The Rise of the Creative Class: And How it's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life Paperback – 4 Dec 2003
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"An exhaustive study that ought to be read by every city planner and economic developer who wants to thrive in the next century.... It tells us a lot about ourselves, where we've been and where we are going."
About the Author
Richard Florida is Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, a for-profit think tank that charts trends in business, communities, and lifestyles. His national bestseller "The Rise of the Creative Class" was awarded the "Washington Monthly"'s Political Book Award and "Harvard Business Review"'s Breakthrough Idea Award. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
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The creation of a wage-slave class in the US since the Reagan years is the real problem here, as it entirely wastes the potential and investment in a broad swathe of American society. They are excluded from decision-making (and not from creativity, which they are expected to employ in dealing with their customers), and as such this looks a lot like a straightforward Marxist division of labour. The problem for Americans is that they can't acknowledge this deep split in their social arrangements for two reasons.Read more ›
Cities with sizable clusters of the creative class are those which are the most innovative. Why are some so much better than other?
Florida's book draws on years of solid work and explores the development of the new 'creative class', the conditions in which they thrive and the challenges presented to those cities which want to develop and innovate.
I found this a very thought provoking book. It will challenge many of those who work in the economic development arena.
If you still find Jane Jacobs inspiring 40 years on, this will be the book for you!
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It is a compelling, clever and very well written book, however, about 20% of it is charts and graphs that are only interesting for the U.S. reader.Published 12 months ago by Grusz Gergely
The Rise of the Creative Class and How It's Transforming Work, Life, Community and Everyday Life gives us a sobering new picture of what contributes to regional development,Published on 18 Nov. 2010 by OleS
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