From the monthly archives:

October 2015

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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Place Brand and Management Training in Uppsala

October 9, 2015

Bearing had the opportunity to give a  Place Brand and Management training session for the political leadership in the city of Uppsala in Sweden this week. The half day session was highly appreciated and we shared methodology and tools with the participants, and ignited a very interesting dialogue about the vision and opportunities of the […]

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Historic Background to Policy Driven Innovation System Development

October 7, 2015

In our work, we often talk about integrated projects and integrated development, but what does this really mean, and in what context can it be relevant? To explain this, below is an historic background. Pro-active work with regional policy driven innovation system development started in most OECD countries in the 1950s and 1960s. This was […]

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The New Context of Regional Development Strategies

October 2, 2015

Bearing is often working on city and regional development strategies, and most often, the places we work with face similar challenges. Retention and attraction of talents and Investments has always been important to economic development, but it is even more critical to building competitive regions in today’s post-crises economy. Through the history of economic development, […]

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