Steinbeck Cluster Model

Throughout the world, there exist global industrial commons (or “clusters,” as economist Michael Porter might refer to them) that draw the best innovators in science, technology and production to a geographic nexus of commercial, academic, and labor interests. In many ways, geographic industrial clusters represent complex and adaptive systems.

Each industrial cluster might be thought of as a vast, self-organized network leveraging loose and tight couplings among innovators, academics, venture capitalists, labor groups, and manufacturers.  Today’s market is perhaps better understood in terms of “complexity economics” than through the more mechanistic models derived from the mathematics, physics, and philosophies prevalent in the 1700 and 1800s.

Using system dynamics modeling, the Steinbeck Innovation Foundation will create a “renewable resources” industrial cluster in Salinas focused on sustainable prosperity and security (agriculture, water and waste management, alternative energy) as part of a regional strategic planning process.


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