February 10th, 2013
Germany is the most forward thinking country in the world according to the Future Orientation Index 2012 created by academics from University College London (UCL) and Warwick University, who analysed more than 45bn Google queries to find that Germany had searched for the future more than any other country.

Which countries are the most forward thinking? See it visualised | News | guardian.co.uk

Gerd adds: well, I don’t know about this study, frankly -I am from Germany and live in Switzerland (the 2 top countries) and I really can’t see how these 2 countries would rate #1 and 2, like this - does not feel that way at all, here.  Someone enlighten me? Maybe analyzing Google queries just isn’t the right way to approach this (Algorithm Failure:==)

Thanks to Earl de Blonville for sending this link, btw.


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December 8th, 2012



What makes us successful:  Gerd Leonhard presentation / talk at TEDxCollegeBeauSoleil (by TEDxYouth).  Gerd adds: this is one of my best videos so far - check it out and spread the word if you like it.

Thanks to www.tedxbeausoleil.com and Nordanglia for providing this video.


“Gerd Leonhard 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….”

You can download the PDF with my slides here:  http://gerd.fm/tedxbeau 

October 25th, 2012
The top-ranked country in the Future 15, the United Arab Emirates (see full list in the right hand image), is benefiting from increasingly positive perceptions about its financial stability, educational system, overall happiness of its citizens, and commitment to growth through investments in infrastructure and research and development. “There’s lots of inward investment, and people around the world are starting to see that quality of life is good,” says Daniel Rosentreter, the chief strategy officer of North America at FutureBrand.

The 15 Leading Country Brands Of The Future | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

Gerd comments: Switzerland (where I live) as current #1 — interesting. But UAE as future No.1 … I really have my doubts - this is like measuring GNP and GNH (gross national happiness), maybe?

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August 17th, 2012
August 9th, 2012
X Media Lab Switzerland ‘Participation Culture’ is Switzerland’s must-attend digital, cultural and creative industries event of 2012. X Media Lab Switzerland highlights the intersections between the cultural, creative and technological – the interplay between the freedom of art and the precision of engineering and the participation of communities in creating fresh new and interactive forms of cultural expression.

XML Switzerland 2012 - X Media Lab

I will give a talk here; so come and meet me in Basel, Switzerland, September 14-16, 2012

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July 25th, 2012

Futurist Gerd Leonhard: The Future of Selling in a connected World (by gleonhard)

February 3rd, 2012

A Film Noir Photo Essay on the Secretive World of Swiss Banks

Found on the Atlantic: “The Vaults is a finely crafted multimedia experience of Mark Heneley’s photographs of the Swiss banking sector in Zurich. Anna Stevens of Panos Pictures taps film noir and James Bond movies for inspiration in her edit, which adds sound and text to create a story. Henley talks about the experience of shooting the series and why the mysterious industry begs investigation in an interview below… read on.”