Tim Leberecht believes that a century after the industrial age we are facing another great disenchantment, this time propelled by the connected age with its growing datafication, constant digital overwhelm, and radical transparency. Business is divorced from the full expression of our humanity, he argues, and for many of us something is missing, something both essential and immeasurable that lets us see the world with fresh eyes every day: romance. In response to the “quantification of everything,” Leberecht suggests a new romantic movement in business and tech. Through select workplace and customer experiences, he illustrates the value of choosing intimacy over transparency, mystery over clarity, devotion over data, desire over satisfaction, and vulnerability over consistency. “The moments we lose control are the moments we fall in love,” he says, stressing that romance might be the only remaining differential in a world of maximizers and optimizers.
*talk at NEXT15*