Why mayors should rule the world

by Jörgen Eriksson on September 21, 2013

Boris JohnsonIn Bearing, we often talk about place managers and how important they are in creating prosperity and growth for their local place. Place managers should be pragmatic problem solvers who focus on getting the job done.

Key place managers are the mayors, politicians and and civil servants who have the formal responsibility to run a place, but in a sense we are all place managers. We are devoted to “our” place or places. We develop deep relationships to some places where we have lived as residents, where we have stayed as tourists or where we have worked or invested time and perhaps even capital.

Place managers can be anonymous individuals, active ambassadors for the place, business leaders with promising ideas for the place, family members with a pro-place attitude, city planners in the town hall or official icons linked to the place. What connects them is a commitment in the “place DNA”, the challenges and perhaps even a limited number of actions which might improve the place position. The potential impact of these individuals is immense.

To political theorist Benjamin Barber, it often seems like nation and federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world’s problems. So who is actually getting bold things done? He argues that it should be the obvious place manager, the city mayor. In the TED-talk below, Barber argues we should give the city mayors more control over global policy. It is a bold speech with a powerful message.

Why mayors should rule the world

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail jorgen.eriksson@bearing-consulting.com, connect on LinkedIn on http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/jörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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