Richard Florida is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. Esquire magazine named him one of the “Best and Brightest.” He has written several national and international, best-selling books including, The Rise of the Creative Class, which received the Washington Monthly's Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough philosophy by the Harvard Business Review. His ideas have been featured in major advertising campaigns, including those for BMW, and are being employed globally to change the way regions, nations, and companies compete. He is founder of the Creative Class Group, an advisory services firm, charting new trends in business and community.
Florida is a senior editor for The Atlantic. He has written numerous articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, The Globe and Mail, The Boston Globe, the Financial Times and The Daily Beast. He is author of the book, Who's Your City?, which has been hailed as a national best-seller, an international best-seller, and an Amazon Book of the Month. His latest published work, The Great Reset, explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity.
Florida is a global research professor at NYU, where he is involved in initiatives in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and across the University. He also serves as director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
Previously, Florida held professorships at Carnegie Mellon University, served as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT, and was a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution. Florida earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.