From the monthly archives:

October 2014

Globalisation and The Shifting Costs of Manufacturing

October 31, 2014

“As if Japan weren’t small enough to begin with, I fail to understand why it is necessary to think of it in even smaller units. No matter where I go in the world, although I can’t speak any foreign language, I don’t feel out of place. I think of the earth as my home. If […]

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Dr. Juan Clos Message on World Cities Day

October 30, 2014

The World Cities Day was established on 27 December 2013 by the United Nations General Assembly, deciding to designate 31 October, beginning in 2014, as World Cities Day. This is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and challenges in urbanization and contribute […]

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Singapore – Smart Nation

October 29, 2014

Smart Cities We have all heard of smart cities. It is a concept referring to a city that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life by excelling in several of eight areas; healthcare, buildings, mobility, infrastructure, technology, energy, people and governance. On the right is a model from Frost & Sullivan for the […]

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The impact of behavioural sciences on research methods

October 28, 2014

Many organisations now engage with the idea of applying behavioural insights to their organisational challenges, since  these issues  require behaviour change of some kind. What is more, many companies, charities and public bodies are recognising the power of  testing their products and policies in real world environments. Therefore, it is crucial to acknowledge the  increasing […]

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Global Flows of Talents

October 27, 2014

For decades, talented people born in emerging markets have moved to study and then to work in the advanced economies of the West. But lately something remarkable is happening. In many emerging countries, the brain drain has reversed its flow. The causes are fascinating, and there is reason to be optimistic that the vicious cycle […]

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12 cities apply for European Green Capital Award 2017

October 26, 2014

The smallest patch of green to arrest the monotony of asphalt and concrete is as important to the value of real estate as streets, sewers and convenient shopping – James Felt  (20th Century New York Real Estate Developer and Environmental Champion) European Green Capital City Award Today more than two thirds of Europeans live in […]

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IASP World Conference 2014

October 25, 2014

The 31st IASP World Conference “Science parks: where technology goes to work” was organised by Qatar Science & Technology Park Doha, Qatar, from the 19th to the 22nd of October 2014. Below is a video about the event. 31st IASP World Conference in Doha

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The new European Commission and what it means

October 24, 2014

For the next five years, the European Union will be headed by a European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, who was previously Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. The election of the new European Commission and the regulations about the EC constitution “Setting Europe in Motion…. to deliver quickly and effectively“, that is […]

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Opal Exchange Monaco – Networking at its best

October 23, 2014

“It’s not about what you know — it’s about who you know.” Monday and Tuesday this week, I attended Opal Exchange Monaco, an invitation only event held annually at Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo. I have attended the event before, but this year the arranger Opal had outdone themselves. The quality and level of people […]

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Guide on EU Funding 2014-2020 for the Tourism Sector

October 22, 2014

This week the EU commission has published a Guide on EU funding 2014-2020 for the Tourism Sector. Over recent decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening ‎diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and the sector is a key driver for […]

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A typology of street patterns

October 21, 2014

The interrelationship between transport, streets, and urban patterns, which has been the focus of multiple professions including urban planning, architecture, geography, and transport engineering is truly fascinating. Journal of the Royal Society Interface propose a quantitative method to classify cities according to their street pattern. They   use the conditional probability distribution of shape factor of […]

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Place Management and The Science of Persuasion

October 20, 2014

The Place Management Challenge In our work with places and regions, Place Management is a key factor to achieve positive development in towns, cities, regions, science parks, innovation districts and other places. Place Management deals with professional management and direction for regional and local growth. As far as we know, the topic of Place Management […]

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Manager as a Service – startup advice

October 19, 2014

Startups are always in the look for new talent to join their mission to conquer the world. Interim managers are the latest secret weapon for some. What to do when you are starting operations in a new country? Recruit a local country manager, get outside help or do it yourself by relocating? Sometimes the answer […]

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The Worlds Internet Population

October 18, 2014

A map has been created by the Oxford Internet Institute which shows the world’s internet users by country and what percentage of each country has access to the internet. The map uses 2011 data from the World Bank on internet users and total population. The World Bank has tracked the number of Internet users and […]

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Which Country has the Biggest Economy?

October 17, 2014

Time is money. In the video below, The Economist has made an animated info graphic showing the top three economies throughout history. Which country has the biggest economy?

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Africa’s Applied Tech Innovations

October 16, 2014

Innovation and mobile phone usage is surging in Africa. For many Africans the mobile phone is the one and only portal to the internet that they know about, and their usage of the handsets are surging with new ways of improving their situations. When I visited the incubators at the Innovation Hubs in Pretoria in […]

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October 15, 2014

People meet in different situations for different reasons. If we question ourselves is that networking, then yes probably it is. Usually people are trying to be close to those who provide them certain fulfilment of their needs. This may sound selfish, but in its basic nature, it is all about that. In business activities, networking […]

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How Mindfulness Cultivates Innovation

October 14, 2014

Innovation is about taking chances and taking risk and not being afraid to ask yourself new questions. I believe that innovation is about believing that change can happen and as most people are afraid of change, maybe I should rather say it  is about evolution. It is looking at where we have been and where […]

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Economic Growth and The Worlds Largest Economies

October 12, 2014

“How difficult a thing it is to persuade a man to reason against his own interest, though he is convinced that equity is against him.” – John Trusler Let´s make a journey in time. Looking back 114 years, in 1900 we had no airplanes, no computers, no mobile phones, no internet. We had only early […]

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Paper City – An Urban Story

October 9, 2014

As part of its Urban October celebrations, UN-Habitat has launched “Paper City”, a stop-motion video animation portraying today’s urban challenges using a paper and cardboard mock city. Aimed at an audience not yet familiar with urbanization processes, the video intends to draw attention on current issues caused by rapid and uncontrolled city growth. It points […]

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