From the monthly archives:

August 2014

One of Carl Sagan’s most relevant messages for humanity

August 31, 2014

I am preparing for a speech about innovation which I will give at the Humans in Space conference in Kielce in Poland on Friday, and I came across the message below by Carl Sagan. I found it to be so touching that I decided to share it here. Carl Sagan on our challenges and future

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Gender Imbalance in the Entrepreneurship World

August 30, 2014

The Wall Street Journal presented statistics this week about the gender imbalance among entrepreneurs. As it is Wall Street Journal reporting, “the world” in this case means the US economy, but the numbers are anyway interesting to take a look at. For all the progress women have made in launching startup companies and driving the […]

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Update on the EU Cohesion Policy

August 29, 2014

The European Union consists of 274 regions with a very different economic and social situation in-between them. The European Union Horizon 2020 Strategy aims to reduce these differences, by investing in economic growth, job creation and competitiveness. This summer the European Union has published its sixth report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion. It can […]

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Managing Customer Relations

August 26, 2014

Marketing is about attracting and keeping customers by satisfying their needs and requirements. In order to delight the customer, his or her expectations must be exceeded. This is not an easy task, since customer tends to have very high expectations. Over the years the marketing methods have changed, becoming more effective and efficient. Due to […]

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The Gravity of World Population

August 25, 2014

“We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place.” – Günter Grass We live in a time of four major population related mega-trends that are shaping our future. Three of them relate to how many we are, where we live and how we […]

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Electric Cars for Western Europe

August 24, 2014

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about The Rebirth of the Car, and I mentioned Elon Musk´s company Tesla Motors in California as one of the up-and-coming new niche players. Tesla Motor has done many things “right”, from how they work with innovation to how they in June opened up their patent […]

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When the American Economy Grows

August 23, 2014

Last week, The Economist published a brief video about how the American Economy grows faster when there are Democrat Presidents in the White House. It is based on the 2013 paper Presidents and the Economy by Alan S. Blinder and Mark W. Watson at the University of Princeton. The lucky left

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The Importance of the Summer Holiday

August 22, 2014

With the “better” summer weather upon us here in Europe our thoughts at this time of the year turn to the holidays. Europeans are very lucky compared to many in the world as we tend to take 2-3 weeks holiday, usually over the summer period. Others cultures view this long period of low productivity and […]

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Weirdest Hotel Requests And Complaints

August 21, 2014

Even though good customer service is one of the main conditions for success in any business, it is particularly important in the hotel industry where guests are looking to staff to help them make their stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. And staff in hotels all over the world really does go out of […]

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First EU Operational programs adopted by European Commission

August 20, 2014

We have written before on this blog, about the reformed European Union cohesion policy, which will make available up to EUR 351,8 billion to invest in Europe’s regions, cities and the real economy during the seven years between 2014 and 2020. It will be the EU’s principle investment tool for delivering the Europe 2020 Strategy […]

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Cognitive Computing Systems for Neurosynaptic Cores

August 19, 2014

I have always had a strong interest in human behaviour and cognitive processing. That is one reason I am fascinated with innovation. Having worked as a  counselling psychologist, I have  been researching and trying to understand the individual’s unique subjective psychological experience to empower their abilities and full cognitive potential. I specialised in Psycholinguistics, which  […]

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The Competitiveness of Cities

August 18, 2014

It was in the news today that London tops Forbes list of the World´s most influential cities in 2014. Forbes lists finance, flight connections, technology industry, number of multinational headquarters and time zone in relation to Asia among the United Kingdom´s capital’s strengths. It also says “A preferred domicile for the global rich, London is […]

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The Case of Fidelity and Platform Services

August 17, 2014

Most of us think that banks lack true innovative power. I guess that’s true in a structural sense – they have huge legacy systems and to release any kind of integrated applications have to do a lot of work on Cloud or other intermediary platforms. But recently I had a long chat with Sean Belka […]

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A Magna Carta for the web

August 16, 2014

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an English computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web in 1989. It is worth a listen to his view of where the web is heading, when he warns us in the TED talk below from March 2014. Berners-Lee talks about how the WWW has exploded in usage and changed our […]

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The Daily Routines of Creative People

August 15, 2014

How do you spend each hour of your day? Based on research from Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Podio (a cloud based collaboration service owned by Cisco) has created a chart that shows how some of modern society’s greatest thinkers, writers, artists and philosophers spent their days. It begins with the earliest risers […]

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A Real Battle Gone Digital

August 14, 2014

In the era of modern technology-based marketing, tourism is just one of many industries that have gone digital. Nowadays, we live in a world for which statues and storyboards are no longer enough, witnessing evolution of visitor centres into digital visitor centres. This new approach to servicing customers through a dynamic mix of digital technologies […]

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European Capitals of Culture–Creative Europe Project

August 13, 2014

In the words of Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission: “The European Capitals of Culture are a flagship cultural initiative of the European Union, possibly the best known and most appreciated by European citizens. They are a clear illustration of the EU’s commitment to cultural diversity, but also of how culture can unite […]

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The New Reality of Business

August 12, 2014

Today whilst on a quite long, enjoyable drive through a sunny, rural Sweden in a rented Volvo, I listened to a program on Swedish radio hosted by Björn Wahlroos, PhD in Economics and Chairman of the mighty Nordea Bank amongst other roles. He spoke about globalisation, the technological revolution and the challenges to regain economic […]

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Game changers in Financial Technology

August 11, 2014

New technologies transform both life of the customer and the business life cycle. Innovation and advanced technology increase value of products and services offered by nowadays organisations. Recently I have been reading a lot  about innovation in the financial  sector and how important it  is for banks to become relevant to their customers by adopting […]

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Everything As A Service And Not Just For Telcos

August 10, 2014

Coincidentally I recently interviewed Esmeralda Swartz, the CMO at MetraTech, a Boston, MA, based billing platform, and Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, the global mobile infrastructure provider. I met Vestberg at the company’s Executive Media Summit (transparency statement: fare and hotel paid by Ericsson). The coincidence is this. At the start of this week Ericsson […]

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