The virtual age is the age of cities. As information and communication technologies develop, people and firms agglomerate and innovation disproportionally concentrates in a few places in the world. How can we explain this paradox? In this inspiring talk, Pierre-Alexandre Balland reveals that cities are the knowledge incubators of modern societies, and why you need proximity and face-to-face interactions to generate the next big idea.
Pierre-Alexandre Balland is Assistant Professor in Economic Geography. He is fascinated by the mechanisms that lead to the emergence of new ideas and how societies create and exchange knowledge. His work focuses in particular on the persistent role of geographical proximity in a world that seems smaller than ever before.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
As someone who lives in the countryside, I can confirm this message.27/04/2015