I have spent a surprising amount of time in the past three weeks talking with people who have been either whinging about the place that they live in or are thinking and talking about how they can improve it.
I was interested to get this great slide set last night written by Richard Florida which got me thinking about this more.
- The world is not flat, it is spiky
- The spikiest places (spiky is good in this context), tend to be places that have three things in particular relative abundance: TALENT, TECHNOLOGY & TOLERANCE
- Smart, creative people (by reading this you qualify) can choose where they live. You will be more fulfilled if you take time to choose a place that suits you as early as possible in your life
It also has a great model for thinking about the things that really matter to people in a city. Using this model I can claim to live in one of the best places in Europe – just as well the model doesn’t include mountains in the list of requirements.
Is anyone aware of any work that has been done to evaluate European cities sit in these or any other models? Would love to hear about it.