From Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City:
It’s a mantra of the age of globalization that where we live doesn’t matter. We can work as efficiently from a ski chalet in Aspen or a country house in Provence as from an office in Silicon Valley. It doesn’t make a difference as long as we have wireless and a cell phone.
It’s a compelling notion, but it’s wrong. Today’s key economic factors—talent, innovation, and creativity—are not distributed evenly across the global economy. They concentrate in specific locations … in today’s creative economy, the real source of economic growth comes from the clustering and concentration of talented and productive people.
In short: we have the ability to live and work from anywhere, but not all anywheres are created equal. Choose wisely.
Via Kevin Kelly.