Futuristic, Humanist, Author of Technology vs Humanity, CEO of The Futures Agency
Keynote | Global
The future is already here – we just haven’t paid attention. Many of us are far too busy coping with present challenges to explore the future in any real depth – and when we do, our hopes and fears often run away with us, resulting in utopias or dystopias that are not very helpful in terms of planning and decisions. Today’s leaders and their organizations need a dedicated, passionate long-term understanding of the future if they are to successfully navigate the exponential waves of change. For countless individuals and organizations around the globe that intelligence is called Gerd Leonhard.
A musician by origin, and a digital music entrepreneur in the 1990s, Gerd connects technology and humanity – algorithms and androrithms – for a 360-degree coverage of the multiple futures that present themselves at any one time. Delivering the ‘Realopia’ that one can work on immediately, Gerd Leonhard speaks, coaches, consults, and influences around the world. Turning futurism into a pragmatic science, Gerd and his team members from The Futures Agency represent additional minds for mastering the complex challenges that dictate evolution or extinction in the Digital Age. ‘Technology vs. Humanity’, his newest work, reminds every one of us what is at stake as we enter a world run by machines and algorithms.
“Working with Gerd was an excellent experience, and he definitely pushed our executives’ thinking forward. Not only did he outline major technological and societal trends affecting our business, he did so in a way that was engaging and personal.” – Adam Carroll, VP, Inter Public Group (IPG), Global Talent Management