Richard Florida has a pithy round-up of some of the pros and cons on the United States as innovation nation on his blog. Recently transplanted to Toronto, Florida isn’t optimistic about the future for the U.S.
I stand by my prediction from Flight; Small states have a keen advantage in the new globalization. Canada, Australia, and the Scandanavian nations are best positioned, economically and socially to benefit from the age of creative globalization. Large old economy states – most notably Russa but also Germany, France, Japan and the United States – have their work cut out for them and suffer from extreme scelerois of the sort Mancur Olson long ago identified. China and India, as big as they are, have a long, long way to go before they become real players in terms of innovation, creativity and talent attraction.