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Gerd Leonhard (Futurist)
Works at The Futures Agency
Attended Berklee College of Music, University of Bonn
Lives in Basel, Switzerland
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Happy Birthday: Alles Gute im kommenden Lebensjahr.
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«Handelszeitung», die führende Schweizer Wirtschaftszeitung für Unternehmen und Management.
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Since both texts are in German, I'll refrain from commenting in English ;) Kurz zu den fünf "bedrohten" Fähigkeiten:

1. Fremdsprachen lernen: Ja - aber wo liegt das Problem? Die Sapir-Whorf-Hypothese, wonach die Spache das Denken formt, gilt als überholt. Hier bringt die Technik klar Vorteile.
2. Orientierungssinn: Viele Menschen konnten schon Karten auf Papier nicht lesen. Zudem bringt das Folgen berechneter Routen auch Vorteile, cf. das eingesparte Benzin von UPS, seit die berechneten Routen auf Linksabbiegen verzichten.
3. + 4. gehören zusammen: Ja und nein. Wir waren immer schon gefangen in unseren Evoked Sets. Bei Nachrichten durch unser Milieu und deren Presse, beim Reisen durch die Wahl der Reiseführer. Die Lösung ist zweistufig: (1) müssen Algorithmen auch Zufallsergebnisse zulassen (wie Amazon weiss, resultieren daraus mehr Käufe als ohne) und (2) sollten wir uns im Rahmen der Medienkompetenz angewöhnen, uns bewusst ab und an ausserhalb unserer Präferenzen zu bewegen. Aber das taten früher schon die wenigsten Menschen.
5. Geht es hier um Handschrift generell oder um "Schön schreiben"? Letzteres können auch nur wenige (Kalligrafie). Das Problem ist doch ein anderes: Noch nie war unsere Kultur derart schriftlich wie heute, d.h. fast alle Menschen drücken sich tagtäglich geschrieben aus (Facebook, WhatsApp usw. usf.). Das war früher (vor dem Internet) nicht so, nur ein geringer Teil der Menschen schrieb oft und viel, egal ob von Hand oder mit der Tastatur. Darum begegnen uns auch tagtäglich an allen Ecken und Enden mehr als nur abenteuerliche Rechtschreib- und Grammatikvarianten - und nicht, weil die Leute wegen der Technik das Schreiben verlernen. Es war schon immer so, nur heute ist es viel sichtbarer als damals.
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Keynote Speaker, Futurist, Author & Blogger, Strategist, Idea Curator, Occasional Heretic, CEO of The Futures Agency, Founder of Green Futurists, Visiting Professor at Fundacao Dom Cabral (Brazil). @gleonhard on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube. Based in Switzerland (and to be found in airline lounges around the world:)
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Gerd Leonhard (50) is a well-known Futurist and Author of 5 books, a highly influential Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader & Advisor, and - since late 2011 - the Founder of GreenFuturists.com. Gerd also serves as Visiting Professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral (São Paulo, Brazil). He is well-known as the Co-author of the influential book ‘The Future of Music’ (Berklee Press, 2005), and as the author of 'The End of Control’ (2007), ‘Music 2.0’ (2008), 'Friction is Fiction' (2009, Lulu Publishing), and ‘The Future of Content’ (Kindle-only, 2011). His new book "From Ego to Eco" will be released in 2012.
 
Gerd's background is in music and the music business; in 1985 he won Berklee College’s 'Quincy Jones Award' and subsequently spend 10 years working as a professional guitar player, composer and producer. He then caught the Internet bug and became a digital media entrepreneur and start-up Internet CEO, based in San Francisco, for 7 years. In 2002, Gerd returned to Europe and started his career as a Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Strategic Advisor. He now travels around the globe and speaks at many major conferences and events, company retreats, seminars and in-house trainings on the Future of Business, Sustainability, Environmental Policy and Climate Change, Media, Content and Entertainment, Technology, Marketing, Advertising & Branding, Telecommunications etc. In late 2011, Gerd decided to widen the scope of his work to include some of the most pressing ‘green’ issues such as sustainability and sustainable capitalism, renewable energy, climate change and global warming (see GreenFuturist.com)
 
Gerd is considered a leading expert on topics such as digital business models, the networked society, a sustainable business ecology, social media and social communications, TV & Radio 2.0, mobile content, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, consumer trends, UGC and peer production, copyright and IPR issues, next-generation advertising, marketing and branding, and recently the development of ‘green futures‘ scenarios. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal called Gerd ‘one of the leading Media Futurists in the World’.

Gerd's keynotes, speeches and presentations are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring, personal and intense motivational style. With over 1’300 engagements in 43 countries since 2003, Gerd has addressed over 200.000 executives and professionals, and is often considered a key influencer. His diverse client list includes Consumers International, Youtube, Nokia, The Guardian, Google, Sony-BMG, Telkom Indonesia, Siemens, RTL, ITV, the BBC, France Telecom, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, MTN, The Financial Times, DDB / TribalDDB, Ogilvy, Omnicom, the European Commission and many others.

Gerd is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (London), a member of the World Future Society, and a visiting professor at the Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil. A native German, he now resides in Basel, Switzerland.
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