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Speaking

Praise

  • “He’s a very smart demographer, a visionary, a creative.  He looks at data in a way that no one else does.”
    John Hickenlooper
    Governor
    Colorado
  • “The [UK] government (David Cameron’s) New Guru.”
    Economist Magazine
  • “… his ideas have influenced state and city governments, city mayors, multinational corporations, property developers, chief executives and urban planners.”
    Nick Leech
    The National
  • “Richard Florida is perhaps the leading urban theorist of our time.”
    Mark Jones
    British Airways High Life Magazine
  • “… few urban theorists have influenced urban policy-makers as much as Richard Florida.”
    Alan Davies
    The Urbanist
  • “Your voice is an important part of the conversation.”
    Christopher Dodd
    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Former Senator
    Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
  • “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
    Iowa City 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 Tyrrell
    Deputy Director, Communications
    Centre for London
  • “Richard Florida has had an impact on every city in the world.”
    Elaine Mariner
    Executive 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 Frey
    The 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 Artymowska
    Office 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 Tanaka
    Country Director
    United Nations Development Program
  • Foreign Policy top 100 Tweeters
    Foreign Policy
  • Time’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds
    TIME
  • Worlds Most Influential Thinker
    MIT Technology Review
  • One of Top Web-Savvy Professors in 2012
    Best Online Universities LLC
  • #1 Thought Leader 2012, Thought Leader Index
    GDI Think Tank
  • 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 Sachs
    TIME
  • “…he’s changed the framework for discussing social and economic inequality.”
    Herbert Muschamp
    New York Times, Year in Review
  • “Richard Florida is the thought leader of the ‘Future Cities’ movement that is redefining global real estate.”
    Claer Barrett
    Property Week
  • “……Florida’s work is challenging many of the verities of the field.”
    Salon.com
  • “…a pioneering cartographer of talent.”
    Fast Company
  • “Never before have I seen anyone capture so succinctly the values and desires of the new ‘creative class’ and the essence of human capital and the creative ethos.”
    John Seely Brown
    Former Director, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and co-author of The Social Life of Information
  • “The creative-capital theory turned out – at least after preliminary testing – to provide the best explanation for Austin’s high-tech transformation.”
    New 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 Muschamp
    InformationWeek
  • “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 Rhee
    Associate 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 Staff
    North 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 Roberts
    CEO Worldwide
    Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Richard Florida Recipient of an Honourary Doctorate
    Mr. Paul Van Cauwenberghe
    Principal of the Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
  • “Dr Richard Florida, one of the most respected academics in the field of ‘creative cities’…”
    Stuart Cosgrove
    The Sunday Times
  • “Bill O’Neill, chairman of the Economic Development Council…described Florida as the ‘leading light’ of creativity”
    Laura Layden
    Naples Daily News
  • “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 Keenan
    Eye weekly
  • “I have been a fan of Richard’s thought leadership for quite a while.”
    Larry O’Brien
    Mayor
    City of Ottawa
  • “Today’s hottest thought leader(s)…author and cultural anthropologist Richard Florida”
    Mitch Joel
    Vancouver 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 Bickerton
    Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • “Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has long been a fan of Florida’s.”
    John Rebchook
    Inside Real Estate News
  • “…we are strong supporters of your work…”
    Ben Myers
    Office of the Lord Mayor
    Brisbane, Australia
  • “…Richard Florida, the ‘Creative Economy’ guru…”
    David Brewster
    Crosscut
  • “The lecture was truly outstanding.”
    James Spaniolo
    President
    University of Texas at Arlington
  • “Richard speaks about cities very brilliantly.”
    Jacques Attali
    Former Advisor to Francois Mitterrand
    Asia Pacific Cities Summit
  • “I am a fan of Richard Florida and have been following his work for the last three decades.”
    Campbell Newman
    Lord 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-soo
    Mayor
    Incheon, Korea
  • “…Richard has ranked highly in our poll of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers, at #29.”
    Tim Halbur
    Planetizen
  • “…Richard Florida, author of the bestselling book ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’ and a renowned expert on urban renewal and the arts.”
    John Pitcher
    Omaha 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 Channel
  • “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 Power
    CEO
    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 Coyne
    Macleans
  • “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
  • “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 Cazares
    Director of Event Operations
    Columbia College Chicago
  • “…gurus like Richard Florida, who has popularized the idea of the “creative class”…”
    Francis Fukuyama
    New York Times
  • “…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 Layden
    Naples 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 Watt
    Barrie Advance
  • “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.”
    Editorial
    Naples Daily News
  • “Richard was amazing! Columbia College was overjoyed with the reception he received, and completely overwhelmed with how wonderful he was.”
    Crystal Lisbon
    The 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 County
    Marconews
  • “Richard Florida is a phenomenon… there is no academic quite like him…”
    Joe Berridge
    The Globe and Mail
  • “Richard Florida is a one-man think tank and go-to guru for companies in need of a creative jolt.”
    Brad Hatch
    The Australian Financial Review
  • “Florida-social theorist, geographer, urban planner and guru of the globalization debate…”
    Larissa Dubecki
    The Age
  • “…thought-provoking intellectual Richard Florida…”
    Patrick S. Duffy
    LA Times
  • “…Florida spins a new way of looking at our place in the world today.”
    Tracy Certo
    Pop City
  • “’Creative Class’ guru Richard Florida…”
    Tobin Harshaw
    The New York Times
  • “How Toronto fell head over heels for an American urbanist named Florida.”
    Mike Miner
    Toronto Life
  • Richard Florida “… has achieved superstar status in the fields of social theory and economic development over the past six years …”
    David Hawkins
    Times & Transcript
  • “…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 Gapper
    The Financial Times
  • “Richard Florida has provided extraordinary insight into one of the most poorly understood problems facing the international community today.”
    Carl Schramm
    President 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 Goodnight
    founder 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
  • “The feedback from Richard’s speech is overwhelmingly positive and he was an important component of a very successful Global Marketing Summit.”
    Elliott S. Feigenbaum
    Director, Speakers-U.S. and International; Entertainment-International
    Jack Morton Worldwide
  • “…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 Mikhail
    Federal Agency on Youth Affairs
    Government of the Russian Federation
  • “The launch of Markham’s Economic Strategy was a huge success, thanks in no small measure to Richard’s remarkable speech.”
    Stephen Chait
    Town of Markham
  • “I wanted you to know how much I appreciated your presentation at the League of CA Cities Conference. It was excellent.”
    Suzanne Mason
    City of Long Beach
  • “Richard’s presentation was fantastic…”
    Julian Armour
    Director, Celebridée
    The Canadian Tulip Festival
  • “…it was very impressive to see how the audience was fascinated by his energetic speech.”
    Takae Suzuki
    Nomura Securities Co., Ltd.
  • “We have heard nothing but positive feedback about Richard’s speech. He really inspired our audience!”
    Jenny Hart
    Midtown 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 Rudy
    Spencer Stuart
  • “…Dr. Richard Florida, widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars on the shift to the new knowledge economy…”
    Lina Deng Ni Lai
    Theme
  • “… your speech was inspiring and motivational.”
    Oh Se-hoon
    Mayor of Seoul
  • “Richard Florida can be counted among the great prophets of our age.”
    Nicholas F. Benton
    Falls News Church Press
  • “…world leader in urban thinking …”
    Ottawa Citizen
  • “Florida is a witty and entertaining writer…”
    Richard Pachter
    The Miami Herald
  • “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 Mihalopoulos
    The New York Times
  • “… HITACHI Technology Forum was a big success. It was a great speech by Dr. Florida with a full audience…”
    Tomoko Uchida
    Diamond, 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 Tseng
    CNN 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 Watson
    State Senator
    Texas
  • “Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading intellectuals on economic competitiveness…”
    Duluth News Tribune
  • “Top 10 Economists on Twitter”
    Tim Harford
  • “…’the Bono of urban philosophers’…”
    Steelcase 360
  • “Fast Company Leadership Hall of Fame”
    Fast Company
  • Honorary Degree from Niagara University
    Lewiston, NY
  • Honorary degree from Columbus College of Art and Design
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Named one of Design Futures Council 2011 Senior Fellows
    Design Intelligence
  • “…Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness…”
    MarketWatch
  • “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 Royuela
    Local Organizing Committee
    ERSA-Barcelona
  • “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 Henninger
    The Wall Street Journal
  • “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 Kim
    President
    Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology
  • “…he forever shifted the lens through which we see the tectonic shifts in our economy and society.”
    Jon Talton
    The Seattle Times
  • “…urban development guru…”
    Will Chabun
    Regina Leader-Post
  • “He is a truly brilliant social scientist and great thinker.”
    Campus Entrepreneurship
  • “RICHARD FLORIDA… is a renowned academic and urban guru. ”
    Toronto Savvy
  • “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 Westwood
    The Australian
  • “…to his legions of acolytes, Florida has been the prophet and standard-bearer of an undeniable urban turnaround…”
    Andres Viglucci
    The Miami Herald
  • One of the world’s top professors in their Twitter writing about leadership, innovation and strategy.
    LDRLB
  • Leadership Hall of Fame
    Kevin Ohannessian
    Fast Company
  • “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 Maher
    Daily Camera
  • “I routinely hear Richard Florida’s name invoked today by area business leaders trying to raise the economic (and education) bar.”
    Robert Trigaux
    Tampa Bay Times
  • “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.”
    Walker
    Columbus Underground
  • Top 20 Leaders in Urbanization
    Claer Barrett
    UBM’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 Xue
    Shanghai Design Week
  • ”Outstanding from Richard Florida.”
    Michael Kimmelman
    The 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 Arts
    Jacksonville University
  • ”…Richard Florida…guru when it comes to all things urban and creative…”
    Amy Silverstein
    LA Weekly
  • ”…world-renowned urban studies expert Richard Florida.”
    Global Toronto
  • “Richard Florida is one of the most widely-read urban theorists…”
    Becky McCray
    Pagosa Daily Post
  • “Richard Florida, the brilliant creator of the concept of the creative class…”
    Brad Feld
    Business 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 Baruah, President 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 Spencer, Program Leader, Global IUN Coalition
    IBM Energy & Utilities Industry
  • “Richard continues to write amazing stuff about Startup Communities…”
    Brad Feld
    Business Insider
  • “Florida…an academic rock star…”
    Greg Lindsay
    Fast Company
  • August 2013 Man of the Month
    Disruptive Women in Healthcare
  • Renowned researcher and urban expert
    Lance Williams
    The Tennessean
  • “…the world’s best know urban theorist…”
    Craig White
    Urban Toronto
  • “…our nation’s greatest expert on American urbanism..”
    Alex Runner
    Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
  • “Richard Florida…one of the most influential intellectuals in the United States.”
    Marta Marin-Domine
    Barcelona Metropolis
  • “A leading voice in urbanisation and creativity…”
    Shu-Ching Jean Chen
    The Business Times
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