The Swiss Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute came up with a new ranking of global thought leaders using infosphere parameters.
An initial selection of over 200 thinkers from all disciplines and from throughout the world were measured in terms of their influence, centrality and networking in two different environments: the blogosphere and the Wikisphere. The influence was only measured in the English language domain, thus giving a lot less weight to Central and East Asian, Latin American, Arabic, and Continental European thinkers. Other Top 100 thinkers include Nobel Prize winning Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, Murray Gell-Mann and Daniel Kahnemann; ‘ecologists’ Amory Lovins, Janine Benyus and Franz-Josef Radermacher (and, of course, Ernst von Weizsäcker), entrepreneurs George Soros, Craig Venter, Tim O’Reilly and Tim Berners Lee (World Wide Web), writers Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Mario Vargas-Llosa and Thomas Friedman, biologists Jane Goodall, Edward O. Wilson, Jared Diamond and Richard Dawkins, and philosophers Jürgen Habermas, Martha Nussbaum and Peter Sloterdijk. The top rank is still held by Al Gore.
Ernst’s first comment was: ‘oh, many people would be more deserving than I!’
For further information, please have a look at the following publication: Global_Thought_Leader