Richard Florida

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation and is perhaps the world’s leading urbanist, “as close to a household name as it is possible for an urban theorist to be in America,” according to The Economist.

He is the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, a global research professor at New York University, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, which works closely with governments and companies worldwide.

Esteemed global organizations and individuals have requested Florida’s insights and contributions, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, the White House Council, the Saudi Government, A.T. Kearney, Coca-Cola, the United Nations, and the World Bank.

Florida is the author of several global bestsellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class – “one of the best business books of all time,” according to 800-CEO-READ – and is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as editor-at-large for Atlantic Cities, the world’s leading media site devoted to cities and urban affairs. Florida appears regularly on CNN and other news broadcasts and is a regular contributor to the op-ed pages of major newspapers and magazines. Time magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the 140 most influential in the world.

Florida previously taught at Carnegie Mellon and George Mason University and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and his PhD from Columbia University.

Combining in-depth analysis, cutting-edge trends, compelling personal stories, and a touch of humor, Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought-after speakers. A leading public intellectual, he was named one of Esquire magazine’s “best and brightest” and dubbed an “intellectual rock star” by Fast Company.

The Rise of the Creative Class