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GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

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

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Lord Adair Turner

Lord Adair Turner: “We will be able to automate away almost all of present work functions”

No need to work anymore–this dream could soon become true, thanks to rapid technological progress. In a Financial Times podcast, economist Lord Adair Turner discusses the social consequences of increasingly smart AI.

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Jowan Österlund

These microchips get under the skin

Credit card, keys, train ticket - Jowan Österlund keeps them under his skin. Without a PhD or university degree, he and his company "Biohax International" have become pioneers in the microchip implant industry. He explains how in a TED talk.

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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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Lord Adair Turner

Why robots don't make the economy more productive

Despite enormous technological advances, productivity of the economy increases very slowly. Thought leader Lord Adair Turner explains this paradox here and at the GDI on 21 January, 2019.

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Humans become interfaces

Unlock your phone using facial recognition? Impressive, but no longer mindblowing: newer interfaces will fundamentally change communication, says GDI researcher Stefan Breit in a video interview.

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Riôbert Kagan

Robert Kagan: “Peace is an aberration”

US policy expert Robert Kagan advocates the United States taking a stronger position in world politics. In a video and on 21 January 2019 at the GDI, Kagan explains why he fears the "normal state".

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Michael Schrage

Michael Schrage: “Good ideas are bad”

Innovation is part of success. MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage explains in a video why companies often bet on the wrong horse and why testable hypotheses are a better approach.

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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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Food Thought Leader

Food Thought Leader: Why Hashtags are the New “Extra Something”

The new pop stars don't sing; they cook, blog and share. The food industry is booming. Two network analyses by the GDI show what makes these celebrities so successful.

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Cloud, Sweet Cloud

Cloud, sweet Cloud

Home is where family and friends are–in other words, everywhere. Global networking is changing the definition both of living space and of “feeling at home”.

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Tim Wu

How we sell our attention

The currency on the "free" Internet? It’s our attention, according to bestselling author and Columbia Professor, Tim Wu. In a video, he explains how the advertising industry attacks our ability to concentrate.

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Future Work

Three conversations about tomorrow's work

In video interviews, GDI researcher Zhan Li spoke with three experts about the effects of digital technologies on work and consumption.

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Wellness 2030 Selbstoptimierung
Wellness 2030

Everything for the Self: Wellness in the Digital Age

Digital technologies are enabling us to know ourselves better and better. This affects the wellness industry in terms of increasing demands and a multitude of possibilities.

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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.