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Was Renaissance Florence a Better Innovation Incubator Than Today's Silicon Valley?

Sponsors, mentors, disasters, and competition are key ingredients in the recipe for successful innovation. 

Urban planners the world over yearn to replicate the success of Silicon Valley: witness Thames Valley (England) and Silicon Oasis (Dubai), to name just two of these attempts. Invariably, these well-intentioned efforts fail for the simple reason that they’re trying to replicate the wrong model. Silicon Valley is too new, too now, to glean lessons from. Those hoping to launch the world’s next great innovation hub would be better off looking to an older, even more remarkable genius cluster: Renaissance Florence. The Italian city-state produced an explosion of great art and brilliant ideas, the likes of which the world has not seen before or since. This hothouse of innovation offers lessons as relevant and valuable today as they were 500 years ago. 
Here are a few of them.

3-D Printed Textile Clothing - Thought Starter

"The breakthrough came when I was introduced to Filaflex, which is a new kind of filament. It's strong, yet very flexible. And with it, I was able to print the first garment, the red jacket that had the word "Liberté" -- "freedom" in French -- embedded...

Adidas' Plan To Save Our Soles... And Our Oceans

Adidas previewed an environmentally-friendly 3-D-printed shoe prototype last week. The new midsole is illustrative of Adidas' commitment to end plastic pollution in the world's oceans. The concept consists of an upper made with ocean plastic content and a midsole which is 3-D printed using repurposed content from gill nets. The project is part of Adidas’ continuing partnership with Parley for the Oceans, an initiative that encourages the repurposing of ocean waste.

Dos and Don’ts for Leaders

Dos and Don’ts for LeadersWith Links to articles from the Harvard Business Review

50 Designers Create Super Bowl 50 Footballs

Who says fashion and football don't mix? The NFL and the Council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA have once again collaborated to create bespoke footballs for the Super Bowl. Fifty designers, including those listed below, have designed the balls, which will be unveiled on January 20 and auctioned off on the Web site to benefit the NFL Foundation. Super Bowl 50 will be held at Levi's Stadium, "the field of jeans," on February 7, 2016. Can you match the football to the designer?