26 April 2012



Conference venue: The new Business School of the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Manchester Metropolitan University 13th-16th February 2013
The Business of Place: Critical, practical and pragmatic perspectives
Conference Chairs: Professor Cathy Parker and Ares Kalandides
Place branding, place management, place marketing, strategic spatial development, public-private place partnerships, all synonyms describing one thing – the application of business principles to place.  The language and conventions of business have spread across the world, to places of all scales, from district centre management through to nation branding.  This widespread extension of market principles to places (districts, towns, cities, regions, countries and even continents) is not without critics, with many economists explaining that it is firms that compete not places. Nevertheless, those charged with place leadership chant the mantra of place competition, hence the expanding business of place.
The aim of this conference is to accept these alternative realities and provide a ‘green zone’ for contributors to bring their perspective on the business of place for the explicit purposes of theoretical and practical development.  Based in Manchester, the original modern city, delegates will play a pivotal role in making sense of the state of the knowledge for academics, practitioners and policy makers.
Contributions are welcome that explore the various perspectives of place branding, management or any other type of ‘orchestrated action’ that investigate or apply business principles in or to places.  If you wish to discuss a paper or a proposal for a special session, then please email the Conference Chairs Cathy Parker (c.parker@mmu.ac.uk) or Ares Kalandides (kalandides@inpolis.de)
The Conference is sponsored by INPOLIS Berlin, The Institute of Place Management and Development and Manchester Metropolitan University.  Conference delegates that are members of the Institute of Place Management are entitled to discounted delegate fees.  Conference delegates that are not members of the Institute of Place Management are entitled to 6 months free membership.
In addition to the conference, there are a number of other key events.
Master Class : Principles of Place Management (leading to the International Certificate in Place Management)
A one-day Masterclass (12th February) which explores place management, marketing and branding from an inter-disciplinary perspective.  Delegates will examine the global drivers of change in relation to the governance of place and learn the principles of place management, marketing and branding.  The Masterclass will also provide delegates with a range of theoretical frameworks in order to be able to critically reflect upon the conference content and get more from the conference presentations and workshops. Delegates that wish to be awarded the Institute of Place Management’s International Certificate in Place Management can choose to submit an assignment, applying the learning from the Masterclass to a place of their choice.  The International Certificate in Place Management is an access route to Manchester Metropolitan University’s MSc in Place Management.
Place Management and Branding Research Colloquium (13thFebruary)
A one-day workshop, suitable for students of place management and branding and early career researchers in the area to develop their research proposals, presentations skills and learn how to get published.  In addition, those attending the colloquium, who have a paper accepted in the conference, have an opportunity to compete for one of the ‘best new researcher’ slots in the full conference programme.
Study Tours (16th and 17th March)
A choice of walking tours of Manchester, exploring its industrial past and heritage from a place management and branding perspective (including best and worst practice!).  The study tours will be supported by material that can be used by delegates wishing to use Manchester as a case-study in their classes or presentations.
Additional information will be provided soon.

Não ter vivido de forma mais verdadeira é o maior arrependimento de quem está a morrer | iOnline

Não ter vivido de forma mais verdadeira é o maior arrependimento de quem está a morrer | iOnline

A enfermeira australiana, Bronnie Ware, editou um livro sobre os cinco maiores arrependimentos que os pacientes sentem quando estão em estado terminal.
 “Os Cinco Maiores Arrependimentos das Pessoas à Beira da Morte", título da obra, expõe aquilo que as pessoas mais lamentam não ter feito durante o seu percurso de vida, tendo como base testemunhos que a enfermeira recolheu durante os anos em que trabalhou em unidades de cuidados paliativos.
Citada pelo Guardian, Ware refere que os pacientes davam frequentemente respostas comuns quando questionados sobre o que mais se arrependiam de não ter feito. No topo está o facto de terem vivido em função das expectativas dos outros, em vez de terem vivido de acordo com as suas próprias convicções.
“Este era o arrependimento mais comum a todos”, afirma a enfermeira, acrescentando que “quando as pessoas se apercebem que estão a morrer e olham para trás é fácil perceber que muitos dos seus sonhos ficaram por cumprir. A maioria não realizou nem metade deles e acaba por perceber que não o fez devido às suas próprias escolhas”, explica.
Assim, o segundo maior arrependimento é “ter trabalhado tanto”, uma resposta dada sobretudo por pacientes do sexo masculino que lamentaram não ter acompanhado o crescimento dos seus filhos e passado mais tempo com as suas mulheres, por estarem sempre a trabalhar.
Em terceiro lugar estão os sentimentos reprimidos. “Gostava de ter tido coragem para expressar os meus sentimentos”, foi outro dos grandes desejos não concretizados manifestado pelos pacientes de Bronnie Ware.
Não ter mantido mais o contacto com os amigos e não se ter permitido ser mais feliz são os quarto e quinto maiores arrependimentos.

17 April 2012

DutchNews.nl - Six politicians, four journalists in top 10 Dutch Twitter users

DutchNews.nl - Six politicians, four journalists in top 10 Dutch Twitter users

Six politicians, four journalists in top 10 Dutch Twitter users

Monday 16 April 2012
Six politicians and four political journalists are on a list of the most influential users of the microblogging service Twitter in the Netherlands, drawn up by global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and social media analysts Klout.
The company drew up a list of G20 influencers, 'defining the top ten most politically influential people on Twitter' in each of the G19 countries plus the EU as well as Netherlands, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
MPs Geert Wilders, Alexander Pechtold and Diederik Samsom are among the politicians on the list while Nos political commentator Dominque van der Heyde and Frits Wester of RTL are among the journalists.
On average, the Dutch Twitter users had over 63,000 followers.
© DutchNews.nl

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16 April 2012

Antalya conference

14.45 – 16.00 Session III  Chair: Asst.Prof. Bahattin Özdemir 

Building a sustainable competitive advantage in times of crises: Capitalizing on culture, 
destination branding and relationship marketing 
Stella Kladou, Antonios A. Giannopoulos, Eleni P. Mavragani, Alexandra-Paraskevi Chytiri 

Branding the green. How place branding can contribute to the development of the 
Northwest of Portugal as green destination 
Eduardo Oliveira, Gregory Ashworth and Gert de Roo 

Israeli Tourism to Turkey: A Love stıry against all odds 
Daniel Zimet 

Low cost airlines and tourist activity in the intermediate cities of the Mediterranean Spanish 
Roberto Díez Pisonero 

Community based ecotourism concept, characteristics and restrictions: Gharb-Sehel Village, 
Aswan, Pilot Project 
Ossama A.W. Abdel Meguid

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12 April 2012

Instruments of Place Branding and Regional Dynamics: Guimarães as European Capital of Culture

Instruments of Place Branding and Regional Dynamics:
Guimarães as European Capital of Culture

Department of Planning & Environment, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen,
Groningen, The Netherlands


The concept of place branding has emerged as a powerful instrument to raise awareness and create uniqueness.  This branding process could be linked to a general increase in competition between places in order to draw attention from stakeholders to host events. Moreover, it has been implemented as a form of spatial planning and place management. The concept is thought to provide valuable tools for cities, regions and countries to differentiate themselves, by managing their opportunities and transforming them into competitive advantages, thus gaining brand value and strengthening their global market position. Three following instruments have been explored as a competitive appeal: i) personality association ii) signature building, and iii) event hallmarking. Amongst others, cultural events are used to improve overall reputation and stimulate development by attracting visitors and capital. This paper focuses on the European Capital of Culture-Guimarães as the 2012 city host (ECC-2012). First, it attempts to clarify the contribution of place branding instruments, from the organization of cultural events to a branding strategy capable of enhancing development, and discuss the links between them. Secondly, to what extent the ECC-2012 (short-term intervention) is embedded in a longer-term strategy to create a new regional dynamic of the northwest region of Portugal. Is the ECC creating momentum? Is place branding (i.e. as a spatial planning instrument) used to foster this momentum?

KEYWORDS Guimarães; Northwest of Portugal; Place Branding Instruments; Place Branding.
The Conference
18th Congress of The Portuguese Association for Regional Development
Innovation and Regional Dynamics: 12 – 16 June 2012, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

11 April 2012

FRW Paper Discussion



7 Places You Should Not Miss When Visiting Porto

7 Places You Should Not Miss When Visiting Porto

Porto is a magical city. Modern, yet still clinging to the old ways, it fascinated us beyond any expectations. We spent a day by the ocean, visited the uncounted for gilded churches, took a boat tour on the Douro River, and went for a wine tasting. But we also visited the following 7 places and we think no visit to Porto is complete without them. A city with charming and colorful, yet decaying architecture, with buildings ruled by the seagulls as the owners moved to quieter villages along the coast, Porto remains by far the most beautiful city in Portugal.

Café Majestic

Café Majestic is Porto's emblematic café. It opened back in 1921, during the Belle Epocheand it proudly  keeps its charm to this day. Located in Santa Catarina Street, one of the busiest pedestrian streets in Porto, it is definitely a must stop for the 20s enthusiasts like myself and one of the rare occasions one is granted in this life to have a cup of coffee, or grab a bite in a gorgeous setting no longer in fashion. However, Café Majestic is not the only beautiful café in town, nor the cheapest, and if you just got outside the touristic center, you would find plenty of restaurants and cafeterias teeming with locals, and having ridiculously cheap prices.

Bolhão Market

Walking around Bolhão market you get the feeling that you have stepped back in time, or that time has stood still for many, many year. Yet, the time was less gentle with the merchants and the closed stalls give you the impression that this market is about to disappear. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not the day after, but the only generation that keeps this place alive doesn't look like is going to be around much longer. Bolhão reminded me of the East European markets, except that while those are still thriving, this is a dying market. But you can still find fruits, and fish, freshly cut flowers and souvenirs, plastic house plants and decorative sea shells here. The variety it still tremendous, but the corporate supermarkets seem to have finished with it before time.

Lello Bookshop

Lello Bookhop is a total surprise. Behind a beautiful, but not so out of this world Neo-Gothic façade squizeed between two buildings, you will encounter one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. You just have to bother to open the door. I could have spent hours just looking around, having a cup of coffee upstairs next to the camellias, contemplating the stairs, one of the most intriguing ones I've ever seen... They sell books in quite a few languages, including English.

São Bento Train Station

This is one of the most interesting train stations you will ever see. It's small and busy and it is located just in the middle of the city. It was inaugurated at the beginning of the last century and just as you enter it, there are these huge walls covered in azulejos, blue and white tiles depicting important moments from Portugal history. I also found the platforms pretty interesting. They are few, but immediately after the train leaves the station, it cuts through the mountain. On top of the mountain are some pretty houses covered in ivy. I just can't stop gasping in amazement every time I think about Porto's architecture, how the locals shaped the rock to suite their needs and how the mountain generously accommodates them. 

The Stock Exchange Palace

One visits the Stock Exchange Palace to see the Arabic Room. But the other rooms are quite interesting too, though they have a completely different character. I walked around this palace constantly exclaiming an 'Oh!' or an 'Ah!'. Though on the outside the Stock Exchange looks austere, symbolizing the seriousness of the business conducted inside, the interiors are lavishly decorated, symbolizing the richness and prosperity of the merchants. It took three generations of Portuguese artists to complete this building and the end result is simply stunning. Finding more lavishly decorated rooms will be impossible in Porto.

The Town Hall Square

The huge square in front of the Town Hall and the Aliados Avenue has undergone a modernization project in the last years. It is a beautiful open space lined with trees and flanked by some of the most majestic building in the city. Lots of Porto's hotels are to be found around here. If you are on a budget but still want to stay in a good location, you can always look for hotels.com voucher codes to save some money. 

Crystal Palace Park

The Crystal Palace Park offers some of the most beautiful panoramic views over the city, both to the left and the right. And the best Porto sunsets can be watched from here too. Many locals come here for jogging, like the eternal up and down the hills of the city wouldn't keep them fit enough. When we visited at the beginning of March the magnolias and camellias were in bloom and the park was incredibly beautiful. There are lots of peacocks and ducks running around freely (or resting) and the Crystal Palace, the pavilion in the middle of the park, is the landmark with a green dome that you can see from almost anywhere in Porto.

Porto is an incredibly beautiful city and it offers some amazing accommodation options too. However, if you want to make the most of your budget, using hotels.com discount codes will save you money for an extra museum, or delicious pastries, or why not a day trip to the nearby UNESCO Heritage Site of Douro Valley.

10 April 2012

Incubate Scene Report: a guide to Groningen

Incubate Scene Report: a guide to Groningen

April 10, 2012

Groningen is the biggest city in the north of the Netherlands. It’s also a very lively, creative and interesting place with a strong underground scene.
The music scene in this city is diverse. There is De Oosterpoort, which has cabaret, dance, theatre, classical music and some shows from bigger artists. Vera  (photo) is a real music venue. It is located in one of the oldest buildings in the city and has had some artist play before their breakthrough, i.e. U2, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. and loads more. Vera is probably the most interesting music venue in Groningen and when you call your self the ‘Club for the International Pop Underground’ you better have something to back it up, and they do. By having three to four concerts a week, booking international artists as well as a lot of national bands, organising dance-nights and every Saturday night they have downstage concerts. These downstairs concerts are mostly free and have a lot of focus on smaller bands. A fun read is the story about the legendaryHives afterparty, which makes me jealous to not have been there.

There also is Simplon, a smaller venue that has both smaller international and national artists playing. Some bars and café’s that have music and art are Kult and O’CeallaighORKZ is a bar/cinema/old-squat, which once was the biggest squat place in the whole of The Netherlands. Nowadays they host music events, art expositions, play movies and there are also people living in the building. Viadukt is a rehearsal space that is also used for concerts.
If you’re looking for something more dance-oriented you should check out Subsonic , located on Groningen’s Grote Markt. This club goes on ‘till early in the morning and offers techno, dubstep, drum ‘n bass and much, much more.
Even more interesting is probably all the activity and initiatives that are started by people all around the city. There seems to be a small group of people involved to represent almost every kind of music/art/community.
Wishfulmusic is an initiative by Wouter de Boer, Laurens Dijkstra and Ralph Rietveld. They organise intimate shows in living rooms and other cozy locations around Groningen. The organisation focuses on folk, singer-songwriter and acoustic music. Not too long ago they started the Groningen Songwriters Guild. Here songwriters from Groningen get together to share ideas and songs.
In Groningens ‘underground’ scene there is happening a lot happening. Owsum, for example, is a platform and art-collective by like-minded locals. Together they organise concerts, expositions and other events.

They organise a lot of interesting events in Vera, Vespro, Simplon and loads of other locations. In 2010 they organised Scenery (photo), a musical event in the Grand Theatre, where they created different ‘sceneries’ for every band to play in. This year they will bring this back. On the 22th of April with San Francisco drone artist Barn Owl and Teen Radiation, a project by Incubate’s very own Vincent Koreman.
Lepel Concerts is a project run by Ike de Zeeuw, Ruben Walraven and Marinke Kerkhoff. These youngsters put on shows almost every month, trying to give interesting bands a place to play and promote new and unknown music to a new audience. Ike and Ruben also play in Wolvon, our second band to play at Incubate Scene Report on April 26th. Lepel worked together with Subroutine Records to organise Subroutine & Lepel Care, an independent showcase festival that had a lot of bands from Groningen (and other places).
Betontegel is a festival for experimental art and music and is held in different locations throughout Groningen. They have a heavy focus on noise and really experimental/weird stuff. KopjeK  is a creative platform that gives techno-parties on unique locations and has a lot of focus on creativity. They combine art, visuals, and weird clothes with a dance party.
For more regular music programming Fifteen Minutes is a very interesting initiative. They host events in Groningen and Leeuwarden every month, where 6 to 8 bands get their fifteen minutes of fame. They register these shows on photos and film, so you have your own promotional package.
Surrounding Lepel, Subroutine and Vera there are some louder/garagerock/noisy bands. When I asked Marinke from Lepel what she thought was the ‘Groningen’ sound she answered: “I like to think that it’s a bit raw/garagerock/noisy, but to be honest, there are also a lot of (mediocre) popbands and singersongwriters. Typical ‘Groningen’ is a not-too-polished sound. Vera is probably the centre of the Groningen music scene and they always gave room to ramshackle/punkbands.”
Bands such as the previously named Wolvon  a three-piece who released the impressive EP ‘Comfort’ onSubroutine Records at the end of last year. Their sound is energetic, frantic, noisy and they’re sure to give an impressive live performance. Labelmates Vox Von Braun (Incubate 2008) make heavily ‘90’s inspired alternative rock. Svetkoff Lamps sound dissonant and noisy. It does sound a lot like Sonic Youth, but that doesn’t matter since the music itself still manages to impress and set them apart in the music scene.  Be sure to check out Sexton Creeps, a collective of musicians who create beautiful experimental songs.
Incubate 2010 artist Traumahelikopter is a real garage-rock band. That fits in nicely with recent upcoming bands as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, etc.

A lot of the underground scene is surrounding the art school/scene in Groningen. Like Duizend a solo-project by artist Gijs Deddens , who also works for Owsum and runs the Lekkerkut Platenmaatschappij. The sound is really ambient, but gets darker and more aggressive from time to time. Gijs also plays in Vakantie, improvisational electronic music, more up-tempo and techno. Earth Control, who are playing Incubate Scene Report this month, also released their material on Lekkerkut Platenmaatschappij. The duo has its own weird mix of garage-punk and electro and is often compared to Digital Leather. More interesting bands/projects from this scene are Loud Squirt (Incubate 2011) and Electriciteit is Onze Hobby. It seems to be a tightly knit network of people who know each other and work in different forms and projects. Interesting but also hard to dissect.
Also check out some of the other experimental stuff like Kasper van Hoek. He builds his own electronic instruments on which he makes songs and also collaborates with other artists, such as Sexton Creeps.
In the noise-genre you also have Obsolete Office Equipment and Under Milk Wood,who are more ambient-noise, with some sparse instrumentation and a minimalistic approach.
There is also a scene of bands and artist whom are more folk, acoustic and songwriter orientated. One example is Town of Saints a folk band who stand out thanks to their use of fiddle. Zwaar Licht is a band that stands out because their music sounds folk, but it’s mostly instrumental with a minimal use of vocals. Soothing pieces that are not afraid to take an unexpected turn.
Groningen has strong ties with the Academie voor Popcultuur in Leeuwarden. A lot of students come from, or live in Groningen. Bands as Eklin, Adept, Bonne Aparte, Woud, The Black Atlantic, Kim Janssen, all come from the music scene in Groningen.
Groningen seems to be a city that, because of it’s isolation, takes matters in it’s own hands. They set up amazing shows, create platforms and interesting projects that are unique and gain attention from the local scene. It’s a scene that is tightly connected and covers a large spectrum of musical genres. To best explain this I will quote Merlijn Poolman, owner of nightclub Subsonic, from some questions he answered me by e-mail: “The connection between people who go to parties and organise things in all different kinds of scenes, but still know each other somehow. There is a friendly vibe with a lot of cooperation to set-up beautiful initiatives together.”
Once again there is too much to put into one report. So please add any things you miss in the comments. We try to put together a list of active bands and musicians in the Dutch music scene; you can post recommendations here. I have put up the list I currently have for Groningen. So if you miss anything, feel free to add it.
Feel free to visit the next Incubate Scene Report
26 April 2012 – Cul de Sac, Tilburg
With: Earth Control + Wolvon
Free entrance

9 April 2012

Nano-sized ‘factories’ churn out proteins - MIT News Office

Nano-sized ‘factories’ churn out proteins - MIT News Office

Nano-sized ‘factories’ churn out proteins

Tiny particles could manufacture cancer drugs at tumor sites.



8 April 2012

Bogota named UNESCO City of Music - Colombia news | Colombia Reports

Bogota named UNESCO City of Music - Colombia news | Colombia Reports

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Bogota named UNESCO City of Music

Bogota a City of Music
UNESCO has awarded Bogota the title of City of Music and enlisted it as a member of the Creative Cities Network.
According to an announcement by UNESCO, Bogota has joined Seville, Bologna, Glasgow, and Ghent as the fifth City of Music. It is being recognized as a "major center of musical creation and activity in Latin America."
Known as the "Athens of South America" for its numerous universities and museums, Bogota was named a City of Music because it "boasts an outstanding infrastructure for the creation and promotion of all music genres [...] as well as the many public and private cultural spaces provided for performing music."
Bogota is the newest member of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, which consists of cities that promote "music as a tool for socio-economic improvement and cultural diversity."
In the coming weeks Bogota will host the bi-annual Iberoamericano Theater Festival (March 23 - April8), the Al Cubo 3 Music Festival (March 27 - April 3), and the Estereo Picnic Music Festival (March 30).

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