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What to measure in a smart city?

Earlier this month I participated in a workshop where the question “what to measure?” was asked in the context of smart cities. I found it an interesting question to consider because it seems certain ... read more

Quote William Pollard

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable. -William Pollard

Analysing the future

In the 1960s, systems theorist Herman Kahn developed the first analytical studies of the future for the US Government. The American-dominated field of future studies had an ear with the US government on ... read more

Visions by Siemens

German-based Siemens is another company which has persistently explored radical innovation opportunities. Since 2001 they have bi-annually published the corporate magazine Pictures of the Future which for ... read more

Value-based transformation

The turn of the millennium has been a frustrating event for many futurists. It was a milestone for many future visions, and as the date came close, it was all the more apparent that their visions were not ... read more

The Innovation Mapping process

The review of methods (See PhD chp 8) shows that there are many methods which seek to explore alternatives but they do so in conceptually different ways. For example, the analytical interpretation not only ... read more

Early inventions and visions

The history of radical concepts started with architects. They have for several centuries been proposing grand visions of how to organise cities, create lively communities, comfortable housing, efficient ... read more

The promise of design thinking

In earlier times, innovation was mainly guided by top-down policy- and strategy-making. In contrast, a vision project employs a bottom-up approach, based on design thinking, in which concrete and ... read more