Innovation Nation

If you want to live somewhere particularly innovative, consider Boston, Paris or Amsterdam. The Innovations Cities rankings, released last month, rely on measurements of “31 common industry and community segments weighted against global trends. This was reduced to a 3-factor score out of 10 measuring the cultural assets, human infrastructure and networked markets of an innovation economy. The complex process of scoring cities included the analysts assessment of the market confidence of the cities, to form a final city ranking.” In the U.S., New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia were also named as “nexus cities” of innovation. [%comments]


The stuff coming out of MIT never fails to amaze me.

Ian Kemmish

Do you endorse the consultancy service that's being plugged in that press release? If so, why?

Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team

For a good part of last century, much of the electric innovation including power grids, generators, sound recording, moving pictures, wire telephony, motion picture cameras, x-ray, and lighting in the entire nation were created in a small New Jersey suburb of Menlo Park. Actually all the innovation was in one company. And actually one lab. And predominantly due to one man: Thomas Edison.

He brought America electricity and all the wonderous devices and gadgets.

He was the one national innovation resource for almost 50 years. Which ever city he sleep in at night, was a world class innovative city-- for that particular night. Maybe you could say that about Steven Jobs.

In vast cities like SF, NYC or Paris, there are only a handful of truly genius innovators. Most of the others are just standing in line at Starbucks and clogging the freeways with SUVs.


need more info out of your articles i.e. examples of transportation differences of the cities, more contrasts with "less" innovative cities, more stats about "human infrastructure" "markets networked".


Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team: You really need to read up on what Edison actually did. He was nowhere near that responsible for all those inventions/innovations.