The Networked Society is Happening Right Now

by Jörgen Eriksson on June 16, 2015


During the Kenyan study-tour to Stockholm last week, we had a presentation by the Swedish multinational provider of communication technology and services, Ericsson, on the networked society. Not only we humans but also all our devices and things will soon be “connected” to the internet, and as they are, the real power of big data will be available to develop smart systems. To prepare for this, we need to transform for innovation, as the illustration below shows.


The new solutions that are being developed by technology giants like Ericsson are very promising for the future management of cities, but for the emerging world and cities like the Kenyan capital Nairobi, I think they may sound like science fiction. for a society where potholes and lack of road repair is a major issue, smart technology for management of traffic is a problem quite high up on the needs ladder.

Anyway, the full smart city concept does not need to be implemented at once. Introduction of smart city concepts can start with pilot projects for water and power generation and distribution, and step by step upgrade a city. The illustration here below is quite telling about what the ambition is.


The presentation, which was given by Olle Isaksson, Head of Strategy for the Business Line Industry & Society at Ericsson, can be downloaded through the link here below, and watched on the video at the end of this article. The video is in three parts.

Olle Isaksson on the networked society


Olle Isaksson part 2


Olle Isaksson part 3

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, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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