About Gerd Leonhard

Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader, Futurist, Author & Strategist, Idea Curator, Occasional Heretic, CEO of TheFuturesAgency, Founder of GreenFuturists, Visiting Professor at Fundacao Dom Cabral (Brazil). @gleonhard on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube. Based in Switzerland (and to be found in airline lounges around the world:)

Public Notes

Recent Activity

  • Gerd shared from The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World by Jeremy Rifkin
    In the coming era, hundreds of millions of people will produce their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories and share it with each other in an “energy Internet,” just like we now create and share information online.
    Note: Jeremy talks about "energy internet" fascinating parallels between digital communication and energy
  • Gerd shared from The Future of Content by Gerd Leonhard
    Controlling the distribution of content - whether by technical or via legal means - is increasingly becoming an utter 'mission impossible' unless you want to adopt a seriously totalitarian Internet regime
    Note: Controlling distribution of content is a wet dream unless you want a totalitarian Internet regime.
  • Gerd shared from SALT Summaries, Condensed Ideas About Long-term Thinking by Stewart Brand
    Sterling turned out to be a fellow traveler of the Resistance: “Human cognition becoming industrialized is something I actually worry about.”
    Note: Bruce Sterling: "human condition being industrialized is something I really worry about" same here
  • Gerd shared from Screw Business As Usual: Turning Capitalism into a Force for Good by Richard Branson
    My message is a simple one: business as usual isn’t working. In fact, it’s ‘business as usual’ that’s wrecking our planet. Resources are being used up; the air, the sea, the land - are all heavily polluted.
    Note: Branson: business as usual isn't working - in fact it's ruining our planet. Indeed.
  • Gerd shared from Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries by Naomi Wolf
    Thomas Jefferson was a free-speech apostle; though he was personally vilified in the press—and the colonial and revolutionary press was, if anything, more nasty and mudslinging than today’s—he often said and wrote that it would be better to have “newspapers without a government” than “a government without newspapers.”3 “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it,” he wrote.
    Note: Jefferson: I'd rather have newspapers without government than government without newspapers
  • Gerd shared from a Personal Document
    Music 2012 - Totally Secure, really (like… completely) , so scarce and so very very valuable again
    Note: music 2012 fiction
  • Gerd shared from Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology by Alexis Madrigal
    Renewable energy (RE) has to become cheaper than coal (C).
  • Gerd shared from The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth
    A reliably green company is one that is required to be green by law.
    Note: a reliably green company is one that is required to be green by law *made me think
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