Yangon: Challenges and solutions for Asia’s future megacity


Yangon is Myanmar’s largest city with a population of 5 million. The city has been the country’s commercial and financial capital since colonial times and was its political capital until 2005, when the government moved to Nay Pyi Taw, a new city built in the center of the country. Yangon is an attractive and living city on the brink of tremendous growth. By 2040 – when its population is expected to reach 10 million – it will also be one of Asia’s newest megacities. Continue reading

What is defining next-generation working life?

Recently, Tonny Uhlin and I went into the studio to record the first episode of the “Next-generation Working Life” podcast. During this first episode, we talk about the big and small changes we see coming to our work places as we journey deeper into the Networked Society and how these will impact our working life going forward. Have a listen to the podcast here, or if you like, watch the video above and then read the full report: ‘Next-generation working life – from workplace to exchange space’.

Trends from CES 2014 – from the future telco perspective

CES 2014

The news is full of stories covering the major trends at CES. From wearables to the Internet of Things, Connected Cars and the usual plethora of giant TV’s. Robots are a new and growing category. But what are the most important trends that operators, especially mobile operators, need to understand?
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Central sites or local hubs – reflections on future city offices

Working space

Urbanization, environmental issues and demographical changes are megatrends affecting our future world – especially urban working life. Today’s cities are home to more than half the world’s population and by 2050 two-thirds of us will be city-dwellers. Likewise, the environment is a challenge that few question as an issue that needs to be addressed. We are also starting to see the impact of major demographic changes such as the the Millennials (people born between 1977-2007), who have grown up with mobility and the internet, and are now influencing working life with their values, attitudes and behaviors. Continue reading

Share, share – that’s fair (and more productive too!)

Collaboration in the city

Did you know that individuals, enterprises and cities that engage with one another and bring in new ideas from the outside are more productive, more creative and even live longer, healthier lives? A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the MIT Human Dynamics Lab in Cambridge, USA where I learned how crucial the flow of ideas is to the health of society and for its individual members. Continue reading

Sky is the limit: connectivity is transforming the air travel experience

Travel tags are going to get smarter and connected

An important part of city life starts and ends with air travel. In the US, 642 million passengers flew on 8.4 million domestic flights during 2012. So how can network technology go from a gate-to gate experience to an enhanced door-to-door experience? Continue reading

Agility is the new organizational logic

Changed logic

In my previous post I wrote about the changing nature of the office environment, that the office space as we know it is officially dead, and that the new office environment is a place for meaningful exchange – an exchange place. The physical spaces we work in are changing and so too are the ways that individuals work. For example, we now use private networks for work-related issues as well as other non-corporate services. The question is, are organizations following? Continue reading

Looking for the perfect parking spot?

Connected parking

A growing challenge in the cities is how to meet its citizen’s parking needs. Users expect navigation support to help them find parking spots close to their destination. With the growth of hybrid and electrical cars, the demand for powered parking spots will grow in urban areas. But what role do networks and smartphones play in this scenario? Continue reading

The office is dead – long live the exchange place!

The office is dead

The office as we know it, is dying. There are still many traditional workplaces out there but it’s only a matter of time before they too will change. With constant connectivity, work can take place at any time and at any place. Offices workers used to be tied to one specific location because of the tools they used (heavy typewriters or fixed-line telephony) and the way they were organized (storage, time and control) in an industrial society. Continue reading

By transforming industry we can transform society

Industry transformation

The world – including business, industry, markets, consumers, economies, and the demographic landscape – is changing at a rapid pace. Everything is changing due to globalization, free movement of capital and social factors. In the last decade, new economic powers have emerged, challenging established structures. New corporate giants have emerged too, taking over new market spaces. Industries have been transformed by disruptors’ business models (take the music industry for example). Today, your most important competitor may not even exist in your industry yet. There is massive competition between industries. Think that Google, Facebook, and Twitter are less than 15 years old (Google recently celebrated its 15 years anniversary). The internet has radically changed our lives. It all started with fixed-network and dial-up services and the best is yet to come with mobile broadband networks in the era of the Networked Society. Continue reading