Mikael Eriksson Björling

About digital transformation, design, creativity and lifestyle in the Networked Society.


Ericsson Evangelist

Change will never be as slow as it is today

On Friday, September 28, Hans Vestberg talked about The Networked Society atSIME London. He spoke about how broadband, mobility and the cloud will become the core infrastructures in which all other activities in society will operate under.

At the moment, basically every industry sector in the world is seeking new opportunities based on this ICT infrastructure, in order to be more efficient and to enhance their business propositions. Today, businesses are changing at a tremendous pace and this speed of change will only continue to increase. In fact, change will never be as slow as it is today.

At the event, Ericsson evangelists, including myself, ran a Networked Society deep dive session that focused on change, in particular on how “commerce and shopping” is changing with digitalization, connected products, big data, 3D printing, user reviews and ratings and so on, all from a 2020 perspective.

We asked people to discuss, in small groups, who they think will be the winners in the commerce value ecosystem in 2020 and to explain why…

Read the full post at The Networked Society blog

Changing the way business is being done

How can business and the public sector adapt to – and utilize – the power of creative people?

In the latest Ericsson Business Review, I wrote an article about the game changers – the creative and entrepreneurial individuals who are bringing their innovations to global social networks and letting the public access their ideas, participate in them, or buy their products.

Previously, established corporations used to create consumer demand. Now, they are increasingly being challenged by the “game changers,” who often come up with the most attractive product concepts – changing the way business is being done.

There have always been creative and entrepreneurial individuals. Some of them have made names for themselves, started up businesses or become artists or corporate stars. But more often, they have nurtured their creative sides and entrepreneurial drive only in the seclusion of their own private sphere, as hobbies and garage projects. But this is no longer the case.

The internet holds digital content from all industries and simple communication tools, such as social media, spread this content to everybody, cutting transaction costs for distribution and communication to close to zero. The creative individual no longer has to make the leap that is required when starting up a business to participate in the market. Their projects are available to the market simply because they exist online, whether they were intended for commercial use or not. The presence of individuals’ content in what used to be commercial market categories, most notably newspapers, the music industry, TV and books, is turning the traditional market logic upside down. Read the full article at the Networked Society blog

Interview with me in EL Diario Montanes


Hopefully they wrote something nice about my keynote in the EL Diario Montanes!

TED-Ed gives teachers new tools to teach

Last month, I wrote a number of posts on how the ICT industry is transforming the way we learn across all stages of education. As education evolves, we need more than just a new kind of teacher – we need a new way of teaching.

Instead of concentrating on memorizing knowledge, like I did at school, we need a stronger focus on learning how to apply knowledge to specific problems. We need a new mindset, and we need international initiatives that support open learning for all, preparing future generations for the global competition that awaits them in the workforce.

One international initiative that truly illustrates an understanding of this need is TED-Ed, a new site that focuses on education and was created by TED, a non-profit organization whose goal is to spread new ideas about technology, entertainment and design

Read the full post at the Ericsson Networked Society blog

Recharging roads – charge your car’s battery while you drive

You own an electric car. You plan to go on a weekend trip, let’s say to the mountains. It’s a three-hour drive and your main concern is whether the battery can get you to your destination and back without having to recharge the car. And if not, is there a charging plug on the way so you can stop and recharge it? Never mind the several hours it takes to do this. So what’s the solution? As more and more people opt for electric cars, smart charging systems will be a crucial component when it comes to creating an optimal consumer experience. Read the full post>>>

What will schools be like in the Networked Society?

When I was at school it was all about a backpack filled with books, a chalkboard, strict rows of desks and chairs, and a teacher at the front instructing us on a wide range of subjects. We didn’t have the internet to find alternative points of view, or smartphones to send texts to friends. Back then, we passed notes. Read the post at The Networked Society Blog

The future school in the Networked Society

In this video, I talk about how new technologies are revolutionizing education.

Watch the video at the Networked Society Blog >>>

An interview with me at CNET

An interview with me and Stefan Hedelius by Roger Cheng was published today at CNET.
Read it at CNET >>>

Cash is no longer king

Money in its physical form, in other words coins and notes, has played an important role in society for centuries. But today, society is becoming more and more “cash less”. And while consumers choose to use debit and credit cards, and mobile money services to complete their monetary transactions, they are not the ones leading the change. Retail stores, public transportation services and so on, see increasing costs and safety risks for handling cash and want digital transactions instead.

So what role, if any, will cash play in the Networked Society?

Read the full post at: Ericsson The Networked Society Blog

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