Richard Florida, the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and a professor of global research at New York University, writes in “The Rise of Global Startup Cities,” that while venture capital has “gone global” by spreading to places like China and India, the dominant centers remain US cities that combine density, great universities, and an open-minded culture to attract the best talent.
Canada ranks fourth in the world in a new ranking of the world’s most creative and economically competitive countries. The survey, put together by my research team at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, places Canada behind only first-place Australia, the United States and New Zealand. This is the third version of these rankings we’ve done, and Canada is up from its seventh-place finish in 2011.
Knight Cities Challenge offers applicants a chance to share in $5 million by focusing on the question: “What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?” The contest will test the most innovative ideas in talent, opportunity and engagement in one or more of 26 Knight Foundation communities. Richard Florida writes about talent as a driver of city success.
Denver is a perfect example of how the post-Great Recession economy works through an “urban revolution” that brings creative people close together, taking advantage of economies of scale, bestselling author Richard Florida recently said at the Rocky Mountain City Summit in Denver.
“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 for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
Technology, talent and tolerance are essential to fostering creative cultures. When we talk about the creative class, we aren’t talking about some rarified, exclusive group of people. Every human is creative. Creative cultures stoke that fire.
Richard Florida speaks for the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties in Utica, NY.
Talent. Technology. Talent. Those are the “three T’s” that Richard Florida, an internationally known urban theorist, says will vault a community toward positive change. Local leaders believe Utica already possesses those T’s, but they need a catalyst.