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Proclamation: Products of poor quality with no soul seem to be an incorporated part of our lives. The stores around the globe seem to have lost their integrity, and are presenting the audience and their customers with poorly produced products with no story or soul. In fact, most stores are carrying, if not the same product range, then at least the same brands. It seems like a big a gap is emerging between consumers and retailers. Consumers demand high quality in a diverse range of products. However, stores here and there only present their customers to a “safe” selection of products, made in quite poor quality.


The solution seems indeed within reach. Storytelling. High quality products quite often have a great story attached to them. For instance, the products could be undergoing a unique way of manufacturing process, or the products could have been the results of funny and quirky ideas. Customers do want to hear that story.


In a recently published survey about tourism in Copenhagen, it was quite clear that the commercial expectations to Copenhagen were not met. Tourists want more than just the little mermaid. They want original products, made in Copenhagen or at least in Denmark – they don’t want products branded Danish, made in China.


Sadly, the survey also made it clear that products made in Copenhagen were quite hard to find, especially since we do have a wide range of fantastically skilled craftsmen and small enterprises. All these craftsmen and small enterprise are all enthusiasts that do offer storytelling, impressive quality and much needed diversity within their product range. These are what I would state define as the “local heroes”, who are protecting our retaining our traditions of local production. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to show the world what Copenhagen is made of? I personally believe that this will change the way we consume and experience the cities we’re visiting.  Local production is in other words a direct influence on the diversity of a given city. This is why we want to protect our local heroes! Join me and our humble organisation in the fight about indifference and sad quality, and experience for yourself how much more you will get if you just know where to go… look no further just, visit here are some of the local heroes from the greater city of Copenhagen.



My name is Brian Engblad and I’m blogging live from the European Commission’s 2nd annual forum on the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

I’m here since I find the region an asset and caterpillar to strengthen business competitiveness on a global scale.

I’m situated i Gdansk, since the summit is held here!

I’m together with more politicians than business people…perhaps there is a reason for than – because most business people would expect more than just words and blurry

But do we need blurry directions and fancy words? I think we need leaders and a clear focus!!

They are talking about boosting the region competitiveness through better knowledge and stronger education – but isn’t than the focus of all countries on the globe, and are we really ahead…I’m afraid that they didn’t read the book ‘tiger mom’. Because our hopeful and esteem politicians might rethink strategy.

But in all fairness there are some positive keywords coming out – like invite Greece, Italy and other de-vast economies to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to learn how to change economic directions!!

I will return with more observation during the next days and comments from the summit