Richard Kelly: “The biggest barrier to innovation is doing nothing”

New technologies, such as blockchain, are tempting. But to chase after them blindly is a fatal mistake, says Richard Kelly, Chief Catalyst of the Fung Academy and speaker at the 68th International Retail Summit. In an interview with the GDI, he talks about what a company really needs to be innovative.

Science-Food: between tradition and progress

For thousands of years we have been changing our food through selection and crossing. Nevertheless, genetic modification of organisms is a controversial issue. Fears - for example of multi-resistant pests – characterise the discourse. But genetically modified organisms could also change the world in a positive sense.

Jan Sedlacek: «I am very critical when it comes to Silicon Valley safaris»

Customer-oriented, keen to experiment and networked – Jan Sedlacek, co-founder of business consultancy Stryber, knows what makes successful executives in the digital age. In an interview with the GDI, he explains why this is less about skills than about the way of thinking.

Outsourcing thinking

Maximize your happiness by building a life that requires fewer decisions, says neuroscientist Moran Cerf. Why it is sometimes worthwhile to let others decide and how a chip in our heads could boost efficency, he explains in a TED Talk.

Summer tour to the topics of the future

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies or artificial intelligence are not only transforming the world technologically. They also lead to cultural and political change. This provides a lot discussion among futurologists. GDI researcher Zhan Li attended a number of future conferences this summer and summarised the most important trends.

Convincing people with simple decisions

The way we make decisions has a lot to do with comfort and aesthetics, says Shlomo Benartzi, a behavioural economist and speaker at the sixth Academy of Behavioral Economics. In a TED talk, he explains how our online and offline behaviour differs.

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67th International Retail Summit 2017 – the best photos

Speakers, guests and impressions in the gallery of our media partner NZZ Online.

Blockchain Valley Conference – the best photos

Speakers, guests and impressions in the gallery of our media partner NZZ Online.