Author, thought-leader and researcher
Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists. 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 Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles says, “Richard Florida is the greatest American urbanist of our time.” An MIT study named him the world’s most influential thought leader. And TIME magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.
Richard has spoken alongside such luminaries as President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Sandra Day O’Connor, and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Events have been held by The Brookings Institution; The White House Council; Cisco Systems; Johnson & Johnson; IBM; Coca Cola; eBay; Motorola; the World Economic Forum; the United Nations; the Human Rights Institute; the Motion Picture Association of America; Deloitte; Citibank; The World Bank; Starwood Hotels; Microsoft, and many other companies and organizations.
His latest book The New Urban Crisis was just featured on NPR. Richard Florida’s bestselling 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 was a CNN book of the month.
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. He serves as senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for CityLab.
He is an entrepreneur, as founder of the Creative Class Group , which works closely with companies and governments worldwide.
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.
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