The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

January 11, 2016

Ever-more people move into cities, and as the urbanisation trend continues, it is projected that hundreds of trillions of dollars will be needed for investment in urban infrastructure in upcoming decades. Where will all the money come from? Well, as we have written about previously on this blog, in general the  lack  of  investable  projects  […]

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Money Grows on Degrees

January 10, 2016

Information graphics or infographics is becoming increasingly popular on the web. Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. This week, Zac Jackson at Pearson Education sent […]

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Disruptive Innovation in the Payment Industry

January 9, 2016

Over recent years the financial sector has confronted a dramatic increase in innovation in technology, services, and platforms and to some degree in organisational structure. The need to innovate is broadly-based and not just a financial sector challenge. Typically in financial services, as in most other sectors in todays world of increasing hyper competition, there is […]

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The Historic Link Between Cities and Innovation

January 7, 2016

Richard Florida has written an interesting article on The Atlantic CITYLABs website, about The Historic Link Between Cities and Innovation, and we recommend it. As Florida points out, density spurs innovation by pushing people and ideas together, enabling them to combine and recombine in new ways. As Joseph Schumpeter famously wrote, “Innovation is creative destruction, […]

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Virtual Reality Comes Through

January 2, 2016

Virtual Reality has been around for 30 years, but  application have continuously flopped as the technology has not been mature for mainstream use. As with so many other new technologies, breakthrough is about the availability of cheap platforms, and we have this now with smart phones and low-cost computer helmet screens. With the platform in […]

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The Greatest Question in Science

December 31, 2015

“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring […]

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The Bearing Wave in 2015

December 30, 2015

Dear reader of this blog, we want to thank you for following The Bearing Wave in 2015. We had 59,000 visits during the year, as we published 181 new articles. In total, the blog now has an archive of 863 posts. Many of them are articles that we think may remain interesting reads also for […]

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Trends Which Will Affect Our Lives in the Future

December 29, 2015

Trends tend to creep up on us, not noticeable at first, and then one day we realise things have changed and the World is no longer as we thought it was. We often speak about four mega trends which affects our work. They are the demographic change (on average we are getting older), urbanisation, globalisation and climate […]

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The World in 2016 – According to the Economist

December 27, 2015

Seasonal holiday time, a time with few work e-mails and even less phone calls. A time to reflect, rest, catch up on writing and not the least a time for family. This year my son is visiting New York and other family members are away with different priorities, so I have plenty of time both […]

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Seasons Greetings!

December 25, 2015
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The Key Quality of Leadership

December 24, 2015

We live in a time of constant media coverage. Nothing can be said or done on stage without public knowledge through the news, and if no journalist is around then the news is spread by civil society on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, WeChat and a myriad of other social media platforms. At this time, it is […]

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From the Chariots of Ben Hur to Automatic-Driving Cars

December 23, 2015

One of the classic Christmas holiday movies is Ben Hur (1960). I remember I watched it with my father around Christmas-time one year in the 1970s. The movie is an historical epic drama which  portrays a wealthy Palestinian Jewish merchant who clashes with the Romans at the time of Christ. Ben Hur´s actions sends him […]

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Millennials and the New Age of Brand Loyalty

December 22, 2015

This morning, I read an article on Inc. Magazines website, about the Top 5 Millennial Brands, Cities, and Apps of 2015. The article was about how technology and the internet have created new behaviours and inspired new values that have never before existed, especially for the Millennial generation, which grew up in a high-tech and […]

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Dubrovnik in Holiday Lights

December 21, 2015

Images and video are important digital assets to leverage for destination developers, in marketing their products and destinations. Pictures speak a thousand words and video evokes emotion that photos can not. For destination development, tourism marketing videos can sometimes be pieces of art. Videos from Croatia are often very good and we think the video […]

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The Future of Urban Design

December 17, 2015

Design thinking has come out to the mainstream in both urban design and innovation this year, as we have written about in several articles. Within the field of urban design, Rory Hyde, curator of contemporary architecture and urbanism at London’s Victoria and Albert museum, discusses in the video below, why he thinks citizens will play […]

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Chinese Investments in Africa

December 15, 2015

China continues to generate controversy with its rapidly growing investments in Africa, and the country has emerged as Africa’s largest trading partner for primarily energy and minerals. At the same time, there is a growing volume of Chinese direct investment in Africa. The ever-impressive Brookings institute published an interesting blog article on the topic earlier […]

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Competitive Cities for Jobs and Growth

December 14, 2015

This week, the World Bank has published a new report titled “Competitive Cities for Jobs and Growth – What, Who and How”. The report analyses what makes a city competitive and how more cities can grow their economies, a topic which is at the core of our work at Bearing. According to the report, a […]

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Richard Florida on the Creative City

December 13, 2015

At he recent Art Basel event in Miami, Richard Florida gave a speech about The Creative City. He spoke about why cities are such powerful and economic engines, and why collaboration is the key, not individual geniuses. Below is a video of the speech. Richard Florida at Art Basel in Miami: Why the Creative City?

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COP21 – What to Expect from Paris

December 11, 2015

When I travel, having the comfort of being offline, I bring myself up-to-date by reading the newspapers and magazines available in most airplanes. Over a flight from Stockholm to Zurich this afternoon, I have been reading Financial Times, The Economist and a couple of Swedish newspapers about the COP21 negotiations in Paris this week. Reading […]

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Development of Al-Alamein in Egypt

December 10, 2015

“Now this is not the end; it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill, November 1942 Al-Alamein is a town in northern Egypt, located on the Mediterranean Sea 106 kilometres west of Alexandria and 240 kilometres northwest of Cairo.  For most of […]

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