Florian Langenscheidt’s great-great-grandfather Gustav Langenscheidt was the founder of one of the most famous publishing houses in Germany: For 160 years, the Langenscheidt Verlag has been a key player in the publishing world. Florian Langenscheidt is also a publisher, but he is first and foremost a humanitarian with a particular interest in helping disadvantaged and suffering children and youth. For his social activism, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon in 2016. With this children’s organization „Children for a better world“, he supports 250 projects worldwide.
Born in Berlin, Langenscheidt studied German literature, journalism and philosophy in Munich and received a Ph.D. in Publishing at Harvard University. The 62-year-old is partner of various businesses such as Jochen Schweizer and Engel Völkers and board member of a number of organizations such as WWF, Deutsche Olympische Gesellschaft, Deutsches Museum and the Deutsche Sporthilfe.
The study of philosophy led Florian Langenscheidt to researching happiness. His books on happiness are bestsellers and he has written for a range of magazines and newspapers such as FAZ, Süddeutsche, Forbes, Max, Capital, DIE ZEIT, Focus and Stern. „Happiness“, says the philanthropist, „is as diverse as our laughter, our thoughts and dreams“. Before many others, Langenscheidt realized that the art of positive thinking is like a red carpet on the path to happiness.
On Thursday, 12 October at 8pm, the happiness researcher, author and member of the German Speakers Hall of Fame will take the IMS audience on an explorative journey toward the art of happiness. At 10am on the same day, he will meet high school students participating in the IMS.Euregio.Youth.Camp.