Casablanca panorama

Recently, Jorgen Eriksson from Bearing was interviewed by the Middle East Eye about the place brand of Casablanca. The article is available on this link.

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Turkey to Join the Great Trans-Europe Walk

April 8, 2016

Hiking on the Via Francigena Way (photo: Kate Clow) Recent months have been difficult for Turkey How has the country brand been affected? Turkey is still reeling from damage suffered after a string of unfortunate incidents.  Since summer 2015 there has been growing unrest in Turkey’s east, combined with increasing security concerns and an unfolding […]

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The Bearing Wave in Kenya

April 6, 2016

This blog, The Bearing Wave has been around since 2009 and has reached a sizeable regular readership. Every day, several hundred people navigate to The Bearing Wave to read from the about 900 articles on the site. About half the readers come through Google and other search engines. About half from links on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, […]

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If the World Were 100 People

March 29, 2016

The population of the world as I write this, at CET 8 PM on Tuesday March 29th, 2016,  is estimated to be 7,411,904,385 people. At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million, with […]

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Telling Stories by the Sea

March 25, 2016

The Hague knows the value of telling a good story So much so in fact, that the city’s marketing team has created the ‘Bloggershuis’, a dedicated space where visiting bloggers can stay while they discover all that the Hague has to offer. As an added bonus, the Bloggershuis is situated right on the beach! Samantha […]

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The Chalk and Cheese of Reputation

March 15, 2016

Sometimes, the best way to improve your reputation is to contrast yourself with someone nearby who has a really bad one… That’s what’s happening at the moment for Justin Trudeau’s Canada. While his southern neighbour shudders under the force of hatefulness that is Donald Trump, Trudeau was personally welcoming newly arrived Syrian refugees at the […]

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An Uber Innovation Experience in Egypt

March 6, 2016

Taxi in Egypt This week I have been working in Egypt. Taxi drivers here are notoriously know for ripping off customers, which I thoroughly experienced during my first  days of my stay, when I took three taxi rides in Cairo. On the first ride, the taxi driver said he knew the destination. Then he set […]

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Economic Assessment of Al Alamein New City in Egypt

March 3, 2016

Earlier today, on the grounds of employing the principles, strategies, tools developed in UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan 2014 -2019, the Achieving Sustainable Urban Development project (ASUD) – one of UN-HABITAT Egypt’s projects- run a joint meeting between UN-Habitat staff supported by UN-Habitat Urban Economy and Finance Branch, the Egyptian national counterpart General Organization for Physical Planning […]

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The Explosion of Globalisation

February 26, 2016

Conventional wisdom says that globalisation has stalled. Measured by trade statistics, the flows of goods and money to pay for goods are slowing down and even reversing. The Financial Times wrote today, that the value of goods and services which crossed international borders last year fell by 13,8%, in the first contraction since 2009. Much […]

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The Global Economy since 1980 in 20 seconds

February 25, 2016

Many of my friends were born around 1980. It was the same year I entered high school and also the same year I travelled around in Europe for the first time, the brave teenager I was. Back then I had to show my passport at all borders and I got proper passport stamps. The world […]

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The State of the Financial Industry in 2016

February 17, 2016

At present, in February 2016, financial markets the world over are increasingly chaotic. They are either retreating or plunging. The view of many observers is that there is a new gigantic market crash in the not too far future, one that has possibly started now. The main reason for expecting a market crash is simple: […]

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Brand Canada – A New Path

February 16, 2016

Canada has been engulfed by a whirl of publicity over the last few months as its Liberal party swept the boards in the national elections. The new leader, Justin Trudeau, is young and dynamic, the polar opposite of his predecessor Harper. Trudeau has already made some bold statements. Just 24 hours after winning the elections, […]

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The Babel fish is Becoming Reality

January 31, 2016

In Douglas Adams iconic science fiction saga from the 1970s, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, one of the alien species is the Babel fish. To quote the book, “The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and […]

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Civilisations Retrograde

January 28, 2016

There are just a few menacing yet fascinating places left on Earth. These places are usually active conflict zones or rugged areas where rebel groups lurk, nations with unfriendly governments, or otherwise unstable locations where battle has recently ended. They have terrible reputations. But nevertheless, these places are intriguing, because they weren’t always in trouble. […]

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World Economic Forum 2016 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

January 24, 2016

The World Economic Forum this year, seems to have been very much about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We have written about this already here on the Bearing Wave, although we would like to highlight this page which is a menu  of the WEF´s excellent articles on the topic, and the brief video below, which puts […]

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Kenyas Mega Projects

January 22, 2016

Today CNN highlight Kenya´s mega projects in a visual presentation which is worth a look. Kenya is already an infrastructure powerhouse of East Africa, but it is just the start of development. The next few years may see a quantum leap forward with tens of billions of dollars to be spent on some of the […]

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Cities Driving Development

January 18, 2016

To create a framework for sustainable development beyond 2015, the United Nations has announced a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. Broader in scope than the preceding set of Millennium Development Goals, the new goals identify a long list of targets that address the role of cities in human […]

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The Rise of the Robots in the Financial Industry

January 15, 2016

In financial markets, automated trading has been around for many years. Software such as the ORC Liquidator allows automated trading engines for derivatives. Trading firms and banks rely on ORC Liquidator and similar software to automate a wide variety of sophisticated trading strategies on trading venues globally. Algorithmic trading is designed to react extremely quickly […]

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The Big Picture – Talking Nation Brand with Foreign Policy Group

January 12, 2016

The Foreign Policy Group talk nation brand, digital diplomacy, and the importance of the big picture Foreign Policy Magazine has a long pedigree. Since its founding in 1970 the magazine has become well-known for reporting diplomatic and political developments from around the globe. So it seems a natural progression for the FP Group to branch […]

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The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

January 11, 2016

Ever-more people move into cities, and as the urbanisation trend continues, it is projected that hundreds of trillions of dollars will be needed for investment in urban infrastructure in upcoming decades. Where will all the money come from? Well, as we have written about previously on this blog, in general the  lack  of  investable  projects  […]

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