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The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation by Fred Bakker, Antoine van Agtmael

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Chapter Six

AWAKENING THE BEAUTIES

Could Your Region Be One of the Smartest Places on Earth?

             Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

CARL SAGAN, ASTRONOMER

We have entered a new era in which many forces are at play: the sharing of brainpower, smart manufacturing, the simultaneous interaction between thinking and making, the rise of the brainbelt, and the decline of the low-cost labor advantage. But this new era is still patchy in places and struggling to emerge against a backdrop of structures, practices, organizations, skills, and attitudes left over from earlier times. This new era, like other transformational ...

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