Development of Al-Alamein in Egypt

“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… Continue reading Development of Al-Alamein in Egypt

The London Cluster of Ultra Rich

Cities compete for the attention of current and potential residents, investors and visitors. To keep economic growth in par with population growth is the modest ambition of many cities in the advanced economies today, but it is not really enough to sustain public services and maintain spaces. Cities need big spenders to thrive. These can… Continue reading The London Cluster of Ultra Rich

European Regional Competitiveness Scoreboard

Smart Specialisation or RIS3 (Research and Innovation strategies for Smart Specialisation) is a strategic approach to economic development through targeted support for research and innovation. It involves a process of developing a vision, identifying regionally based areas of greatest strategic potential, developing multi-stakeholder governance mechanisms, setting strategic priorities and using smart policies to maximize the… Continue reading European Regional Competitiveness Scoreboard

China embarks on the route of Design as driver for Innovation and Sustainable Growth

Last week I was invited by the Dragon Design Foundation in Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PRC), to attend and give a speech at the 2014 World Green Design Forum Summit in Yangzhou. I have for the last ten days had the opportunity and great pleasure to take part in and exchange thoughts, ideas and… Continue reading China embarks on the route of Design as driver for Innovation and Sustainable Growth

The Rise of Innovation Districts

Today the Brookings Institute, an American think thank based in Washington, released  "The Rise of Innovation Districts," a new report analysing the trend and importance of urban innovative areas in United States. It is a very well written document, and spot on with the approach and methodology Bearing have been working with for 15 years.… Continue reading The Rise of Innovation Districts

Europe’s top ICT hubs

The European Union has published a report and an interactive atlas which shows where across the EU that digital technologies thrive and examines the factors contributing to this success. The atlas helps to answer such questions as: How is ICT R&D, innovation and economic activity distributed in Europe? Which locations are attracting new investments in… Continue reading Europe’s top ICT hubs

City Innovation Environments

Today we live in a world of rapid development. Economic conditions have changed considerably in both the worlds industrialised and the worlds developing nations over the past three decades. The break with previous trends have become so marked that the accepted economic models of economics of scale for achieving success are facing a fundamental crisis.… Continue reading City Innovation Environments

McLean Sibanda speech at the IASP African Division conference

At the opening of the IASP African Division conference 2014 today, McLean Sibanda, the CEO of The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa and President of the IASP African Division gave a clear and interesting speech on the need for innovation and the development of science parks and areas of innovation in Africa. Please find… Continue reading McLean Sibanda speech at the IASP African Division conference

Video on Smart Specialisation

All across the European Union, regions are working to develop smart specialisation strategies. This may have a great impact on our future, however it is not yet well known in society. To make the concept more popular the EU´s Directorate for Regional Policy published the video below yesterday, which I would like to share. Is… Continue reading Video on Smart Specialisation

Innovation and SME Growth in East Sweden

Yesterday Lars-Göran Larsson, Thomas Flinck, Mats Jakobsson and I attended a conference in Linköping in the East region of Sweden, on the theme of innovation and growth. During the morning session there was presentations from some of the regions large companies, such as SAAB and Sectra, on how they work with innovation. There was also… Continue reading Innovation and SME Growth in East Sweden