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The Smartest Places on Earth

Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation

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

The Smartest Places on Earth (2016) tells the story of former industrial powerhouse regions around the world that fell into decline but have since reemerged as centers of innovative collaborations. These blinks describe how countries in the West are using this model to challenge the cheap labor-oriented mass production model that has come to prominence elsewhere.

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Antoine van Agtmael is a senior advisor at the public policy advisory firm Garten Rothkopf, based in Washington, DC. A former financier, he coined the term “emerging markets” and founded the investment management firm Emerging Markets Management, LLC.

Fred Bakker is a recently retired Dutch journalist and former CEO, as well as editor-in-chief of Het Financieele Dagblad, Holland’s equivalent of the Financial Times.

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