20 cities, 20 years

The world develops and environments change. This link was sent to me by one of my students, Svetlana Masjutina. It links to a Russian website showing how 20 cities have changed in 20 years. The introduction says: The world is rapidly changing, and often we do not even have time to trace it. Just arriving… Continue reading 20 cities, 20 years

The TED conference phenomenon

We live in times of megatrends that are shaping our future. Through urbanisation, more than half the population of the world now live in cities. Through demographic change, the population of the earth is changing rapidly, both in numbers, geography where we live and in age composition. Through climate change we have new situations with… Continue reading The TED conference phenomenon

Breakthrough innovation in instant messaging – Facebook buys WhatsApp

So, tonight it was announced that Facebook buys the messaging service WhatsApp. The purchase price is an incredible $16 billion in cash and stock. What can possibly motivate such a high price? There are two reasons. One is that WhatsApp can be a ticket for Facebook to gain a stronger foothold in emerging markets, where… Continue reading Breakthrough innovation in instant messaging – Facebook buys WhatsApp

EBN TECH CAMP 2013

On the 4th to 6th December 2013, the Bearing team attended the successful EBN (European Business Network) Tech Camp 2013 event in Rovereto, northern Italy. The three day event was organised by EBN for Business & Innovation Centres, Incubators, Accelerators and similar organisations whose clients are new or early-stage companies growing innovative businesses. Providing innovation… Continue reading EBN TECH CAMP 2013

Visit Östergötland Place Management Development Workshop

In partnership with East Sweden Business Region (ESBR) and Visit Östergötland, Bearing held a Place Management development seminar and workshop on the 20th November at the beautiful Hemslöjden building in Linköping, Sweden. This seminar was one in a series of four where the goal is to prepare the regions’ tourism and hospitality industry for the… Continue reading Visit Östergötland Place Management Development Workshop

Hans Rosling’s Yardstick of Wealth and the Truth about Population

The phrase "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" was made famous by Mark Twain, and sometimes we really feel like this about the hard truth. The facts that are served to us through mass media. Sometimes the quote can be correct. It is easy to use statistics in dubious ways.… Continue reading Hans Rosling’s Yardstick of Wealth and the Truth about Population

Top travel destinations 2014

Last week the well-known guidebook company Lonely Planet released their annual ranking of the trendiest and the most interesting places to visit in 2014. The destinations on the list are selected by the predicted travel trends the upcoming year, and the first five destinations are Brazil, Antarctica, Scotland, Sweden and Malawi. This ranking is interesting… Continue reading Top travel destinations 2014

Highlights of Architecture in Croatia

In the first days of autumn, with some moisture in the air but still a pleasant weather for sightseeing, on 27th September until the 29th September 2013. the 4th Congress of Croatian Architects took place in the city of Osijek. It was the fourth Congress of architects in Croatia, with some 600 architects participating. The… Continue reading Highlights of Architecture in Croatia