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Monday, September 16, 2013

Michael Strong: Startup Cities at Voice & Exit

Can impoverished areas be rezoned for prosperity?


You’ve probably seen more than a few pieces about startup cities in these pages (here, here, and here).

For people who understand the profound benefits of good institutions to the world’s poorest people, they represent, well, hope and change. Michael Strong lays out the concept here:

In this talk, we learn that impoverished places can be rezoned for prosperity. From Dubai to Hong Kong to (just maybe) Honduras, startup cities represent a reboot of social operating systems (laws) in places that have been overwhelmed by corruption and other symptoms of bad institutions.


  • Max Borders is author of The Social Singularity. He is also the founder and Executive Director of Social Evolution—a non-profit organization dedicated to liberating humanity through innovation. Max is also co-founder of the Voice & Exit event and former editor at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Max is a futurist, a theorist, a published author and an entrepreneur.