Richard Florida

Leading Urbanist, Author, Thought-leader and Researcher

Richard Florida

The Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Clinical Research Professor at New York University, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide, Richard Florida is perhaps the world’s leading Urbanist, “as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America,” according to The Economist.

Esquire has included him on its annual list of “The Best and the Brightest,” and Fast Company dubbed him an “intellectual rock star.” MIT Technology Review named him one of the world’s most influential thinkers. GDI also named him one of the world’s global thought leaders of 2013 and the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) named him 100 of the most followed scientists. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Creative Economy, World Economic Forum. He is also an appointed member of the United Nations Global Network for digits technologies and sustainable urbanization for UN Habitat and councils the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Florida is the author of several global best sellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class (“one of the best business books of all time”—800-CEO-READ), and is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for Atlantic Cities, the world’s leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs. Florida appears regularly on CNN and other news broadcasts and is a regular contributor to the op ed pages of major newspapers and magazines. TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.

Florida previously taught at Carnegie Mellon and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

  1. Business Strategy: The Creative Corporation

    Ever wonder why some companies die while others thrive? As Florida tells it, we have entered a whole new era of business competition. Having led large-scale studies of industries and companies from Toyota and other leading manufacturers to the software industry and high-end design, Florida shows how the key to success lies in three areas: harnessing cutting-edge design and innovation inside and outside the enterprise; attracting and retaining top high-performing talent; and picking the right set of locations. With real-world insight culled from more than two decades of research and his work with leading CEOs, Florida shows the keys to sustaining your creative edge and performance.

  2. The ‘Brain Drain’: Competing for Talent

    Florida shows you the keys for attracting, retaining and managing the best and the brightest. Money is important but it won’t seal the deal, Florida argues. The best and the brightest are intrinsically motivated and seek out challenge, flexibility and the ability to work with other top talent in their working lives.

  3. Marketing: Capturing the Creative Class Consumer

    There is no more powerful construct in marketing today than Florida’s idea of the “creative class.” While others talk about fragmenting markets and long tails, Florida shows you why the creative class of 40 million Americans with 50% of the wages and 70% of disposable income is a group your company can’t afford to miss.

  4. Real Estate: Real Estate for the Creative Economy

    Location, location, location. It’s an old real estate adage, but it matters today more than ever before. Florida’s work on demographics and migration of the creative class has made him one of the most sought after speakers and consultants to the real estate industry

  5. Who’s Your City? How the Creative Economy is Making the Place Where You Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life

    Place is becoming more relevant to the global economy and our individual lives. The choice of where to live, therefore, is not an arbitrary one. It is arguably the most important decision we make, as important as choosing a spouse or a career.

The [UK] government (David Cameron’s) New Guru.
Economist Magazine
He’s a very smart demographer, a visionary, a creative. He looks at data in a way that no one else does.
John Hickenlooper
Governor, Colorado
… his ideas have influenced state and city governments, city mayors, multinational corporations, property developers, chief executives and urban planners.
Nick Leech
The National
Richard Florida has had an impact on every city in the world.
Elaine Mariner
Executive Director Colorado Creative Industries

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