Presentation Carlota Perez – Our digital future


Silicon Valley venture capital firms take her predictions as a guidance for their investments and we had the honor to have her on stage during our Executive Summit Utopia for Beginners. We are talking about Professor Carlota Perez of course. In the next video, she will share her vision on ‘Utopia for Beginners’.

About Carlota Perez

Carlota Perez is one of the world’s foremost experts on the impact of technical change on economic growth and development of society. Silicon Valley venture capital firms like Andreessen Horowitz take her predictions as a guidance for their investments. Carlota Perez is Author of the influential Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages.

Her work has contributed to the present understanding of the relationship between technology, innovation and economic development, and between technical and institutional change. The big picture that Carlota Perez is presenting shows a near future in which the role of technology will be quite different. It’s an intriguing idea to understand that the role of organizations in that near future will be defined by society itself. We could consider it as the ‘post-technological era’ – technology is not about technology anymore, it’s about the ultimate human connection with the world we all live in. 

Carlota Perez is an Honorary Professor at IIPP-UCL and Prof. of Socio-Economic Development at Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia. For the 2015-17 period, she occupied the post of Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.

About the Utopia for Beginners event

The Utopia for Beginners events was held to discuss pressing questions and problems in IT. With over 250 IT Executives we explored new ways to innovate in a purposeful way. The input came from 14 inspiring keynotes given by academics, thought leaders and business leaders and was used in several round table discussions to learn from peers in the same and different industries. We summarized these valuable insights in our report ‘Utopia for Executives’ which you can download here.

Thijs Pepping


Thijs Pepping is a humanistic trend analyst in the field of new technologies. He is part of the think tank within SogetiLabs and in his work he continuously wonders and analyses what the impact of New Technologies is on our lives, organizations and society. He specialized in Humanistic Counselling and Education at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht and worked for five years with autistic children. His background in psychology and philosophy drives him to find meaningful answers to business related questions and to provoke whenever necessary. He is co-author of multiple publications on the impact of new technologies, such as ‘The FrankensteinFactor’, ‘AI First – Learning from the machine’, and ‘The Pursuit of Digital Happiness’ series. See for his previous and current work. VINT provides practical insight into the likely impact and innovative applications of new technologies for organizations worldwide. This valuable intelligence helps public and private sector enterprises to anticipate and plan for the complex dynamics of the future. The use of new technological developments is aimed at generating value that anticipates future developments.

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