The Smartest Places on Earth

Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: BN9188
Released: Mar 29, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781511394512
Narrator/s: Christopher Lane
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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The remarkable story of how rustbelt cities such as Akron and Albany in the United States and Eindhoven in Europe are becoming the unlikely hotspots of global innovation, where sharing brainpower and making things smarter-not cheaper-is creating a new economy that is turning globalization on its head Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker counter recent conventional wisdom that the American and northern European economies have lost their initiative in innovation and their competitive edge by focusing on an unexpected and hopeful trend: the emerging sources of economic strength coming from areas once known as "rustbelts" that had been written off as yesterday's story. In these communities, a combination of forces-visionary thinkers, local universities, regional government initiatives, start-ups, and big corporations-have created "brainbelts." Based on trust, a collaborative style of working, and freedom of thinking prevalent in America and Europe, these brainbelts are producing smart products that are transforming industries by integrating IT, sensors, big data, new materials, new discoveries, and automation. From polymers to medical devices, the brainbelts have turned the tide from cheap, outsourced production to making things smart right in our own backyard. The next emerging market may, in fact, be the West.

All formats/editions

Product Number EB00710291
Released: Apr 03, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: #9781541762107

Professional reviews

"Narrator Christopher Lane projects the enthusiasm of the authors, who see a future in "brain belts," places where universities, governments, and investors team up for technological innovation. Who wouldn't be intrigued by their output-- things like smart greenhouses and particle accelerators? Examples of such places include Akron, Ohio; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; and Dresden, Germany. Lane does a good job of bringing listeners up to speed on ideas they may have read about briefly, such as "the Internet of Things." However, this book is meant to influence opinion on a business future the authors envision, and, as such, it sometimes bogs down as its thesis is reiterated. Even so, it's a good primer on the topic. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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