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Trust, fear, symbolic image

Trust and the Pandemic

Public confidence in companies has fallen in the coronavirus crisis, survey data shows. Communications experts Margot and Richard Edelman explain what business leaders can do to win back trust.
Isabell Welpe, Albert Wenger

Why Covid-19 Highlights the Limits of Capitalism

The pandemic demonstrates why we cannot put a price on everything. Isabell Welpe and Albert Wenger discuss where markets fail, and what alternatives they see.
Margaret Heffernan, author, DLD conference

Make Uncertainty Your Friend!

Don’t try to fight uncertainty, learn to manage it, author and consultant Margaret Heffernan says. Watch her DLD Sync session with Niki Kolev about better ways to deal with risk.
Klaus Hommels, Stefan Oschmann, DLD Sync

Digital Europe After Covid-19

DLD Sync: Watch investor Klaus Hommels and Merck CEO Stefan Oschmann discuss the continent’s economic future in a post-pandemic world.
Carl Benedikt Frey, Oxford, economist, DLD Sync

“We Have Over-Optimized Our Economy”

In the DLD Sync kick-off session, Oxford economist Carl Benedikt Frey shares his insights on the future of work, automation and the economy after Covid-19.

The Tech Race To Contain Covid-19

Scientists and engineers are working around the clock to make the best of new technologies in fighting Covid-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 corinavirus.…
smart cities, urbanization, urban planning, future of cities

The New Code of Cities

How will the corona crisis change office life? What should cities do to reinvent themselves for tomorrow? MIT researcher Carlo Ratti and Steelcase VP James Ludwig shared plenty of ideas in their DLD Sync session…
biotechnology, lab, gene editing

The Future of Human Evolution

Biotechnology promises to revolutionize health and medicine. Harvard geneticist George Church shared his insights in a DLD Sync session with Ellen Jorgensen and Jamie Metzl.
gene editing illustration, DNA, double helix

Gene Editing: Great Potential, Great Concerns

Fixing errors in the human DNA could cure diseases and greatly improve health – but only for the wealthy? UC Berkeley ethicist Jodi Halpern warns of a new gap between rich and poor.
DLD20, DLD logo, woman, smartphone

Quick Take: Highlights of DLD20

An astronaut, a Nobel Prize winner, a chess champion, many champions of a sustainable future: Take a look at select videos of DLD20.
DLD Singapore, Gwendolyn Regina, Asymmetry Media

DLD Singapore: Asia Rising

Our second conference in Singapore illustrated a wealth of business opportunities in a vibrant, fast-growing market.
EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, digital economy

Yes, EU Can!

Making Europe more competitive in the digital world: regulation, privacy protection, entrepreneurship and more – take a look at the main topics discussed at DLD Europe 2019 in Brussels.

Insights from DLD Speakers

“I believe that technology can make the world a better place – but we’ve forgotten that. In our pursuit of billions, we have forgotten our humanity. And that is a tragedy.”

Roger McNamee, Elevation Partners, Facebook, investor, critic
Roger McNamee
ELEVATION PARTNERS

“I always thought space was somewhere else – but space is part of where we live.”

Catherine Coleman, Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA
Cady Coleman
ASTRONAUT

“There was a social norm of having to be at the office. I think that has changed … Maybe we find a better reason than just going to the office.”

Carlo Ratti, MIT Senseable City Lab, architect
Carlo Ratti
MIT SENSEABLE CITY LAB

“We’ve created a system that sucks all the wealth and brings it to the door of some select people. It’s a ticking time bomb – socially, politically and economically.”

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, DLD, portrait
Muhammad Yunus
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE

“Uncertainty is an absolutely defining quality in life, and we should stop fighting it and learn how to make it our friend.”

“Music is a universal connector. It encompasses everything that is stimulating to us.”

Beatie Wolfe, singer, songwriter
Beatie Wolfe
SONGWRITER

“Robotics is not dangerous. Robots are a tool to help us and make us more powerful.”

Philipp Zimmermann, Franka Emika, portrait
Philipp Zimmermann
FRANKA EMIKA

“We’re going to see big tech partner with universities. In ten years, a school like MIT will not welcome 3,000 students to its freshman class but 30,000.”

“Regulation should not stifle innovation – but we should be very careful not to put innovation in a higher order of significance than democracy.”

Marietje Schaake, Stanford University, governance, portrait, DLD
Marietje Schaake
STANFORD UNIVERSITY

“It’s drugs and technology that look at us as ‘users’. I would say that big data is like Big Tobacco.”

Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, Pirate Bay, DLD
Peter Sunde
PIRATE BAY
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Social Business

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus explains why fixing financial inequality would address many other problems as well

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Snap Chat

Snap co-founder Evan Spiegel explores creativity and social networking in conversation with artist Alex Israel

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Mark Zuckerberg

Historic: David Kirkpatrick interviews the Facebook founder at DLD Munich 2009

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Uber’s Next Chapter

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tells interviewer Tanit Koch where he wants to take the mobility service provider

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University 2.0

The birth of Udacity: Online learning pioneer Sebastian Thrun launches his digital university at DLD Munich 2012

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Peter Thiel

The PayPa co-founder and famous investor lays out his vision on “Developing the Developed World”

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