Renowned Economist & Author, The Rise of the Creative Class
Richard Florida is one of the world's leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation.
Not content to live life in the ivory tower, he has become a self-taught dynamic and inspirational speaker, leveraging his natural curiosity and ease with people to disseminate ideas on economics, technology, and society to a broad public audience. Combining in-depth analysis, cutting-edge trends, compelling personal stories and a touch of humor, it is no wonder Richard Florida is one of the world's most sought after speakers. As a leading public intellectual, Esquire Magazine recently named him one of their Best and Brightest alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton, Andre Agassi, and Jeffrey Sachs.
He is author of the bestselling book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which received the Washington Monthly's Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review. His previous books, including The Breakthrough Illusion and Beyond Mass Production, paved the way for his provocative insights into how creativity is revolutionizing the global economy. Florida has authored pieces for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist, The Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Chronicle for Higher Education, U.S. News and World Report, and more.
His latest book, Who's Your City? also a national and international best seller, was an amazon.com book of the month. Florida looks at the importance of place and how it affects everything from job opportunities to economic prosperity to relationships and networks.
He is Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Previously, Florida has held professorships at George Mason University and Carnegie Mellon University and taught as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He is a former senior scientist with the Gallup Organization.
His "…North American, evangelical-influenced delivery was extremely impressive." :-Dublin Region Authority, Creative City Regions conference – attendee review
Areas of expertise:
City, Regional, and Global Economic Growth
Innovation and the Culture of Talent Attraction and Retention
Innovation Real Estate Analysis
Consumer Marketing and Strategy