Thought Leaders 2018: the “Anti-Tribe”-Tribe

The original ‘all of us together’ idea behind global discourse has developed into a ‘us against those who do not think globally’ mindset. In other words, the anti-tribe has become a tribe. This reveals the GDI's new thought leader analysis.

Paul Austin: "LSD microdosing increases our efficiency"

"Consumers of LSD, psilocybin or cannabis are likely to dominate the future working world. By using those substances, we think more creatively and can adapt more quickly to new situations – crucial skills in our global society“, says entrepreneur Paul Austin. He will be speaking on 5 March at the GDI Trend Day.

Peter Sloterdijk: “Tribalism is fundamental to being human“

Our reality has always taken place in the setting of a large family or a circle of friends. But this fact was covered by the myth of the nation. German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk explains why today's group of nationalists will fail. On 22 January, Sloterdijk will speak at the GDI.

Why Individualisation Drives Us Into Tribes

Tribes are dead, long live tribalism! The eminent philosopher Peter Sloterdijk explains in an essay what’s behind this statement, and claims that our emancipation from "organic communities" and globalisation are responsible. Sloterdijk will be speaking at the GDI on 22 January 2018.

Steven Kotler: In the flow for high performance

If you want to win, you have to outgrow yourself. We achieve this by being hyper-concentrated. Researcher Steven Kotler is about to hack the neurological processes behind this flow. In March he will be speaking at the GDI.

Silicon Valley: The Gambling Tribe

Home to countless start-ups and place of longing to all tech nerds – in the Silicon Valley, a society arises with its own history and social structures. Sociologist Olivier Alexandre takes a critical look at this community. He will be speaking at the GDI on 22 January.

Dinner for One – Resting from Performance Pressure

Vernissages for networking, coffee breaks for self-promotion. We are constantly optimising ourselves and our image. The unassuming "Me Time" is an answer to this, writes the economist Branko Milanovic. On the GDI Trend Day we will discuss further ones.

"Every thought results in physical change"

In traditional medicine, the role of the mind is usually disregarded. But that’s a biased way of looking at things, according to science journalist Jo Marchant. In her book "Cure", she explains how beliefs shape health.

David Goodhart: "That's not racist"

There are two types of people. The first is educated, affluent, mobile. David Goodhart, journalist and Head of the Demography department of the Policy Exchange think tank, refers to them as ‘Anywheres’ – people who can live anywhere in the world. Are you one of them?

David Bosshart: "We're falling back into tribal thinking"

We think and live increasingly in rival tribes. We're dominated by emotions – rather than arguments. GDI CEO David Bosshart explains in an interview the causes and consequences of divisive tribal thinking. On 22 January we will discuss the new Tribes at the GDI.

Food Report: From Cycle to Network

We used to get our vegetables fresh from the market, warm bread from the local baker, and meat from our own cow – if at all. Now, mass producers and major operators dominate. What will happen tomorrow?

“There aren't five types of customers – there are 150”

We have to stop thinking in terms of the traditional age categories. Chris Sanderson, co-founder of the London-based trend consulting company The Future Laboratory, explains in this video interview how customer types will be defined in the future.

“Being in the flow means using less of your brain”

A fully active brain results in maximum performance – or so we’ve always assumed. Steven Kotler, founder of the Flow Genome Project, however, makes it clear that the opposite is the case. So how can we accomplish great things with only minimal brain activity?

Urban centres of attention

A city is considered influential and important when everybody is talking about it. That said, there are no reliable figures for how strongly cities actually participate in the global conversation. The GDI has made a first attempt with its Global City Ranking and asks how a city remains relevant in the digital discourse.

Global City Index 2017: The Most Connected Cities

All metropolises connect people and cultures – but not all to the same extent. The GDI has examined the most important cities in the world to measure how well they fulfil their networking role in global terms. The first thing to note: Europe is ahead.

Nina Mazar: “We want to be sincere“

Humans are good. Certain situations, however, tempt us to act without integrity. Behavioral scientist Nina Mazar explains in her ted talk how circumstances can be changed. In January 2018 Mazar will be speaking at the GDI.

Arsenal fan services: The emotion managers

Personal contact and empathy are the most important elements in dealing with fans. Charlotte Kenny, Head of Fan Services at the British footbal club Arsenal, faces up to the challenges of dealing with fan communities.

NearSt – search the web to buy around the corner

Offline shops are invisible for online purchases. Nick Brackenbury, CEO of the e-commerce company NearSt, wants to change this with an app. In this video interview, he explains how.

High-tech against blindness: microchip implants

When people become contours: the disease retinopathia pigmentosa causes the optic nerves to slowly die off. However, researchers are working on a technology to activate the remaining healthy nerve endings by means of electrical stimulation.

The most important facts from the GDI International Retail Summit 2017

How do customers become fans? What keeps department stores from becoming extinct and how does customer data help to provide perfect service? Retail experts provided answers at the GDI International Retail Summit. A summary.

“Calm technology“ – technology for the peace of mind

Technology should be a functional part of our life and not constantly interrupting our daily routine. This is what Amber Case says in a video that was recorded at the 67th International Retail Summit at GDI.

Kelly Peters: “We are guilty of shallow thinking“

Would you jump off the boat in the middle of the ocean to save a hat? Behavioral scientist Kelly Peters did it – without thinking about sharks. In a ted talk, she explains how to get braver. And in January 2018, Peters will be speaking at the Academy of Behavioral Economics at GDI.

Consumer Behaviour. Is the customer a king, dictator or slave?

Increasing health awareness, the demand for more transparency, rapidly-changing developments: These three megatrends in consumer behaviour were identified in the fourth and last part of the trend report «Fresh Produce Trade 2025».

Charlotte Kenny: “Moments matter more than end-to-end experiences”

Charlotte Kenny is Head of Fan-Services with the British football club Arsenal. At the GDI Retail Summit she will show, why emotions matter. Here in this interview she explains, what retailers can learn from Arsenal’s fan services.

Live stream from Berlin: “Preempting Populism“

Parag Khanna, one of GDI’s Global Thought Leaders 2016, and GDI’s CEO David Bosshart will discuss the topic “Preempting Populism“ in Berlin on 5 September 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Watch the event live!

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