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Florida, an academic whose field is regional economic development, explains the rise of a new social class that he labels the creative class. Members include scientists, engineers, architects, educators, writers, artists, and entertainers. He defines this class as those whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new creative content. In general this group shares common characteristics, such as creativity, individuality, diversity, and merit. The author estimates that this group has 38 million members, constitutes more than 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, and profoundly influences work and lifestyle issues. The purpose of this book is to examine how and why we value creativity more highly than ever and cultivate it more intensely. He concludes that it is time for the creative class to grow up--boomers and Xers, liberals and conservatives, urbanites and suburbanites--and evolve from an amorphous group of self-directed while high-achieving individuals into a responsible, more cohesive group interested in the common good. Mary Whaley
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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." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Dr. Florida offers both Rise of the Creative Class--Revisited: 10th Anniversary Edition--Revised and Expandeda delightful fast-paced account of historical futurism and a useful... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2011 by Oakman
Richard Florida sees clearly what our present leadership does not- our country is in transition and the old rules no longer apply . Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Lori
The good news is, Richard Florida's book recognizes the growing economic and sociological impact of creativity. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Rolf Dobelli
If you've written a positive review here, you're probably one of the 38 million (how elite, basically 1/7 of the adult population) Americans who is a member of Richard Florida's... Read morePublished on May 3 2004
This book is a facinating look at what really makes cities tick. As someone who grew up around boston and now lives in NYC the issues about city planning that Florida (the author)... Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Nathan
I think many of the preceding reviews provide insight on this book: the argument is a tough-sell, it relies on generalizations, and it doesn't get everything right. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Quickhappy
Richard Floridaï¿½s book, ï¿½The Rise of the Creative Classï¿½, provides readers with some interesting ideas about economic and social growth. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
This book is a big sloppy wet-kiss to the book-buying audience that this marketing project is actually targeted towards, but contains no real practical philosophy! Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004
Richard Florida's thesis -- rising creativity as elixer of prosperity -- is astonishingly uninformed about American history. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Douglas W Rae