The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

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 … Continue reading The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

Dubrovnik in Holiday Lights

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… Continue reading Dubrovnik in Holiday Lights

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

Cities in Numbers–How Patterns of Urban Growth Change the World

Manchester based The Guardian has been around for close to 200 years, and in recent time the newspaper has developed an excellent website. Along with Financial Times, The Atlantic and The Economist, it has become one of my favourite news sources. As many newspapers have conformed to provide news and not analysis, The Guardian has… Continue reading Cities in Numbers–How Patterns of Urban Growth Change the World

Uppsala Place Brand Analysis

A team from Bearing has over the past two months worked on analysis and recommendations for an updated place brand for the city of Uppsala in Sweden, and today we delivered our report. The assignment has been a follow-on from a strategy  analysis project which we are working on for Uppsala county and Uppsala city… Continue reading Uppsala Place Brand Analysis

Finland’s new ’emoji diplomacy’

Finland made international headlines this week with its release of 30 country-branding emojis, in an unique and typically quirky twist on regular promotion efforts. Said to reflect aspects of the Finnish national character, the list includes a sauna emoji,  a Nokia ‘brick phone’ emoji, and the ‘headbanger’ emoji, which is the particular favourite of Petra… Continue reading Finland’s new ’emoji diplomacy’

Is China Leading Global Innovation?

China is investing heavily in research and development and rapidly increasing high-technology output. This is happening as the country is passing through a challenging transition, as the labour-force expansion and surging investment that propelled three decades of growth is now weakening. This is a natural stage in the country’s economic development. Yet it raises questions… Continue reading Is China Leading Global Innovation?

WEF Abu Dhabi 2015 – Future Cities

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… Continue reading WEF Abu Dhabi 2015 – Future Cities