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Can Japan finally make special economic zones work? - The Economist

Can Japan finally make special economic zones work? - The Economist | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
Can Japan finally make special economic zones work?
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THE world's best-known and most successful special economic zone is China's Shenzhen.
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I have made some attempts to propose Startup Cities featuring common law legal systems for the earthquake damaged regions of Japan, but those initiatives are moving slowly.  I doubt that these zones will make much of a difference.

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Songdo City, Part 3: “The Real City Next Door” | Startup Cities Institute

Songdo City, Part 3: “The Real City Next Door” | Startup Cities Institute | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
For proponents of Startup Cities, it is important to recognize that city design can have as much influence on the lives of people, rich or poor, as do the institutional rules adopted by the city. To allow for the most meaningful life choices city ...
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The nation state as gated community, the Startup City as expanding access to the global poor who currently don't have access to the wealthy developed nations.

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Songdo City, Part 2: Engineering the Gated City | Startup Cities ...

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Songdo City, Part 2: Engineering the Gated City. [Part 2 of the 3-part series on Songdo, South Korea].
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Good article emphasizing the differences between the Songdo model and the Startup Cities model.

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Tony Hsieh: The City as a Startup

Tony Hsieh: The City as a Startup | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh presents a keynote presentation on his company's plans to transform downtown Las Vegas into the "most community-focused large city in the world." (RT @thinkbigKC: Sneak Preview of #SXSWV2V - Tony Hsieh: The City as a Startup ...
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Tony's vision for Las Vegas is highly aligned with our Startup City work.

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Instapundit » Blog Archive » REASON TV: “Startup Cities,” Honduras ...

Instapundit » Blog Archive » REASON TV: “Startup Cities,” Honduras ... | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
REASON TV: “Startup Cities,” Honduras, and Experiments in Freedom. Tweet. 2 Comments. Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 2:53 pm. REGISTER or SIGN IN to COMMENT. Our new registration system makes commenting easier ...
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We are pleased that Instapundit is giving Tom Bell's excellent talk more exposure.

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What's next for the special economic zones? - Caymanian Compass

What's next for the special economic zones? - Caymanian Compass | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
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What's next for the special economic zones?
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Surprising trends are at work in these areas, known variously as special economic zones, export processing zones, free ports and enterprise zones.
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Great article by Mark Frazier, one of the leading visionaries that inspired the entire Startup Cities movement.

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Cayman's special economic zone, here & now - Caymanian Compass

Cayman's special economic zone, here & now - Caymanian Compass | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
Cayman's special economic zone, here & now Caymanian Compass Cayman has the opportunity to gain the competitive edge as a regional pioneer in special economic zones as this new free zone model compliments Cayman's existing financial services...
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Cayman Enterprise City, both a competitor and a model, an example of an entity that we intend to out perform in terms of providing a high quality business environment.

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Hacking Law and Governance with Startup Cities | Startup Cities ...

Hacking Law and Governance with Startup Cities | Startup Cities ... | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
Outside of Stockholm, vandals and vines have taken over Eastman Kodak's massive factories. The buildings are cold metal husks, slowly falling down and surrendering to nature … Kodak was the victim of innovation — a process that ...
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Link to a great article on Startup Cities as disruptive innovation.

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Startup Cities, Open Government, and the philosophy of Wikileaks ...

Startup Cities, Open Government, and the philosophy of Wikileaks ... | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
Startup Cities, Open Government, and the philosophy of Wikileaks. In a now widely derided editorial, David Brooks admonishes the betrayals of Edward Snowden. It is perhaps a prescient moment when Brooks, (in)famous for his attunement to ...
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Startup Cities creating open access to good rules for billions.

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How to fight the 'Great Slowdown' | Startup Cities Institute

How to fight the 'Great Slowdown' | Startup Cities Institute | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
Startup Cities offer a way around the challenges that poor nations face in the 21st century. If nations cannot maintain their comparative advantage for industrialization, they could consider pursuing a business plan to compete on institutions.
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Excellent article from the Startup Cities Institute about how Startup Cities will lead to increased dynamism.

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Interview: Randolph Hencken, Executive Director of The Seasteading Institute - Firedoglake

Interview: Randolph Hencken, Executive Director of The Seasteading Institute - Firedoglake | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
Interview: Randolph Hencken, Executive Director of The Seasteading Institute Firedoglake One of your founders, Patri Friedman, along with Paul Romer a leading academic on the concept of Charter cities, recently attempted to help institute a free...
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Surprisingly sympathetic interview of Seasteading at a progressive blog.  That said, Seasteading is moving in the direction of real solutions to problems that progressives and environmentalists care about.  I recently read an advance copy of the forthcoming Seasteading book and was dazzled by the environmental solutions coming out of Seasteading, in particular.

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Not PC: Declare Detroit a Free City

Not PC: Declare Detroit a Free City | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
What if Detroit became a free city in which government provided for public safety, honest courts, protection of property rights, and little else? Might not unabated free enterprise take hold as it always has in America?
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There are several initiatives trying to promote a variant of free cities in Detroit.  I am in contact with three different ones.  Each faces tough obstacles, but such a path is by far the most hopeful one for Detroit.

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Vid: "Startup Cities," Honduras, and Experiments in Freedom. Professor Tom W ... - Reason (blog)

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Vid: "Startup Cities," Honduras, and Experiments in Freedom. Professor Tom W ...
Reason (blog)
Watch above to hear Professor Tom W. Bell talk about "startup cities" and experiments in governance.
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Accurate information on the Honduran legislation as well as key details on our proposed legal system from our legal system designer, Tom Bell.

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A new free trade zone could carry the city to 2020 - China Economic Review

A new free trade zone could carry the city to 2020 - China Economic Review | Startup Cities | Scoop.it
China Economic Review
A new free trade zone could carry the city to 2020
China Economic Review
The “Shanghai 2020” plan to make China's largest city into a global financial center has appeared ever less achievable in recent months.
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Although this financial zone will probably end up corrupt and inefficient, it is worth watching - just in case they decide to create a DIFC style financial center.

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