Tips for digital detox

Digital detox

Are you among the users dependent on four or five networked devices on a daily basis? These devices provide endless opportunities and can also create addictive behaviors. Nevertheless, some of us might benefit from a bit of “digital detox” during our vacation as we recharge for the fall. Continue reading

Will the Networked Society require a new type of leadership?

Leadership in the Networked Society

Thousands of books have been written about leadership and leaders, and many theories have been developed in the fields of management and psychology. To mention one, Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author Peter Drucker stated that “management does things right; leadership does the right things.”

This post is an extrapolation of a previous post by my colleague Peter Linder, who discussed what type of talents will be required in the Networked Society. He mentioned the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) talents. In this post, I will discuss the type of leadership that will be needed in the Networked Society. Continue reading

How “able” will the connected world become?

Able devices

Earlier this summer I attended the D11 conference where one of the key trends addressed was “able devices”. A range of new computing applications are emerging in the form of ‘wearables’, ‘driveables’, ‘flyables’ and ‘scannables’. All are part of the Networked Society evolution towards a more connected world. Continue reading

Enabling the Networked Society in Malaysia (Part 1)

Networked Society in Malaysia

One good thing about being part of the Ericsson team is that, as market leader, our opinion matters. Not only to telecom service providers, but also to policy makers, businesses and society in general. We have shaped our vision of the Networked Society, which means that anything that benefits from being connected, will be. And we share this vision with others too. Continue reading

An ‘Oh No Moment’ at WebRTC Expo


WebRTC brings real-time communication to your web browser, and WebRTC Expo last month in Atlanta brought all the global WebRTC leaders together in one place. My conclusions from the show? It is easier to add real-time communications to a web app than it is to make that web app look good.

The communications paradigm has changed from complicated technology to seamless experience. And the communications industry should take note and consider this their “iPhone moment.” Continue reading

Circular economy in the smart city of Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

The circular economy is a new concept for building an economy that’s regenerated by design: nothing is lost, everything is transformed. This means moving away from a linear transformation process, based on the notion of “take-make-dispose” to a circular process where waste becomes input.

So what is the relationship between the circular economy and the city of Rotterdam? This blog post introduces a case for the circular economy vision using the city of Rotterdam. It is also a call for discussion and sharing ideas around this topic with readers and Networked Society ecosystem members. Continue reading

STEM talent soon a scarce resource

In a world where all business sectors will migrate into the Networked Society, certain competencies will become a precious resource. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) talent will be the crude oil on which the future Networked Society will run. Demand will surpass supply for the foreseeable future, and the STEM shortage will not only be an issue for the tech sector. Continue reading

Mobile broadband + emerging markets = disruptive innovation

The widespread availability of mobile networks and the steady growth of mobile broadband in emerging markets is opening unexpected doors for convenient and affordable societal innovations.

Mobile broadband technology lets people transport data securely, faster and while traveling. Today I want to discuss the transformative and disruptive nature of mobile financial services, and how they are changing one of our most powerful business institutions: the bank. Continue reading

Coworking 2.0

A few teammates sharing a room, the objective and ongoing tasks written on a whiteboard, sporadic discussions on ideas and solutions to a problem, a few searches on the computer when there isn’t enough competence in the room. Problem solved, task completed, objective achieved – an image of traditional coworking.

Now, let’s imagine a different coworking scenario, where “ICT is the why and how of coworking,” as Erik van den Broek, co-founder of La Mutinerie, a coworking space in Paris, said when we interviewed him recently. Continue reading

Sports stadiums shift to the small screen

For decades, the construction of a new sports stadium has been associated with significant investments in a Jumbotron, an enormous video screen. At the recent D11: All Things Digital conference, the San Francisco 49ers American football team and Sony outlined an alternative approach where users bring their own screens to the game, and where 4K video and arena-specific video feeds transform the user experience. Continue reading