What makes a futurologist different from a future-researcher?

Max Thinius – Futurologist and Future Shaper

Max Thinius is regarded as Europe’s leading futurologist and designer of the future. Besides his work as a consultant for companies, cities, regions and people, he gives many lectures, is a moderator and bestselling author.

Many companies and people today are faced with major considerations for the future. Somehow everything does not fit together anymore. The whole world is changing.

In fact, about 80% of our everyday life is changing in our private and business environment. These changes determine all structures in the newly forming social order. In the future we will live differently, work differently, shape the economy differently.

Futurology makes the future visible

Futurologists design positive models and scenarios for the future. To do so, they break away from purely scientific predictions with which trends can only be statistically extrapolated. Compared to future-researchers, futurologists think holistically and include various parameters.

Max Thinius researches and works on topics ranging from digitalization, social development, economy, financial market, urban and regional development, to health, nutrition, education and politics. From this holistic view, many possibilities of the future often only become visible.

Futurologists go far beyond individual industries in their consideration and show the entire perspective for entrepreneurial, regional or personal development in clear scenarios.

In addition, Max Thinius takes an international view of the various perspectives on the future. Many perspectives from the Asian, Eurasian, African regions flow in addition to the European and American perspectives. This is important to be able to assess global developments in relation to regional markets.

Max took the term “futurologist” from the Anglo-Saxon world and coined it for Germany, because the existing possibilities are not enough for him and mostly have a technological focus – whereby the human being is the one who shapes our future – not the technology.

Max lives in Berlin, Copenhagen and Funen (DK), has published in many public media, was often a guest in the scientific advisory council of the German government, advises companies (from DAX to medium-sized businesses), regions, cities, organisations and people, in actively shaping their own future.

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References Max Thinius

Business: Axel Springer, AllyouneedFresh, BioCompany, Burda, Chupa-Chups, Coca-Cola, Christ Juweliere, Diageo, Deutsche Post, Douglas Holding, Dow, Heineken, GASAG, Lufthansa, MAMA AG, Mercedes Benz, Merck Pharma, MLP, PWC, STEAG, Sparkassen, Togal-Werk-AG, Vattenfall, Voeslauer, Volkswagen.

Politics: Bitkom, Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland e.V. (bevh), Deutscher Bauernverband, Forum nachhaltige Geldanlagen, BMWi, Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung, UVWM – Unternehmensverband Westfalen Mitte, Konzernrepräsentanz der Deutschen Post, VFI – Verband der Fertigwarenimporteure.

Institutions: Schule im Aufbruch, Rock it Biz – Stiftungsgesellschaft für Unternehmertum, Deutsche Umweltstiftung, Earthrise Foundation, IMK – Institut für Marketing und Kommunikation, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität St. Gallen, Die Tafel, Miami Ad School, Wirtschaftsförderung Brandenburg, Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf, Mitglied im Rat der Gesellschaft.

Comments on Max Keynotes

“That was the best, most comprehensive and insightful talk I have ever heard on the subject of the future.”

Dr. Luling Lo / Uni Bremen, Lehrstuhl Logistik

“He is one of Germany’s most famous futurologists.”

BILD online

“Pretty cool performance yesterday – Merci!”

Ute Welty / Moderatorin, Journalistin

“At last a sound and positive contribution to the topic of digitization and the future.”

Petra Ohlmeyer / Wesco

“Super keynote!”

Uwe Riechel / Regional Director Fashion Europe bei Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

“This ranges from enthusiasm to euphoria!”

Dr. Michael Arretz / VFI – Verband der Fertigwarenimporteure

“Thank you – your lecture makes me feel good about the future.”

Hans Martin Pleiss / ABN AMRO

“Your lecture has given me much to think about in a positive sense.”

Jens Kaß / Geschäftsführer C. Mackprang jr. GmbH & CO. KG

“It’s always impressive to listen to!”

Julia Miosga / Bitkom

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