Creative class

Posted on 6, Mar | Posted by

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By Tarryn Landman

Richard Florida and his colleagues at the Martin Prosperity Institute recently released an interesting study that blends Michael Porter’s industrial cluster theory and Florida’s research on creative and routine occupations to explore their impact on economic development.

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Posted on 11, Feb | Posted by

The changing shape of modern cities

By Jon Beale

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The geography of cities is changing. In today’s modern city centres human talent has replaced industrial capital. Urban centres have undergone a large de-industrialization over the past half century to become hubs of innovation, networking, and ideas that attract a young, talented “creative class“. The Martin Prosperity Institute recently explored this changing urban landscape in the study The Divided City and the Shape of the New Metropolis. Read the full blog post

Posted on 8, Dec | Posted by

Are the creative industries as innovative as we think?

Views on creativity have changed over the years, with concepts like the creative class and creative workers becoming significant areas of focus for the economic development field. Municipalities across North America now compete with one another to attract creative industries to generate innovation and economic growth. A recent working paper(and upcoming report) from the United Kingdom, however, may have municipalities rethinking their strategies around creative industries. Read the full blog post

Posted on 9, Jun | Posted by

The Great Reset by Richard Florida

Richard Florida Hits Reset

There’s no question that the biggest – and most controversial – name in economic development of late has been Richard Florida. The New Jersey native, who relocated to Toronto a few years ago to head the Martin Prosperity Institute, is best known for his 2002 book The Rise of the Creative Class. In that book, and in several follow-up books and articles (including The Flight Of The Creative Class and Who’s Your City?), he explored the increasing economic importance of a new group of creatively-oriented knowledge workers, and how they were reshaping the economies of communities across the industrial world. While that work won him many accolades and has helped to anchor a “creative industries” focus for economic development in many communities, it has also been described as too elitist, too urban and too obvious. Now Florida is back on the bookshelves with a new offering.

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