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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).

Following high school and a business education, 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 business, the economy, and society
    • The future of success: how management is going to change
    • Winning trust in an unbalanced world. Trust – confidence – familiarity
    • The Age of Less. Redefining wealth and wellbeing
    • The future of power. Who are the rulers of the 21st century?
    • Polarization shocks. Are growing gaps in a shrinking world inevitable?
    • The 5Ds: (De)globalization. Digitization. Demography. Debt. Deflation.
    • Tribal behaviour: why now and what it means for the economy, society and politics

      Technology & Man in a Digital Age
      • High tech and high touch: How human needs are going to change in the digital age
      • Simplexity: making things simpler in a complex world
      • The digital world ahead: how man and machine will evolve and cooperate
      • 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 shopping: channels, customers, brands
        • The future of brands, media, and communication
        • Food 2025: food trends between science and romance
        • New premium, old luxury: Why customers intend to spend more on real added value products and services
        • Luxury 3.0. Statusfaction, seduction, style: new status features and how they will distinguish us
        • Authenticity – a new trend establishes/penetrates/takes hold. What it means, what it changes
        • The slower you move, the faster you die: what the acceleration of just about everything means for retail and shopping
        • Digitisation and which surfaces survive
        • Foodtrends 2018: New ecosystems between producer and consumer

          Society, work and leisure
          • Workstyle: the future of work
          • Demography as our fate: winners and losers
          • Mobility 2025: more mobility, less traffic
          • From lifestyle to healthstyle. Changing values of an ageing society
          • Wellness 2030: The new techniques of happiness