Category archives: People

21st-century agriculture gets connected

As the world population grows, so does the strain we put on the environment. The need for sustainable agricultural systems has never been greater, and communications technology is becoming essential to their development. The technological innovations that are emerging in the agricultural industry combine mobile broadband and machine-to-machine communication to help increase productivity, while also [...]

ICT as a game changer

Being connected has become a natural part of our daily lives – it enables people, business and society to interact, innovate and share knowledge in whole new ways.

ICT is the key to a smart city

Last week I attended the New Cities Summit in Paris, where discussions about how to achieve a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable urban future took place. I was impressed with the wide range of representatives from the worlds of business, policy, technology, infrastructure, finance, government, civil society, philanthropy and academia. This highlighted to me how [...]

Socializing leads to satisfaction

In my previous post, I wrote that commuting is the biggest source of stress and frustration for people living in cities, according to a new Ericsson ConsumerLab report, City Life.  
So what makes city residents feel at ease? Social networking. Those who live in the city spend a large chunk of their time socializing. On [...]

How much commotion does your commute cause?

I consider myself lucky. It takes me 15 minutes to drive to my work: Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm. It takes me 25 minutes if I ride my bicycle, 40 minutes if I run, and 45 minutes if I take public transport. Depending on the method of transport I choose, the maximum I have to travel [...]

What does your social media profile say about you?

On May 18, the IPO of Facebook came at a valuation of USD108 billion. If you’re a baby boomer like me, you might wonder how this event will impact your future career. Until about six months ago, I was representative of most baby boomers– I was using one social-media tool for friends and family life [...]

Paris, a city embracing innovation

This week, the New Cities Summit takes place in Paris; a city that has experienced groundbreaking changes in city planning – think Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Haussman was famous for modernizing Paris during the mid-19th century. The reconstruction of Paris involved all aspects of urban planning, including the demolition of 27,000 of the city’s 66,000 buildings. This [...]

Future cities depend on industry collaboration

The inaugural New Cities Summit in Paris is well under way. The organizers have successfully gathered about 800 participants from 60 different countries. The Mayors of Vancouver, Canada and of Liverpool, UK are mingling with representatives from academia like theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor and Past President at the Santa Fe Institute in New [...]

This May 15 be a part of something bigger

Aday.org’s global photography project kicks off tomorrow, May 15. So wherever you are in the world, and whoever you’re with, grab your camera and capture your day – so that others can enjoy it in the future. 

Building networked cities

I am excited to be here at the New Cities Summit in Paris. The event, which runs from May 14–16, brings together global urban thought leaders and decision makers to discuss the impacts of urbanization.