Richard Florida: Biography highlights

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists. He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.

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Richard Florida’s background

The Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Global 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.

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, alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.

As a leading public intellectual, Esquire Magazine named him one of their Best and Brightest. Richard has also been appointed to the Business Innovation Factory’s Research Advisory Council and recently named European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.

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.

 

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Richard Florida on the New Urban Crisis
Richard Florida on the New Urban Crisis
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Richard Florida  The Rise of the Creative Class
Richard Florida The Rise of the Creative Class
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LSE Events | Prof. Richard Florida | The New Urban Crisis
LSE Events | Prof. Richard Florida | The New Urban Crisis
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ICMA TV speaks to Keynote Speaker Richard Florida | ICMA 2017 Annual Conference
ICMA TV speaks to Keynote Speaker Richard Florida | ICMA 2017 Annual Conference
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Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute

Richard's presentation at our Annual General Meeting was both powerful and inspirational. Community and business leaders left the meeting with renewed passion for building a strong knowledge-based economy in our city.'

CEO
Communications Centre for London

'It was a spellbinding session and really rounded off the day provoking thought and exciting people about the possibility of change.'

Deputy Director
Columbia College Chicago

'Your speech at Columbia College Chicago was insightful, thought provoking and wonderful! We have received rave reviews and a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our students and guests.'

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The Financial Times

'...Florida is an authoritative and entertaining observer. He pulls together many of the things we see into an illuminating narrative of demography and urban and economic development.'

John Gapper

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