The world’s most innovative metro? That would be London, according to the Innovation Cities Index 2016-2017 published by 2thinknow. New York places second – ahead of Tokyo – and is one of four US cities in the top 10 ranking. Europe has three cities in the upper echelons, with Paris and Vienna joining the UK capital.
“Vienna and Paris have a long history of resurgence and innovation, so we shouldn’t rule out their eventual climb to number one global city in a few years, proving that innovation can come from cities all over the world,” reckons 2thinknow’s director of data, Christopher Hire.
Hire blots his copybook with BS comments on London’s top ranking being down to a “new British stiff-upper-lip resilience to unprecedented change” in the face of Brexit along with a “focus on observation of democracy”. Clearly, Hire is a ‘will-of-the-people’ kind of guy.
For the record, the index classifies 500 cities into four bands based on scores derived from 162 indicators for measuring conditions conducive to creating innovation in a city. The insight is that metros with higher rates of innovation will experience higher economic output, and be perceived as the best destinations to invest in commercial product, service or social innovation without a specific industry focus, says 2thinknow.