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Mr. Bohumil KARTOUS

Mr. Bohumil KARTOUS

Spokesperson, Čeští elfové

Bob Kartous (1977) is a professional provocateur of public debate. He is the author of a non-fiction bestseller diptych called No Future: Are we carrying children on a steam engine to virtual reality? (2019) and Future: ON (2023). He also co-authored the successful book 2036 (2016), as well as the set of interviews Orwell on steroids (2020) and the set of essays Behind the Looking Glass: Hybrid War as an Old-New Phenomenon of International Relations. In 2022, the book Against the Stream was published, compiled from the interviews of the podcast of the same name, containing his conversation about education.

From July 2020 to September 2022, he was the director of the Prague Innovation Institute. In his former workplace, the EDUin think tank, he created the concept of the Audit of the Education System in the Czech Republic. He publishes about education and the issue of disinformation in a number of Czech media, and regularly comments on events that take place in education for the Czech media.

Speaker and moderator (Forum 2000, Meltingpot Colors of Ostrava, TEDx, etc.). Vice Chancellor of the University of Economics and Management in Prague. Advisor to Ministers of Education Jaroslav Balaš and Mikuláš Bek. He has participated in the development strategy of the Opero business hub in Prague. He occasionally collaborates with the contemporary art center DOX. He collaborated with the Aspen Institute Central Europe. He works as an editor for Britské listy, a critical internet journal. As of 2021, he leads a start-up developing a serious mental health game for teenagers.

Since 2018, he has served as a spokesperson for the Czech Elves, a civic group countering disinformation in the Czech digital space. He is a co-initiator of the Nelež campaign, which increases the social responsibility of companies in the issue of misinformation. He graduated from the Faculty of Pedagogy and the Faculty of Sports Studies of the MU in Brno, he received his doctorate from the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism of the Faculty of Social Studies of the Charles University in Prague. In 2019, Masaryk University awarded him a small bronze medal.