High-quality human capital consists of people who are educated, educable, and who are excited about what they are doing. They’re golden threads in the haystack of humanity. Put them together with a supportive environment and you get growth.
Since computing was invented the United States has been the leader in human capital. We attract it, we train it, and we deploy it better than anyone else.
Increase the percentage of high-quality human capital you have, in relation to the other kind, and your society can grow very quickly. Think Singapore or Hong Kong. Think Israel or great cities like London. If your cities or nation is a magnet for human capital, what Richard Florida called “the creative class,” wealth will be yours.