Is your city one that can inspire ideas, implement change and then communicate change to markets and stakeholders? Do you ever wonder which cities are leaders in change worldwide? 2thinknow, an innovation agency based in Melbourne, Australia, is finding the answers to that question – and wants to have input from your city.
Now in its 4th year, the Innovation Cities Index 2010 provides the largest multi-sector, multi-city ranking and score of cities. Rather than dealing with a single issue, the IC Index measures the ability of cities to respond to social and economic change. Last year’s winner was Boston, with Canadian cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec placing well in North America. In previous years Vienna had won. Will it be Boston again, or Paris, or San Francisco or Amsterdam, or an Asian city this year?
By taking a broad-based view of innovation – that encompasses environmental factors, cultural assets, human infrastructure, networked markets, jobs, business/commerce, start-ups and government – the Index aims to provide a reliable measure of actual innovation. Not every city can win, of course, but the top 75 nexus and hub cities are particularly good destinations for innovation.
2thinknow is inviting city governments and civic associations to send materials and information about their city to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be submitted by June 30, but the absolute last cut-off is July 15th, as the Index is scheduled to be launched last week of July 2010. Full information about the 2010 Index is available on the www.innovation-cities.com website.