Anders works as a Digital Data Strategist for Condé Nast Verlag GmbH, and has made it his mission to find correlations and causation in big sets of data to help suss out current trends and behaviours in Condé Nast clients. He is currently involved with Wired Magazine and Architectural Digest and their releases in Germany.
1. If you could travel back in time what year/event would you go back to, and why?
Any moment a physicist have concluded that travelling through spacetime is impossible, would do. First to enjoy the look on their face upon the realization they must have been wrong all along, and then to experience, first hand, as she or he starts to revise modern physics.
2. Which one of your superpowers would you never give away, and why?
I have my fair share of inhibiting traits, leading me to sometimes procrastinate certain things until the very last minute. However, at times when s**t really has hit the fan I’ve gotten oddly creative, decisive and productive. Reaching calmness under intense pressure have therefore proven itself to be my most self-appraised feature.
3. Where is the line between creativity and curiosity?
For me, curiosity is the driver and creativity the fixer. Curiosity can unfold challenges and creativity resolve their opportunities. Basically: Curiosity finds problems – Creativity fixes them. The line can be drawn where abstract reasoning leads to more-or-less concrete action plans.
4. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
Speed reading, faster mental calculations or anything else that could aid me in the realization of additional ideas would be lovely, but my most wanted perk is probably to become a better planner and/or gardener.
5. What is the biggest challenge we, the world’s population, are facing right now?
The accelerating change throughout the last century showed us both progress with, and the potential of, equalising injustices in our society. In periods and areas of stability the interplay between technological advancement, cultural development and social progress was unprecedented. Even though a majority of the global population is likely to see continuous gains in the 21st century, there are still unjust differences holding us back. I believe we can close most of those gaps within a single generation. Leading through, cooperating over and convincing each other of stabilizing change is the biggest challenge of today.