From the monthly archives:

April 2015

Social Disruption Starts – Today 11 Years ago

April 29, 2015

11 years ago today, someone named Mark Zuckerberg appeared on CNBC to discuss an online social network that had 100K users. Facebook quickly grew from a site run from a Harvard dorm room into the Web’s largest social network. Mark Zuckerberg on CNBC April 29, 2004   I signed up to the network in 2005 […]

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The Creative Design Process of Apple

April 27, 2015

Creativity is at the core of innovation, and every product at Apple Corporation starts with creative design. Design is a core activity at Apple, where the entire product development process conforms to the designers vision. This the polar opposite of the way it works at most other companies. Instead of the design being restricted to […]

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Why Apple Watch will be a Success

April 26, 2015

Back in February, I wrote an article about the Apple Watch, and how it is Apple´s first potentially disruptive innovation since the launch of the iPad five years ago. My main point was that the Apple Watch, in true Apple style, was positioned as a status and fashion item more than as a functional item. […]

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Place Management Success in Uppsala

April 24, 2015

Bearing have this afternoon completed a successful 24 hour Place Management training session with the key senior representatives from the Uppsala Region who are instrumental in developing the updated regional development plan. Taking place at the magnificent 14th century Viks Castle (Wiks Slott) in Uppland, a historical province on the eastern coast of Sweden, the […]

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Apple Watch Apps

April 21, 2015

The 3,500 apps available for the Apple Watch show the device’s promise and pitfalls. Frankly speaking no one really needs an Apple Watch, or any kind of smart watch, since there is not much to do with them beyond  activity tracking and replicating the alerts you already get on your smartphone. However, that is not […]

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Healthy Cities are Attractive Cities

April 19, 2015

Last Wednesday I was in a workshop about the strategy to develop new infrastructure in the town of Opatija in Croatia. The town is an attractive resort by the gulf of Kvarner. It is historically known for its popularity as a seaside resort for the Austria-Hungarian empire before the first world war and the Austrian […]

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Investment Banking Fights Back

April 17, 2015

The 2008 financial crisis disrupted the banking industry in more ways than one. By hardening of banking regulation, the entry of new fintech players, who not only provide technology but are service providers by themselves, and also the ever-changing digital technologies, the banking game just isn’t what is used to be, as we have documented […]

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Place Management Training in Pula

April 16, 2015

Tuesday this week, a Bearing team had the opportunity to give a  Place Management training session in the city of Pula in Istria, Croatia. We work with projects in Pula and we have already written several articles how the city´s unique cultural offer which should be presented in the best way for the target markets. […]

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Concept Kitchen 2025

April 14, 2015

Last Friday I  have  seen  a superb presentation by IDEO on the new Concept Kitchen 2025, a very interesting project prepared with collaboration with IKEA. How will we behave around food in 2025? Ten years in the future, the world will be a very different place. (Read how). What does that mean for us, for […]

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A Beginners Guide to EU Funding

April 12, 2015

The European has released an updated “A beginner’s guide to EU funding”, which introduces the EU funding opportunities available in the period 2014-2020. The guide presents an overview of the EU funding options according to the main categories of potential beneficiaries: small companies (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), young people, researchers, farmers and public bodies. It […]

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How Exponential Technologies Will Disrupt the World

April 10, 2015

At the World Economic Forum in January this year, Peter H. Diamandis gave the interesting speech below. He is the founder of the Singularity University, a response to the need for continuous, lifelong learning among professionals in today’s working world. He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is […]

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Secrets of Corporate Longevity

April 9, 2015

It is yet again Friday, and maybe time for some off topic thoughts for the weekend. One of the best books about corporate development in my bookshelf is Built to Last by Jim Collins, of Good to Great fame. The book outlines the results of a six-year research project into what makes enduring great companies. […]

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Young Digital Makers

April 7, 2015

I would like to share with you a very interesting report which surveys the opportunities and identifies gaps and next steps for young people to create with technology across the UK. As reported by Nesta, an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life: As technology shapes our […]

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How to Ignite Innovation

April 5, 2015

The Innovation Challenge Most readers of this blog are innovation practitioners in the public or private sector. We at Bearing work with projects to transfer knowledge and competence about innovation to create economic growth, and like most of you, dear readers of this blog, we aim to create the right conditions for innovation management in […]

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How Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore

April 3, 2015

Some days ago, I wrote an article about Lee Kuan Yew, the Place Manager of Singapore. Below is a well made video by The Economist from last week, about how Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore, and how important it is to be pragmatic, to not be bound by dogma or ideology, but to focus on […]

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Big Data is Better Data

April 2, 2015

Big Data is much talked about and is becoming increasingly useful as new methodologies are developed to measure and analyse data for business intelligence and decision making purposes. Big Data usually includes data sets with sizes beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, curate, manage, and process data within a tolerable elapsed […]

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