about the creative class


CreativeClass.com is the source for everything creative in work, life, and play. A unique online magazine convening global thought leaders and thinkers who generate highly innovative and intellectual content as well as an authentic, organic place for community exchange.

The Creative Class brand is founded on the theories of leading academic Richard Florida. Florida is a national and international best-selling author, global speaker, research director, and professor. The Creative Class has a diverse and global audience with contributors and readers from over 100 countries comprised of cutting-edge companies and individuals, entrepreneurs, early adopters, academics, and leading NGOs.

Creative Class Group (CCG)

CCG is a global advisory services firm charting new ideas, research, and strategies for business, government, and community competitiveness and prosperity. The CCG team is comprised of next-generation thinkers and strategists who offer companies, associations, and communities access to leading-edge knowledge, trends, consulting, research, and training about the global economy.

CCG clients receive first-hand insights and trends and best practices research for increasing corporate productivity and competiveness. Some past clients include: Absolut Vodka, Citi Corp, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Nomura Financial Securities, SAS Institute, Thomson Corporation.

CCG’s ideas on the “creative class,” commercial innovation, and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple, and are being used globally to change the way regions, nations and corporations do business and transform their economies.

Richard Florida

Richard is a best-selling author, global academic, thought leader, and impactful and dynamic speaker. As a leading public intellectual, Esquire Magazine named him one of their Best and Brightest alongside other luminaries.

He is author of the national and international bestselling books, Who’s Your City? and The Rise of the Creative Class, which received the Washington Monthly's Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review. He also authored The Flight of the Creative Class and his books have been translated in over 13 languages.

His previous books, especially The Breakthrough Illusion and Beyond Mass Production, paved the way for his provocative look at how creativity is revolutionizing the global economy.

Florida is a regular columnist and blogger with the Globe and Mail newspaper and has written numerous columns for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and Financial Times.

He is Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. As a result, he provides unique, data-driven insight into the social, economic and demographic factors that drive the 21st century world economy.

Florida previously held a professorship at Carnegie Mellon University, a visiting professorship at Harvard and MIT, and was a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution. Florida is the Founder of the Creative Class Group, a global advisory services firm that develops new ideas and strategies for business, government and community competitiveness.

Florida earned his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.