Richard Florida: Praise

“I was very influenced by the work around the creative class, Richard Florida…” Hillary Clinton

simply wonderful! Loved your insights and presentation – exceeding all expectations and was a compelling forecast into global cities and our region’s future. The positive feedback has be overwhelming

Andres de WetDistrict Council Manager / Seattle, Urban Land Institute Northwest

You were very special, interesting, useful and inspiring for our cities!

Anna KochkinaProgramme Manager, Moscow School of Management

Richard was fantastic!

Lcda. Nory W. RiveraPuerto Rico Home Builders Association

The meeting with the President Iván Duque Márquez and Richard was absolutely successful. Thank you to all the team.

Adriana González HassigMinisterio de Cultura de Colombia

Your talk and the entire event has been a success.

Gemma De BernardiProject Developer, TORINO STRATOSFERICA

Excellent session! We received a lot of positive feedback from the team already!

Jason VassiliadesManaging Director, Oaktree Capital

your presentation … was terrific...most informative and provocative.

James SpanioloUniversity of Arlington President

Richard! If Jane is the greatest urbanist of all time, you’re a close second and a worthy successor.

Sam ChandanPhD Academic dean of the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

Your presentation was profoundly insightful, thank you!

Dr. Jason E. SheltonAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Texas at Arlington

Many thanks for your great contribution to today’s dialogues.

Lindsey FeckoAccount Executive, Hundred Stories PR

His conversation was riveting, and we have had terrific feedback.

Britta Conroy-RandallDirector of Strategic Programming, 92Y

Your thought-provoking comments really energized our team.

Ed ShikadaCity Manager, City of Palto Alto

Your input and feedback during the last few months has been instrumental in properly aiming our response in all fronts, and for that we are immensely grateful.

Francisco ResnicoffUndersecretary for International and Institutional Relations, Buenos Aires City Government

Thank you so much for kicking off our GAN and GSSN Summit … we received stellar feedback - people were thrilled to see and hear from you.

Danya StraitEvent & Social Media Manager, GAN

Thank you for a great speech. It was incredibly insightful and thought provoking.

Todd DiscalaDirector Trans-Hudson Intermodal Planning, NJ Transit

Thank you once again for delivering an amazing keynote talk…Your knowledge, expertise, insights and opinions about the future of cities were critical to the success of the event.

Jon A. CarnegieExecutive Director, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Your presentation was so timely, thought-provoking, and hopeful and I continue to get emails from participants sharing positive feedback.

MaryBeth BraniganRTI International, Sr. Manager, Corporate Brand & Events

the country’s most prominent urban thinker…

The Philadelphia Citizen

With your support, the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA)’s “Onward & Upward” Economic Recovery Resources Forum was a tremendous success.

Suzanne Dale EsteyExecutive Director, Washington Economic Development Association

He’s a very smart demographer, a visionary, a creative. He looks at data in a way that no one else does.

John HickenlooperGovernor of Colorado

You are a true friend and thought leader and your professionalism is exceptionally powerful. On behalf of Jerusalem, thank you!

Nir BarkatMayor of Jerusalem

You are a true friend and thought leader and your professionalism is exceptionally powerful. On behalf of Jerusalem, thank you!

Nir BarkatMayor of Jerusalem

Richard Florida is the greatest American urbanist of our time.

Eric GarcettiMayor of Los Angeles

The [UK] government (David Cameron’s) New Guru.

Economist Magazine

Most influential urbanist alongside Jane Jacobs, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Planetizen

The Rise of the Creative Class was both a book and a movement.

20 Moments From The Past 20 Years That Moved The Whole World ForwardFast Company

… his ideas have influenced state and city governments, city mayors, multinational corporations, property developers, chief executives and urban planners

Nick LeechThe National

Richard Florida is perhaps the leading urban theorist of our time.

Mark JonesBritish Airways High Life Magazine

… few urban theorists have influenced urban policy-makers as much as Richard Florida.

Alan DaviesThe Urbanist

Your voice is an important part of the conversation.

Christopher DoddChairman, Chief Executive Officer and Former Senator
Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Richard Florida is the great pioneer thinker who first explained how the influx of creative people was reviving cities.

Walter Isaacson

Florida has been tremendously influential among local elected officials and economic development organizations, especially in the U.S. but also in other parts of the world.

Jim Throgmorton
IowaCity Press Citizen

Thank-you for coming all the way to speak at our London Conference yesterday. It was a spellbinding session and really rounded off the day provoking thought and exciting people about the possibility of change.

Jess TyrrellDeputy Director, Communications
Centre for London

Richard Florida has had an impact on every city in the world.

Elaine MarinerExecutive Director, 
Colorado Creative Industries

Richard Florida has had an impact on every city in the world.

Elaine MarinerExecutive Director, 
Colorado Creative Industries

…we have no doubt that your mesmerizing speech and impressive insights contributed tremendously to the success of the event and made an impact on the audience.

Orly Shani, Lilach Tsairi-Kahanov and the entire Oscar4b team

Richard Florida cited alongside Bill Gates of Microsoft and Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn Corporation as one of the most powerful people with powerful statements in “Eight Shocking Quotes from 2012 that will Redefine Our Future”

Thomas FreyThe Futurist

It was fantastic to listen to Richard…the performance not only fulfilled our expectations but opened a new stage of inspirations for our Ministry to work on the development of regions.

Patrycja ArtymowskaOffice of President
Poland Ministry of Regional Development

Your substantive insights on ‘Creative Cities and Urban Development Reform’ contributed greatly to the deliberations at the Conference.

Toshihiro TanakaCountry Director
, United Nations Development Program
, Foreign Policy top 100 Tweeters

Time’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds

TIME Magazine

Worlds Most Influential Thinker

TIME Magazine

One of Top Web-Savvy Professors in 2012

MIT Technology Review

#1 Thought Leader 2012, Thought Leader Index

Best Online Universities LLC

Top Professors on Twitter

LDRLB, Leadership, Innovation & Strategy

An urban-development expert…His ideas about revitalizing cities by attracting artists and high-tech workers have influenced a generation of urban planners.

Andrea SachsTIME

…he’s changed the framework for discussing social and economic inequality.

Herbert MuschampNew York Times, Year in Review

The creative-capital theory turned out – at least after preliminary testing – to provide the best explanation for Austin’s high-tech transformation.

John Seely BrownNew York Times

Florida’s research and experiences over the past decade have given him the foundation on which to build a new view of business reality…

Herbert MuschampInformationWeek

Florida draws a vivid picture of what it takes to make a great 21st-century city.

Denver Post

…Richard Florida, maybe the most famous living public intellectual…

Townhouse Center

Cuts to the core what mindsets and skills are necessary to professionally and socially make one’s way in the 21st century…

O’Dyer’s PR Daily

Richard Florida … best-selling author and guru of the ‘creative class,’

Foon RheeAssociate editor, 
The Sacramento Bee

International diplomats, government leaders, filmmakers, economic development organizations and leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approachto problem-solving and strategy development. ‘

North Carolina Department of Commerce Editorial StaffNorth Carolina Department of Commerce

In my opinion, there is no one else who generates more and more valuable insights concerning the evolution of the U.S. culture than does Richard Florida.

First Friday Book Synopsis

…a truly impressive roll-call of experts and entertainers, authors and auteurs: John Irving on advice to aspiring novelists; Chris Anderson on the power of the consumer; Eliot Spitzer on redemption; Ariana Huffington on what keeps her up at night (“that we are the next Pompeii), Richard Florida on urban theory.

Kevin RobertsCEO Worldwide
Saatchi & Saatchi

Richard Florida Recipient of an Honourary Doctorate

Mr. Paul Van CauwenberghePrincipal of the Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

Dr Richard Florida, one of the most respected academics in the field of ‘creative cities’…

Stuart CosgroveThe Sunday Times

Your session was just outstanding.

Victoria AlekhineDeputy Director, Fellowship Affairs
, Council on Foreign Relations

Richard Florida, director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and author of The Rise of the Creative Class (among other books) is the leading guru of the creative economy.

Sean Kelly KeenanEye weekly

Bill O’Neill, chairman of the Economic Development Council…described Florida as the ‘leading light’ of creativity

Laura LaydenNaples Daily News

I have been a fan of Richard’s thought leadership for quite a while.

Larry O’BrienMayor
, City of Ottawa

The event went very well and we received great feedback from participants. We were very fortunate to be able to have him come speak.

Shelton FitchResearch Associate, U.S. Competitiveness and Foreign Policy, 
Council on Foreign Relations

Today’s hottest thought leader(s)…author and cultural anthropologist Richard Florida

Mitch JoelVancouver Sun

I had to write to thank you for sharing your time, expertise and passion for creativity with us. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated being able to learn with you and I wished we had more of an opportunity to engage in a discussion. Clearly, your influence carried on well into the afternoon session.

Barry BickertonOttawa-Carleton District School Board

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has long been a fan of Florida’s.

John RebchookInside Real Estate News

Richard speaks about cities very brilliantly.

Jacques AttaliFormer Advisor to Francois Mitterrand, 
Asia Pacific Cities Summit

The lecture was truly outstanding.

James SpanioloPresident, 
University of Texas at Arlington

…Richard Florida, the ‘Creative Economy’ guru…

David BrewsterCrosscut

…we are strong supporters of your work…

Ben MyersOffice of the Lord Mayor
, Brisbane, Australia

I am a fan of Richard Florida and have been following his work for the last three decades.

Campbell NewmanLord Mayor of Brisbane
, Asia Pacific Cities Summit

Florida, who is considered one of the world’s leading intellectuals, is the author behind the best-seller ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’…

Yoo Jee-ho
JoongAng Daily – South Korea

Richard Florida is the pioneering figure in urban creative theory.

Ahn Sang-sooMayor
Incheon, Korea

…Richard has ranked highly in our poll of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers, at #29.

Tim HalburPlanetizen

…Richard Florida, author of the bestselling book ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’ and a renowned expert on urban renewal and the arts.

John PitcherOmaha World-Herald

Florida – the author of bestselling The Rise of the Creative Class and Who’s Your City? – is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends and cultural and technological innovation.

Real Estate ChannelOffice of the Lord Mayor
, Brisbane, Australia

Richard Florida has provided extraordinary insight into one of the most poorly understood problems facing the international community today.

Carl SchrammPresident and CEO, 
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

…Florida is an authoritative and entertaining observer. He pulls together many of the things we see around us in high street and housing markets into an illuminating narrative of demography and urban and economic development.

John GapperThe Financial Times

Thanks so much for speaking to the mayors today. Very insightful and valuable – as usual.

Mayor Greg FischerCity of Louisville, Kentucky

Richard Florida “… has achieved superstar status in the fields of social theory and economic development over the past six years …

David HawkinsTimes & Transcript

How Toronto fell head over heels for an American urbanist named Florida.

Mike MinerToronto Life

’Creative Class’ guru Richard Florida…

Tobin HarshawThe New York Times

…Florida spins a new way of looking at our place in the world today.

Tracy CertoPop City

Florida-social theorist, geographer, urban planner and guru of the globalization debate…

Larissa DubeckiThe Age

…thought-provoking intellectual Richard Florida…

Patrick S. DuffyLA Times

Richard Florida is a one-man think tank and go-to guru for companies in need of a creative jolt.

Brad HatchThe Australian Financial Review

Richard Florida is a phenomenon… there is no academic quite like him…

Joe BerridgeThe Globe and Mail

Richard was amazing! Columbia College was overjoyed with the reception he received, and completely overwhelmed with how wonderful he was.

Crystal LisbonThe Lavin Agency

…Richard Florida, educator, researcher, global best selling author, sought after speaker, and noted urban theorist…is among the foremost experts in economy building.

Economic Development Council of Collier CountyMarconews

Richard Florida is one of the most famous authors (‘The Rise of the Creative Class’) and speakers in the world for innovative thinking and progress — and profit.

EditorialNaples Daily News

…the government will take the advice of economist Dr. Richard Florida whose studies noted the more-creative mega-regions are the more prosperous.

Laurie WattBarrie Advance

…the best-selling author’s brief stop in Naples on Wednesday has left its mark. His words have inspired community and business leaders and left them thinking about how to achieve what he calls the three ‘Ts’ for economic growth: technology, talent and tolerance .

Laura LaydenNaples Daily News

…gurus like Richard Florida, who has popularized the idea of the “creative class…

Francis FukuyamaNew York Times

Your speech at Columbia College Chicago was insightful, thought provoking and wonderful! We have received rave reviews and a tremendous amount of positive feedback from our students and guests.

Diana CazaresDirector of Event Operations
, Columbia College Chicago

Richard Florida is one of the brightest men out there, as he is not only a best selling author and professor, but is also the founder of Creative Class Group, a company that creates new trends in business and the community.

Trendhunter Magazine

Richard’s presentation at our Annual General Meeting was both powerful and inspirational. Community and business leaders left the meeting with renewed passion for building a strong knowledge-based economy in our city.

Michael PowerCEO, 
Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute

The Conference Board of Canada calls them ‘drivers of national prosperity’…economists such as Richard Florida have celebrated their vital role in fostering creativity, innovation and trade.

Andrew CoyneMacleans

Richard Florida has provided extraordinary insight into one of the most poorly understood problems facing the international community today.

Carl SchrammPresident and CEO, 
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Richard Florida sounds a wake-up call for companies that thrive on the creativity of their employees, customers, and communities.

Jim Goodnightfounder and CEO, SAS, a leading business intelligence software company that is consistently ranked among America’s best places to work.

Florida’s research and experiences over the past decade have given him the foundation on which to build a new view of business reality…

InformationWeek

…listening to a living classic of Economy and Sociology speaking live is a tremendous experience for the young and bright men and women and I am sure it has left a deep imprint in their minds and hearts.

Mamonov MikhailFederal Agency on Youth Affairs, 
Government of the Russian Federation

The feedback from Richard’s speech is overwhelmingly positive and he was an important component of a very successful Global Marketing Summit.

Elliott S. FeigenbaumDirector, Speakers-U.S. and International; Entertainment-International
, Jack Morton Worldwide

The launch of Markham’s Economic Strategy was a huge success, thanks in no small measure to Richard’s remarkable speech.

Stephen ChaitTown of Markham

I wanted you to know how much I appreciated your presentation at the League of CA Cities Conference. It was excellent.

Suzanne MasonCity of Long Beach

Richard’s presentation was fantastic…

Julian ArmourDirector, Celebridée, 
The Canadian Tulip Festival

…it was very impressive to see how the audience was fascinated by his energetic speech.

Takae SuzukiNomura Securities Co., Ltd.

We have heard nothing but positive feedback about Richard’s speech. He really inspired our audience!

Jenny HartMidtown Alliance, Atlanta

…thanks to Richard for such a great event. Our guests have been just raving about Richard-we will definitely need to invite him back.

Sharon RudySpencer Stuart

…Dr. Richard Florida, widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars on the shift to the new knowledge economy…

Lina Deng Ni LaiTheme

… your speech was inspiring and motivational.

Oh Se-hoonMayor of Seoul

Florida is a witty and entertaining writer…

Richard PachterThe Miami Herald

…world leader in urban thinking …

Ottawa Citizen

Richard Florida can be counted among the great prophets of our age.

Nicholas F. BentonFalls News Church Press

Richard Florida …guru to a generation of young city planners and urbanist developers.

MinnPost.com

…Dr. Richard Florida, widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars…

Lifestyle

[Mayor Daley of Chicago]…clearly shares the theory, expounded in Richard Florida’s 2002 book ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’, that cities must attract people whose livelihoods involve imagination and innovation.

Dan MihalopoulosThe New York Times

… HITACHI Technology Forum was a big success. It was a great speech by Dr. Florida with a full audience…

Tomoko UchidaDiamond, Inc.

…Richard Florida, one of the best-known writers about the creative economy…

New Brunswick Business Journal

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

Duluth News Tribune

Richard Florida, one of the most thoughtful writers and thinkers about entrepreneurial communities…

Fast Company

Richard Florida, the ‘creative class’ guru…

Hamilton Spectator

Richard Florida, an expert on social and economic trends…

Nin-Hai TsengCNN Fortune

Thanks to Richard our Fresno event was a huge success! Richard’s presentation was certainly a successful showcase event for our national conference. We have received rave reviews. More importantly, the presentation has been the catalyst for many engaging conversations among the presidents and community leaders.

Lynnette Zelezny, Ph.D., M.B.A.Associate Dean, Craig School of Business
, California State University, Fresno

The government’s new guru.

The Economist

Florida is in fact a true visionary…you get to learn every time you’re with him.

Kirk WatsonState Senator
, Texas

Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading intellectuals on economic competitiveness…

Duluth News Tribune

Top 10 Economists on Twitter

Tim Harford

I routinely hear Richard Florida’s name invoked today by area business leaders trying to raise the economic (and education) bar.

Robert TrigauxTampa Bay Times

Since publishing his best-selling book on the creative class 10 years ago, Richard Florida has become the most sought-after expert on economic development in the country — and with good reason.

Sean MaherDaily Camera

Leadership Hall of Fame

Kevin OhannessianFast Company

One of the world’s top professors in their Twitter writing about leadership, innovation and strategy."

LDRLB

…to his legions of acolytes, Florida has been the prophet and standard-bearer of an undeniable urban turnaround…

Andres ViglucciThe Miami Herald

For policymakers and city planners in Australia and elsewhere, Florida’s work seemed to be a blueprint for urban regeneration and smart, sustainable industries.

Matthew WestwoodThe Australian

RICHARD FLORIDA… is a renowned academic and urban guru.

Toronto Savvy

He is a truly brilliant social scientist and great thinker.

Campus Entrepreneurship

…urban development guru…

Will ChabunRegina Leader-Post

…he forever shifted the lens through which we see the tectonic shifts in our economy and society.

Jon TaltonThe Seattle Times

I am absolutely confident that your presentation was not only a rich source of new and valuable information, but that it sparked a great many interesting conversations and thoughts…

Yong-geun KimPresident
, Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology

Notwithstanding all that Democratic intellectuals such as Richard Florida have written about the party’s future lying with sophisticated knowledge workers, these people fall outside the president’s field of vision.

Daniel HenningerThe Wall Street Journal

The ERSA conference …has been a success. This result could not have been achieved without your participation and commitment with the European Regional Science Association and the Local Organizing Committee.

Vicente RoyuelaLocal Organizing Committee
, ERSA-Barcelona

…Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness…

MarketWatch

Named one of Design Futures Council 2011 Senior Fellows

Design Intelligence

Honorary degree from Columbus College of Art and Design

Columbus, Ohio

Honorary Degree from Niagara University

Lewiston, NY

Fast Company Leadership Hall of Fame

Fast Company

…’the Bono of urban philosophers’…

Steelcase 360

Richard Florida has become a household name in urbanist circles…His ideas about the creative economies of urban places has changed the way many leaders think about economic development and human capital.

WalkerColumbus Underground

Top 20 Leaders in Urbanization"

Claer BarrettUBM’s Future Cities

Professsor Richard’s speech was excellent, Richard’s super fans and scholars from Chinese creative industry especially enjoyed it. We are so honoured to invite Prof. Richard to this event as his presence contributed a lot to our success.

Sherry XueShanghai Design Week

Outstanding from Richard Florida.

Michael KimmelmanThe New York Times

Richard is truly a visionary and his message and concepts are so important to all of us.

Bill Hill, Dean of the College of Fine ArtsJacksonville University

…Richard Florida…guru when it comes to all things urban and creative…

Amy SilversteinLA Weekly

…world-renowned urban studies expert Richard Florida.

Global Toronto

Richard Florida is one of the most widely-read urban theorists…

Becky McCrayPagosa Daily Post

Richard Florida, the brilliant creator of the concept of the creative class…

Brad FeldBusiness Insider

Thank you so much for bringing your world class expertise and perspective to the 2013 Detroit Policy Conference. Your passionate keynote session kicked off the Conference with a positive outlook that energized the rest of the day.

Sandy BaruahPresident and CEO, 
Business Insider

Your presentation was very thought-provoking and is part of a continuing dialogue we are having with the utilities industry regarding their evolving role in urban infrastructure.

Garry SpencerProgram Leader, Global IUN Coalition, 
IBM Energy & Utilities Industry

Richard continues to write amazing stuff about Startup Communities…

Brad FeldBusiness Insider

Florida…an academic rock star…

Greg LindsayFast Company

…the first Economic and Social Council Integration Segment…Your expertise and experience contributed in no small measure to its success.

Vladimir DrobnjakVice President, 
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Thank you for helping to make our 2014 Fiscal Summit a success…your perspective was instrumental…appreciated your inspirational and optimistic message…

Peter PetersonPeter G. Peterson Foundation

A leading voice in urbanisation and creativity…

Shu-Ching Jean ChenThe Business Times

Richard Florida…one of the most influential intellectuals in the United States.

Marta Marin-DomineBarcelona Metropolis

…our nation’s greatest expert on American urbanism..

Alex RunnerMilwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

…the world’s best know urban theorist…

Craig WhiteUrban Toronto

Renowned researcher and urban expert

Lance WilliamsThe Tennessean

August 2013 Man of the Month

Disruptive Women in Healthcare

…prominent figures such as Richard Florida and a whole host of organizations working behind the scenes to transform American cities.

Noah SmithBloomberg View

Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber,
we all followed Richard Florida.

Urban Milwaukee

In an earlier generation, we had voices like Jane Jacobs who illuminated the importance of American cities. Today that voice belongs to Richard Florida who understand better than anyone how cities will drive our future, not only in America but around the world.

Scott M. StringerNew York City Comptroller

One of 2014 Top Professors on Twitter in Innovation
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American Association for the Advancement of Science

…thanks for your participation as a speaker at our Fifth Annual Summit …we have received excellent feedback from event attendees…

Urban Land InstituteAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science

…in science we stand on the shoulders of giants — and here we benefited from your work…instrumental to our thinking…

Sheen S. Levine, PhDProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

I have an intellectual crush on Richard Florida.

Daryl Lee, CEOUniversal McCann Global

Richard was super amazing…. everyone was glued to his comments.

Beth MorganVP Public Sector Engagement
eMerge Americas

Florida’s approach to economic development stood the traditional thinking about economic development on its head…

David SiegelSpecial to QMI Agency Niagara
Interim Dean of the Faculty of Education and professor of political science at Brock University

…a great partnership, great synergy between Richard¹s message of global cities and Air Canada’s business strategy…

Craig LandryPresident of the Air Canada Leisure Group, 
Air Canada

Ranked 15th in the Top 50 Authors

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