Showing posts from November, 2009

More off-line than online

Less blogging, more thinking. I've been spending several weeks of effective off-line work.

It has been a good change for a while. My blogs are certainly not going to change the world.

They might change my own life: that's a realistic goal.

The economic crisis isn't over yet. Dubai World is almost bankrupt. What will happen if it collapses.

Iran is heading towards a conflict with the rest of the world. What are the leaders going to do?

Finland is trying to improve, rebuild or energize its global brand. I guess, ten years from now, we are going to be just as unknown as we are today. We're not in a potential conflict zone. There is one visible global company - Nokia - and all the others are small and doing their job.

Finnish politics doesn't interest anyone and that's a great thing in my opinion. We're a great example of a NO BRAND incorporation. Let's continue with that track.

Americans may be settling into spending less - Yahoo! News

Americans may be settling into spending less - Yahoo! News: "By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer Anne D'innocenzio, Ap Retail Writer – Thu Nov 12, 10:34 am ET

NEW YORK – Americans spent about the same amount in October as in August and September, according to figures released Thursday by a key data service, and they may be settling into new low-spending habits.

Helge: Christmas sales will show what happens here but I guess we're following the same trend.

Including everything from toys to food, but not cars or gasoline, U.S. retail sales rose slightly in October — 1.5 percent — from a year earlier even as consumers grappled with rising unemployment and tight credit.

Helge: The worst part of recession  might be over...but it takes time before the growth starts.

Compared with the month before, however, sales fell 2.3 percent in October, the biggest month-to-month decline since December 2008.

Helge:  People have to pay their debts and mortgages.

Thursday's figures fr…

Finnish Society of Future Studies 2009

What kind of people are interested about Finnish Future Studies? We all have  good reasons to work for a better future through the choices each of us makes, but how well do people outside our borders know what we are working with?

Are we receiving the attention we are hoping for?

According to a recent innovation climate study, we've limited availability of competitive early stage venture capitalists reduces the attractiveness of the environment for potential growth entrepreneurs. What should be done to make Finland more attractive for foreign investors?

Everybody is interested in what the future of mankind will be. Globalization of Finnish enterprises is dramatically challenged during the on-going recession. One advice is, we need much more multicultural and cross-border collaboration.

It has been argued that the allegedly alternative supply of angel finance (Mason & Harrison, 2003) in Finland is rather limited, or at the very least not easily tapped by the large majority of p…

Working with Open Innovtion

Open Innovation isn't an easy thing to accomplish. I've been playing with this idea for several decades.

We need it for the environment.
Open Innovation delivers new ideas to society
Traditional politics opposes the open idea
There are tons of problems to be solved

Open innovation is an attitude and it will not start from the top.

It's a movement
It can be applied
We've the tools
The mindset is most important

There is a movement trying to integrate openness to the tradtional development of society. Those are not going to succeed.