Cities are one of the great inventions of human beings. Each person is more productive per capita because of close proximity of diverse minds. But their fortunes can ebb and flow over the years. For example, San Jose was once known as an agricultural hub but is now much better known for Silicon Valley. This is because Silicon Valley was where Steve Jobs met Steve Woniak - in a computer club, the Homebrew Club. Now every high tech company wants to be in Silicon Valley.
Aldeburgh is the pretty little seaside town where I live in Suffolk on the East coast of England. I was astonished to learn how once in centuries past it was the most important town on the East coast due to its strategic position against pillaging foreigners. It has had its ups and downs since then. Smuggling and fishing once brought wealth but that declined.
Benjamin Britten was its most famous resident and he, using his own CQ (in another wonderful story to tell one day), made it one of the most influential centres of musical innovation in the world. Aldeburgh is building on that heritage in its own CQ makeover. It is attracting creative thinkers of all varieties – writers, performers, and artists, many of whom come and create something extraordinary in my tiny art temple on the beach. It is a creative community with a cause.