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Gerd Leonhard
Switzerland
Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader, Futurist, Author & Strategist, Idea Curator, some say Iconoclast | Heretic, CEO TheFuturesAgency, Visiting Prof FDC Brazil, new: Green Futures
Interests: music, travel, guitars, beaches, digital radio, reading / literature, cars (some), creative work, digital ecosystems, cooking, hiking, writing, futurism, entrepreneurship, public speaking, electronic music, the digital music economy, online networking and collaboration, mobile music, jazz and worldmusic, making a difference, asia, copyright in the digital age, cultural policies, futurology, media convergence
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Meine neue deutsche Webseite ist jetzt unter www.derfuturist.com zu erreichen. Meine anderen deutsch-sprachigen Posts sind hier und hier. Meine Keynote-Videos auf Deutsch können Sie hier sehen (via Youtube) Continue reading
Dear Readers, I kindly request your help to make a decision on an unsolved issue. I launched my first app just about 2 years ago, using Mobile Roadie, here. Since then, I have gathered some 5653 users and almost a million page views (and widely varying reviews) but despite the somewhat basic stats that MobileRoadie offers I can't help wondering if there is someone on the other end, really:) - if this app is just something that sits on people's old iPhones and Android boxes and does not add much value I don't think I want to keep offering it. And now that this new site is actually mobile-optimized, as well (and we are just about to give it another major mobile upgrade in the next few days, too), I really need to know if YOU i.e. my users, fans, followers, friends, visitors and business partners, actually want this app to stay alive. Therefore, this poll below. If you already have my app, please vote below; if not please download it, take a look, and then vote asap. THANKS very much. LINK TO POLL Is Gerd Leonhard's Futurist App really important, or is the new mobile site at www.futuristgerd.com good enough? Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at MediaFuturist
Gerd Leonhard is now following The Futures Agency
Mar 12, 2013
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Greetings MediaFuturist.com visitors, RSS subscribers and other friends and followers. As you have probably noticed I have been expanding my activities into many other topics (i.e. apart from media and content) in the past couple of years. It now makes sense for me to de-emphasize my traditional MediaFuturist brand and broaden my presentation quite a bit, as well. Therefore, I am delighted to present my new site at FuturistGerd.com. This site uses responsive webdesign and should look great on pretty much any mobile site, as well. My mobile app will continue to be available, as well, for now (both for iOS as well as for Android) I will probably not be posting a lot more content at MediaFuturist.com, going forward, so please be sure to follow me at FuturistGerd.com, subscribe to my new RSS feed there, or sign-up for my blog's daily email updates. FuturistGerd.com also has some new and pretty cool download pages; using Dropbox (even without sign-up) you can now download pretty much all of my free books, slideshows and essays. Give it a whirl and please let me know what you are thinking. See you over there! Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at MediaFuturist
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Futuristgerd.com is where I will be posting most of my updates, essays and stories in the future. Please be sure to subscribe to this RSS feed, as well. See you there! Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at MediaFuturist
Future of Television, OTT, Social Media_ MIP2010 Gerd Leonhard From my 2010 MIPTV presentation, but still very accurate IMHO- Thanks to MIPTV for making this available via http://youtu.be/LlnBqvq-Ff8 "Social networks are the next broadcasters." Just one of the bold yet insightful predictions made by media futurist Gerd Leonhard in one of his typically colourful presentations, made at MIPTV in April 2010. Please note: you can now download most of my videos by simply subscribing to this iTunes video feed (via Blip.tv) http://gerd.fm/itunesfeed Audio-only versions are being made available here: http://gerd.fm/gerdaudiofeed or on the web at http://www.futuretalks.com My vimeo channel is... Continue reading
Recorded last week, in Mill Valley, CA, this is Part 3 of a conversation between me and Futurist Dr. James Canton. This video is part of the new MeetingsOfTheMind.tv series (launching soon). Topics discussed include general sustainability trends and predictions, 'green future' opportunities, the future of capitalism and 'growth & profit economics', accountability and social innovation, renewable energy, Jeremy Rifkin's Intergrid, and much more. Apologies for the low audio output, btw; if it's not good enough for you please try this audio-only version via Dropbox, or just listen to this one, below: Canton Leonhard Sustainability.mp3 Related videos: Trends for the next 5 years What does a Futurist actually do? Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at MediaFuturist
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Data is the new Oil: 3 illustrations - which one do you think is best? The theme was coined by Clive Humby at AMA 2006, but I use it a lot in my talks and presentations, see the links here The b/w piece was done by Sedat Oezgen, the green & cloud piece is by Gerry Alpern, and the people/cloud background was licensed from sevensheaven. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at MediaFuturist
Excerpts from a recent talk at SEMPL 14 in Portoroz. Enjoy! Visit my slideshare page for more stuff. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at MediaFuturist
This is the 3rd pilot for my new web-tv show called Meetings of the Mind (MotM), soon to be available at www.meetingsofthemind.tv). In this episode I talk to Carlo Donzella, in Rome / Italy see http://twitter.com/nerissimo As an advisor to the Lazio Region of Rome, Carlo has recently been involved in the Futouring.it project which has created 6 world-class digital media experiences for 6 world-heritage sites within the Lazio region. Carlo also teaches the "Brave New Media World" course at the Master in Development, Innovation and Change (MiDIC) of the University of Bologna (Italy) and at the PopAkademie of the University of Mannheim (Germany). A reviewer for dozens of international projects, he has covered various executive and consulting roles with many public agencies and private enterprises. We discuss Carlo's work in digital, smart cities, and ponder what the future may hold for cities that use social local mobile video and cloud applications to engage with their visitors, citizens and fans. This is a wide-ranging discussion that covers a ton of stuff - hope you like it. Audio track will go up on www.futuretalks.com soon, as well! Audio-only (podcast) MotM3 Carlo Donzella Gerd Leonhard Smart Cities Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at MediaFuturist
MotM3 Carlo Donzella Gerd Leonhard Smart Cities This is the 3rd pilot for my new web-tv show called Meetings of the Mind (MotM), soon to be available at www.meetingsofthemind.tv). In this episode I talk to Carlo Donzella, in Rome / Italy see http://twitter.com/nerissimo As an advisor to the Lazio Region of Rome, Carlo has recently been involved in the Futouring.it project which has created 6 world-class digital media experiences for 6 world-heritage sites within the Lazio region. Carlo also teaches the "Brave New Media World" course at the Master in Development, Innovation and Change (MiDIC) of the University of Bologna... Continue reading
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Think about that in context with the total digitization of content:) Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at MediaFuturist
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In 1900, an American civil engineer called John Elfreth Watkins made a number of predictions about what the world would be like in 2000.... read more via the BBC. I just ran across this image of Watkins' predictions from 1900, and thought they would make a very good 2013 kick-off / happy new year post. Some of my favs: Hot and cold air from spigots Ready-cooked meals will be bought Automobiles will be cheaper than horses Areal war-ships Found via buzzfeed How res download Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at MediaFuturist
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Published on Dec 6, 2012, thanks to TedXBeausoleil: "Gerd is a Futurist and the CEO of The Futures Agency, author of 5 books, former musician and a globe-trotting keynote speaker on the creative industries, media and communications, social technologies, as well as on energy, the environment and green business. Gerd is currently focussing on sustainable future scenarios and what has been called 'sustainable economics', including the idea of adapting Internet and networked-society principles to the world's urgent climate and environment issues. He is based in Basel / Switzerland; his new book 'From Ego to Eco' will be published in 2013" Download the slides here Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at MediaFuturist
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Just got this new video - it was a good talk, imho, even if the camera angle is kind of odd... so check it out. Thanks to Incisive Media for making this available; more details on the conference are available here My topic: "Everybody is talking about 'data is the new oil' aka big-data. SoLoMo (social local mobile) is the battle cry of the day. Human-machine interfaces are rapidly evolving and may quickly become commonplace (think Google Glasses, MSFT Kinect), artificial intelligence is the geek-phrase-of-the-day, and Kurzweil says the singularity is near/here. So how will our world really change in the next 5 years, i.e. the way we communicate, get information, create, buy and sell, travel, live and learn? What are the biggest threats and the hottest opportunities - not just in financial terms, but also in societal and human terms...?" Here is the PDF with my slides. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at MediaFuturist
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Anton Musgrave is a fellow futurist from South Africa and co-founder of Future World, and a great chap to talk to. This conversation is about what futurists do and what we don't do:) Check it out. Anton Musgrave and Gerd Leonhard Futurists Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at MediaFuturist
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Think about it for a minute: Google knows our deepest secrets because we search with INTENTION - and in realtime, and often even in real-place (i.e. when using mobile devices) - for the things that matter to us - whether it is an upcoming trip or a disease that we are suffering from, or vexing problem we may have. Google knows all that stuff, and keeps it in their records (unless we take steps to delete it all... allegedly). Facebook, on the other hand, just knows what we SAY, what we share, what we purport to LIKE. That's also quite deep but... there is a big difference. Your thoughs? Browse my Privacy to Publicy links to read more Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2012 at MediaFuturist
Audio-only version is now available on my mobile app (the entire 2 hours); excerpt below. Enjoy:))) Gerd Leonhard Talk at Repretel Costa Rica Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2012 at MediaFuturist
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is now available on my mobile app (the entire 2 hours); excerpt below. Enjoy:))) Gerd Leonhard Talk at Repretel Costa Rica Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at MediaFuturist
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Here is a quick 6 minute audio track that summarizes the proposal (in GERMAN). You can read more about this whole 'movement' here (if you speak German). Hier ein kurzes Intro zum Thema Musikflatrate Schweiz, und zum Event am 28. November in Zürich. NICHT VERSÄUMEN!!! Mehr Details hier. Gerd Leonhard Intro zur MusikFlatRate Veranstaltung ZRH Nov 28 ZUM EVENT: 18.40: Präsentation: Eine neue Internet Musiklizenz und die Musik-Flatrate: was, wie, wer und warum? Gerd Leonhard, Autor, Musiker, Futurist und CEO TheFuturesAgency (Basel) 19.00: Stellungsnahmen zum Thema: Tim Renner / MotorMusic Berlin, Poto Wegener / Swissperform. Hartwig Thomas - Digitale Allmend Christoph Trummer - Musikschaffender Wolfgang Schögl – SofaSurfer Fabian Niggemeier - SUISA Michael Gregr - Piratenpartei Michel Rudin - Konsumentenforum 20.00: Öffentliche Diskussion und Debatte Moderation: Philipp Schnyder von Wartensee, Festivalleiter m4music beim Migros-Kulturprozent Diskutiert wird auf dieser Facebook Page: MusikFlatRateSchweiz Twitter Hashtag #musikzukunft Vorschlag zum Thema Musik Flatrate, Gerd Leonhard 1. Juni 2012 Musikflatrate vorschlag für die Schweiz Das PDF mit dem Vorschlag Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at MediaFuturist
... adapted from my recent presentation at the 5th congress of innovation in Porto Alegre, Brazil.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at MediaFuturist