tällberg Foundation today announced that it is naming its leadership prize in honor of the international and Swedish diplomat, Ambassador Jan Eliasson, who most recently served as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The prize is given annually to outstanding leaders in any country and any […]

Winners of the Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Tällberg Foundation Announces Winners of its Eliasson Global Leadership Prize Mr. Alonso, an architect, co-founder and executive director of Instituto Elos based in Santos, Brazil was selected for his dedication to participative leadership, mobilization and community building; Ms. Heller was chosen for her tireless efforts to provide competent legal support for refugees who must cope […]

Leadership in the 21st Century

Leadership in the 21st Century: “The times, they are a-changin’ ” November 28-29, 2017 New York, USA It’s been more than half a century since Bob Dylan first sang the words that became an anthem for the turbulent 60s, an era when “revolution” or, at least revolutionary change seemed to be in the air. Today […]

Future rhymes

Mankind is confronted by profound changes: in our planet, in how societies organize and function, in increasingly worn-out institutions, in the possibilities of science and technology. Even though some of those changes could be positively transformative, the dizzying—and seemingly accelerating—pace of change is overwhelming our collective capacity to cope…. Continue to read Alan Stoga’s contribution […]

Leadership for a Better Future

The 2016 Tällberg Leadership Workshop in Amsterdam will celebrate the accomplishments of our 2016 Global Leaders and create a space where they can tell their inspiring stories. This year, our leaders are women whose remarkable qualities spur us to question what kind of leadership is required to counter the challenges of the 21st century. Leadership […]

To Lead or Not to Lead?

The Tällberg Foundation has a history of recognizing and engaging pathfinding leaders who are seeking to make a difference in an increasingly complicated global environment. We believe that the times demand leaders who rethink assumptions, imbue their work in a deep commitment to ethical action, leverage challenges into opportunities and nourish networks of engagement. Identifying, […]

The Global Leadership Prize winners 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands – November 29, 2016 – The Tällberg Foundation announced today the winners of its Global Leadership Prize for 2016: Sunitha Krishnan from India and Christiana Figueres from Costa Rica. Ms. Krishnan was chosen for her untiring advocacy on behalf of women and children who are victims of sex crimes and trafficking. Ms. Figueres […]

Clash of Civilizations?

The Tällberg Workshop on Lesvos. Clash of Civilizations? March 2016 As at all Tällberg Foundation meetings, the goal of this workshop was to question and explore, without prejudice, the dynamics of an issue which has enormous consequences not only for the refugees fleeing political and economic instability but for the people of Europe who are […]

The White Desert

At the forefront of climate change research, our journey revealed some key findings including that sea levels could rise by a dozen meters in our lifetime, because of the level of CO2 already released into the atmosphere. This video is about Greenland and Climate Change. The poles are melting, and one degree of atmospheric temperature […]

Abrupt Climate Change

E: One of the concepts that we’ve heard about during the last few day is what you scientists call “abrupt climate change”. I am used to thinking about climate change in terms of centuries or millennia, but this appears to be a dramatically different concept. JW: Abrupt climate change is interesting; it really didn’t enter […]

Learning journey to Greenland

EGRIP (http://isaaffik.org/users/egrip-camp) is an international project and the EGRIP camp, established during the summer of 2015, is in the center of the East Greenland ice stream and is the successor to a multiyear science program. Dr. Dorthe Dahl Jensen from the University of Copenhagen and the Niels Bohr Institute, Ice and Climate Program, will lead […]

US Election Analysis

The short introduction is in Spanish, but the presentation is in English beginning at  2:42 minutes

Does Europe Need Brexit?

Published on YaleGlobal, 9 June 2016 By Alan Stoga NEW YORK: The conventional wisdom is that the British exit from the European Union — Brexit — would be bad for everyone: the British people, the United Kingdom, the European Union and even the United States. While that may be true, in the age of Trump — the unconventional presumptive Republican nominee for US […]

Everything old is new: power in the 21st century

Tällberg Workshop in Helsinki, Finland Everything old is new: power in the 21st century Tällberg Workshop in Helsinki June 2015 For years the tension has been growing between the obvious need to address issues beyond the reach of national politicians—like climate change, mass migration, weapons proliferation—and national politicians’ unwillingness to act in the interest of […]

The Global Leadership Prize winners 2015

On November 11, the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of our Global Leadership Prize for 2015: Jamila Afghani from Afghanistan and Martín von Hildebrand from Colombia. Ms. Afghani was chosen for her work promoting a new understanding of women’s rights in Islam among her country’s imams. Mr. von Hildebrand was selected for his work to […]

What’s leadership got to do with it?

What’s leadership got to do with it? in Stockholm, Sweden November 2015 We considered  leadership from a number of perspectives and guiding questions: What are the new questions being asked of leaders today? What do we need to understand, identify and cultivate in the next generation of global leaders?    How would we know a great […]

Bridging gaps and crossing borders

TechCamp Scandinavia – Bridging gaps and crossing borders, which will be held in Malmö, Sweden on October 1- 2, 2015. The evolving dynamics of identity, culture and communication are essential to the development of democratic, open and free societies. The media, traditional and online, have a crucial role to play in these developments. Indeed, the […]

TW@C

The Tällberg Workshop at CERN (TW@C) aimed to explore the implications for mankind and society of the accelerating pace of evolution, in all its dimensions: the cosmos, the planet, homo sapiens, technology, and social organization. We live in a fracturing world where the pace of change has become a source of further change; the more […]

Announcing our Finalists for the 2021 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

Tällberg Foundation Announces Finalists for 2021 Leadership Awards Introduces New Award for Emerging Leaders   Stockholm and New York, October 5, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced finalists for the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which is given annually to leaders from a wide range of disciplines and countries whose work is global, based on universal values, […]

Escaping the Taliban

  The Taliban’s surge to power in Afghanistan is one of those events that will have repercussions for years to come. Listen as Jamila Afghani talks about escaping the Taliban, and what she expects for her country. Jamila Afghani, president of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) Afghanistan and civil society activist, has […]

Can We Unearth Solutions to the Climate Challenge?

  Tero Mustonen is a climate scholar who combines indigenous knowledge with academic research. Listen to his insights on how to promote positive change on a damaged planet. Tero Mustonen, President and Co-Founder of the Snowchange Cooperative, Finland Despite its green global image, Finland has long relied heavily on the exploitation of Nature for income […]

Latin American Democracy: Dead or Alive?

  Why hasn’t liberal democracy developed deeper roots in Latin America? Why are institutions under pressure in so many places? Why do many Latins seemingly embrace “strong man” rather than democratic solutions to their social, economic, and political problems? Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council […]

New World Order: Middle East Chapter

Iran sits at the center of this emerging new reality. Rapprochement among Arabs and peace with Israel is one thing if it is aimed at a united front against Iran, but quite another if it is about finding new ways to work with Iran on common objectives. That really would be New Thinking for a […]

Can Brazil’s Democracy Survive Bolsonaro?

Can Bolsonaro bully his way into reelection? Will the country’s democratic institutions be so badly damaged by him that Brazil’s future stability could be at risk? Most importantly, what do the Brazilian people actually want? Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral was born in São Paulo, Brazil. He received a law degree at the University of […]

Cyber (In)Security in a Connected World

Cyber insecurity is a reality of life in the digital age. We all worry about being hacked, about losing personal or corporate secrets to online bandits. But what happens when nations do it? Is that war? Marcus Willett CB OBE, has extensive experience of advising governments and companies on cyber, in the UK and internationally. […]

Can We Innovate Our Way to Better Times?

Can we really innovate our way out of the mess? Are we smart enough to translate fantastic discoveries into tangible benefits for people? Livio Valenti is a sustainability entrepreneur leveraging scientific discoveries to build innovative companies in the healthcare, biotechnology and material science field. He is the co-founder of Vaxess Technologies, a biotechnology company developing […]

Who Cares About Migrants?

here do they go and who will take them? What rights do migrants seeking safety have? Who worries about them in a world that is focused on coping with Covid? Becca Heller is the co-founder and Executive Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. IRAP provides legal assistance to refugees all over the world. She […]

​​A German Millennial Looks at a New — Or, at Least, Different — World

For all practical purposes, the 20th century ended when the Berlin Wall fell, followed by, rather quickly and relatively quietly, the collapse of the Soviet Union. Dr. Ulrike Franke is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). She leads ECFR’s Technology and European Power initiative. Her areas of focus include […]

Understanding—and Protecting—Neurorights

“What we’re talking about is mentally enhancing humans…about building a new type of species, a hybrid human, in which part of our brain will be devices that would be running artificial intelligence algorithms and connected to huge data databases.” — Rafael Yuste “Setting global expectations around how this technology can be developed and how the […]

Are Your Thoughts Safe?

Where is neuroscience taking us? Rafael Yuste works at the forefront of neuroscience. In an effort to protect your individual neuro-identity and neurorights, he is joined by Jared Genser, a leading international human rights lawyer. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging in serious scholarship, and […]

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” – Reflections on a Changing Culture

Recently, I had the opportunity to podcast with Shirin Neshat, acclaimed visual artist, and Jonathan Burnham, one of the leading New York-based book publishers. The idea was to talk about culture in the (almost) post-pandemic West: identity politics, cancel culture, how the pandemic is impacting artists and writers, what our culture is telling us about […]

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

If art is a window on the soul of a nation, what does ours look like? Who do we, defined loosely as the West, think we are in the sense of identity? What’s our mood? Jonathan Burnham is President and Publisher of the Harper Division at HarperCollins, overseeing imprints which include Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper […]

War With Russia?

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Russia or if it’s China or if it’s Iran, it’s a threat against all of us, and we should do something together to secure ourselves from all these complex threats.” — Marius Laurinavičius   “There’s a flood of illegal migrants crossing the Lithuania border….now the border is used as a tool […]

Hot War, Cold War, New War

Lithuania is a frontline state in the growing confrontation—some think it is already war—between East and West. Dalia Bankauskaitė, a defense and security expert at Vilnius University, and Marius Laurinavičius, a journalist and analyst at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, are both in that camp. Dalia Bankauskaitė is a Partnership Associated Professor at Vilnius […]

Reimagining the Middle East

“There was a moment where Israel was contemplating annexing lands in the West Bank. I thought that was going to have a drastically negative impact, not just on the region, but on Israel and on America, because America was going to have to defend an incredibly unpopular decision. So what we were trying to do […]

A New Middle East

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates long serving ambassador to the United States and also a key player in the process of creating this new Middle East, discusses the future of the region. Yousef Al Otaiba is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States and Minister of State. His […]

Democracia en Peligro

Latin America is in trouble. From the Rio Grande to the Drake Passage, angry and violent partisanship is rising; citizens feel their governments have failed to provide peace, prosperity or security; courts and the media—the usual counter-balances to autocrats—are weakening; and too many politicians are proposing radical, rather than centrist, solutions. So, what is the […]

Does Democracy Have a Future in Latin America?

By any measure, Latin American democracy is in trouble. Will things get worse before they get better? Patricio Navia, Eduardo Amadeo, Sergio Guzmán, all think (and certainly hope) that democracy will survive in their countries and in their region. Eduardo Amadeo has served his country in many capacities, most recently (2015-19) as an elected member […]

Welcome to the High-Tech Barbecue

Can we produce enough food to meet humanity’s growing needs and wants, without further environmental damage? Is it possible to move the center point of the production process from the farm or the sea into the laboratory? Didier Toubia is the co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, a cultivated meat company that is shaping the future […]

Understanding Africa

“The first draft of history is always going to be very messy.”  — Michela Wrong Human life originated in Africa, and humanity’s future will be intensely African: by 2100 one in three people on earth will live on the continent, including almost half of the young people. How to understand 1.4 billion people, more than […]

Heart of Darkness

  How is Africa doing? Can Africa produce the food, energy, economic activity, education, and social and political stability that all those people, especially all those young people, need and deserve? And is democracy the best means to that end? Michela Wrong has spent nearly three decades writing about Africa, first as a Reuters correspondent […]

Mirabilis annus secundus

“The second part of the second years prodigies being a true additional collection of many strange signs and apparitions which have this last year been seen in the heavens and in the earth, and in the waters” — Anonymous, 1662   In American college basketball the phrase “one and done” refers to a young athlete […]

Leadership Special: Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons

Two prize winners and friends, Fio Omenetto and Bright Simons, discuss how great leaders can change everything. Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests […]

The hope of our future

Youth is the hope of our future. When it comes to governance, is that a good thing in a world where there is a growing body of evidence that youth’s satisfaction with democracy is declining in many countries? Listen as Cristóbal Marín Rojas and Julien Richard discuss the challenges of making democracy work. Julien Richard […]

Leadership Special: Jan Eliasson, Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize is named in honor of Jan Eliasson, one of the most accomplished global diplomats of our era. In this special episode, Jan discusses how great leaders can change everything. Jan Eliasson (Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish and international diplomat. He most recently served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United […]

Are we really all in this together?

The global pandemic was a test of the proposition that global problems not only need global solutions, but that if the crisis is big enough, then those global solutions will be forthcoming. If so, we failed and—as the pandemic continues to roil countries, ruin lives, and damage futures even while “mission accomplished” celebrations break out […]

Fixing what’s broken

Is democracy in trouble? The evidence so far this year is troubling: January 6th in Washington, coup in Myanmar, widening arrests in Hong Kong, presidential interference with the judicial systems in El Salvador and Mexico, Polish and Hungarian EU lobbying against “gender equality”—the list is long and global. Some of the sins are big, some […]

Alone together: China and America

We seem to be moving from a world where markets ruled to one where politics rules: the politics of nationalism and confrontation, of East versus West instead of East and West. Weijian Shan, economist, businessman, investor, shares his unique perspective, not just on global markets, but on how the world really works. Weijian Shan is […]

Teach Your Children Well

“Malala Fund has a very, very simple philosophy…the right of every citizen to have 12 years of safe, quality, and free education available to them.” “We’re predicting that almost 20 million more secondary school girls will drop out of school by the end of the crisis.”                            — Dr. Maliha […]

Presenting the 2021 Prize Jury and Pre-Jury

LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD As the worst of the pandemic starts to recede, it is leaving a mess: not just the millions of dead, but democracy under stress, whole societies buckling, health care systems broken, children’s development stunted—the list goes on. Leaders were tested, and many were found wanting. That reality gives […]

Girls, Interrupted

Dr. Maliha Khan, one of the leaders of the Malala Fund, talks about how the pandemic has made the goal “all girls, everywhere should have free, safe, quality education”, even more difficult to achieve. The global pandemic affects almost everyone on the planet—but it especially affects children. And what’s bad for kids is worse for […]

‘The Fortune You Seek is in Another Cookie’

“If China can rise smoothly to the top of the world without firing a single bullet, it will certainly be able to claim the moral high ground. This may sound harsh, but the truth is that peace is not a godsend. It often has to be earned, sometimes at the cost of war.” China Daily, […]

Leadership Special: Nithya Ramanathan, Engineer working to improve human health with sensory intelligence

Today’s world is short of a lot of things—sustainable environment, peace, prosperity, equality—but what we lack most is innovative, global, values-based leadership. If we can find and nurture that kind of leadership, the rest will follow. In this special episode, you will meet Prize winner Nithya Ramanathan as she is interviewed by Cecilia Weckstrom. Nithya […]

Join the Webinar: Sustainable Democracy?

A panel of young leaders from Hungary, Venezuela, Poland and South Sudan, who are on the front lines of fighting for real, sustainable democracy, will discuss what they have learned in their struggles and how we can make the forces for good governance more muscular. Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Time: 11am EST, 5pm CEST […]

The Chinese Puzzle

What does China—or, more particularly China’s leadership and the Chinese Communist Party— want from the rest of the world? Domination or collaboration? Allies or subjects? War or peace? Dr. Jonathan D. T. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese global strategy and US-China competition. He earned his PhD in China-India relations at the University […]

For Every Child

“I do fear we will look back on the disruption caused by the pandemic on children’s education—which has been at unprecedented scale, length and duration—we will be looking on this period as indeed something that will be with us for many years to come.” —Robert Jenkins   As the intensity of the pandemic slowly and […]

Social Media, Social Discord

“What we’ve seen happening is the acceleration of the spread of hate, based on political leadership, on political conversation, on groups who have an agenda to spread that hate.” — Sarah Durieux “If it’s human relationships that so often get people into a place where they are perpetrating harm to the world, it is so […]

The kids are not alright!

“All children of all ages and in all countries are being effected in particular by the socioeconomic impacts and in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good. This is a universal crisis. And for some children, the impact will be lifelong.” Robert Jenkins, Chief, Education and Associate Director, Programme […]

Leadership Special: Jared Genser, international human rights lawyer

In this special episode, you will meet Jared Genser, one of the three 2020 Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership prize winners. Listen, as he is interviewed by Shahidul Alam, photographer, writer, curator and activist and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Jared Genser is an international human rights lawyer who has spent his career practicing law, engaging […]

The best of times, and the worst of times

Even as the pandemic, like some giant glacier, slowly and unevenly recedes, the world seems frozen in place as it deals with the mess left behind. But is this crisis or opportunity? This week’s guests are dedicated to the latter proposition. They both are trying to make the world the kind of place it could […]

Fighting for Democracy

“The Hungarian illiberal regime…is extremely cynical. So in that sense, anything can be put on the agenda and at any given day, just the exact opposite could become the top of the agenda.” — András Léderer “What happened during the four years of the Law and Justice ruling in Poland is that many reforms were […]

¿QUÉ PASA CUANDO LA DEMOCRACIA MUERE?

“Venezuela se ha convertido en una amenaza para la seguridad, la estabilidad y la democracia del hemisferio”. “Creo que cualquier opción… es legítima para proteger a millones de venezolanos que sufren del hambre, que sufren de las enfermedades, que sufren de los crímenes contra la humanidad, que sufren de las violaciones de derechos humanos” -David […]

If it’s illiberal, is it democracy?

Europe is increasingly divided: between the frugal North and the Club Med South; between the illiberal East and the progressive West. In many ways, the latter is more profound at a time when democracy is under pressure almost everywhere. Listen as our guests discuss the profound conflicts that will shape their countries—and perhaps Europe—for decades […]

Leadership Special: Sylvia Earle, world-class oceanographer and educator

In this special episode, you will meet Sylvia Earle, one of the three 2020 prize winners. Listen, as she is interviewed by Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S and a member of the 2020 prize jury. Sylvia A. Earle is a pioneering ocean scientist, explorer, author, influential speaker and conservation leader known as a […]

What Happens When Democracy Dies?

“[Venezuela] has become a threat to the security and stability and democracy of the hemisphere.” “I think that any option…is legitimate to protect millions of Venezuelans that are suffering from starvation, that are suffering from disease, that are suffering from crimes against humanity, that are suffering from human rights violations.” — David Smolansky   Sometimes […]

The Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Joins the Tällberg Foundation in Presenting the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize   Stockholm and New York, March 29, 2021—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced that it has renamed its flagship leadership prize as the Tällberg-SNF-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, which incorporates the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) as a partner in the Tällberg […]

Casas Muertas

Venezuela has been in a death spiral for years. The country have been devastated by political repression and economic depression; its people suffer from hunger, malnutrition, shortages of food, medicine and, perhaps worst of all, opportunity. David Smolansky is the special envoy of the Organization of American States to address the Venezuelan Migration and Refugee […]

Speaking Freely

“Free speech is counterintuitive…That’s why we have it as part of the Bill of Rights. We have to have courts that stop the government and the society from doing what they’re inclined to do. It’s more natural to suppress free speech than it is to protect free speech. This has been true forever and will […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Our world is a mess. Pandemic, recession, accelerating climate change, refugees frustrated in their search for better lives, political frustration spilling into the streets: stress and distress are almost everywhere. What can we do—as individuals and as leaders—to change the play, to break out of a truly vicious circle? How about some magic? Not the […]

When is too much freedom too much?

Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, is widely considered one of America’s leading legal scholars on freedom of speech and has written extensively about the evolution of that fundamental freedom in the digital age. Lee C. Bollinger became Columbia University’s 19th president in 2002 and is the longest serving Ivy League president. He is […]

The (non) Future of Europe

“I don’t see us Europeans taking hold of our future…technologically and economically we are totally torn up between United States and China. We may turn out to be only the battlefield for that competition.  That’s tragic for what we represent as a civilization in Europe.” — Pierre Lellouche When Pierre Lellouche, veteran French politician and […]

“Expect to have very violent reactions after the pandemic”

Pierre Lellouche worries that bad is likely to get worse. Listen as he discusses how Europe got stuck between the United States and China, the future of democracy, and the tragedy of social movements focused only on race and gender. Pierre Lellouche, after a long career in the French Parliament (five consecutive terms, 1993-2017) and […]

Persian Delights; Persian Dangers

“After all of these years of sanctions and containment…is it not time to stop wondering when the Islamic Republic is going to fall and instead think about how the Islamic Republic might change?” — Sanam Vakil  “[Ayatollah Khamenei’s] legacy will be: do not believe the Americans, do not negotiate with the Americans.” — Sima Shine […]

Iran’s Annus Horribilis

2020 was an awful year for Iran. A year that started with the assassination of the country’s widely popular, leading general ended with the assassination of its most important nuclear scientist. Answers are difficult to find, but this week’s guests are in the business of looking for them. Sima Shine leads the Iran program at […]

Hiding in plain sight

“One of the worst things you can give to the human brain is chronic uncertainty. And the name of the game since March 2020, is uncertainty.”  — Mike Niconchuk “With the virus, we see a breaking of social bonds and those have not been reestablished. But I think basic trust has to be the starting […]

High Anxiety

There is mounting evidence that the pandemic is generating a global mental health crisis. How do we cope with the results? Dr. Jonathan DePierro and Michael Niconchuk try to answer questions about our mental health in this episode. Jonathan DePierro, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount […]

Online Conversation: Long COVID

International health expert and physician Dr. Kees Rietveld worries that instead of a fast exit from COVID we are entering a twilight scenario of Long COVID. We recently published his opinion piece, in which he makes the case that we might be looking at years, not months, before something resembling “normal” is once again actually […]

Magical thinking (about Zoom)

Since the onset of the pandemic, most people have been forced to put their lives on hold or online. Work, education, entertainment, exercise—almost everything has largely moved from the real world to the virtual world. One result is near universal groans about “Zoom fatigue.” But is it the tool or how we are using the […]

Do you believe in Magic?

Magician Mark Mitton explores how magical thinking (or, at least, a magician’s thinking) can help us through this crisis Mark Mitton is a magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to performing and producing events all over the world, Mark explores the theme of “Misdirection” […]

Opinion: Long COVID

It is time for society to bite the bullet and accept that SARS CoV 2, the virus that causes COVID, is here to stay. It has become an endemic pandemic, mutating in the direction of becoming a part of the annual winter respiratory onslaught. Some countries might achieve temporary eradication, but the world won’t. The […]

Looking for a New Normal (or something like it)

We live at a time of pandemic, recession, growing doubts about the future and form of capitalism, challenges to democracy, shifts in global power.   Sandra Breka is Member of the Board of Management of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the major foundations in Europe. Since joining the Board of Management, she spearheaded the […]

Democracy Now?

“I have never been in my whole life as worried as I was on that day…about whether or not we could survive as a democracy. I think we’re as divided and in danger of losing the democracy as we were in 1860.” — Richard Gephardt   Dick Gephardt is a democrat; he firmly believes that democracy […]

“A republic, if you can keep it”

Congressman Gephardt, a Democrat, firmly believes America needs bipartisanship to cope with the divisive spirits that are tearing at the country. Listen as he talks about some of the things that urgently need to be done, not just in the United States, but everywhere that democracy is under pressure. Richard Gephardt served for 28 years […]

Lines in the sand

“There are more red lines right now, more lines between countries, between ideologies, between peoples than have ever really existed at any single time in history.” “We need to master all of that [history] if we’re going to go forward and figure a way of either working with these red lines or dismantling them.”       […]

Lines in the Sand

History is replete with leaders drawing real or metaphorical lines in the sand, challenging opponents to cross only if they dare. David Andelman, an American journalist and author, believes that one way to understand global risks and challenges is to explore the nexus of red lines that define global politics. David A. Andelman, a columnist […]

Celebrating or Cursing Democracy?

This week the United States inaugurates a new President, much to the joy of many Americans, but to the utter dismay of millions of others. And the swearing in takes place in a Washington, DC locked down, not by fear of pandemic, but by fear of domestic terrorists. Only two weeks ago, a mob encouraged […]

Welcome to the Brave New (digital) World

We explore living online with a woman whose job it is to make the experience as productive and pleasant as possible. Jaime Teevan is Microsoft’s Chief Scientist for Experiences and Devices. Jaime Teevan, Chief Scientist, Microsoft Experiences and Devices and helps Microsoft create the future of productivity. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s […]

European Renaissance

“By tradition, by history, by culture, by philosophy, the model of the way of life in Europe is better for people, better for nature.” “It’s a question of whether we have the three ingredients of global influence: namely weight, ambition and know-how. — Pascal Lamy At a time of Brexit, political uncertainties in many continental […]

Online Conversation: American Agonies

January 6, 2021 is now one of those days seared in our memories.   What happened in Washington was awful, but perhaps inevitable—maybe necessary—eruption; a catharsis to bleed off the poison.  Donald Trump is all but finished, and the most virulent brand of Trumpism has been revealed in all its base, vile thuggery.  That’s good, not […]

Why Europe?

Pascal Lamy is arguably one of the most prominent, thoughtful and enthusiastic supporters of a global leadership role for Europe. Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from […]

Online Workshop: Making Democracy Work

On December 8 and 9, 2020, the Tällberg Foundation celebrated the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize during a virtual workshop. The theme of the meeting was “Making Democracy Work” which encompassed a range of interviews, panels, and performances. See the program for both days here. Day 1 Global Leaders! Meet the winners […]

Follow the Science

2020 will probably be remembered as the year of COVID. Our guest has long worked at the intersection of science, politics, and policy. Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists Dr. Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist, is the President of the Federation of American Scientists, an organization […]

Gorillas (and people) in the Mist

A few days ago we were visiting the gorillas and you could see that they were actually quite happy to see visitors coming back. Some of them even tried to get close because they think, “Hey, you’re back!” How can you protect the gorillas when the communities aren’t benefiting? We’re seeing win-win situations for people, […]

Live and let live

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka believes that zoonotic disease is controllable by simultaneously working to improve the health of humans and animals, at the points where they meet. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda, a veterinarian and scientist, works at the intersection of human and animal health.  Her work addresses the well being of human communities and wildlife where […]

Announcing the 2020 Winners of the Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize

TÄLLBERG FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP PRIZE WINNERS Sylvia Earle, Jared Genser, Nithya Ramanathan Receive 2020 Awards Stockholm and New York, November 25, 2020—Today the Tällberg Foundation announced the winners of the 2020 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prizes, awarded annually for extraordinary leadership—in any field and any country—that is courageous, innovative, rooted in universal values and global in application or […]

America Chooses!

“I am a Trump supporter.  I supported him in ’16, voted for him in ’20, but I had a raging case of Trump fatigue myself…. I was not that sorry to see the outcome, and I think the country needed it.” — Scott Miller “I thought [you] were very cognizant of the damage this president […]

True Blue

Sylvia Earle, a finalist for the 2020 Tällberg Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, behaves like a woman running out of time, which she is. The world’s foremost oceanographer—the Jacques Cousteau of our era, dubbed “Her Deepness”—she is on the road most of the year, and has logged countless hours underwater since her first dive, in a […]

Democracy in America

The U.S. election has come, but not quite gone as President Trump continues to resist the otherwise apparent victory of Joe Biden. Notwithstanding that drama, what did the voting tell us about America, Americans, and democracy? Scott Miller is a leading strategic and marketing consultant to some of America’s most important companies and most important […]

Objections Sustained

Sara Hossain can sound ambivalent about her role as honorary executive director of BLAST, the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.  “I don’t like running a large organization and I really don’t want to keep on doing that,” she says, “because there are many aspects of it that a lawyer is not best skilled for […]

Save the Date – December 8-9, 2020!

We invite you to join the Tällberg Foundation in celebrating the 2020 winners of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize on December 8 and 9 from 10:00AM-11.45AM EST / 16.00-17.45 CET as part of a virtual workshop. The theme underlying this year’s meeting is “Making Democracy Work” which will encompass a range of interviews, panels and performances. […]

Data Minded

Nithya Ramanathan won’t deny that she loves engineering puzzles. “I just find them really fun to solve,” she says. “But ultimately I get pretty bored unless I’m solving that bigger, human-centered problem.” The computer scientist and C.E.O. of the non-profit Nexleaf Analytics is talking about really big problems here—climate change, pandemics, infant mortality—and about designing […]

Burning Down the House

“Basically, we are telling our kids and our grandkids that we don’t care about them when we burn the Amazon… This is something that can’t happen anymore.” — André Guimarães   Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged in October with the number of blazes up 25% in the first 10 months of 2020 compared to […]