Global City Index 2017: The Most Connected Cities

All metropolises connect people and cultures – but not all to the same extent. The GDI has examined the most important cities in the world to measure how well they fulfil their networking role in global terms. The first thing to note: Europe is ahead.

Urban centres of attention

A city is considered influential and important when everybody is talking about it. That said, there are no reliable figures for how strongly cities actually participate in the global conversation. The GDI has made a first attempt with its Global City Ranking and asks how a city remains relevant in the digital discourse.

NearSt – search the web to buy around the corner

Offline shops are invisible for online purchases. Nick Brackenbury, CEO of the e-commerce company NearSt, wants to change this with an app. In this video interview, he explains how.

Nina Mazar: “We want to be sincere“

Humans are good. Certain situations, however, tempt us to act without integrity. Behavioral scientist Nina Mazar explains in her ted talk how circumstances can be changed. In January 2018 Mazar will be speaking at the GDI.

European Food Trends Report

For a long time, food was a clearly defined experience, usually celebrated in rituals of the community. The Food Trends Report 2017 shows: this is now changing. Food is finding its way into almost every area of our lives. Food is everything and everywhere! Food is pop. Order the study now.

Super You: The Growing Self-Optimisation Market

Yoga, chia, Fitbit – what consequences does self-optimisation have? At the GDI Trendday on 14 March 2018, thought leaders and a cyborg will analyse our transformation into super human beings.

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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.