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The Siege of Sarajevo and the Dream of Open Society

Bosnia was kind of a natural open society, if you will. There were always three ethnic groups: Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks. Serbs are Orthodox, Croats are Catholics, and Bosniaks are Muslims. Of course you will ask, “Then what happened? How did you have a war when you had such a wonderful culture?” At the first […]


Who is George Soros? He gets mentioned ever increasingly in public debates and is usually reffered to as a philantropist. Well, Soros, contrary to the official narrative, is the best known representative of the new dominant class that formed after 1989 – though he’s not the only one – After 1989 and the collapse of […]

The Scholarships That Launched the Open Society Foundations

I always said that I was born to do great things. I had that confidence that no matter what was going to happen the one thing that I was sure of was that I was going to make a success of my life. I don’t remember how it started, except to say that scholarships were […]

The Mission of the Open Society Foundations

Understanding open society is one thing. Trying to create open societies or strengthening open societies is something else. They have to evolve, they have to create themselves, and that process is a never-ending process. We are living in very anxious times. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world. People are afraid and they want […]

George Soros and the Open Society Foundations in South Africa

My serious political philanthropy started in South Africa, where I visited Soweto and generally got to know South Africa from the black population, not the white one. George Soros decides he is going to enter, and he says, “This is a society that has first-world institutions, that has tremendous resources, but that excludes the vast […]

George Soros and Open Society Foundations: Building Vibrant and Tolerant Democracies

Over the past three decades, George Soros, the Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations, has spent more than $8 billion to transform the lives of the world’s most oppressed and ignored people. From helping those with HIV and TB in Africa, to righting centuries of wrongs against Europe’s largest ethnic minority, the Roma, […]

Our Commitment to an Open Society in Russia

When I think back on the collapse of the Soviet system, you could clearly distinguish between right and wrong or black and white. The Soviet system was black. And therefore, a move towards a more open society was white. As you moved towards a more open society, the white became shades of gray. And now, […]

Creating Open Societies: Step by Step

When a child is born, the child is open, and I think that openness has to be kept and has to be supported. The Step by Step thesis was that the first six years have a disproportionate influence on the rest of the life of people. That you can’t create open societies and you can’t […]

The Role of Arts & Culture in an Open Society

What it is we’re communicating, how are we communicating, how do we actually realize our human potential? That is cognitive and emotional and that’s where the arts and culture come in. What is freedom for? Art represents a form of individual expression that is a sort of bulwark for any democratic society. Art is representative […]