From the monthly archives:

April 2013

PlacesBrands Interview with Jorgen Eriksson

April 29, 2013

The PlacesBrands website and blog is run by Samantha J. Manniex and features regular in-depth interviews with professionals in the place branding field, including students, academics, consultants and CEOs. Last week Samantha did an interview with Jörgen Eriksson of Bearing. Click on the link below to read.

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The Death of Innovation, the End of Growth

April 24, 2013

Economic growth has been high for two centuries, since the first industrial revolution. Can there be an end to this? In a TED Talk posted on April 23rd, Northwestern University Economist Robert Gordon argued that we are witnessing the end of growth and he laid out four reasons why United States growth may be slowing, […]

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Opening of the Sokol Grad fort in Croatia

April 21, 2013

Krak des Chevalliers, Massada, Rumelihisan, Entrevaux, Carcassonne, Roquebrun… Names of historic forts that by their history or ruins impose might and strength.  We humans have constructed defensive works for many thousands of years in a variety of increasingly complex designs. Many of them that have been well preserved or restored are among the most popular […]

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Good and bad companies

April 19, 2013

What is the difference between a good and bad company? The difference is that great companies commit to the integrity of an idea. They will not let it get watered down or compromised but stay with the core mission that made them successful in the first place. Great companies honor service, they do not overpromise […]

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Regional development in East Sweden

April 16, 2013

On Tuesday April 16, I visited the East Sweden region to give a speech on development in the European Union and the EU Horizon 2020 strategy, at a regional conference in Åtvidaberg. The conference was about the smart specialization strategies for the region. We have written about the RIS3 framework and smart specialization previously on […]

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Political Crisis in France: President Hollande and the Role of Money, Trust and Revolution

April 15, 2013

The French socialist President François Hollande has only held office since mid-May last year, but his presidency is already going through zones of turbulence and Hollande is in the midst of a psychodrama. Background – the Cahuzac scandal There are multiple problems in France – economic, structural, politic and societal. An explosive crisis has recently […]

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William Jimerson from Musa Capital speech at The EDGE in Monaco

April 13, 2013

The EDGE  is a one-day forum in Monaco that was held on 11 April 2013. The event was designed to promote innovative and socially conscious business models, in line with the strong commitment of HSH Prince Albert II to encourage “the Global responsibility of Entrepreneurs for a sustainable development.” The EDGE featured value-added seminars and […]

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Former Prime Minister Göran Persson on What We can Learn from The Netflix Hit Show ”House of Cards”

April 11, 2013

Last night, one of the leading strategic communication advisory firms, JKL, invited a selection of young professionals from the finance industry to a seminar on the art of communication in the style of Francis “Frank” J. Underwood. Speaking on the topic was no other than former Prime Minister of Sweden, Göran Persson. Lessons from the […]

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Monaco can give Entrepreneurs the Edge

April 5, 2013

The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state, on the French Riviera, world-known as a tourist and recreation center for the rich and famous and run by the Princes of the House of Grimaldi since 1297. However it has not always been like this. Until the mid 19th century Monaco was more or less a […]

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Failed and Bankrupt Cities

April 1, 2013

Bankrupt cities Cities do go bankrupt. A judge accepted the California city of Stockton’s bankruptcy application today, with 300,000 residents making it the most populous city so far in the United States to enter bankruptcy. In past decades, many US municipalities declared bankruptcy. Since 1981, 42 cases were filed. Given hard times getting harder in […]

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