Richard Florida

Richard Florida

Richard Florida is the world's leading urbanist and founder of the Creative Class Group. He is best known for his seminal book, "The Rise of the Creative Class".

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Richard Florida is a visionary urbanist, economist and author renowned for his pioneering work in the fields of urban studies, economic development and the creative economy.

The founder of the Creative Class Group, Florida has made an indelible mark on our understanding of the interconnectedness between cities, culture and commerce. His thirst for knowledge and passion for urban dynamics set him on a path of ground-breaking research and critical thinking. Florida is currently researcher and professor at the University of Toronto's School of Cities and Rotman School of Management, as well as being a Distinguished Fellow at NYU's Schack School of Real Estate.

Over the years, Florida has consulted with governments, cities and companies worldwide, providing them with data-driven insights to help shape their strategies for economic growth and urban rejuvenation. His research has illuminated the significance of socio-economic factors including diversity, innovation and quality of life as inspiration for talent and investment. He has been invited to speak at conferences and institutions globally.

Richard Florida's most influential work, "The Rise of the Creative Class", sparked a revolution in urban policy and planning. This seminal book highlighted the central role of creative professionals in the economic and cultural vitality of cities. His ideas challenged traditional models of urban development, emphasising that fostering a vibrant creative class is key to thriving in 21st-century metropolises.

In his latest book, "The New Urban Crisis", explains how "winner-take-all urbanism" has deepened inequality, segregation and poverty, and tackles what cities can do about it. An influential thought leader, Florida has also published numerous articles that aim to challenge and reshape our understanding of urbanism and economic development.

Richard Florida's life's work has transcended conventional boundaries, fusing together sociology, economics, and urban planning to elucidate the pivotal role that creativity and inclusivity play in shaping prosperous, vibrant cities. His dedication to building a better, more innovative world continues to inspire urban leaders and visionaries alike, making him an enduring figure in the quest for more dynamic and equitable urban futures.


New Urban Crisis Book by Richard Florida - CWG Speakers

The New Urban Crisis

How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It

Creative Class Book by Richard Florida - CWG Speakers

The Rise of the Creative Class

Revisited: Revised and Expanded

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