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The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute is an independent think tank in consumption, economics and society and a premium event location.

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Anjan Chatterjee

Ideals of beauty from the Ice Age

Attractive people are favoured. Why? Surprisingly, it’s not because of the perceived superficiality of the Internet age. Neurology professor Anjan Chatterjee explains more in a TED talk.

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Ran D. Balicer

AI: "In 12 hours, you'll have a heart attack."

Ran D. Balicer, professor at Ben Gurion University, is sure that the days of the know-it-all doctor are numbered. In a TED talk and at the GDI conference «The Power of Predictions», the physician explains how his algorithm can make increasingly accurate and individual predictions about the course of diseases.

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An Xiao Mina

How the Internet has changed protest movements

The Internet has made protest movements like Women's March, Climatestrike and Refugees Welcome global, says Harvard researcher An Xiao Mina. But where do protest movements get their inspiration from, today? And where do they find their audience? In a video and at the GDI Retail Summit An Xiao Mina gives insights.

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Hudema Klimastreik

Before the big #ClimateStrike

A new protest generation is forming – this time against climate change. In the run-up to the Global Climate Strike on 15th March, GDI researcher examined whether the movement is growing beyond its European roots and whether it will enact large behavioural changes.

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How cheaper predictions will change the world

Forecasts that cost less and less and improve at the same time will change the world. The world-famous AI expert Ajay Agrawal is certain of this. For example, AI predictions have revolutionised autonomous driving, Agrawal explains in a video and on at the GDI on 4 June 2019.

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Infographic Communication Teaser

How do we communicate tomorrow?

From books to phones to internet and smartphones–our communication is evolving rapidly. Which new forms of interaction will change not only our language, but our lives, will be the topic of the 15th European Trend Day. This infographic shows an overview.

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Panel discussion with Robert Kagan and Lord Adair Turner

Are we on the way to a new world order? At the GDI evening event "Robot Capitalism and The Coming World Disorder" the British economist Lord Adair Turner and the political scientist Robert Kagan discussed the influence of robots on the world economy, the strengthening of China and the role of the USA. The panel discussion is now available as a video.

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Sarah Diane Eck

How Sandblock disrupts the billion dollar industry of loyalty programs

French startup Sandblock wants to revolutionise customer loyalty with blockchain. CEO and co-founder Sarah-Diane Eck explains her business model in a video – and at the GDI Retail Summit.

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Gottlieb Duttweiler Preis

The Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize 2019 goes to Watson

Team instead of lone warriors: The 13th Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize goes to the artificial intelligence platform Watson. The award will be accepted on 7 May 2019 by John E. Kelly III, who leads IBM Research.

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Good News: Energy may soon be available for free

Forget about electricity bills! Thanks to new technologies, marginal costs for energy production are falling steadily, writes GDI researcher Stefan Breit. This ultimately means free energy.

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Upcoming GDI Events

Our recent publications

GDI Study A New World of Energy

A New World of Energy

From Scarcity to Abundance

Authors: Stefan Breit, Venkatesh Rao, Detlef Gürtler

Languages: German, English

Commissioned by: Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE

Stefan Breit, Venkatesh Rao, Detlef Gürtler
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Study The New Volunteers

The New Volunteers

Study, 2018 (free download)

Authors: Jakub Samochowiec, Leonie Thalmann, Andreas Müller
Languages: German, French
Commissioned by: Migros Kulturprozent

Jakub Samochowiec, Leonie Thalmann, Andreas Müller
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European Food Trends Report

European Food Trends Report 2017

Food is Eating my Life: Why Food is Becoming the New Pop

GDI-Study No. 44 / 2017

Languages: German, English

Christine Schäfer, David Bosshart, Christopher Muller
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Our researchers

David Bosshart

CEO. Dr. David Bosshart is CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies. Dr. David Bosshart holds a PhD in philosophy, is the author of numerous international publications and sought-after speaker worldwide. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitisation (human-machine), management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy.

Karin Frick

Head Think Tank, Member of the Executive Board

Karin Frick is Head of Think Tank and a Member of the Executive Board at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. As an economist, she researches trends and countertrends in business, society and consumption.

Marta Kwiatkowski Schenk

Senior Researcher, Deputy Head Think Tank

Marta Kwiatkowski is a Senior Researcher & Advisor at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and analyses social, economic, and technological trends.

Jakub Samochowiec

Senior Researcher

Jakub Samochowiec is a Senior Researcher at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He analyses social, economic, and technological changes with a focus on decision, old age, media and consumption.

Detlef Gürtler

Senior Researcher

Detlef Gürtler is Senior Researcher at the GDI. Until 2016 he was editor-in-chief of the GDI Impuls magazine published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. Gürtler analyses social changes with a focus on work, economics and finance.

Zhan Li

Senior Researcher

Zhan Li is an Associate Senior Researcher at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. His main research topics include the future of globalisation, thought leadership and scenario planning.

Christine Schäfer


Christine Schäfer is a researcher at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. She analyses social, economic and technological trends, with a focus on food, consumption and trade.

Stefan Breit


Stefan Breit is a researcher at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He analyses social, economic and technological trends, with a focus on living, infrastructure and environment.