From the monthly archives:

May 2015

Artificial Intelligence – The Ultimate Invention

May 31, 2015

“There will be this big junction in human history when we transition from an area dominated by biological intelligence to an era dominated by machine intelligence. … This will be the last invention humans will need to make, because after that we will have this machine super intelligence that will be better at invention than […]

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Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands

May 30, 2015

Brand innovation is one of the 12 dimensions of innovation and increasingly important in a world where intangible values has become more important than technical features for many products and services. Brands value can be measured and compared, and the most recognized approach is BrandZ, Millward Brown‘s brand equity database. It holds data from over […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Tokyo Station City

May 29, 2015

Our third article in the series of posts on multimodal transport and railway systems will be about Tokyo Station City, the Marunouchi Station and its surrounding area. Served by Shinkansen high-speed rail lines, Tokyo Station is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo, next to the Imperial Palace in the centre of the city. In […]

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The Damocles Impact of Sub-Zero Interest Rates

May 28, 2015

Damocles was a courtier at the court of Dionysius II of Syracuse, a fourth century BC Greek city-state tyrant. As legend tells, Damocles exclaimed that as a great man of power and authority, Dionysius was truly fortunate. Dionysius offered to switch places with him for a day, so he could taste first hand that fortune. […]

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Private Equity Made Simple

May 27, 2015

This week, the Financial Times published a brief video which explains what private equity is all about. I first learned about private equity in the autumn of 1988, while I was studying the corporate finance course at Stockholm School of Economics. During that autumn, Kohlberg-Kravis-Roberts & Co (KKR) bought the huge conglomerate RJR Nabisco Inc. […]

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How Hedge Funds Make Money

May 26, 2015

Being an avid reader of Financial Times, I like the educational videos they frequently publish. Below is one from today,  about how hedge funds differ from traditional investment funds and how they make money. Hedge funds make use of short-selling, leverage and discretion to magnify their gains, but as the FT’s senior investment columnist John […]

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Rural Tourism can Revitalise the Countryside

May 25, 2015

In most of Europe, summer has set in, and many families are preparing for their annual holidays. Today, in times of stress, hectic pace, lack of time for ourselves and yearning for quality-life activities, rural tourism represents an excellent opportunity to escape  the stressful everyday life in our cities and provides the possibility of spending […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Vienna Central Station

May 22, 2015

In the second part of the series started last week, we will be showing another example of a multimodal transport and railway system. This time we will take a look at Vienna Central Station, in Austria. Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita It is known for […]

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Visions of Digital Culture

May 20, 2015

I recently visited the Archaeological Museum in Pula, which is undergoing an ambitious reconstruction, driven by the dynamic Director Darko Komso. Pula is not alone in rethinking how museums present their collections and interact with the public. Successful museums are creating relationships with visitors that extend before and after the visit. Today there is an […]

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Europe´s Investment Paradox

May 19, 2015

The Eurozone has recently grown faster than the United States, but despite improved economic conditions there is little sign of companies increasing investment. As investments are necessary in times of fierce globalisation, Europe may fall further behind in competitiveness. In general, as can be seen in the chart below, CFO´s in European companies are optimistic […]

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Smart Cities Conference in Zagreb – From Idea to Realization

May 18, 2015

Last week in Zagreb a conference was organized about Smart Cities, which I attended together with my colleague Matija Derk. Among the individual presentations, there was also organized panel discussions. The presentations were: “Smart City Platform – Empowering cities with digital services” “Why the cities must be smarter?” “Smart Cities and Communities programmes and activities […]

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The Investment Climate in Africa 2015

May 17, 2015

Friday 15/5 I visited the Commercial Bank of Africa headquarter in Nairobi. CBA is the largest privately owned bank in Kenya with assets of approximately US$1.363 billion. I met them to discuss investment opportunities in Kenya and the latest trends in innovation in the financial sector, and how fintech is applied in Africa. It has […]

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Paul Goldberger on The Generic City

May 16, 2015

Paul Goldberger is an American architectural critic and educator who is very active in the public debate on creativity, innovation and architecture. Goldberger’s many books include Why Architecture Matters (2009), a celebration of works of architecture that “embrace the deepest complexities of human understanding”; Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture […]

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Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – King’s Cross, London

May 15, 2015

With this article I will be starting a new series of posts, which will analyse several innovative multimodal transport and railway systems across the world. Efficient transport and logistics solutions are becoming increasingly important in areas with high population growth and new innovative solutions are developed to fill the needs for efficiently working transport hubs. […]

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Nairobi Railway City Conference

May 14, 2015

Bearing have this week attended and presented at an important conference in Kenya, hosted by United Nations Habitat. The purpose of the conference was to agree a strategic action plan on a key piece of former railway land adjacent to the Nairobi Central Business District. Senior representatives from Bearing met with their counterparts from the […]

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Nigel Hurst on Risk Management in Projects

May 13, 2015

The benefits of risk management in projects are huge. You can save a lot of money and avoid unnecessary delays if you deal with uncertainty in projects in a proactive manner. The result will be that you minimise the impact of project threats and seize the opportunities that occur, allowing you to deliver your project […]

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Yoel Siegel on how to Initiate Development Projects

May 12, 2015

Today I had the pleasure of watching Dr. Yoel Siegel explain how to initiate urban development projects. I filmed the presentation and it is available to watch here below in a six minutes video. Dr. Siegel is working with project promotion and facilitation in Community and Regional Development, linking social dynamics with urban/rural economic advancement. […]

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Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting

May 4, 2015

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Warren Buffett, January 1991 This article is about innovative money making, which true to the underlying meaning of innovation is about creative use of already existing knowledge. As the Ghaff tree in the UAE desert below brings shadows […]

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A Diversified World – Valborg in Uppsala

May 2, 2015

This weekend started with the Walpurgis Night, the eve of the feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Germany. In German folklore Walpurgisnacht is also called Hexennacht (literally "Witches’ Night"). It was believed to be the night of a witches’ meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, a range […]

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Tesla Launches Energy Division to Disrupt Home Energy Usage

May 1, 2015

Elon Musk has hinted for years that Tesla really is about disruption through new battery technology, and today the corporation launched an energy division, Tesla Energy. After years of speculation, Tesla announced a series of battery systems for homes, utilities, and businesses, and the batteries are all under the umbrella of the new division. Elon […]

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