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The future interviews differently

We are not making any progress in the digital future with our current industrial thinking. We have to rethink, initiate new educational ideas, change ourselves and thus the world. Then we can have a new prospective future. And we have to develop more humour for our world and our everyday life again. Interview with Nico Gutjahr on the Webtalkshow. Who is looking for new ideas for the future: anfragen@maxthinius.de Oder via SprachBox +49 30 6130 90 41 Max Thinius is also known through the famous London Speaker Bureau

Our living spaces are changing through digitalisation.

From the country to the city or from the city to the village – how our society is changing its structure through digitalization. It is called digitalization or digital revolution. Many people also call it Industry 4.0, a term that was coined by the German government. And so many terms are now being used in this direction: Economy 4.0, Education 4.0 or even Village 4.0. Does digitalisation offer the possibility of a renaissance of villages? For decades we have been learning that people are being drawn from the village to the city – until a few years ago, all studies and forecasts were based on the assumption that life and work will continue to be in the urban area – even in the future. Village means narrowness and dwindling opportunities the longer you stay there. So many villages are abandoned today, only “the old” are still there. In return, the cities are bursting at the seams. Does digitalisation reverse the trend “from the village to the city”? First of all, it is important to understand …

Mobile into the future of real estate

The Real Estate Innovation Summit 2018 of Feldhoff & Cie in Frankfurt shows how mobile the best in the real estate industry already think. Actually, it is quite clear: A property is an investment in the future – for 20, 50, 80, 100 and more years. And not only in real estate, but also in the structure of our society, how we live, work and keep ourselves healthy. Real estate forms the framework of the society into which we define our quality of life. At this summit in Frankfurt I asked the following question: What are the 1-3 burning issues of the future? A good 50% of the proposed topics are in the direction of sustainability, social peace and general quality of life. Around 25% focus on concrete topics such as work, everyday life and education. A further 25% put forward concrete topics on the development of the real estate industry. Which is logical, of course. But here, too, a very mobile, open-minded way of thinking can be seen, which is oriented towards the basic …

Digitisation of a region: Olsberg, Brilon, Meschede

What always excites me in South Westphalia is the openness and curiosity with which people approach the topic of digitisation – they look at the opportunities and try to eliminate the risks together. That is great! And right, very important: Digitization WITH THE PEOPLE. Here you try to take everyone along, explain it and look for opportunities, may build your own networks from time to time. Really an example region for digitization. Here is a short contribution by Prof. Dr. Ewald Mittelstädt – at the Fachhochschule Südwestfalen in Meschede he is one of the most innovative teachers in Germany – for entrepreneurship: Digital competence landscape Olsberg & region Yesterday the cities of Brilon and Olsberg invited to Olsberg to forge the future of the region together with the futurologist Max Thinius. Digitisation offers new opportunities for South Westphalia and due to its excellent structure, the region was chosen as the digital example region for Europe. Since the topic of digitisation is of great importance, observations are no longer sufficient. Companies must integrate themselves, because only …

From hipster to gentleman/woman – the future becomes gentle.

We will continue to develop. From hipster to gentleman to gentlewoman. Certainly also to Gentledivers, but let’s not open the discussion here! Even more about the gentleman/-woman: TheGentlePack Hipsters have changed the world – Gentleman/woman will restructure it Hipsters have an important task at the end of the industrial era: Through their unconventional views, experimental new structures in work and private life, and usually high values, they have moderated the transition from industrialization to digitization. This also includes a new way of thinking. For the digital structures are different from those in industrialisation. Industrialisation was based on efficiency, which is why metropolises and large companies and production processes have also emerged. The digital world rather offers trial-and-error possibilities, because you can often try something out very quickly with a little lever. This requires a new way of thinking and, above all, a breaking open of old thinking structures. We owe a lot to the absolute nonconformism of hipsters. Only if we rethink will we redesign the future. You showed us how to do “different”. Especially …

With Deutsche Bahn into the future

I don’t mind admitting it: I take the train. A lot. I’d like that. Right now, for example: just before Hannover, with a wonderful view of an avenue between fields. I can think well. About the future, about our life 4.0. And again and again I notice how big the difference between fiction and truth is in this topic. What is important: we need to talk about the future. And the possibilities that lie ahead. The opportunities. The prospects. These are far more than the risks. Yet they dominate the discussion. There is a great variety of positive possibilities: in everyday life, health, ageing, economy, justice – but we can only make use of all these great opportunities if we deal with them. Otherwise others will do so. And they serve us ready-made solutions. Whether they suit us then or not. So it’s better to think for yourself and look positively into the future – and do so. Just do it. I have not only thought a few short inspirations “in” the railway, but also …

More hipsters for future!

When we talk about digitalisation today, we are talking about technology first and foremost. There is a lot of talk about artificial intelligence. Before that it was Blockchain. The 3-D printer’s been around a while. But algorithms that are actually found everywhere in the digital world are currently repositioning themselves. Nobody talks about hipsters! Hipsters in particular, like the hippies of yore, are the drivers of change. Totally nonconformist they show us how it works differently. They take us into the future. They try things out, take no account of existing structures. No matter if they have a beard or not – and yes, they have reinvented coffee (you know, a little more sour, more aromatic, handbrew and not quite so hot, but guaranteed by sustainable plantations). And that’s exactly why we need them! To bring digital “solutions” into our society that fit the new structures made possible by digitalization. Because the hipsters turn technology into solutions. Applications that we humans need (or sometimes don’t need), but which are in any case tangible – they …

How we will learn and work in the future – my son and I.

Everyone should have the right to have their own algorithm! How could and should we actually learn? Today and in the future! And how to work? What does NewWork mean and how could our life as a whole change? My son Emilio and I have done an experiment together with the educational podcast TabulaRasa. (Links to the podcast – at the bottom please) We talked about education. But not only from my perspective, but also from my son’s perspective. Who’s in the middle of it. At the time of the podcast he was 17 and in 12th grade at the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum ESCZB in Berlin. Once built by the great education revolutionary Margret Rasfeld, today still a great school. Nevertheless Emilio has a clear view of the whole school system. Who could say more about education today than a student He feels, like many other students, that this system is no longer right at the back and front. That there is learning for something that is no longer needed in reality. That teaching …

Machines to power!

For my dear colleagues Friedrich & Weik, I have written an important chapter in their new bestseller as a guest author. – and made a lecture out of it. We live here on this planet for thousands of years and all of a sudden machines come, say they have artificial intelligence and take over! Is that so? Or are machines perhaps even necessary so that we humans can continue to live on this planet for thousands of years? Can we even do without machines? The new complexity of the world. Can we still absorb it without support? We use algorithms from Facebook, Amazon, Google and others as a matter of course. But no one is asking themselves the question: shouldn’t we actually have a right to our own personal algorithm? An algorithm that advises us in everyday life? An algorithm that at least reads our intentions and can therefore advise us better than an algorithm that only wants to sell? Should politicians perhaps be replaced by machines? Perhaps because they no longer have an overview …

Feared of digital money?

Most people in Germany love cash. 88%, to be exact, prefer to pay cash rather than by card. Only from amounts of 50€ upwards does the cashless willingness to pay increase. But will we still be able to pay with cash in the future? Or will we even need a digital currency (colloquially called crypto currency)? Sweden has set itself the target of no longer accepting cash from the 2030s onwards. Digital money is not yet that, just the cashless form of today’s currency. Real digital money works completely differently. And here most people are still afraid today. At least worry or incomprehension. Digital currency could offer new perspectives for fair global coexistence. Incidentally, it would not even have to be traceable, which is the biggest concern of cash fans. The other way round: CAN there even be a future for the economy and society without digital money? In the interview with the Wirtschaftswerkstatt you will find a few thoughts that shed light on the various perspectives and opportunities. Wer neue Ideen für die Zukunft …