Rutger Bregman

"The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas" (The Guardian)

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 internationally published books Humankind (2020) and Utopia for Realists (2017) were both New York Times Bestsellers and have been translated in more than 40 languages.


Rutger Bregman is a wunderkind of new ideas. Ideas that take you by surprise and challenge what you think you know. For example:

  • From a universal basic income to a 15-hour workweek, from a world without borders to a world without poverty – in his book Gratis Geld voor Iedereen / Utopia for Realists Bregman he introduces surprisingly realistic ideas whose time has come.

  • Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest. In his megaseller De meeste mensen deugen / Humankind Bregman makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are GOOD.


The Impact Edition, the theme of Amsterdam Business Forum, is right up Rutger's alley. In his latest work, he explores the phenomenon of moral ambition. To what extent are people and companies motivated to do their best/good with their abilities and talents?

Fasten your seat belts: Rutger Bregman will bring his fresh perspectives to Amsterdam too. This will give you something to think about and stay with you for a while.