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Below you’ll find a list of upcoming events along with video recordings of past sessions. (Please note that all times and dates are subject to change.)
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The corona crisis has shown the importance of government as a guardian, protecting and supporting their citizens. What will happen when the pandemic is under control? Will Western capitalism return to its previous state? Will governments take the back seat again and let global giants lead the way? Or is this a turning point? A historic opportunity for a reboot, as Mariana Mazzucato argues when she writes that the Covid-19 crisis is a “chance to do capitalism differently”.
Mariana Mazzucato is a highly acclaimed professor and economist at University College London (UCL) and author of several best-selling books, including “The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths” and “The Value of Everything: Making and Taking In the Global Economy”. She will be joined by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of London’s Serpentine Galleries and curator of the galleries’ Back To Earth project which invites leading artists, scientists, thinkers and designers to come up with creative solutions for today’s global challenges.
Grow Your Phone! The Age of Biological Manufacturing Is Here
If the 20th century was the Age of Physics, the central technology of the 21st century will be biology. Despite marvelous advances in areas like health care, we have only seen a tiny part of what this powerful technology can do. Multiple industries are turning towards biological manufacturing as an integral part of their business strategy, particularly if they are concerned about sustainability. Imagine bacteria making supply chains more transparent, shoes and clothing made of mushrooms and algae, and maybe even houses with living walls.
How will this trend affect your business area? What will become obsolete, replaced by this inherently sustainable technology? We explore this biological manufacturing revolution with four experts who will discuss what you need to know, and how to separate hype from reality.
Entrepreneurship In Times of Crisis
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It’s hard enough to build a successful startup when times are good. But now? How will the Covid-19 pandemic impact entrepreneurs, investors and startup ecosystems around the world? What are the partnerships that matter, what should governments do to support young businesses? Join Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution, and DLD Co-Chairman Yossi Vardi for a comprehensive talk on entrepreneurship in a time of crisis.
Transforming Food Culture In Our New Future
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Dr. William Li is CEO and Co-Founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based organization that is researching the role of nutrition on health defense systems in the body for its impact on disease prevention, modification of drug responses, and restoration of function and homeostasis. Watch his DLD20 talk to prepare for this DLD Sync session and learn how important the right food choices are for the body’s immune system.
Democracy And the Global Economy
We’re bringing together two of the most highly regarded thought leaders of the digital world to discuss the many challenges that society and business are facing right now – from political instability to recession and the global disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Marietje Schaake, international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center, and Douglas Rushkoff, founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, will look at these challenges through the lens of digital transformation. With the U.S. elections just months away, what rules do we need for democracy? How can social media platforms fight misinformation more effectively – and who’s holding them responsible? What changes can we expect to see in economic policy? Are tech giants becoming even more dominant when remote workers, Internet users and online shoppers rely ever more on their services? (This session was moderated by DLD Associate Editor Karsten Lemm.)
After the Pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic affects all areas of our life and our world order. The crisis has hit hard and reveals the fragility of our globalized economy. At the same time, some forgotten or neglected truths have resurfaced which open up the debate about the future of our world. Are we at the cusp of a new world order? Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of global financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard, shared his Covid-19 learnings for the post-pandemic economic landscape with Swaha Pattanaik, Global Economics Editor at Reuters Breakingviews. The conversation described the potential impact industries like tech, media, healthcare, real estate and retail are facing as well as the possible shifting balance between a market driven economy and a more regulated approach, and between the nation state and global interdependence.
Trust, Tech & Covid-19
The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on public opinion. Based on the most recent insights from their company’s Trust Barometer, a staple of market and brand research, Margot and Richard Edelman took an in-depth look at how Covid-19 has been changing people’s perspectives on business and politics. Why are governments now global leaders when it comes to trust? What has turned the pandemic into a moment of reckoning for business leaders? How successful have technology companies been in mastering the crisis?
The New Code of Cities
How do we need to design office spaces for a world after Covid-19? Is home office a sustainable concept for tomorrow? What does this change mean for mobility and transportation? Does the pandemic spell the end of megacities and decades of urbanization? An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti leads CRA design and innovation practice in New York and Torino, Italy and directs the MIT Senseable City Lab. Carlo holds several patents and has co-authored over 500 publications, including The City of Tomorrow. In this DLD Sync session, he was joined by James Ludwig, Vice President of Global Design and Product Engineering at Steelcase. James Ludwig has been leading the product design of Steelcase since March 2008, overseeing studios in Europe, Asia and the United States. He is also responsible for Steelcase showrooms and WorkLife Centers.
The Machinery of Life & The Future of Human Evolution
Moderated by Jamie Metzl, author of Hacking Darwin, scientists Ellen Jorgensen and George Church discussed the possibilities of biotechnology and gene editing in medicine and health. Ellen Jorgensen is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Aanika. She holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology and has spent more than 30 years in the biotechnology industry. George Church, a pioneer of genomic science, leads Synthetic Biology at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute. The institute aims to transform medicine by developing innovations based on biological design principles.
Uncertainty is a fact of life. We may try to calculate what’s to come but the future remains ambiguous. The complexity of modern life simply does not allow precise predictions – no matter how much we may crave them, renowned British author Margaret Heffernan says in her most recent book. “Ineradicable uncertainty is now a fact of life”, she writes. “In complex environments, efficiency is a hazard not a help; being robust is the better, safer option.”
In conversation with WeWork’s Niki Kolev, Margaret Heffernan elaborated on these thoughts and applied them to business and the economy: How can business leaders better prepare for future crises? Which changes are needed to make society more resilient?
Covid-19: The End of Capitalism?
Isabell Welpe, Chair for Strategy and Organization at the Technische Universität München, and Albert Wenger, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, had a fascinating discussion about the state of the globalized economy. What can Covid-19 teach us about capitalism and its limits? How badly will the pandemic hit the economy, what can be done to limit the damage? What chances for a better future does the current crisis hold?
Digital Europe After Covid-19: Hotspot or Notspot?
In conversation with Sebastian Matthes, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt, Lakestar founder Klaus Hommels and Merck CEO Stefan Oschmann took a close look at Europe’s digital economy – and where the continent is heading due to the coronavirus crisis. How can world-class science lead to world class companies? What are Europe’s competitive strengths, where is the continent’s place in a digital economy increasingly dominated by U.S. and Chinese companies? How can investors strengthen the ecosystem and foster a productive cooperation between founders, established companies and governments?
Reflections on Art, Earth and Humanity
Brian Eno is a pioneer of electronic music and an advocate of humanitarian causes. Born in Britain, he co-founded the band Roxy Music before embarking on a solo career of more than four decades that has included art installations, videos and collaborations with many other artists. Eno is a co-creator of the Long Now Foundation and Advisory Board member of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose in London. In conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, Brian Eno explored the role of art and artists in a world facing many challenges, from climate change to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The third Sync session was devoted to business and politics. Sir Martin Sorrell, Executive Chairman of S4 Capital and longtime CEO of advertising giant WPP, in his DLD Sync conversation with DLD Co-Chairman Yossi Vardi. He predicted the coronavirus crisis will bring higher taxes for companies and the wealthy, called for better cooperation between the U.S. and China, and saw big changes coming to companies that have so far resisted digital transformation.
The Four Horsemen Post-Corona
Revisit our second DLD Sync session with NYU professor and bestselling author Scott Galloway to learn why the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to make powerful companies even more powerful and create entirely new disruptions in existing markets. In his presentation, Galloway predicted that Amazon will become a healthcare provider, Apple may target education as its next market, and media companies could go out of business if they mostly rely on advertising.