It is often more important for most cities, regions and countries to absorb knowledge, adopt and spread innovations, than it is to create new ideas and products through invention and discovery. There are real economic and social gains generated when places adapt concepts that have originated elsewhere. History is littered with examples of economies that have unsuccessfully attempted to reach high levels of self-sufficiency and autonomy in knowledge and innovation – not just North Korea, Albania or Mongolia, but even China and India until the 1980s. Today’s fast-growing economies owe their growth to a willingness to learn from others as much as exploiting their own original ideas.
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