Connecting Europe through Science
Since its first edition six years ago esof has developed and gained visibility, attracting bids from Europe’s top dogs: so far, the privilege has been awarded to Barcelona, Munich and Stockholm. Turin has been chosen for the 2010 edition and Dublin for 2012.
Remembering Work in Greece
People and businesses struggle to come to terms with the fallout from Greece’s debilitating debt crisis. The Athens News Editor provides an update on the crisis and discusses personal interviews which offer an inside perspective into the current events in Greece.
The Financial Hub of Brazil
São Paulo is one of those cities that, in the foreseeable future, will dictate the direction of the world economy. As a manual for business trips and foreign inhabitants, we highlight these glittering cities of the 21st century.
The balance of power in the world is shifting. We are witnessing a rapid rise of mid-size cities, while many others face relative decline. Parag Khanna states that the middle-income countries are growing increasingly assertive. They are what we call ‘the emerging ...
Aesthetics and Happiness
In a bygone age, virtue was to be expressed through earnest exertion. That mastered nature while, more recently, happiness was derived from the material possessions that a career provided. In a globe where the environment no longer seems limitless, meaning will be increasingly sought in workplaces that are genuinely committed to corporate social responsibility.
Capitals of Culture
Each year two cities from two pre-determined states are selected as Europe’s Capitals of culture (ECoC). Criteria such as the artistic quality of the presented program and its overall european vision determine which city is to represent for the coming year the richness and diversity of european cultures.
Getting the ‘Green Light’
Looking green, thinking green, shaping green cities, and living green seem to be the contemporary ‘must do’ things. Green thinking really can bring positive change in cities worldwide. Local administrations are leading the way. They know that improving quality of life brings benefits.
The challenge of greening the economy has been taken very seriously by local governments, since this is one of most effective drivers for improving quality of life in large and medium-sized urban areas. ...
The City that Never Stops
New York City has been under fire for at least a year. Everything negative you could imagine in the financial sector has occurred in this city. The global financial earthquake had its epicenter here. Yet the climate is still positive.
Museums are crowded, tourism is growing, and many smaller businesses are flourishing. NYC thinks positive: Tomorrow the sun will shine brightly again. New Yorkers have long thought of their city as the center of world, both financially and culturally. So it is ...
The Cost of Doing Business
The problem is becoming constantly more urgent, not just for governments, but for businesses as well, and companies can benefit from an active contribution to a less polluted site and city.
When it comes to deciding on the location of a plant or an office, executives typically consider a combination of business opportunities, tax advantage corporate structures, and low costs, including the cost of environmental regulation. All of which is quite normal! In many countries one would also look ...
Simplicity & Sustainability
The office furniture industry has suffered as a result of the economic crisis. During a downturn, companies concentrate on “saving money”, cutting back on new office furniture, ignoring the fact that such investment accounts for just 1% of company costs.
The global economic situation is creating difficulties all round. What are the prospects for the office furniture industry?
Claudio Feltrin, CEO of Arper (Italy) is brave-hearted, and tells us “We are fighting ...
Taking a glance at the world and looking for the best vintage of the years 2000, it is difficult to have a single answer. This is another evidence for the richness of the wine-world! The useful indication below, directly spoken out by the producers, will drive your curiosity in a successful tasting experience!
Asking major rising wine producers worldwide about the future prospects of wine, we discovered three main drivers of development. First and foremost: the tremendous effort that ...
Producers and Experts
When you ask winemakers which has been the best vintage of the new millennium through 2008 the answers will be different for each of them. In SW Europe probably 2004, 2006 and 2007 were the best vintages, in Greece we had an exceptional 2005, while in Germany 1999 and 2006 were two great years.
It is more difficult to have a “fair vintage statistic” for South Africa, Argentina or Australia since, there, wine-makers are striving continuously and successfully to make better and better ...
Medium Size is Better
A prize for merit still not have been realized, maybe it is only a wish, a hope, an act of trust. Regarding this, we could summarize the decision to award the Nobel Prize to the President of United States, Barack Obama as one of the most discussed issues for the last part of 2009.
Without taking a stand on the issue, one fact seems to stand out: that an individual’s wish to act is more likely to succeed if it enjoys the diplomatic, economic and military backing of a major nation, as ...