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Dr. David Bosshart, CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for economic and social studies, Rüschlikon/Zurich.

The GDI is an independent European think tank, founded by European retail pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (1888-1962). The institute specializes in trend research, retail, economic and social issues. It also offers strategic workshops, lectures, and conferences like the International Retail Summit (67th edition in 2018), the European Foodservice Summit (18th edition in 2018) and the European Trend Day (13th edition in 2018). The main topics are: changes in consumption patterns and behavior, innovation in retailing and the service industry. The Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize is Switzerland’s most prestigious award for outstanding personalities, dedicated only every couple of years (1989 Václav Havel, 2004 Joschka Fischer, 2008 Kofi Annan, 2011 Jimmy Wales, 2015 Sir Tim Berners-Lee).

Bosshart capped his studies with a Ph.d. from the University of Zurich in philosophy and political theory. He has been involved in communications and marketing consulting, in retailing and in scientific research. From 1991 to 1996 he was head of the department of consumer research and social change at the GDI. From 1997 to 1999 he was head of strategic development and director of the cultural and social section of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. Bosshart has been in his current position since 1999.

David Bosshart is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at international events in Europe, America and Asia. His expertise is focused on consumption and consumerism, digitization, globalization, change management, social change, and political philosophy. He is currently lecturing on the topics below.

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Topics 2018
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    Megatrends, Change, Globalization, and Politics
    • Megatrends and countertrends in the economy, and society
    • The future of success: how management is going to change
    • The future of trust. Don’t lose the most precious resource
    • Polarization shocks and the future of power. Are growing gaps in a shrinking world inevitable?
    • The Age of Less. Redefining wealth and wellbein
    • Polarization shocks. Are growing gaps in a shrinking world inevitable?
    • The 5Ds: (De)globalization. Digitization. Demography. Debt. Deflation.

      Technology & Man in a Digital Age
      • Data wealth between man and machine: how we become productive in the future
      • High tech and high touch: How human needs are going to change in the digital age
      • Simplexity: making things simpler in a complex world
      • Big data – deep emotions: how Amazon, Google, Alibaba and Facebook et al. are creating a new eco system for businesses and consumers
      • Digital ageing: how technology can help us to improve our life and age well
      • Smart home und smart living: new dimensions of living better with new technologies

        Consumer Trends, Retailing, Brands, and Consumer Behavior
        • The future of consumption: how will we be living tomorrow?
        • The future of communication: from information to participation to immersion
        • The future of retail: channels, products, prices
        • The future of brands, media, and communication
        • Food 2025: food trends between science and romance
        • The future of luxury: seduction, style, and individual differentiation
        • The slower you move, the faster you die: what the acceleration of just about everything means for retail and shopping

          Society, work and leisure
          • Society in the 21st century: tribal, segmented, fragmented?
          • Workstyle: the future of work
          • Wellness 2030: The new techniques of happiness
          • Mobility 2025: more mobility, less traffic
          • Demography as our fate? Why an ageing society is good for us
          • From lifestyle to healthstyle. Changing values of an ageing society