A handful of locales generate most innovations. The ongoing communications and transportation revolutions let ideas circulate among these places easily and constantly.
These regions use established innovations and creativity—often imported from other places—to produce goods and services. Increasingly, they are becoming innovators in their own right.
Global Slums: Bogotá
The large, densely populated centers of the developing world are rife with poverty, social and political unrest, and little meaningful economic activity.
Big Valleys: Greenland
The rest of the world is made up of the rural areas and far-flung places that have meager populations and economies.
A version of this article appeared in the March 2008 issue of Fast Company magazine.