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Richard Florida

Toronto, Canada / Miami, USA

Expert on urban affairs, cities, housing, jobs, global economy, economic recovery

Director, Martin Prosperity Institute

European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation

“…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, The Financial Times

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation.

Richard is author of the global best-seller “The Rise of the Creative Class” (2002) and “Who’s Your City?” (200), which was also an amazon.com book of the month. His latest book, “The Great Reset” (2010), explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity.

Richard is Senior Editor for The Atlantic and a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist andThe Harvard Business Review. He has been featured as an expert on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR and CBS, to name just a few.

Richard has also been appointed to the Business Innovation Factory’s Research Advisory Council and recently named European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.

Richard’s ideas on the “creative class,” commercial innovation and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple, and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies. International diplomats, government leaders, filmmakers, economic development organisations and leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approach to problem-solving and strategy development.

Our Comment

"Richard has a reputation as one of the world’s leading speakers on urban development. His ideas explain how social and economic factors interact to shape city environments, and how this impacts upon business across the world."

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