Alle kennis concentreert zich in paar supersteden

Simon Kuper schreef onlangs een stuk in de Financial Times over hoe de Nederlandse elite niet meer is geïnteresseerd om de top te bereiken in ons land, maar meteen doorstroomt naar steden als New York of Hong Kong.

Nieuw Amsterdam aka New York

Nieuw Amsterdam aka New York

Kuper signaleert hiermee de ontwikkeling van een paar ‘supersteden’ waar alle kennis, macht en geld zich zullen concentreren:

The Dutch elite is moving to Amsterdam; but many ambitious Dutch people no longer want to join the Dutch elite. They want to join the global elite. […] Amsterdam is slipping into the global second division. So are many other national capitals. Their most ambitious people are leaving for a few “global capitals”, chiefly New York, London and Hong Kong.

Saskia Sassen of Columbia University, a leading thinker on cities, asks: “Are we seeing a bunch of ‘super-places’ emerge that are really different, and that become necessary anchors for a firm or an individual or a project?”