Monday, February 11, 2008

Network Research and Innovation

Networks featuring diverse, overlapping, frequent interactions are more responsive to change and more innovative than their more specialized, hierarchically organized counterparts.

Urban spaces put people with diverse knowledge, values, and interests in positions where they can form such networks.

Ed Morrison has compared Evansville, Indiana to Lafayette, Louisiana, showing how the city to our north is much less "segregated" that the city to the north. While racism and discrimination can play a part in keeping a network from "integrating," so can spaces and experiences we choose to build and share.

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