White Paper The Rainforest: How “Chicago Thinking” Explains Silicon Valley By Victor W. Hwang1

What makes places like Silicon Valley tick? Can we replicate that magic in other places? Despite enormous public investments globally, only a few regions like Silicon Valley have become enduring innovation ecosystems―human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output on a sustainable basis. What is the nature of such innovation ecosystems, and how can we deliberately build them? This white paper and a related book propose a radical “theory of everything”to explain the workings of innovation ecosystems.What makes places like Silicon Valley tick? Can we replicate that magic in other places? Despite enormous public investments globally, only a few regions like Silicon Valley have become enduring innovation ecosystems―human networks that generate extraordinary creativity and output on a sustainable basis. What is the nature of such innovation ecosystems, and how can we deliberately build them? This white paper and a related book propose a radical “theory of everything” to explain the workings of innovation ecosystems. Read it here.