Our world is hyper-connected. The network of global flows now encompasses the massively expanding centers of production, demand and trade found in high-growth markets across all continents. This unparalleled growth in travel and business opportunities makes it imperative to engage as full participants in the new global system of cities, companies, governments, territories and other institutions that are remaking the world.
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Deliberate and strategic efforts made today will become tomorrow’s inherited features. Our client impact can last forever.
We analyze, ideate, strategize and deliver high-impact solutions for clients to accelerate their engagement with the rest of the world. We aim to work with only the most ambitious clients who manage countries, cities, regions, real estate, and physical spaces and also brands that want to be characterized or associated with their place-of-origin (Made in…).
Clients commonly come to us for:
We help clients to attract more tourism arrivals to: towns, cities, provinces, countries, museums, resorts, commercial districts, scenic areas, cultural parks, art districts, etc.
Millions of locations are competing for tourists for economic development and job creation. We help to implement high impact solutions for locations to gain a competitive brand image and global magnetism.
We help clients attract more Chinese tourists to: towns, cities, provinces, countries, museums, resorts, commercial districts, scenic areas, cultural parks, art districts, etc.
More and more destinations around the world are focusing to attract Chinese tourists since China has officially become the top market in the world for outbound tourism and spending.
We speak the Chinese language and understand Chinese market trends. We have exclusive knowledge in what Chinese travelers want and how to reach them in an environment that is very different from the rest of the world. Let us help drive Chinese travelers to your specific brands and locations.
We help to strengthen the ‘magnetism’ of locations to attract greater FDI and global talent to: cities, provinces, country, industrial parks, special economic zones, science parks, research facilities, tech clusters, etc.
Greater inflows of foreign investments for cities and regions help achieve a sustainable high trajectory of economic growth. We work with development agencies and regional governments from around the world who need effective promotion and brand management tools to powerfully influence investor location decisions.
The lifeblood of all locations is their population and their openness to the ideas and energy that new people can bring. We work with location stakeholders (companies/government) to implement highly effective and long-term strategies for attracting both firms and highly skilled knowledge workers from around the world. Our applied strategies to help attract and sustain hard working and intelligent people can literally transform our client cities.
We help to humanize infrastructure projects to have a greater impact on a city’s international standing. (Transportation networks, high-speed rail, airports, bridges, pedestrian scale lighting, smart city technologies, etc.)
As all cities gear up for the global economic demands of the future, they are undertaking major infrastructure projects to build competiveness. We are helping add greater value to these infrastructure projects, such as a bridges or subway extensions by assuring they don’t build sameness, but rather reinforce the character of their local identity. In other words, we help infrastructure projects become much more than function by characterizing them to become iconic assets that can greatly leverage the effectiveness of promoting the ambitious plans and economic growth of cities.
We help bring places to life: shopping malls, commercial streets, public spaces, residential real estate, cultural destinations, hotels, libraries, airports, railways stations, etc.
We create people-orientated destinations that provide people with unique and memorable experiences. In short, our place-making work results to a stronger destination brand, that leads to attracting more consumers who will stay longer, spend more money and come back more often.
We help strengthen local cultures to give locations and institutions a distinctive appeal.
Many city leaders firmly understand that cultural prowess and economic success are increasingly interlinked. Our powerful methods of analysis followed by applied strategy help to capture and strengthen the cultural elements for both old or young cities. Our aim is to create real cultural assets and activities to modernize cities with distinction. The results lead to greater tourism arrivals, global talent, improves the city image, and enhances the local quality of life.
Definition of Culture by UNESCO: “Culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs.”
'Made in' matters to consumers: (export promotion, cultural products, agriculture, manufacturing production, design, commodities, art).
Country of Origin is the term used to describe where products originate. We help our public and private sector clients understand the opportunities they have to create competitive advantage and differentiation to boost local sales or global exports. Our specialized approaches helps ‘brands’ to develop unique narratives interlinked with their place-of-origin, which leads to unique commercial advantage for both the product and the place.
Well-known examples include: (Belgium chocolate, German engineering, Chilean wine, Cuban cigars, Italian olive oil, French perfume, Hangzhou green tea, Swiss watches, Fiji water).
Masterplanning/Architecture aren’t just about drawings, grids or blocks. Masterplanning should also be about telling the story of the distinct nature of an area and where it is going; its role, its offer, its meaning and brand identity.
We uniquely help urban development projects to be designed with their surrounding identity in mind in order to become an architecture or experience that could not exist anywhere else. We collaborate with developers by working with their architects and their other designers such as lighting or interior to assure that they are designing a ‘sense of place’ that will truly standout and embody local identity. Our service is critical for the built environment to avoid mass sameness, as urbanization shows no signs of slowing down.
We are a global team devoted to world changing ventures.
We want to help because we know how to influence the world.
We consistently endeavor to design authentic experiences that can change the way people think of the world and guide them toward new knowledge and understandings. Our clients seek us to help the wider world gain understanding of their cultures, values, history, identity, strengths and authentic purpose. Through this deep understanding, the places we work with become powerfully worthy of cultural, economic and political engagement with the rest of the world.
“There is no future for a city, that has no global ambition”. – JT Singh
Singh is passionate about decoding the nuances of the emerging urban world and showing cities how they should show themselves. With this purpose, he has consistently masterminded some of the most groundbreaking urban initiatives around the world.
Currently Singh is working on various projects around the world to create mechanisms to help accelerate global engagement for cities, improve governance and drastically alter the way we understand and experience the urban world.
His unique work intertwines within the areas of place-brand management, urban policy, economic competitiveness, cultural policy, immigration, public diplomacy, foreign trade/investment, tourism, environmental design and more.
As Managing Director, JT Singh is in charge of foresight and innovation, which puts him at the forefront of understanding where “things are heading” and therefore enables our team to be inspired by the future.
Multidisciplinary Thinking at its finest: Our high caliber and interdisciplinary global team is made up of individuals with diverse experiences in the brand management, public diplomacy, multi-media, economic development, data science, environmental design and smart city industries. In addition to our team, we leverage an exclusive global network of leading practitioners across multiple disciplines. We work with only the best of the best.
Strategy + Creativity = Deliberate Impact
Our strategic + creative approaches help to sell urban places to the world, and simultaneously shape and build them for the future.
We Respect Execution
We collaborate with clients to execute a series of both short and long-term initiatives. Every client engagement begins with a round of deep analysis and discovery. We ask strategic questions and evaluate both reality and perceptions for building a strong baseline of insightful knowledge. With clarity of the situation, we navigate toward high-impact and locally attuned solutions. Then we exceptionally execute and take full responsibility of results.
We customize and localize solutions: We are not in the repeat-order business. Our core belief is that every place is different and therefore ‘cookie cutter’ approaches are simply not appropriate. Every assignment is custom-tailored with fresh thinking, strategic pathways and state of the art tools.
We are picky: If we don’t believe in something or if the client isn’t open-minded enough for our kind of work, we don’t do it. We only take on projects that have the potential of becoming masterpieces or can actually make a difference in the lives of people. Our selectiveness helps us remain innovative, keep fresh and passionate about the work we do.
Our multidisciplinary toolbox surpasses traditional marketing or branding:
Our work is focused on making a tangible difference by impacting the way people perceive and experience a place. But we don’t (do this) through disposable methods of advertising or marketing campaigns, which are simply ineffective in today’s unique global dynamics. Our solutions aim to create a lasting or accumulative effect rather than a quick PR stunt.
Renowned for his next generation thinking, Singh’s insightful reconnaissance of hundreds of emerging cities offers a lens on “where things are headed” on all crucial aspects of the urban world. His imaginative, real world, intellectually rigorous and culturally attuned thinking differs substantially from traditional expert perspectives.
Whenever invited, Singh participates, lectures and speaks at high-level summits or conferences such as the World Economic Forum, World Tourism City Federation Summit and more. He is also frequently featured in the media for his next generation thinking and latest project executions.