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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Adapting to Climate Change

November 27, 2015

Climate Change is upon us and we have to adapt to survive it. Now more than ever we need creative thinking and innovation in order to adapt. What is the real situation and what has to be done? The video below explains what is done in one of the most affected countries, Bangladesh. Adapting to […]

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Concrete Innovation

November 26, 2015

Today when we say that something is “concrete”, we mean that it exists in reality, something capable of being perceived by the senses, as opposed to abstractions. I had a first hand impression of something concrete last Sunday, when I visited an ancient Roman quarry together with my son. I was struck by how immense […]

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Cities in Numbers–How Patterns of Urban Growth Change the World

November 25, 2015

Manchester based The Guardian has been around for close to 200 years, and in recent time the newspaper has developed an excellent website. Along with Financial Times, The Atlantic and The Economist, it has become one of my favourite news sources. As many newspapers have conformed to provide news and not analysis, The Guardian has […]

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Emerging and Frontier Markets Investment Perspectives

November 23, 2015

Today I attended a full-day workshop in Monaco, about the current state of emerging and frontier markets. The workshop was led by Dr. Marcus Goncalves from Nichols College, and it was not about investment ideas or recommendations. Instead, it was about analysing the fundamental global macroeconomic forces and trends which enables us to better understand […]

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Uppsala Place Brand Analysis

November 18, 2015

A team from Bearing has over the past two months worked on analysis and recommendations for an updated place brand for the city of Uppsala in Sweden, and today we delivered our report. The assignment has been a follow-on from a strategy  analysis project which we are working on for Uppsala county and Uppsala city […]

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Finland’s new ’emoji diplomacy’

November 9, 2015

Finland made international headlines this week with its release of 30 country-branding emojis, in an unique and typically quirky twist on regular promotion efforts. Said to reflect aspects of the Finnish national character, the list includes a sauna emoji,  a Nokia ‘brick phone’ emoji, and the ‘headbanger’ emoji, which is the particular favourite of Petra […]

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Is China Leading Global Innovation?

November 4, 2015

China is investing heavily in research and development and rapidly increasing high-technology output. This is happening as the country is passing through a challenging transition, as the labour-force expansion and surging investment that propelled three decades of growth is now weakening. This is a natural stage in the country’s economic development. Yet it raises questions […]

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Debate on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

November 2, 2015

In The World Economic Forum Abu Dhabi session on October 27, there was an interesting debate about the fourth industrial revolution.  Humankind is at the threshold of a new industrial revolution driven by the confluence of a staggering range of emerging technologies. How will politics, economies and societies be transformed? The participants were: Justine Cassell, […]

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WEF Abu Dhabi 2015 – Future Cities

October 30, 2015

The population of the world’s urban cities will grow by over 2 billion people between now and 2050. How do we harness the positive economic, creative and cultural dynamics of this unprecedented migration while at the same time build resilience and social fabric? This was the topic of a discussion at the World Economic Forum […]

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Debate on Future Innovation

October 29, 2015

At the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi this month, there was a panel discussion on the state of innovation, not surprisingly highlighting the role of big data. Innovation is happening at light speed but what does the progress in areas like robotics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, nanotechnology and genome editing mean? The speakers were: Victoria […]

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Climate Change and Carbon Consumption

October 28, 2015

The Economist has published a smart videographic on what is driving climate change. China and India are perceived to be the worst emitters of carbon dioxide, but as we can see in the video, much changes when adjustments are made for population, GDP levels and carbon consumption per person. How to understand the state of […]

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Smart Specialisation in a City Context

October 26, 2015

Smart specialisation is a new innovation policy concept[1] which has been has been developed in Europe to indicate flexible and dynamic innovation strategies, which adopted by a single region but assessed at the national and EU level, with the aim to avoiding fragmentation efforts in the field of innovation support. All EU member states Regions […]

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The New Approach for How to Make a Place Innovative

October 21, 2015

To drive the development of an innovation ecosystem, four different sectors must be linked together: government, business, civil society and academia. This is what we call the Quad Helix and they need to be engaged in collaboration forums and projects and together drive development. Also within and between the academic and business sectors, the innovation […]

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Martin Charlier on Designing Connected Products

October 14, 2015

This morning I attended a seminar where the renowned London-based product and interaction designer Martin Charlier  presented his thoughts on design thinking and connected products. I found the presentation to be interesting so I recorded it, and you can watch it here below. Martin Charlier on designing connected products   I also include a link […]

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The True Size of Africa

October 12, 2015

The Mercator projection is most often used to produce flat maps of the World, where the globe we live on in fact is not flat at all. The drawback with the Mercator projection is that it distorts the shape and areas of large land masses, and the distortion gets progressively worse closer to the poles. […]

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