Why Place Matters

January 13th, 2016
Weiner%252C%2BEric%2BPHOTO%2B28%2BJan%2BWe live today in a world of instant communications. Our computers coupled with services like Skype, allow us to travel to anyplace on earth at the speed of light.  We have seen the surface of the Moon and of Mars and have been in meetings with participants all over the world.

So should this tell us that anyplace is everyplace?  That things like geography, place, and indigenous cultures don’t matter in the 21st century?

Eric Weiner, the author of The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, argues that that it matters a lot.  In fact, more than ever.

After all, why is it that places like Athens, Florence, Virginia & Philadelphia in 1776 and Silicon Valley today have produced some of the crowning achievements of mankind?  Maybe it’s because, as Eric Weiner says, place matters.

My conversation with Eric Weiner: