Key Global Views

Just this week, ABC Radio National’s Future Tense had an interview with our Executive Director Christopher Hire. The program covered the Innovation Cities Index and how to deal with today’s city challenges. Listen or read Transcript here.

[Radio National is Australia’s national broadcaster].

Global Cities.

IBM a Smarter Planet

IBM a Smarter Planet

That follows on from global IBM’s Smarter Planet Blog – whose author Susanne Dirks drew some attention to Innovation Cities. And drew some comparisons with Richard Florida.

Also in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be followed by from the September Issue of Canada’s Municipal World – looking at Culture and Cities.  A feature in that magazine will introduce the concept to new readers. > more

This attention was linked to the ranking of 256 cities – our public program for the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index 2009.

Emerging Cities from Africa.

Just yesterday, a new lengthy feature on innovation in Africa appeared from journalist Janine Erasmus on Innovation in African Cities. This excellent piece pulls together many sources on Innovation Cities beyond Africa – and is a great place to start.

In Australia, for those  seeking the linkage between spatial data and cities that innovate – “Why Geography Matters” from Open Forum, Sydney.

More voices – some global blogs…

For more global comment we found some diverse blog posts on “Innovation Cities” – here’s a few:

> Innovation Masstech. – Boston, MA

> City Fix from Washington DC.

> Steve Dahlberg’s “Applied Imagination” Connecticut

> Urban Toronto’s view

Manu Fernandez – Barcelona [in Spanish]

> Creativity Zentrum – Spanish Cities – [also in Spanish]

> From Antwerp – Nick De Mey of Board of Innovation

Of course, not all blog posts show up in Google Blog Search, so we’d be happy if you list any we haven’t seen – or may have overlooked.

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