The spiky world and the rise of the mega-region make place more important then ever before. But what if your place is not part of a mega-region or a spiky center? Two places our team has thought a great deal about are Australia – where Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane do not form a mega-region – and Scandinavia, where Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Helsinki are also too far apart. One idea is to deepen connective tissue and form “virtual” mega-regions of sorts.
U.S. Endowment takes on the even thornier issue of how rural areas can connect to spiky globalization which suggests “that individual rural communities will have an increasingly difficult time competing. Thus, the need to form ‘mini-regions’ built upon clustering of potential that if not ready to compete globally are vitally linked to mega-regions in a symbiotic relationship.”
Sounds reasonable to me: What do you think?