From the monthly archives:

December 2015

The Greatest Question in Science

December 31, 2015

“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring […]

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The Bearing Wave in 2015

December 30, 2015

Dear reader of this blog, we want to thank you for following The Bearing Wave in 2015. We had 59,000 visits during the year, as we published 181 new articles. In total, the blog now has an archive of 863 posts. Many of them are articles that we think may remain interesting reads also for […]

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Trends Which Will Affect Our Lives in the Future

December 29, 2015

Trends tend to creep up on us, not noticeable at first, and then one day we realise things have changed and the World is no longer as we thought it was. We often speak about four mega trends which affects our work. They are the demographic change (on average we are getting older), urbanisation, globalisation and climate […]

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The World in 2016 – According to the Economist

December 27, 2015

Seasonal holiday time, a time with few work e-mails and even less phone calls. A time to reflect, rest, catch up on writing and not the least a time for family. This year my son is visiting New York and other family members are away with different priorities, so I have plenty of time both […]

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Seasons Greetings!

December 25, 2015
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The Key Quality of Leadership

December 24, 2015

We live in a time of constant media coverage. Nothing can be said or done on stage without public knowledge through the news, and if no journalist is around then the news is spread by civil society on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, WeChat and a myriad of other social media platforms. At this time, it is […]

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From the Chariots of Ben Hur to Automatic-Driving Cars

December 23, 2015

One of the classic Christmas holiday movies is Ben Hur (1960). I remember I watched it with my father around Christmas-time one year in the 1970s. The movie is an historical epic drama which  portrays a wealthy Palestinian Jewish merchant who clashes with the Romans at the time of Christ. Ben Hur´s actions sends him […]

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Millennials and the New Age of Brand Loyalty

December 22, 2015

This morning, I read an article on Inc. Magazines website, about the Top 5 Millennial Brands, Cities, and Apps of 2015. The article was about how technology and the internet have created new behaviours and inspired new values that have never before existed, especially for the Millennial generation, which grew up in a high-tech and […]

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Dubrovnik in Holiday Lights

December 21, 2015

Images and video are important digital assets to leverage for destination developers, in marketing their products and destinations. Pictures speak a thousand words and video evokes emotion that photos can not. For destination development, tourism marketing videos can sometimes be pieces of art. Videos from Croatia are often very good and we think the video […]

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The Future of Urban Design

December 17, 2015

Design thinking has come out to the mainstream in both urban design and innovation this year, as we have written about in several articles. Within the field of urban design, Rory Hyde, curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism at London’s Victoria and Albert museum, discusses in the video below, why he thinks citizens will play […]

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Chinese Investments in Africa

December 15, 2015

China continues to generate controversy with its rapidly growing investments in Africa, and the country has emerged as Africa’s largest trading partner for primarily energy and minerals. At the same time, there is a growing volume of Chinese direct investment in Africa. The ever-impressive Brookings institute published an interesting blog article on the topic earlier […]

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Competitive Cities for Jobs and Growth

December 14, 2015

This week, the World Bank has published a new report titled “Competitive Cities for Jobs and Growth – What, Who and How”. The report analyses what makes a city competitive and how more cities can grow their economies, a topic which is at the core of our work at Bearing. According to the report, a […]

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Richard Florida on the Creative City

December 13, 2015

At he recent Art Basel event in Miami, Richard Florida gave a speech about The Creative City. He spoke about why cities are such powerful and economic engines, and why collaboration is the key, not individual geniuses. Below is a video of the speech. Richard Florida at Art Basel in Miami: Why the Creative City?

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COP21 – What to Expect from Paris

December 11, 2015

When I travel, having the comfort of being offline, I bring myself up-to-date by reading the newspapers and magazines available in most airplanes. Over a flight from Stockholm to Zurich this afternoon, I have been reading Financial Times, The Economist and a couple of Swedish newspapers about the COP21 negotiations in Paris this week. Reading […]

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Development of Al-Alamein in Egypt

December 10, 2015

“Now this is not the end; it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill, November 1942 Al-Alamein is a town in northern Egypt, located on the Mediterranean Sea 106 kilometres west of Alexandria and 240 kilometres northwest of Cairo.  For most of […]

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Bridge to be 3D-printed in Amsterdam

December 9, 2015

The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was at the science park in Lodz, Poland. The printer was a testbed for the science park, acquired to attract an eco-system of startup´s who would innovate using the technology. Earlier this year, it was reported in the news that a construction firm in Shanghai has […]

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Big Data and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

December 7, 2015

The potential of Big Data is slowly emerging on us, as analytical methods become increasingly more powerful in making the huge amounts of data we collect in todays society meaningful for understanding reality and to make predictions. We have already covered the development in several blog posts, including Big Data is Better Data, The Challenge […]

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Airport Hubs and Growth

December 5, 2015

Connectivity is at the heart of what makes airlines successful. Regional airlines feed to national hubs. International airlines take on and ferry travellers across continents. But how does the success of airlines relate to the success of the places where they base their hubs? The globalised economy and rapidly developing new cities (in particularly in […]

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Global Growth in 2016 – Cities Carrying the Weight of Nations

December 3, 2015

Growth in global trade volumes has slowed in recent years, thanks to a slow economic recovery from the financial crisis, increased use of internet based services which is not tracked in statistics, and the changing structure of the Chinese economy. Maybe also new production techniques with cheaper local production in the advanced economies can be […]

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BCG – 50 Most Innovative Companies 2015

December 2, 2015

The Boston Consulting Group released its 10th annual listing of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies this morning. The list is based on a survey of 1,500 C-suite executives, who were asked to rank companies across industries and within their own industry. It also gives weight to total returns to shareholders over five years. The […]

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