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Richard  Florida

Richard Florida

Best-Selling Author & Urbanist


Richard Florida is one of the world's leading urbanists. He is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, a Distinguished Fellow at New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a Visiting Fellow at Florida International University. Read More >

He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.  

Dr. Florida is author of the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class (2002) and Who’s Your City? (2008), which was also an amazon.com book of the month. His book, The Great Reset (2010), explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity. His latest book is entitled The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It (2017). He 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.” In 2013 he was named a Global Thought Leader by the Gottleib Duttweiler Institute, alongside Al Gore, George Soros, Jeffrey Sachs, Elon Musk and Deepak Chopra.

His ideas on the “creative class,” commercial innovation and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies. International diplomats, government leaders, filmmakers, economic development organizations and leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approach to problem-solving and strategy development.

He previously taught at Carnegie Mellon, Ohio State University, and George Mason University, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

He earned his Bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

The Rise of the Creative Class