Digital Citizenship

In the Digital Modern era it´s perfectly possible to found a company and open a bank account in a country without ever physically entering it: given that one has obtained a form of digital citizenship there beforehand.

The nation of Estonia has proven that such a service is realisable even in full compliance within a strong EU regulation environment. Explore with me the fascinating possibilities of digital citizenship and let´s look at the various different approaches that are being developed globally. What if we were to see even digital-only states anytime soon?



Nanotechnology, biotechnology, brain-computer interfaces, the uploading of human consciousness into digital memories, super-intelligence and cryonics have been developed to a degree that shows: human beings are going beyond traditional natural limits.

Before we judge about this development we might like to educate ourselves about the current situation. Let me share with you some insight and draw a bigger picture so you can find a position for yourselves based on the latest information and historical context.

What questions need to be addressed and how fast do we have to expect certain progress?


Ctrl+N: The Epochal Shift From Gutenberg To Zuckerberg

Are we about to leave the Gutenberg era behind us while entering the Digital Modern at the beginning of the 21st century?

Probably we should then think harder about how to close the widening gap between traditional thought and power structures as well as behavioral patterns and the new rule sets encoded in our digitally connected world.

I bring you seven theses about new thought and value patterns that we see have emerged as underlying fundaments for the Digital Modern era.


Future Work

While we still strive for an adaption of traditional job profiles to the needs of digitisation, entirely new necessities show up. We´re even facing a takeover of many jobs by machine automation soon.

How do we as human beings – i.e. in leadership – handle this? This lecture gives a thematic overview, orientation by concrete examples and implies a collection of impulses to design a future strategy.


Digital Ethics?

Now we´re all having smartphones. So we know how to work the digital reality? By no means it seems.

New and urging questions start to press: What´s our data value? What does the filter bubble actually mean? How do we treat multinational conglomerates with their internet based business models? What is the darknet?

Do we even need a hippocratic oath for developers?



Hardly a conference goes by without somebody proclaiming to “disrupt” themselves or at least declare to incubate “disruptive business models” anytime soon. What´s actually behind these ideas? Is it about a certain technique or culture within an organisation that needs to be understood?

This talk gives insight into a leadership idea that favours disruption. It helps to prohibit from false expectations and delivers recipes for a professional approach to an innovation management that deeply hooks into the promising market trends necessary to successfully develop future business.


Corporate Responsibility in the Digital Modern

No only has the so called “democratisation” through ever wider internet access and massive online open classes (MOOC) education services fostered the dissolution of former asymetries in information distribution. Also hacking culture moves the paradigm from corporate discretion and secretiveness to ever more transparency. Even in terms of former highly sensitive information as for instance about salaries, companies today feel challenged by startups like Buffer who radically open publish their entire salary structure broken down to the individual employee. Generations of X, Y or Z seem to find a lot of attraction in this – and appreciate it by coming aboard.  This lecture takes on the tech and data driven challenges that organisations face today in regards to their ethics and responsibility aiming at some professional inspiration to create future value in PR and HR.

Emails to Christopher P. Peterka


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Interpersonal exchange is important for me as well.
Unfortunately, we all have little time at our disposal and must use it most effectively. Precision and productivity of our exchange are therefore more important than ever.


In my opinion our goal should be to synchronize our on- and offline identities in the best way possible. Only then we can expedite innovations and at the same time be there for our family and friends – instead of reading emails the whole day.


We all are already filtering our everyday lives to find balance. And I think we can do even more to win our time back. Purposeful communication is an essential key to further development: internationally & interculturally.


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Introduction Christopher Patrick Peterka | Speaker


First of all, I am pleased that we can interact with each other. Surely our mutual goal is to feature a powerful and inspiring presentation. For this I allowed myself to create a small list of suggestions and prerequisites.

Sometimes it is just a subtle line between a pure frontal monologue and an actual interactive speech. After years of experience, those small, preventable obstacles revealed themselves to me.

I recommend to consider the following:




If the timetable allows it, I’d prefer to combine the occasion with a pre-evening initiator dinner. Not only that I like to meet new people, I also want to avoid delays due to airline companies. Besides that it fosters the personal touch in the direction of the participants if I already “landed”. I am thankful for support regarding booking of accommodation near the venue or airport.
Before and after the presentation it is useful to have short breaks. For tension reduction a 20 minute time frame should be integrated for example to change equipment, perform a tech check with team and let the audience have a breather, if there was a previous speaker. Afterwards it permits questions and talks.
If possible: better choose a room slightly too small instead of too spacious. Can cause miracles in perception.



I always use my own laptop, remote and adapter so the presentation works as intended. Therefore I need an HDMI access to the projector and a jack plug for the audio output on site.
When using sound or video files, I register in advance and ask for a feedback regarding the procurement periods for equipment.
If we have a recording agreement, I ask for a check of the sound and projection quality beforehand.
The next socket should not be more than 1.5 meters away from the table on which the laptop stands, since this serves me as a kind of prompter. If possible, the speaker area, with the exception of a low table, should be kept clear. I do not need to hide behind a desk. Everything serves the connection to the audience.
If, however, the group measures more than 25 people, it is recommended to short-circuit the possibilities of a wireless microphone. Other types would be a hindrance. A sound check should then take place beforehand.
Also for the screen, freedom of movement for interactions and the right energy flow is important to me. If possible, it should not be centered, because the focus is on me, the presentation is only supportive.



Photos are allowed as long as they do not interrupt the flow of the lecture visually or audibly. Video and sound recordings are only permitted with the explicit approval of myself: All rights reserved.

My slides are graphically composed down to detail according to the content – not reflecting my words. To that effect they are not suitable for other formats.
On request, I will provide my slides as a download, as text for publications or handout. Also here: I own all rights to my materials and contents. Please send your direct inquiries to: barth@gannaca.com with event name and date in the subject line.

„Not only knowledgable but enjoyably outspoken.“

Franc Arnold, Managing Director, Ergon



„A transformative design leader.“

Laurence Brick, Creative Director, 100% design



„His take on the digital revolution is both close to business and philosophical.“

Sybille Wegerich, Member of the Board, GAG



„Complex and insightful.“

Antoinette von Wendt, Corporate Development International, ARAG


„Far-sighted, concerted and highly significant insight for decision makers.“

Gerhard Müller, Partner, Ernst & Young



„You like to hear about the future of communications? Listen to him.“

Stefan Kaiser, editor in chief GDI Impuls



„Strategically a visionary – practically a reliable advisor.“ 

Dr. Erik Massmann


„…you impressively contributed to the digital era’s introduction at Strabag…“ 

Dr. Norbert Pralle, Divisional Director Development and Innovation, Central Technology, Züblin AG



„Thanks for the great lecture.“

Jutta Vo Quang, Global Key Accounts / Freudenberg Performance Materials



„Important and strongly inspirational.”

Victoria Blechmann-Pomogajko, Programm Director, Interactive Festival