Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Storaenso's new CLT plant in the Czech Republic inaugurated


Stora Enso’s new production site for cross-laminated timber (CLT) in Ždírec, the Czech Republic, was inaugurated last week. Following a Euro 79 million investment

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

You might discover people have a completely different viewpoint


You never know how things can suddenly change, and you find yourself getting the chance you've been dreaming of.

After the pandemic, no one really understood, which isn't over yet, that we are at the edge of a full-scale war in Europe. 

  • Energy crisis, agricultural crisis, food shortage on a global scale
  • Lumber is one of the few commodities that hasn't skyrocketed during the last month
  • How is this affecting the hot housing market in the USA?
  • Higher interest rates mean that homes are less affordable for consumers as monthly mortgage rates increase.
  • This will lead to a slowdown in construction next year, 2023 

It is time to go to your mystery meeting with a limited objective under these circumstances. I am sure there will be a new possibility regarding the re-designing of Digital Villages. 

Please feel free to carry on doing all the other things we are involved in. I also helped them out in the office with all the bookings and computer data entry that always needed constant updating and adjustment.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Global Collaboration is changing the way we work

Distance work became mainstream overnight when the Covid-19 forced nations, industries, and organizations to work from home, stay away from their offices, whenever possible. 

Powerful tools for global online collaboration have been available for the masses, but we did everything possible to avoid widespread use of them.

Force and fear are strong motivators. Fears of the deadly virus have brought a change that high-tech companies couldn't dream of. 

The transformation happened quickly. Millions and millions started to work from their make-shift home offices. The location wasn't a restraint anymore. We just needed a desk for our laptops and we could carry our offices in our pockets and handle our businesses while tending the garden or jogging in the forest.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

When your book ends up being a movie

What if your characters end up looking different from what you imagined during the writing process in the movie? How are you going to react? 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Short History of Digital Villages

DV started as a small budget local project, it became regional, but never really made itself to the headlines. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

All Things Go Digital Soon

The Digital Future offers great potential, but needs the right approach so that all will benefit. The next big things don’t just appear from nowhere. We need to be prepared; do the home-work and find the right people, money and the resources needed to get things done.

We have had industrial revolutions before and we were pretty good in dealing with them. What’s new is the enormous speed of the current revolution, which is being fueled by digitization.

We can not change the speed of technological change - so we need to adapt to it. We must be agile, self-organized and flexible. Organisations need to give people more ownership and responsibility for what they are doing.

Traditional hierarchies are smashed and digital nomads are given the ability to self-organize their productive contributions.

The leaders assume the role of coaches, trusting their teams to make the right decisions. Another key for success is diversity. 

We need to enhance the innovative strength and unleash the potential of our participants.

Diverse teams prove highly capable in adapting to to a  changing environment., and thus contributing to the success of smart villages.

We need to do the most of our participants diversity with regard to everything from cultural background , ethnicity and geographical location.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Let’s get started

Let’s get started! From building the Great Pyramids to landing on the moon, humanity's greatest endeavors have required thousands of people working together on common goals. That requires intricate project management to pull off.

Project management is what gets you to your goal. We need to break down the project into manageable, repeatable steps, ones that guarantee success even when working with many individuals institutions, communities, villages and companies.

It was a project management system and teamwork that landed man on the moon in the 60's.

What do we want to achieve?

Like any startup, the Digital Villages project management team and participants have to  set their goals, define their mission, get organized and discuss a common strategy. What do we really want to accomplish?
  • A learning process
  • Technology improvements
  • Better business environment
  • Attract more tourists
  • Construct hotels and improve housing
  • Export local goods and services to new markets
  • Improve life for the villagers

If we don’t know where we are heading, we might end up somewhere else!

A Digital Villages startup’s success always depends on the three crucial ingredients:
  • access to capital 
  • access to talent and 
  • access to markets

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

EOS - European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry | Press - Press Releases - International Softwood Conference: Riga 2018

Sawn Softwood

The recovery of sawn softwood production that started in 2013 continued at a lively pace during 2016. In the EOS member countries, total production of sawn softwood increased by 2.3% reaching a volume of 82.3 million m³ in 2016. 
The recovery seems to continue this year at a similar pace, as sawn softwood production is projected to reach 84.4 million m³ in 2017 (+2.6%), still far from the production peak of 89.5 million m³ which was observed in 2007.
Developments in 2016 were not equal among the EOS member countries. While in most countries production grew (particularly in Finland and in Austria), a decline was observed in Romania and Belgium, and a slight drop also in Sweden and Switzerland. 
With a production of 21.1 million m³ and a share of 25.6% (25.4% in 2015), Germany remained in 2016 the largest sawn softwood producer within the EOS community. 
Sweden ranks second with 17.9 million m³ (21.7% vs 22.5% in 2015). Finland remains the third largest producer with 11.4 million m³ (13.9% vs 13.0% in 2015) ahead of Austria with 9.1 million m³ (11.0% vs 10.7% in 2015).

France remains the fifth largest producer within EOS with a share of 7.8%.
EOS - European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry | Press - Press Releases - International Softwood Conference: Riga 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Here's Why Remote Workers Are Flocking To Spain

Spain is known for taking things slowly and making the most of free time. Spaniards have some of the highest life expectancies in the world and can you guess why? Well, let’s say it has something to do about living slowly and the no pasa nada attitude that you quickly get used to upon arriving. People who choose to work remotely don’t want to be attached to their computer all of the time but also want to enjoy the day to day, which is easy to do when in Spain.

Digital Nomad? Here's Why Remote Workers Are Flocking To Spain - The Local

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Who owns the Future

Digitalization might be the biggest thing that has happened after the industrial revolution.

It could be the most fundamental thing since humans were able to communicate.

Digitalization changes everything, affects core aspects of business processes, customer interaction and processes.

Processes gain obvious benefits from digitalization, as well as the ways companies interact with customers.

Do decision-makers fully understand the opportunities and threats posed by digitalization and how technological change will affect the long-term health of their organizations?