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The Atlas of Ideas How Asian Innovation Can Benefit Us All

The Atlas of Ideas How Asian Innovation Can Benefit Us All

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The Atlas of Ideas: How Asianinnovation can benefit us all
Charles Leadbeater and James Wilsdon
 About Demos
Demos is one of the UK’s most influential think tanks. Our research focuses on fiveareas: cities, culture, identity, public services and science. We analyse social andpolitical change, which we connect to innovation and learning in organisations.Our partners include policy-makers, companies, public service providers and socialentrepreneurs. Our international network – which extends across Europe,Scandinavia, Australia, Brazil, India and China – provides a global perspective andenables us to work across borders.As an independent voice, we can create debates that lead to real change. We usethe media, public events, workshops and publications to communicate our ideas.All our publications can be downloaded free from
www.demos.co.ukCharles Leadbeater
is a senior visiting fellow at the National Endowment forScience Technology and the Arts, a visiting fellow at the Said Business School,Oxford University, a long-standing Demos senior associate and a co-founderof Participle, the public service innovation agency. A former industrial editor ofthe
Financial Times 
, he drafted the British government’s 1998 white paper
Building the Knowledge Driven Economy,
and has advised governments and organisationsaround the world on innovation strategy. His books include
Britain: The California of Europe 
(Demos, 1998);
Living on Thin Air: The new economy 
(Penguin, 1999);
Surfing the Long Wave: Knowledge entrepreneurs in the UK 
(Demos, 2001);
The Pro-Am Revolutio
(Demos, 2005); and
Ten Habits of Mass Innovation 
(Nesta,2006). His latest book,
We-Think: The power of mass creativity,
is available in draftonline at www.charlesleadbeater.net and will be published in 2007 by Profile.
James Wilsdon
is head of science and innovation at Demos and a senior researchfellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Lancaster University. His researchinterests include science and innovation policy, emerging technologies, sustainabilityand globalisation. He regularly advises government agencies, companies andNGOs on these topics. Together with Charles Leadbeater, he is the coordinatorof The Atlas of Ideas project. His recent publications include:
Governing at the Nanoscale 
(with M Kearnes and P Macnaghten, Demos, 2006);
The Public Value of Science 
(with B Wynne and J Stilgoe, Demos, 2005); and
See-through Science 
 (with R Willis, Demos, 2004).
We used to know where new ideas would comefrom: universities, science parks and corporateresearch centres in rich countries. Think again.Products are assembled along global supplychains. Savings flow through global financialmarkets. Something similar is happening to howideas and technology develop.The rise of China and India means US andEuropean pre-eminence in science-basedinnovation cannot be taken for granted. Nor canthe knowledge jobs that have depended on it.Rapidly growing markets, combined with risingstate spending on research and expanding poolsof skilled labour, buoyed by nomad innovatorsreturning from the US, are attracting multinationalsand enabling home-grown companies to domore in Asia’s innovation hotspots. The barriersto entry into science are falling fast, especiallyin emerging sciences, such as nanotechnology.Asian innovation will open opportunities as wellas pose challenges. European innovators will findnew consumers to sell to and new partners towork with. More researchers, with better tools,will be more able to tackle global challenges,such as climate change and new pandemics.

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