Gerd Leonhard looks beyond conventional futurism (if there is any such thing). Pursuing ‘practical wisdom’, Gerd foregoes techno-optimism in favour of progressive humanism. He zeroes in on what the future holds for humanity, and how we will create the future we want. EQ meets IQ as Gerd remixes futurism with humanism, algorithms with androrithms, science with imagination, and business with art. Gerd is listed as one of the top 100 most influential people in Europe.
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When Gerd Leonhard speaks, it’s not just a presentation, it's a unique and gripping performance. One of the most remarkable and unique keynote speakers in the world today, Gerd’s talks are honed by thousands of hours of experience in front of a combined audience of over 2.5 million people in 50+ countries. His passionate exploration of our relationship with technology ensures an unforgettable experience for the audience. Gerd is also an expert VIRTUAL PRESENTER.
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Gerd is the author of 5 books including the bestseller 'the Future of Music' (2005). In his latest work, 'Technology vs. Humanity', futurism meets humanism in a ground-breaking manifesto of critical observation; exploring the megashifts that will radically alter our society, economy, values and even our biology. Wherever you stand on the scale between technomania and nostalgia for a lost world, this book is sure to challenge, provoke, warn and inspire you. Now available in 12 languages.
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Gerd often points out that the future is already here – we just haven’t paid enough attention to it! Many of us are far too busy coping with present challenges to explore the future in any real depth – and when we do, our hopes and fears often run away with us, resulting either in utopias or in dystopias. For countless individuals and organizations around the globe the solution to this challenge is calling upon Gerd Leonhard.
A musician by origin, and a digital music entrepreneur in the 1990s, Gerd connects technology and humanity – algorithms and androrithms – for a 360-degree coverage of the multiple futures that present themselves at any one time. Gerd Leonhard speaks, coaches, advises, and influences around the world. “Technology vs. Humanity“, his latest book, reminds every one of us what is at stake as we enter a world run by machines and algorithms.
Gerd allows the audience to travel to and from the future. The result remains long after the conference, when you rewind his presentations after a few years, and see it happening in front of your eyes. I had the pleasure to hire Gerd when I was at Pestana...
Gerd really made a big difference to our event because when he speaks about the future changes, technology, behaviors, he worries about connecting all of these changes with the audience reality, showing that it is possible to succeed, as humans...
CommunicAsia, Asia’s largest ICT trade exhibition and conference is truly honored to have Gerd Leonhard as one of our keynote speakers for this year. Gerd’s addition to the Summit has been breathtaking and inspirational. His visionary address on...
“Gerd made a great contribution and was a pleasure to work with on our FODM event. His session was a fantastic addition to the programme and a great success. He was delivering a great presentation about future trends.”