Welcome to the post-technology era.
Following ‘The Happiness Advantage’, ‘In Code We Trust’ and 'The Synthetic Generation', the last report in the SogetiLabs Digital Happiness series, ‘Utopia for Executives’, interviews some of the world’s thought leaders in the fields of technology, society, ethics, happiness and wellbeing.
Reaching your Utopia
Looking back at history we’ve seen amazing technologies changing our world. Canals, trains, rails, steel, automobiles, the internet: it brought opportunities and prosperity and catalyzed new dreams. But not in straight lines. At first, it’s all about the technology instalment and how (few) people gain from this techno bubble. Then it’s about benefits for all and societal changes.
It happens after a ‘turning point’, as Carlota Perez calls it. We’re at such a turning point right now. It’s a time of confusion. Conventions are broken. Populism and new ideologies are trending. From this point on we progress. New rules coming from our Utopian dreams will guide our society into a new phase. Collective ideas that have been bubbling in society for a long time, now take the lead.
Find out how empathy and happiness can steer the modern organization towards Utopia
The report takes us on a journey of discovery. Each visionary interviewed for the report offers insight into the technology and culture shifts that organizations must respond to. How? By turning their focus from balance sheets and profit margins to having a purpose defined by a desire for the better good – of society and our planet.
The report identifies five shifts that will take organizations forward to this new purpose:
Sander Duivestein (1971) is a highly acclaimed and top-rated trendwatcher, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker, a digital business entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor on disruptive innovations. His main focus is the impact of new technologies on people, businesses and society. He is therefore a much sought-after speaker for conferences, strategy sessions and other business gatherings.
Menno van Doorn leads the SogetiLabs Research Institute, which is part of technology provider, Sogeti for the analysis of new technologies. His field of expertise is human centered technology strategies. Educated in consumer psychology, he has co-authored books and studies on social media, mobile behavior, blockchain, IOT and artificial intelligence. Menno supports organizations in defining their happiness advantage and envisioning and designing happiness strategies.
Thijs Pepping is a Trend Analyst at SogetiLabs’ research center. His expertise is the impact of new digital technologies on the individual, organization and society. After his study at the University of Humanistic Studies at Utrecht he pursued a career in Test Consultancy. In his research for SogetiLabs and in his workshops and keynotes he combines both perspectives: the digital and the humanistic view on life resulting in an inspiring mix of digital humanism.