Why The 'Creative Class' Is Taking Over The World | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

In 2003, Richard Florida predicted that right-brained people would rule the world in his book "The Rise Of The Creative Class."

 

There is an economic need for the "creative class," which is why it's thriving right now, writes Florida. He says one in three Americans, or 40 million workers, belong to it.


Here's how he defines the creative class:


"I define the Creative Class to include people in science and engineering, architecture and design, education, arts, music and entertainment whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new creative content. "


It's necessary because creativity is what powers many of the new industries of our day: from social media and computer graphics to medical research and urban planning, Florida says. The current business environment means that creativity is the "most prized commodity."

 


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