Only a few regions like Silicon Valley have become enduring innovation ecosystemshuman networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output on a sustainable basis.

The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt proposes a radical theory to explain the workings of innovation ecosystems.  The fundamental flaw of the theory is that in the real world, economic systems are made of human beings, not anonymous gears, and human beings control all of these factors of production. To explain the differences between highly productive systems like Silicon Valley and most other places in the world, what is most important are not the ingredients of economic production, but the recipethe way in which the ingredients are combined together.

The Rainforest answers the questions:

  • What makes places like Silicon Valley tick?
  • Can we replicate that magic in other places?
  • What is the nature of such innovation ecosystems?
  • How can we deliberately build them?



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