Place Brand and Management Training in Uppsala

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… Continue reading Place Brand and Management Training in Uppsala

Historic Background to Policy Driven Innovation System Development

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… Continue reading Historic Background to Policy Driven Innovation System Development

The New Context of Regional Development Strategies

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,… Continue reading The New Context of Regional Development Strategies

Cambridge – Its all in the DNA

– “How do grow the perfect English lawn?” -“Oh, it’s quite straightforward sir. You just cut it, roll it and water it for about 400 years.” Old English joke Being known for years as a Silicon Fen, an analogue of the Silicon Valley, the University of Cambridge has fully deserved its reputation of Europe’s top… Continue reading Cambridge – Its all in the DNA

The Strategy Potential of Uppsala City

This week, Bearing has delivered a strategy report to the Swedish city of Uppsala. The report is an interim delivery in the Uppsala county RIK strategy development project, which aims to prepare for a new regional development strategy to be decided in 2016. On the macro level and in the context of competitive smart specialisation,… Continue reading The Strategy Potential of Uppsala City

Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Masdar City

This blog article is about Masdar City, a new city project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The dual core of this project is innovation and sustainability. The goal is to extend the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation throughout the new city, by growing new neighbourhoods around the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. The institute is… Continue reading Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Masdar City

Culture and Heritage–Transmitting Place Identity Through Museums

Much of place identity is communicated through its heritage, of which museums form a significant part. A local or national museum can convey a great deal about a place: about its values, its priorities and how it sees itself, both in an historical and a contemporary sense. Today’s post is based around a recent interview… Continue reading Culture and Heritage–Transmitting Place Identity Through Museums

Place Branding of Uppsala

Bearing has won a contract to analyse and recommend the components of an updated place brand for the city of Uppsala in Sweden. This is a follow-on assignment from the strategy  analysis project which we are working on for Uppsala county and Uppsala city since January this year. The global competition of cities is estimated… Continue reading Place Branding of Uppsala

Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – An Overview

Dear readers, a few months ago we have started a series of articles about multimodal transport and railway systems with a post about King´s Cross station in London. Since then we have published seven more articles, and today we finish the series with this summary overview. The articles in the series are dedicated to analysing … Continue reading Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – An Overview

Innovation Districts at Future of Places Conference

In June 2014, the Brookings Institute released The Rise of Innovation Districts, a new report analysing the emerging trend of a new urban model. We wrote an article about the new report last year. Innovation districts is a recent trend in urban planning that has emerged as a new model to stimulate economic growth in… Continue reading Innovation Districts at Future of Places Conference