New GDI study: Robotics and Disabilities

Household robots, prostheses made by 3D printers and nanobots integrated into the body – all these will profoundly alter life for disabled people. The GDI study "Robotics and Disabilities – How machines will help people tomorrow" develops new ideas about how future technologies might shape the lives of disabled people.


The Future of Power – Key Takeaways

How are global thought leaders viewing the future of power? Are we going to experience more or less totalitarian regimes in the future – or more anarchy? Who is going to rule in the future? Read about the thought leader's ideas in our brief synopsis of the GDI conference on “The Future of Power”.

Zhan Li: Beyond Davos Man

The Davos culture is under pressure by anti-globalist and populist movements in the West. But reports of the death of the Davos Man may be greatly exaggerated: GDI researcher Zhan Li sees a good chance that this year’s WEF could start to meet the challenge – with a little help of its Chinese friends.


David Bosshart: Feelings – the weapon of mass persuasion

Hard facts had lost their power, says David Bosshart, the CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in our “Outlook 2017” and in his latest publication “Polarization Shocks”. In an abstract and complex world, feelings took on a new role.


Parag Khanna: Direct Technocracy

The Western-style democracy has lost support, largely influenced by the election of Donald Trump. The US geopolitical expert Parag Khanna proposes a “direct technocracy“ as a superior system – similar to the political systems of Singapore and Switzerland.


Dirk Helbing: Decomplexing the globe

Globalization has made the world an over-connected system. And having too many links in a system can create systemic risks, writes ETH professor Dirk Helbing in our "Outlook 2017". He makes a proposal to decomplex the globe.


Venkatesh Rao: The need for a blue collar cosmopolitanism

“Once you globalize an economy, you cannot really unglobalize it,” writes Venkatesh Rao in his article for our “Outlook 2017”. To tame the angry masses the discourse and narrative around cosmopolitanism would have to get democratized.


Fred Turner: What happens when you free media

Social media was meant to protect us from too much power of mass media. It brought Trump to our living room instead and helps mobilize angry masses. In our “Outlook 2017“ Stanford professor Fred Turner shows why our expectations on new media haven’t been met.


Robert D. Kaplan: “We will always need borders”

How will power be distributed ten years from now? And what does geography tell us about future conflicts? Robert D. Kaplan, former member of the Pentagon Defense Policy Board, provides us with answers in this interview and at the GDI conference “The Future of Power” on 16 January 2017. Sign up now.

Shopping with giraffes

Allison Crank has brought the marketplace into the virtual reality era. In the designer’s VR shopping mall, customers can go shopping with giraffes or become catwalk models. She explains what that looks like in a video interview and at the GDI Trend Day on 15 March 2017.


The history and future of “thought leadership”

We have been analysing the influence rank of global thought leaders since 2012. But what precisely do we mean, when we are talking about thought leadership?

The future of power: consequences of the U.S. election

Political parties, the Electoral College, and polling are not the only components of American political life that seem to have been thrown into doubt for many by the 2016 election, writes GDI researcher Zhan Li.


Peter Gloor: "Why I did NOT predict Donald Trump’s Electoral Win"

Peter Gloor was wrong, too. Just as many other analysts, he thought it would be impossible that Donald Trump would win the US presidential election. In this article he explains why pollsters did not predict the electoral outcome.


Can Europe break smart?

In his groundbreaking essay "Breaking Smart", Silicon Valley thought leader Venkatesh Rao describes how software has revolutionised – and destroyed – business models. He talks to GDI CEO David Bosshart about entrepreneurship in the US and Europe, Brexit, and the future of nations.

When the restaurant comes to your door

Delivery startups are revolutionising the food sector. More and more people are ordering food online or via apps. At the 17th European Foodservice Summit in Zurich, the founders and CEOs of the delivery services Just Eat, Domino’s, Deliveroo and Henchman explained how both local restaurants and online providers can profit.

Moisés Naím: “It’s frustrating for many citizens living in democracies.”

As a former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and Executive Director of the World Bank, Moisés Naím knows what it means to command power. In this interview, Naím explains why today's leaders are struggling to maintain influence and power.


The Era of Post-Party Politics

"Never has the need been greater for countervailing institutions to deliberate wise choices, mediate fair trade-offs and forge consensus that can sustain long-term implementation of policies", says Nathan Gardels, Editor-in-Chief of "The WorldPost", and co-founder of the Berggruen Institute, here and at the GDI conference "The Future of Power".


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Key Skills Required for Tomorrow’s Food Retailers

Joanne Denney-Finch, CEO of the UK research and training organisation IGD talks about customer's high expectations and inspiration.

Augmented Retail

The CEO of software provider Holition talks about the lack of interest in digital applications, postdigital customer experiences in the luxury industry and state-of-the-art shop architecture.

What retail can learn from selfies

Professor Lev Manovich talks about his instagram image analysis, the question of whether a globalised world promotes inequality rather than equality and gives insights on what retail can learn from its customers.

To bee or not to bee

The future of business is swarm business. Whether it’s at Uber, Airbnb, Tesla, or Apple, it’s not about being a fearless leader, but about creating a swarm that works together to create things that change the world. MIT scientist Peter Gloor has devoloped a leadership model for the network economy, which is focussed not on competition, but on collaboration.


Uber without Uber: Platform cooperativism as the new sharing economy

Think that cooperatives are a thing of the past? Think again. The concept of the cooperative is getting a new lease of life thanks to taxi drivers’ criticisms of Uber and the new organising possibilities presented by blockchain technology.


Eating habits of Swiss families

We make about 200 food decisions a day, even if some of them are subconscious. GDI’s chart on food journeys depicts the importance of food in Swiss families and shows how they organise their every day life around it.

European Food Trends Report 2017: Innovations from farm to fork

Which groundbreaking innovations and trends are industry experts currently observing in the food supply chain? How are these innovations connected? And what influence will they have on the future of the food industry? The answers to all these questions can be found in the European Food Trends Report 2017.

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