Combining in-depth analysis of cutting-edge trends, compelling personal stories, and a touch of humor, it is no wonder that Richard Florida is one of the world's most sought-after public intellectuals. Esquire Magazine singled him out as one of its 'Best and Brightest' and the European Union named him its 2009 Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.
Richard Florida's best selling book The Rise of the Creative Class received the Washington Monthly's Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough by the Harvard Business Review. The Flight of the Creative Class and Who's Your City? were also national and international bestsellers (all of Florida's books have been translated into dozens of languages). Richard's book The Great Reset (Harper Collins US/Random House Canada) was a CNN book of the month.
Richard's breakthrough ideas on the economic crisis have garnered impressive media attention, including a cover story in the Atlantic and several NPR interviews. A regular columnist for The Atlantic. Richard has contributed numerous opinion pieces and articles to the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe,and the Financial Times and frequently appears on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media.
Richard Florida is the founder of the Creative Class Group (CCG), a global advisory services firm charting new trends and strategies for business, government, and community competitiveness. Comprised of next-generation thinkers and strategists, the CCG team provides companies, associations, and regions with access to leading-edge knowledge and trends as well as consulting, education, and professional development.
Florida earned his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has held professorships at Carnegie Mellon University and George Mason University, served as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT, and been a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution.
What some clients are saying:
“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
“The [UK] government (David Cameron’s) New Guru.”
“… 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 is perhaps the leading urban theorist of our time.”
Mark Jones, British Airways High Life Magazine
“… few urban theorists have influenced urban policy-makers as much as Richard Florida.”
Alan Davies, The Urbanist