Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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2012 European capital of culture

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Guimarães is a unique and special city! Distinguishes itself by its heritage, by inspiring landscape, by entrepreneurship, by the feeling of belonging and the dynamism of its population. The creation of the city of Guimarães dates back to the 10th century, having been here that in 1128, originated from the foundation of Portuguese nationality and the recognition of D. Afonso Henriqu es as first King of Portugal. Enhancement of function and the investment in cultural heritage resulted in the creation of an infrastructure network of high quality and in the regeneration of the historical centre, recognized by UNESCO in 2001 as cultural heritage of humanity.

Guimarães, with a population of 160,000 inhabitants, is one of the youngest cities of Europe (nearly 50% of its inhabitants has less than 30 years), being the second largest municipality in English outside the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto. Alongside the traditional textile industry relevance, were emerging other sectors, with greater technological incorporation of increasing economic significance and confirming the strategic importance of the University of Minho as generator of knowledge and innovation for the city and region. It is also a city in rapidly changing reacting to a competitive global market, in a world that increasingly stimulates diversity and innovation.Guimarães in 2012 will become European capital of culture on par with other European city.

Sent by Manuel from Guimarães, Portugal

Hightech & Baroque – Dresden’s Future

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Centuries ago it was the White Gold, the Exploration of silver in the Erzgebirge, and many other innovations that were spurred by the country’s creative king, August the Strong. The recent exhibition “State of the Art for 450 Years” of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, http://bit.ly/StateOfTheArt450Years, shows the creativeness and entrepreneurial spirit that has been fostered economic wealth since then.

In the time of the industrialization on the turn of the 19th to 20th century, Dresden was famous for its camera business, and many more http://bit.ly/DresdenInventions (see for yourself). Also the car industry, that is still there in the face of dozens of OEM suppliers in the area was very strong.

Then the time after the war and 40 years of GDR in a way halted that movement – it least it seemed like that.

Nowadays it may be the time for making the connection between the past and the future, combining Hightech & Baroque to something magnificently great.

SiliconSaxony, as the Financial Times coined the city of Dresden years ago has the power and drive to make this happen, through its citizens who really deserve it due to their creative power that has outlasted the times of GDR and 20 years as being part of Germany.

Are you thrilled to join the journey? Happy to connect and create the collaborative innovation network that is already under way. Outspanned to Savannah, GA, for the http://coins2010.com conference. The Global Entrepreneurship Week starting 15th of November will be the next chance driving change forward in this fast moving world.

The picture seen is the former Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, that was an entrepreneurial hotspot exactly 100 years ago (and still is, on smaller scale today), http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Werkstätten_Hellerau

Sent by Ralf from Dresden