Summary of The Smartest Places on Earth
Copyright 2016 by Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker
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Residents can transform languishing rust belt towns into thriving hubs of innovation, according to authors Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker. They depict communities worn down by economic decline that reinvent and revive themselves as “brainbelts.” Community leaders and those who provide adjunct services – attorneys, cultural resources, designers, marketers and investors – will appreciate these local sagas. Inquisitive readers should flip back to the “notes” section, where the authors include data and background materials. This insightful guide is a big hand up for anyone who believes in the productivity of the “multidisciplinary sharing of brainpower,” including entrepreneurs, inventors, higher education administrators, local government officials, and managers or owners of established and start-up companies.
About the Author
Antoine van Agtmael, the principal founder and CEO of Emerging Markets Management, is now senior adviser at the public policy firm Garten Rothkopf. He coined the phrase “emerging markets.” Fred Bakker recently retired from the Dutch financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, where he was deputy editor, editor in chief and CEO.
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1 month agoFirst time I had heard of such terms Rustbelts and Brain belts; but resonated as I would like to foster one for recycling food in markets by dehydrating it right before it goes to waste.
2 years agoVery inspirating and useful.
I got some new fresh ideas from this book.