Conclusions from Future of Places III

by Jörgen Eriksson on July 5, 2015

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The Future of Places III conference had a complex set of conclusions, summarised in the key messages on this link. However the messages from the 500+ participants dialogues and collaborative work was so much more, and I captured the three concluding sessions in videos, which are here below.

Cities need plans, strategies and frameworks that accommodate urban population changes and rapid growth to define a coherent public realm through fine-grained block patterns, arterial and street grids and other forms of public spaces. Open processes give residents the opportunity to participate in the planning, design and use of their city and its public spaces.

The first video is the reporting of the academic workgroups, chaired by Michael Mehaffy.

The Academic Session reporting

The second video is the reporting and discussion from the chairs of the constituent workgroups of Economy, Health, Environment, Gender Equality, Children, Heritage, Security and Urban form.

The City we Need Debate

The third video contains the concluding remarks of Thomas Melin, Head of the Office of External Relations of UN Habitat, Inga Björk-Klevby, the former Deputy Executive Director of UN Habitat and Peter Elmlund, the creator of the Future of Places conferences, talking about how the Future of Places can proceed, now when the conference series is finished. As Peter Elmlund says “I don´t believe in a central organisation. The continuation must be a lose, nebulous network where you connect to each other.”

The Closing Session

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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