Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Boston #1 for Innovation

[August 2009 - 2thinknow] Boston has been rated the best US city for innovation, tying scores with previous winner Vienna in Europe. Boston also edged past Amsterdam, Paris,  San Francisco, which rounded out the top five cities in the annual 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index. European cities dominated the top Innovation Cities, with 61% of the top 75 in the European Union. US Cities were mainly from coastal states or the Great Lakes area. London rose unexpectedly, followed by Hamburg, New York, Tokyo and Lyon in France. Toronto in Canada came in 19th, as Melbourne fell from 8th to 20th followed by Sydney in 22nd place. Vancouver placed 48th followed by Montréal. More

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  1. Steve, I enjoy your blog--it's one of the few of its kind. I'm intrigued by the notion of gauging a city's overall achievement in innovation; perhaps some of the methodology employed by 2thinknow in its analysis may prove useful to those of us interested in measuring the results of imaginative thinking in schools and businesses and on a national level. Also, I can't help but notice that 61% of the top 75 Innovation Cities were in the EU. The list is hardly definitive, of course, but it should prompt Americans to look in the mirror nonetheless. What is our attitude toward imagination, creativity, and innovation? Do we leave proper room for these capacities? What can we do better? - Scott Noppe-Brandon, Executive Director, Lincoln Center Institute