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RUTGER BREGMAN

Rutger Bregman is an author from The Netherlands who wrote the bestseller books Humankind (2020) and Utopia for Realists (2014) were both New York Times Bestsellers and have been translated in more than 40 languages.

Reasons to see Rutger Bregman:

1. Author book(s):

In his books, Bregman challenges conventional wisdom and advocates for bold, progressive solutions to societal problems. This are 2 of his most famous books:

  • “Utopia for Realists” presents a vision for a more equitable and just society, based on bold and progressive ideas. The book explores concepts such as universal basic income, a shorter workweek, and open borders, and presents compelling evidence for why these ideas are not only desirable but also achievable.
  • “Humankind: A Hopeful History” challenges the idea that humans are inherently selfish and violent, presenting evidence for a more optimistic view of human nature. The book draws on historical research and contemporary examples to argue that kindness and cooperation are the true driving forces behind human progress, and that we have the capacity to build a more just and compassionate society.

 

2. Rutger Bregman is:

  • Bestselling author: His books Humankind (2020) and Utopia for Realists (2014) were both New York Times Bestsellers and have been translated in more than 40 languages. Rutger writes for the online journal De Correspondent, and he was nominated twice for the European Press Prize for his work there.
  • Radical Thinker: Bregman has been described by The Guardian as the “Dutch wunderkind of new ideas” and by TED Talks as “one of Europe’s most prominent young thinkers”. His TED Talk, “Poverty Isn’t a Lack of Character; It’s a Lack of Cash”, was chosen by TED curator Chris Anderson as one of the top ten of 2017.
  • Force for good: In his book Humankind, argues that most people are pretty decent. In his new book (yet to be published) he encourages business people to stop working on things that don’t matter (much), and instead see work ‘as a force for good’.

What to learn from Rutger:

Bregman inspires business leaders to think critically about their own assumptions and biases, and to consider new and innovative approaches to addressing social and economic challenges.Rutger has gained international recognition for his thought-provoking and controversial ideas on topics such as universal basic income, wealth inequality, and human nature. You can learn from him because he is known for challenging conventional wisdom and advocating for bold, progressive solutions to societal problems.

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Rutger Bregman  is one of Europe’s most prominent young thinkers. The 35-year-old historian and author has been nominated twice for the prestigious European Press Prize for his work at De Correspondent. His articles have been featured in The Washington Post and on the BBC. His book, Human Kind (De Meeste Mensen Deugen) is a worldwide bestseller, with over 1.5 million copies sold and translations in 40 languages.

“Rutger Bregman is the Dutch Wunderkind of new ideas”
(The Guardian)