• Purchasing Patterns This Holiday Season

    Have you read the latest Monocle Minute? The article sheds light on interesting purchasing patterns in Europe. Namely, this holiday season Germans are likely to choose printed products over high tech gadgets. Referring to data from Handelsdaten, a retail-statistics service, Monocle reports that approximately 49% of Germans will opt for books, which is second to money as the most

  • Cities of Opportunity

    Cities are complex, yet strikingly different. They are hubs of urban challenges and potentials. Cities of Opportunity, an annual report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), examines social and economic health of 30 of the leading world’s cities. It measures their performances against ten indicators. The study demonstrates that cities succeed if they perform well economically, but also if they satisfied a

  • Guilt Free Goods

    Wandering through Amsterdam we stumbled upon Studio JUX, a flagship store of a Dutch fashion label selling ‘guilt free goods.’ If you are not familiar with the brand yet, you will probably love it by the end of this post, just as we did when we walked into the store. Philosophy Founders of the brand believe that fashion

  • Purple Flag City Status

    I have recently learned about a Purple Flag initiative. The initiative aims to raise attractiveness and safety of towns and city centers at night. Purple Flag is an accreditation process similar to the Blue Flag benchmark for beaches. The accreditation leads to Purple Flag status for towns and city centers that meet and exceed the set of standards

  • Cities are like businesses

    Motivated by a lengthy article written by Aparna Piramal Raje on ‘Cities and business development,’ where s/he interviews Greg Clark, the founder of The Business of Cities consultancy, I have decided to share some issues that I have been puzzled with for a while.