Technology is not what we seek but how we seek

FUTURIST GERD

FUTURIST, VISIONARY THINKER, KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND AUTHOR

Futurists have supplied some of the most penetrating visions for enterprises and organizations intent on reinventing themselves and redefining their sectors. Gerd Leonhard is something more: a humanist who not only thinks about the future, but someone who resides there and travels back to the present day to share his insights and practical wisdoms.

The future is more unknowable and yet happening much faster than ever before in human history. As Gerd likes to say, humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years. In business, winning or losing is now happening faster than ever before. Topics such as digital transformation or artificial intelligence may be popular themes, today, but in Gerd Leonhard’s world, they are only two among the multiple Megashifts that will completely reshape business and life.

In our personal lives, waves of technology and social change are radically reshaping our reality, our cultures, our society, and very soon, our biology. Humanity has never been as empowered before, while at the same time our lives are also impacted by new kinds of instability – from vanishing jobs and weakening national identity to social unrest and terrorism.

The second decade of the twenty-first century may not quite be the world of George Orwell, yet, but living in these times is certainly puzzling. Futurism used to be the study of the future, but nowadays it seems hard enough to read the present. Gerd Leonhard has spent his lifetime engaging with change, as a professional artist, internet entrepreneur, author and now as a visionary thinker and speaker.

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Listed by Wired Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe (2015), Gerd Leonhard’s work focusses on the future of humanity and technology, digital transformation, the megashifts, artificial intelligence and robotics, media, content, marketing and advertising, telecommunications, culture and tourism, banking and financial services, government and leadership. In his keynotes, presentations, workshops and advisory sessions Gerd addresses topics such as the what it means to be human in a world of machines and algorithms, the coming redefinition of human-machine relationships, the future of work and jobs and many more. His presentations are renowned for a hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, humorous and motivating style.

Gerd is a much sought-after speaker, having presented at more than 1700 events in 60+ countries since 2004. His list of clients include Google, Sony, UBS, Mastercard, Unilever, Lloyds Bank, WWF, Nokia, The Guardian, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, The EU Commission, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, VISA, and many others. Gerd Leonhard is a member of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA, London), and an advisory board member of the Indian and Canadian research institutes. He resides in Zürich, Switzerland.

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