For professor and journalist Richard Florida, the most restless people in the planet are building a new world. In
this new world, excessive consumption and unrestrained use of natural resources are replaced by continual
innovation. In this exclusive interview to Mundo Corporativo, he explains why creativity, innovation, and human development are crucial to keep thriving in the economy of the future.
An ever-growing group of
Americans is proving vital to
our society. Its members are
educated, employed in a variety
of industries, and engaged in a
lifestyle that values individuality,
originality, and participation.
They’re steadfast in their
goals, resolute in their attitudes
and ideals, and just plain happy
with the paths they’ve decided
to follow-so much so that
they are reshaping commerce
and communities.They are the “Creative Class”.
The rise of the ‘creative class’ as the motor of economic growth means that countries which promote technology, talent and tolerance will do best. Will this lead to higher inequality? Not necessarily argues Richard Florida.
“For a place to harness creativity, it must be open to the creativity of all. Not just techies or the creative class, but everyone,” argues Richard Florida. For the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, openness is a key factor in a city’s economic growth.
Richard Florida recently spoke at the Business of Design Week 2013 event in Hong Kong hosted by the Hong Kong Design Centre. He says allowing people the right to be themselves will improve Hong Kong’s economy.
Richard Florida, journalist, founder of creative group, author and global leader in urbanism, has brought a breath of fresh air to the field of urban renovation, especially after the collapse of the global housing bubble. Florida has been a prominent figure in the economic sphere since 1990, when he wrote his first book exploring the technological boom of Silicon Valley. His theories are characterized by his ability to recognize something many intellectuals had ignored: cultural diversity stimulates the economy.
Richard Florida speaking Friday, November 16th at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts.