The New Argonauts: Remaking Global Geographies-CANCELED

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
AnnaLee Saxenian

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum 600 S. Gregory Dr. Urbana

Event Description

Highly-skilled immigrants are transforming what was once seen as a brain drain into a far more complex, two-way process of "brain circulation." By Transferring skills and connections developed in technology centers like Silicon Valley to their home countries, the new Argonauts have seeded new centers of entrepreneurial experimentation in once peripheral economies like Taiwan, Israel, China, and India. These technical communities transfer scarce technical and institutional know-how more flexibly that the most decentralized multinational corporations-and they are transforming the traditional hierarchies of core and periphery, revealing highly differentiated global geographies that offer unanticipated possibilities for institutional and economic change.

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean, School of Information and Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley