Find speakers by:
Request more info

Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida
Why Creativity is the New Economy
Richard Florida
Why Creativity is the New Economy

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists and a sought-after speaker. Named one of Esquire’s “Best and Brightest,” alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, Florida has fascinated audiences all over the world with his insightful presentations on subjects ranging from the future of cities to understanding demographic shifts to deciphering global economic trends.

Florida is a writer and journalist, having penned several global bestsellers, including the award-winning The Rise of the Creative Class and The New Urban Crisis. His writing frequently appears in major publications, he’s a regular guest commenter on CNN and other international media outlets, and Time magazine recognized his Twitter feed as one of the “140 Most Influential in the World.”

An entrepreneur, Florida is the co-founder of CityLab, the world’s leading publication devoted to cities and urbanism, and the founder of the Creative Class Group, which provides strategic advice to companies, foundations, and governments worldwide. He also serves on the boards of several real estate development firms, venture capital firms, and investment funds.

In addition, Florida is a researcher and professor at University of Toronto’s School of Cities and Rotman School of Management and a Distinguished Fellow at New York University’s Schack School of Real Estate. He has previously taught at Carnegie Mellon University and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT.

Speaking topics

Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

Need assistance?

Client reviews

  • …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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

You might also like

Related speakers.