Tällberg Foundation

‘How on earth can we live together?’

Background

The Tällberg Foundation, founded more than three decades ago, aims to provoke people to think differently about the global issues that are shaping their present and their future. We have offices in Stockholm and New York, but operate globally.
For more than thirty years, the Foundation has encouraged a global conversation about issues that are critical to the evolution of our societies. We operate under an umbrella of intellectual freedom and through an open-ended learning approach that is unrestricted by special interests, political correctness or the boundaries of cultures and disciplines.

The Tällberg Foundation, founded in 1981 in the village of Tällberg, Sweden by the former chairman Bo Ekman, is devoted to exploring the changes that are driving our societies and our planet through open-ended, value-based conversations among our growing, global network. The Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization.

Over the last decade, the Tällberg Foundation has organized programs and activities in Sweden and around the world. Workshops and conversations have been convened in Stockholm, Lesvos, Helsinki, Geneva, Kigali, London, Brussels, Alexandria, New York City, Washington DC, Cape Town, Moscow, Beijing, and Berlin, among many others. We have also conducted learning journeys for groups of leaders to Greenland’s ice sheet and Ecuador’s jungle as well as to Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

Central to the Tällberg Foundation’s broad appeal and longevity is that we are deeply committed to intellectual freedom and a learning approach unrestricted by the constraints of special interests or political correctness.

The Tällberg methodology

The purpose of the Foundation, as expressed in its statutes, can be summarized with one phrase: free and open learning.This is why, from the very beginning, we chose never to end our meetings with a Declaration, a Manifesto or a Consensus Report. Every participant takes away new insights. But most importantly, gaining a new insight carries with it a new responsibility for action by the participant.

This philosophy has made it possible for the Tällberg Foundation to stay true to its systems and humanistic approach. We represent “the interest of the whole”, and this is the basis for our exploration of the fundamental question: “How on Earth can we live together?”

The diversity of participants is a cornerstone of this type of learning process. Participants and perspectives come from all over the world to take part in our activities representing different generations and different vocational experiences and realities. This makes for eclectic gatherings. A very important rule of thumb is to strive for the audience to comprise at least fifty percent newcomers, in order to stimulate continuous renewal of the conversation.

Creating this type of learning environment cannot be done with the power of intellect and analysis alone. Tällberg activities therefore have music, poetry, dance, arts and powerful experiences in nature woven into the conversations.

These are the hallmarks of the Tällberg experience.