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Globale Megatrends für Kommunalwirtschaft

Global megatrends for municipal economy

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    Themis Foresight
  • July 21, 2022
  • News, Keynote

Looking into the future of the municipal economy together with the approximately 100 participants: (fLTR) Norbert Hillinger (futurologist), Jonas Thiede and Sascha Bocksnick (Managing Directors of ZAKB), Steffi Brauer (Fujitsu Services GmbH), District Administrator Christian Engelhardt, Tobias Küfner (Fujitsu Services GmbH), Dr. Nico Schulte and Dr. Heinz-Josef Dornbusch (INFA Institute).

Anniversaries have always been an occasion to look back. Not so at the Zweckverband Abfallwirtschaft Kreis Bergstraße (ZAKB). The association used its 20th anniversary celebration to take a look into the future.

The focus was on the question: What opportunities and challenges does digital transformation bring for the municipal economy? Answers were provided by renowned speakers such as futurologist Norbert Hillinger. He drew a big picture of global megatrends, technological developments and innovative new developments. In addition to overarching themes such as mobility, health, consumption and communication, Hillinger also addressed applications that could already be in use in the foreseeable future: Buildings and food from 3D printers, autonomous vehicles and autonomous robots, as well as artificial intelligence that optimizes processes, improves organization and makes decisions at lightning speed.

It became clear that not only companies but also public institutions such as municipalities need to take advantage of these forecasts in order to position themselves optimally for the future.

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Auftakt Future Panel Oberösterreich: Norbert Hillinger als Experte im Beirat

Future Panel Upper Austria kicks off: Norbert Hillinger as expert on the advisory board

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    Themis Foresight
  • June 16, 2022
  • News

Norbert Hillinger (5th from right) with the team of the Upper Austrian Future Academy and the other experts of the advisory board at the initial meeting of the Upper Austrian Future Panel at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz Photo: © Province of Upper Austria.

These are challenging times, a world in flux and with increasing complexity, which can no longer be met with linear solutions. And it is no longer just companies that have to initiate transformation processes and reposition themselves for the future, but also entire regions. Thus, with its Future Academy, the province of Upper Austria has set out to make the economic and living model of the people of Upper Austria fit for the future.

In order to achieve a holistic perspective that takes into account all subsystems and interactions, those responsible have brought on board an interdisciplinary advisory board, a Future Panel, including our team member Norbert Hillinger as a trend and innovation consultant.  The initial meeting took place in June. The aim is to discuss future topics and analyze trends with experts from business, science and futurology. The spectrum is diverse and ranges from the topics of energy and sustainability, to securing skilled workers and new approaches in education, to digitization and technical innovations.

For the most part, these are the same challenges that most other regions in the D-A-CH area have to contend with, but they require different approaches to solving them depending on the region.

One topic at the initial meeting was therefore to define so-called “blind spots”. What needs to be considered specifically for this region, what should not be disregarded?

And probably the most important aspect for a successful transformation: How can we succeed in taking people along with us on this journey?

The answers to all these questions and challenges will be discussed and worked out in regular meetings over the next five years.

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Herzlich Willkommen im Team, Siv Helen Hesjedal!

Welcome to the team, Siv Helen Hesjedal!

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    Themis Foresight
  • June 8, 2022
  • News

Siv Helen Hesjedal

In June, we further strengthened our team. Siv Helen Hesjedal supports us as Senior Researcher. Our clients will primarily benefit from her long and international experience in Strategic Planning & Public Policy Development and many years as a foresight practitioner. Siv has also made a name for herself as an author.

She is passionate about using future thinking and foresight to ask deeper questions and imagine alternative futures.

Siv has spent the last 18 years in South Africa and now works mostly from Norway.

We are looking forward to working with her!

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Future Fashion Retail: Impulse für die Modebranche

Future Fashion Retail – Impulses for the fashion industry

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    Themis Foresight
  • June 01, 2022
  • News

Carina Stöttner spoke about fashion in changing times with an outlook to the year 2035 in her keynote speech.

On May 18, on the initiative of Alexander Gedat, we were able to spend an exciting day with the executives of GERRY WEBER International AG, Ahlers AG, Fynch-Hatton & Sportalm Kitzbühel with our Inspiration Day Future Fashion Retail!

With three presentations to get us started, we provided inspiring future impulses for the industry.

Together, we then examined which future trends and new technologies are changing the business models of companies in the industry and what design options they have. We identified relevant social, economic and technological trends, drivers and players based on the following questions:

What might a future business model look like in the metaverse? What skills does a company that offers mass individualization need? Can premium retail work in stores? And how can sustainable omnichannel fashion be designed?

The lively and entertaining work sessions produced one or two very creative ideas. We will definitely stay tuned and continue to observe where the journey is heading.

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Future Lab: Zukunft der europäischen Wirtschaft

Future Lab: The future of the European economy

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    Themis Foresight
  • May 23, 2022
  • News, Research

fLTR standing: Rolf Christian Kassel, Carsten Brandes, Jürgen Keitel, Dr. Anja Marzuillo, Boris Tawakkoli, Dr. Jutta Krienke, Dr. Ursula Schütze-Kreilkamp, Dr. Marc Achhammer, Jacky Zimmermann, Dr. Olaf Theiler, Dr. Elizabeth Hofvenschiöld, Prof. Dr. Lothar Abicht, Dr. Ewald Böhlke, Christoph Bornschein; f.l. sitting: Michael Stautz, Dr. Matthias Niedenführ, Jan Berger, Carina Stöttner, Norbert Hillinger
Not in the picture: Markus Schorn, Martin Hartmann, Dr. Hinrich Holm, Ingrid Spletter-Weiß.

On May 23, 2022, thought leaders met with Themis Foresight at the Pan Am Lounge in Berlin to develop hypotheses for possible futures of the European economy that take into account the renegotiation of global economic and security policies in a Future Lab.

Future Lab to jointly develop hypotheses for possible futures of the European economy. The background was the renegotiation of global economic and security policy triggered by the Ukraine war.

The day was characterized by exciting impulses and stimulating discussions.

The results will now be further processed in a Delphi study, which will be conducted among economic leaders and policy makers starting in June. If you would like to be kept up to date on the publication of the first results, please subscribe to our newsletter.

We wanted to use the afternoon to say thank you for the support of a dozen people who have actively supported us in our first year. So in this meeting we now also formally constituted our Corporate Advisory Board.

We would like to thank all participants for the intellectual exchange and hope to see you again soon!

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Quantum Summit: Jan Berger als Speaker

Quantum Summit 2022 – Jan Berger as Speaker

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    Themis Foresight
  • May 19, 2022
  • News, Keynote

Recording of the keynote by Jan Berger on Youtube.

It is one of the key technologies of the coming years and decades: quantum technology. Given its potential applications for solving combinatorial problems that are not yet fully tangible, on the one hand, and the underlying mechanisms with elementary particles that follow their own laws, on the other, this technology exerts an immense fascination.

This was also evident at this year’s Quantum Summit on May 11 and 12, a virtual event with 50 speakers, including Themis Foresight CEO Jan Berger, and 1,000 audience members.

Quantum technology to solve global problems?

We are guided primarily by the question of how quantum technology, and specifically quantum computing, can help policymakers, business and society address challenges in the coming decades. One of these global challenges is climate change and its associated consequences, as well as the question of how to ensure a sustainable supply of food and energy for people in all parts of the world. Can quantum computers make a contribution here?

Jan Berger ventures in his talk titled “Quantum Green: How Can Quantum Computing Help to Achieve the UN Climate Goals?” some forecasts, partly formulated as visions. According to estimates, the worldwide energy demand for computer computing power will triple by the year 2030. Quantum computers could help save the increased energy demand in other areas. He sees approaches above all in the transportation sector and in the optimization of traditional, energy-intensive industries. Completely new possibilities are conceivable here, for example

  • Researching emission-free alternatives for industrial fertilizer production, such as through microorganisms
  • Development of new materials based on quantum technology / quantum physics
  • Generation of predictable results in scientific (medical) research without animal testing

Knowledge instead of data

It is important to emphasize to Jan Berger that the use of quantum computers cannot be about producing even larger amounts of data that will ultimately never be used, but about achieving a linkage of data, a flow of data, and thus generating knowledge, similar to the way our brain works. That is the real vision.

Our report: “A quantum vision for Germany”, which was produced in close cooperation with the Bundesdruckerei, will also be published shortly.


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Norbert Hillinger als Speaker beim Retail-Symposium in Wien

Norbert Hillinger as speaker at the Retail Symposium in Vienna

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    Themis Foresight
  • May 17, 2022
  • News, Keynote

In his keynote, Norbert Hillinger takes the audience on a journey into the future of commerce. © Copyright: Benedikt Weiss.

The retail sector has not had it easy in recent years. On the one hand, Corona brought many store owners to the brink of extinction, and on the other hand, in view of the competition in online retailing as well as technological and social developments, retail has been on the threshold of a complete reorientation for years anyway. 5D shopping, supermarkets automated by artificial intelligence or self-driving kiosks, some of these trends may still sound like the distant future, but are already reality in many places.

The 24th Retail Symposium of RegioPlan® Consulting in Vienna on May 11, 2022 made this change clear, but at the same time showed ways to meet the challenges. “Face the Change” was the motto of this year’s event, which has a long tradition and is considered the most important think tank of the industry in Europe.

Future trends in retail

But to face the change, statements about the future environment are needed. What will retail have to adjust to in the next few years, what will change and how? This was precisely the question addressed by the speakers in their presentations and in a stage discussion. Our colleague Norbert Hillinger, futurologist and Senior Associate at Themis Foresight, was also present with his presentation ‘Future Retail: A journey into the future in three chapters’. He took the guests on a trip to the year 2035 and showed how we ourselves can contribute to the future, namely with courage for new perspectives, innovative and visionary thinking.

But what are the trends for retail from his point of view? To this end, Norbert put forward a number of theses, including:

  1. Customer segments will shift – the premium and economy segments will continue to grow at the expense of the standard segment.
  2. The economy segment will also be characterized by data-supported business models, and points of sale will be transformed into automated showrooms complete with delivery services.
  3. In the premium segment, simple points of sale will become worlds of experience.

Finally, Norbert Hillinger discussed the topic: ‘Next Level Retail 2025: A 4-eye view into the future’ with Barbara Graf, Expansion Manager AUSTRIA of PEPCO Austria GmbH.

  • © Copyright: Benedikt Weiss

  • © Copyright: Benedikt Weiss

Please contact us if you are interested in a keynote on this or other topics.

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Arbeitswelt 5.0 – Podiumsdiskussion der Stadtakademie Wien

Working World 5.0  – CEO Jan Berger as a panelist at the Vienna City Academy

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    Themis Foresight
  • May 06, 2022
  • News, Keynote

fLTR: MMag. Markus Figl (District Head Vienna Innere Stadt), Jan Berger (Founder and CEO Themis Foresight GmbH), Dr. Agnes Kügler (Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Department of Industrial Economics, Innovation and International Competition), Dr. Martin Kocher (Federal Minister of Labor), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sabine Köszegi (Chairwoman Austrian Council for Robotics and AI, Professor TU-Vienna), Karl Mahrer (City Councilor and Provincial Party Chairman).

While some fear for their jobs, others are fascinated by the transformation that is currently taking place in our working world. Which jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence in the future? Will I soon be working with a robot instead of a flesh-and-blood colleague? And what does this transformation mean for our economy and society as a whole?

It is these critical questions and different perspectives that make the topic of the working world of the future seem more controversial than almost any other. And while the opportunities are apparent at first glance, the accompanying challenges are often still opaque in their full breadth.

This makes it all the more important to understand the complexity of Working World 5.0 and to engage in discourse.

This was also the aim of the panel discussion with political analysis held by the City Academy of the People’s Party of Vienna at the end of April. Under the slogan “Working World 5.0 – Between Opportunities and Challenges for Vienna and Europe”, scientists, economic experts, futurologists and politicians used the example of Vienna as a business location to discuss the many aspects of a working world in transition – also representative of other European cities.

Our CEO and founder Jan Berger was represented as an expert in the field of AI and digitalization and discussed the topic of artificial intelligence and the labor market together with Federal Minister of Labor Dr. Martin Kocher and City Councilor Karl Mahrer.

We are looking forward to a continuation and further discussion forums of this kind to allay fears and proactively shape change in our working world.

We are gladly available for speeches or panel discussions. Please contact us!

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Themis Foresight feiert Einjähriges!

Themis Foresight Celebrates its First Anniversary!

  • Profilbild Carina Stöttner

    Carina Stöttner
  • April 07, 2022
  • News

One year ago, in the middle of lockdown, we founded the company in Berlin.

Fast forward April 2022: We have an exciting year behind us. Besides some bureaucratic hurdles, we have experienced many highs! We were allowed to accompany many board members and executives of different industries with their vision of the future and with future studies, got insights behind the scenes of many factory halls and facades and learned a lot about ourselves and us as a team thanks to numerous coachings with our companion Jan David Ott as well as our companion Nadine Nobile in our internal New Pay process. We were allowed to deal with topics in extensive future studies and analyses. These topics were so exciting at second glance that they did not let us sleep at night, from AI ethics to liquidity, logistics, food, retail, quantum computing or energy, everything was there. And most recently – unfortunately – the future of the European economy in a new world order.

We worked from Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, England, France and various places in Germany. Some of us gave their first keynote, some more like their hundredth. At the World Futures Studies Conference we met interesting other people of our “guild” and enjoyed very much to exchange ideas about futures studies with them still months later. In May, we publish our first book on AI ethics in talent management. In the same month, we also constitute our first partner advisory board.

It was a blast – we are looking forward to our second year with all our supporters and customers.

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Ethische KI – HPI Academy Masterclass

Masterclass “Ethical AI” at the HPI Academy

  • Profilbild Carina Stöttner

    Carina Stöttner
  • March 31, 2022
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Themis Foresight is now offering a masterclass on AI ethics at the Academy of the Hasso Plattner Institute. The masterclass in Potsdam addresses executives who want to integrate AI solutions in their company.

To the Masterclass

Practical Introduction to AI Ethics Management

As the use of artificially intelligent algorithms increases in the course of automation in all areas of business, it is necessary to find answers to questions concerning the fair and ethically correct use of AI.


  • In this workshop, participants will learn what challenges need to be considered when using historical data to train an AI and why it is not advisable to extrapolate this data into the future in an automated way without further consideration.

  • Experts will answer the question why it is important to learn about the use of ethical AI at an early stage and give practical examples of both successful and unsuccessful use of AI in international companies.

  • Workshop participants will receive an overview of current regulations on the topic, both at federal and EU level, and discuss hurdles to introducing ethical AI in their company.

  • The Masterclass will enable to implement AI projects taking into account ethical guidelines and provide the knowledge to select the right tools in the purchasing process as well as in the operation of AI software.

  • Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the function of algorithms and the interaction with humans.

If you or your company needs support with ethical issues or has questions about practically applicable AI ethics, do not hesitate to contact us.

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