Michael Carl

Theologian, social expert, strategy expert, transformation companion
Innovation, the changing world, crises, demographic change, changed working world, transformation, exponential change

"The 20s will be the decade of crises - and that is our greatest opportunity!"

When it comes to profound crises and changes, he always keeps his perspective and brings the associated opportunities to the fore: 5 Star speaker Michael Carl is a successful social expert, theologian and journalist. In his trend-setting lectures, he deals with the major crises that lie immediately ahead and shows the scope for shaping the future that will result from them in a completely new way. The 1920s will turn out to be the decade of crises. We already know at least three crises: the development of work, the changes in demography and finally the climate crisis. All three will force us to say goodbye to many familiar things we take for granted. At the same time, they open enormous scope for us to shape the future. We have the chance to make life and work more humane than ever before - if we really make use of this opportunity.

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Susanne Hüsemann - Queb | Bundesverband für Employer Branding, Personalmarketing und Recruiting e. V.

"Michael Carl gave an absolutely inspiring outlook on the new working worlds and included wonderful personal examples. Our participants were enthusiastic. In particular, his relaxed and communicative or interactive manner of the presentation was very well received and inspired confidence. Thus, he was available for discussions even beyond the topic of his lecture. Really highly recommended."

Lutz Pfeiffer - FAMO GmbH & Co. KG

"Mr. Carl set an inspiring highlight right at the beginning of our customer event with his presentation "Digital Security of the Future", which captivated the participants and led to many lively conversations and discussions throughout the event. Many thanks for that!"


In his own research institute, the carl institute for human future, Michael Carl explores the questions of how the enormous technological development from artificial intelligence to blockchain supports us, how we begin to learn from experiences of crisis, how we set ourselves in motion as a society and how we also must rethink ourselves in the face of these changes: What is human, what is human and how do we become more human than ever?

Michael Carl, born in 1968, looks back on a long professional career in the human shaping of profound changes: After studying Protestant theology in Germany and Great Britain, he first worked as a journalist and editor at several ARD radio stations. As head of department at an ARD station, Michael Carl built up the strategy office there - a first in public service broadcasting. In this function, he managed important strategy and structural projects. As managing director, he supported the growth of the 2b AHEAD think tank into Europe's largest futurology institute. With his own institute, he is now devoting more time to the question of ourselves: At the centre is the human being we want to be.

Based on his many years of experience in shaping work and organisation, communication and society, Michael Carl provides profound insights into our society in his rousing lectures and shows ways out of the major crises of our time. In doing so, he looks at different sectors and business areas, showing the changes they are undergoing and how companies and social actors can strategically adapt in a targeted manner. What is special about his lectures is that he never sees only the purely technical, but also includes the human and philosophical perspective.

Due to the many crises, many people look to the future rather anxiously and are afraid of change. In his lectures, 5 Star speaker and social expert Michael Carl manages to focus on the opportunities of change and the positive things that come out of crises. His goal is to support people and companies in seizing opportunities and taking new paths.

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Global Topspeakers inspire worldwide on TEDx stages

Global Topspeakers are on the stages of the world, in corporations, banks and companies. Some of them also make their way to the well-known stages of TEDx Talks worldwide. On the TED website, lectures from TED conferences are published almost daily. These lectures share the idea “Ideas worth spreading”.

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What the future of medicine and cars have in common

Medicine and the automotive industry: At first glance, two sectors of the economy with little in common, except for the ambulance. But developments in digitalization will present them with the same challenges in the coming years. The Global Topspeakers and futurologists Stefan Jenzowsky and Michael Carl show why we are therefore also living healthier and safer.

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Michael Carl publishes new study on smart buildings

With the developments of the future, it is not only a question of HOW we will live and work before long but, above, all a question of WHERE. Global Topspeaker Michael Carl and his team at the renowned German trend research institute 2b AHEAD ThinkTank analysed how buildings will change in the coming years. In this context, they have now published their study “Smart Buildings 2030: Business Models for the Security Technology of the future”..

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Bitcoin & blockchain: Michael Carl on the FinTech of the future

The topic of blockchains and the closely related internet currency bitcoin are currently being discussed everywhere. However, they are considered to be highly controversial. Just as some seem to outright hype these technologies, others, in turn, caution against the risks the might entail. Global Topspeaker and futurologist Michael Carl, however, knows what’s behind the many speculations on digital transaction systems.

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Predictive politics: Michael Carl on digitisation in politics

During the parliamentary elections in Germany, topics such as integration and Europe dominated the election campaigns. Digitisation, however, was hardly mentioned in German politics. In the coalition talks, this has to change, demands Global Topspeaker Michael Carl. The futurologist and strategy expert says: “Politics needs a digital leap.“

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New payment systems: Michael Carl on the future of money

By the end of the year, NCR wants to equip the first banks in Germany with new automated teller machines (ATMs). The world leader in the production of ATMs talks about the “ATM of the future”. But will there even be a need for ATMs in the future or will digital payment systems prevail? Global Topspeaker and trend researcher Michael Carl knows the answer to this question. In his lecture on the future of money and payment processes, he presents the Big Picture of the entire finance sector and explains how this sector will develop in the coming years. As one thing’s for sure: Due to digitisation, the banking sector is facing radical change.

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