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Richard Florida

writer, professor, George Mason University

Richard Florida is author of the global best-seller *The Rise of the Creative Class*. His latest book, *Who's Your City?* also a national and international best seller. His previous books, especially *The Breakthrough Illusion and Beyond Mass Production*, paved the way for his provocative looks at how creativity is revolutionizing the global economy. Florida is a regular correspondent for the *Atlantic Monthly* and a regular columnist for *The Globe and Mail*. He has written for *The New York Times*, *The Wall Street Journa*l, *The Washington Post*, *The Boston Globe*, *The Economist*, and *The Harvard Business Review*. He has been featured as an expert on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR and CBS, to name just a few. Florida is one of the world's leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. International diplomats, government leaders, filmmakers, economic development organizations and leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approach to problem-solving and strategy development.