Founded in September 2015, the Aurora Borealis is a timely creation
The purpose of the foundation is to explore practical ways that will enable human civilization to adapt to the changing dynamics of our environmental, ecological, political, technological and social systems. The purpose may be promoted by arranging seminars, debates and lectures, by submitting proposals and ideas to decision-makers and the public, and in other appropriate ways. The work of the foundation shall be totally transparent and open to all.
a world in flux
The world is beset by crises. Global relations are in deep flux and there is a great need for new approaches that address the difficult issues confronting the world. We look with scepticism at the ability and courage of existing institutions to mobilize in addressing all the systems problems. Geopolitical conflicts are causing the displacement of millions. Political uncertainty is causing instability in financial markets. Acute environmental degradation and accelerating climate change are straining economies and societies
building new orders
The interconnectedness of global systems is on the increase. But the world is still, by and large, operating within the geopolitical, economic and financial framework that was established in the aftermath of WWII. Major shifts are needed in the international political and geopolitical orders. But which these will be, we do not know. Technological evolution and changes in lifestyles and behaviours will continue, probably at even greater speed, and this will put pressure on existing structures and institutions. Today’s growing reactionary nationalistic patterns will only lead to increased conflicts in the future. There is no chance to resolve environmental problems and guarantee human rights, equity and justice in the world without beginning to build new orders to govern the complex, interdependent and fragile systems upon which our existence depend.
new approaches needed
We believe that this vision and ambition will require new approaches in the relationships between nations and cultures. We have to draw up the paths towards mutual coexistence, and find ways of living together - and apart. Our challenge is to understand the importance of ‘independence’ and ‘interdependence’ without destroying humankind and its environment.
The foundation shall be based on the following values.
These values should not be compromised and will demand a leadership of courage.
"the quality or state of being equal : the quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc."
"the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals", while remembering the Golden Rule of "do unto other as you would have done unto yourself"
"unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards"
"the state of being protected or safe from harm"
"a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation"
Who we are
Christopher Chuang is co-founder and chairman of the Aurora Borealis Foundation. Christopher started his career as a media entrepreneur in Taiwan. Since 1980 he has been setting up independent charity organizations, and opening up trade and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and South East Asian countries. Later, he helped China to open up to such exchanges. For example, in collaboration with Deng Xiaoping’s office in 1993, he arranged for a delegation of over 400 leaders from South East Asia, led by the Malaysian Prime Minister and including ministers as well as leading industrialists, to travel to China to sign hundreds of investment contracts. Through a not-for-profit network he built in Asia and Europe, Christopher Chuang has launched multilateral initiatives with social impact by engaging with philanthropic entrepreneurs.
He also founded Beijing International Sustainable Development Committee in 2005, which later co-established the Hanwang Forum together with the municipality of Deyang (which had been severely impacted by the 2008 earthquake). The Hanwang Forum advocates dialogue between governments and civil societies and encourages the growth of disaster-resilient communities. It is also involved in heritage conservation, food safety, healthcare, education, art & culture via pilot demonstration projects in Chengdu, China.
Christopher Chuang is active today in dialoguing with top thinkers, politicians, scientists and social entrepreneurs, in his aspiration to build an international alliance of sages and a ”think-and-do-tank" that transcends national and commercial interests. He is based in Beijing.
Bo Ekman is co-founder and co-chairman of the Aurora Borealis Foundation. He is also the founder and chairman emeritus of the Tällberg Foundation and was previously chairman and chief executive of the Sifo Management Group. For many years Bo Ekman was a member of the management board of AB Volvo. In 1981, he founded the Tällberg Foundation to be an independent meeting place for leaders and thinkers from many walks of life and from many countries. The Tällberg Foundation worked from its beginning as a truly independent venue, representing no specific national, business or other interest. The Tällberg Foundation pioneered systems thinking as a tool to understand the rapidly emerging global interdependences. As of 2005, the Tällberg Foundation organized the Tällberg Forum, a yearly gathering of some 500 participants from all over the world, which broke new ground in both content and form among global gatherings (not least by integrating music, poetry and the arts as well as nature).
Bo Ekman was instrumental in conceptualizing many international initiatives, such as the European Roundtable of Industrialists and the Global Compact. For many years, Bo Ekman also chaired the largest Swedish music festival and has throughout his career integrated music and arts into his various activities.
Bo Ekman is active today as advisor to boards of directors and top managers in the fields of business environment analysis, strategic development, innovation and change management, in Sweden and internationally. He lectures and writes frequently on management and change, and participates in the public debate on business, social and cultural developments. He is based in Tällberg, Sweden.
since 2016, a number of gatherings have been convened in different parts of the world. and the journey continues.
Kisumu, Kenya 4-7 december 2019
The first gathering outside Europe and China took place in East Africa, in the Kenyan city of Kisumu, in the heart of the Lake Region of Western Kenya. Its theme was simply "New Beginnings". About 50 participants from a number of African countries, as well as from China and Europe, spent four days together in conversations, reflections, visits, music and rhythms. The gathering was co-organized by Aurora Borealis Foundation, Green Teams Initiative (Kenya), PILC (China) and Tongtao Institute (China).
TÄLLBERG, SWEDEN 17-20 july 2019
Thirty companions from Sweden, China, the UK, Spain, Kenya, France, the US and Indonesia gathered on the shores of Lake Siljan on 17-20 July 2019, to share and reflect on our troubled world and our troubled ‘selves’. As always, music and nature were important voices. The overarching theme of the gathering was “No Turning Back”. This could have led to a conversation of darkness and despair about the many shocks and shifts that are taking place with deep and sometimes tragic consequences, but conversations steered towards shared stories about the ideas, actions and initiatives that the participants are driving.
tällberg, sweden 4-7 december 2018
A core team from Aurora Borealis Foundation and friends gathered in Tällberg, Sweden, to take stock of past activities and talk about what the Aurora Borealis Foundation should have as its focus for 2019 and beyond. Conversations took place in the warmth and beauty of the Martinagården farmhouse, and a small concert took place in the Church of Leksand, with Sofia Sandén and Anna Railhe.
XIAMEN, CHINA, 13-15 OCTOBER 2018
Xiamen University was host to the "4th China Graduates Innovation and Entrepreneurship ”Internet+” Award” and the finalists in the competition, to which 655.000 projects and 2.6 million budding entrepreneurs and innovators had applied. The Aurora Borealis Foundation had co-organized the International Track of the competition (with graduates projects from 45 countries), and hosted the first "Common Action Summit" and the third "Tian Gang Forum".
EXtremadura, Spain, 28-30 September 2018
In the extraordinary setting of El Anillo, a futuristic ring-shaped building in the heart of the Extremadura region of Westernmost Spain, a dozen people from 6 countries spent three days together. They let their perspectives, skills and knowledge flow, they shared feelings, they talked about love, life and light. They found that problems can be solved if we care enough to do so. Caring means healing and healing happens when we see ourselves in the other. (The gathering was co-organized with the Van Der Linde Foundation).
CHENGDU, CHINA, 5-8 MAY 2018
Several hundreds of people gathered in Chengdu in early May 2018 for several concurrent events. The second ”Tian Gang Forum” gathered about 50 investors and entrepreneurs for a conversation on hope. Then, over 200 participants met for a conference themed ”On the Threshold of the Next Evolution”, with presentations and workshops on youth innovation, rural community development and the promises of blockchain. This gathering also saw the launch of the PILC (Promotion Association of Global Youth Innovation Leaders Community). And an unforgettable musical evening at the unique archaeological site of Sanxingdui gathered a dozen musicians from all over the world.
BEIJING, CHINA, 13 JANUARY 2018
At the iCenter of Tsinghua University, about 40 technologists, entrepreneurs and investors gathered for the first ”Tian Gang Forum”, a dialogue-centred meeting format developed by the Aurora Borealis Foundation, to discuss our hopes and fears for the future, the wider purpose of technology and the solutions it may provide.
UPPSALA, SWEDEN, 12-14 NOVEMBER 2017
The third gathering of the Aurora Borealis Foundation took place in Uppsala, Sweden in November 2017. The theme for the conversations was ”Evolution: Past, Present, Future”, and about 35 participants from 12 countries shared perspectives and thoughts. The gathering began with an evening of music and conversation in the Uppsala Cathedral, under the theme ”What would Albert Schweitzer have said today?”
TaLLBerg, Sweden 30 may-3 june 2017
The second gathering of the Aurora Borealis Foundation took place in Tällberg, Sweden, in May-June 2017. About 40 participants from a dozen countries gathered for conversations and reflections on the theme of "What do we mean by Humanity? What it is?". Inputs of many kinds, inspired by music, literature, cinema, art, history and nature helped the group think about today's and tomorrow's world. The gathering also included an evening of music in the nearby Church of Leksand, with 100 performers showcasing the universality of music.
Longyearbyen, Svalbard 11-14 May 2016
Participants from around the world gathered in May 2016 on Svalbard for the first meeting of the Aurora Borealis Foundation to discuss and reflect on some of the most difficult questions our planet faces today - how can we address a world beset by systemic crises; why should we not trust existing systems and institutions; what steps might we take as an interdependent human community? The program for the gathering on Svalbard was filled with both intellectual and cultural inputs of the highest standards. Svalbard was chosen as the venue as there is no indigenous culture in this northernmost settlement of the planet, and that it formed a perfect backdrop for this high-impact gathering built on a spectacular meeting of minds and nature.
来自世界各地的参会者相聚在斯瓦尔巴一起谈论和反思当前地球面对的一些最困难的问题 - 我们如何解决世界系统性危机的困扰; 我们为什么不应该相信现有的系统和机构; 作为独立的人类社区我们可以采取什么措施? 在本周的相聚将会有更多的学习收获。