Cluster hordes of innovators in “hot spots”

This blog post originally appeared on the Education Innovating blog run by Education Evolving from 2010 to 2011. It has now been merged into our main blog.

David Brooks wrote a New York Times column last December about facets of an innovation agenda for economic reform.

Check out the seventh item: encourage regional innovation clusters.

Said Brooks, “Innovation doesn’t happen at the national level. It happens within hot spots — places where hordes of entrepreneurs gather to compete, meet face to face, pollinate ideas. Regional authorities can’t innovate themselves, but they can encourage those who do to cluster.”

It's interesting to think about this, and other aspects of Brooks’ agenda, in the context of K-12’s innovation zones.

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