The most important facts from the GDI Retail Summit 2018

What does trade competition from China mean? How do convenience suppliers hold their ground? What does football have to do with retailing? Answers were provided by innovators and retail giants at the GDI Retail Summit from 6 to 7 September 2018. A summary.

Why every company should hire “rebellious” staff

People who think differently – and don't suppress it in a business setting – are quickly regarded as annoying troublemakers. But “rebel talents” could be an advantage for companies specifically because of their non-conformity, says Harvard professor Francesca Gino. She explains why at the Academy of Behavioral Economics at the GDI.

Food Disruption Map: Innovations between acceptance and rejection

The topic of food is on everyone's lips; the field of new technologies and innovations relating to our nutrition is correspondingly diverse. The GDI's Food Disruption Map shows which trends are on the brink of a technological and social breakthrough and which are far removed from it.

Richard Kelly: “The biggest barrier to innovation is doing nothing”

New technologies, such as blockchain, are tempting. But to chase after them blindly is a fatal mistake, says Richard Kelly, Chief Catalyst of the Fung Academy and speaker at the 68th International Retail Summit. In an interview with the GDI, he talks about what a company really needs to be innovative.

Technology replaces spirit – New ways to happiness

The pursuit of happiness belongs to humanity. While no one has cracked the universal code of happiness, new technologies may soon make it possible. In the study “Wellness 2030 – The new techniques of happiness”, GDI researchers describe how.

Outsourcing thinking

Maximize your happiness by building a life that requires fewer decisions, says neuroscientist Moran Cerf. Why it is sometimes worthwhile to let others decide and how a chip in our heads could boost efficency, he explains in a TED Talk.

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Speakers, guests and impressions in the gallery of our media partner NZZ Online.

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