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Creative Class

Chris Beauchamp and the Monster of Digital Media

Nova Lorraine | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Nova Lorraine

There are very few people that amaze me by their unique brilliance and charm, but Chris Beauchamp of Monster Media is one of them. Having worked with a variety of brands from Target to JetBlue, Chris is one of the creative geniuses behind a company that has grown into an unstoppable force in the retail digital marketing space.

Every Problem Has a Creative Solution (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Rana Florida

From North America to Asia and the Middle East, the hotels, restaurants, retail stores and residences Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu have designed, from Ian Schrager's new Edition Hotel in Miami Beach to the Louis Vuitton store in Hong Kong, are experiences that are transcendental.

Five Industries Ripe For Disruption

Rana Florida | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Rana Florida

If these sprawling campus behemoths don't make better use of technology, all of those dormitories, student centers, and administrative buildings that they are so busy building will have to reinvent themselves.

Lessons From Other Cities at Detroit's Global City Forum

Rana Florida | Posted 06.10.2015 | Detroit
Rana Florida

It's a fact of life: cities rise and cities decline. While the largest can hold their dominance for a very long time, second- and third-tier cities come and go.

A World-Class Global City-Building Forum: The First-Ever in Detroit

Rana Florida | Posted 05.20.2015 | Detroit
Rana Florida

Great cities shape their own narratives and they create new lessons for the world. Though Detroit has been the poster-child for urban distress, it is also charting a new path back.

Meet Renaissance Woman Paula 'Pixie' Dezzutti Hewlette

Nova Lorraine | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Nova Lorraine

I was a woman, I was pregnant, I wasn't even old enough to legally rent a car, and I had scored higher on their aptitude entrance test than any other candidate.

Journalism Must Subscribe to Its Own Survival

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.10.2015 | Media
Josh Stephens

With the holiday season at full blast last week, I read Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class, the forthcoming book by Scott Timberg about the economic fate of artists.

Arts Education Transforms Societies

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans' President Kevin Bailey credits the brand's creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken.

How to Scale Your Business, Make a Profit and Do Good (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

I sat down with Warby Parker co-founders Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa in their New York headquarters and talked to them about start-ups, risk-taking, collaboration, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.

The Creative Class With Legendary Music Producer Bob Ezrin (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

This week features Bob Ezrin, one of the most commercially successful producers of all time. He's worked with many of the world's most important contemporary artists.

The Creative Class with Paddle8: Tips for Launching a Successful Startup (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

In just three short years Paddle8 an innovative marketplace infusing technology and art has held hundreds auctions with over $100MM in bidding activity and raising over $25MM for charities.

The Creative Class With Peter Marino

Rana Florida | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

From Chanel boutiques in Paris and Beverly Hills to Christian Dior stores in Shanghai and New York, Marino is an interior Design Hall of Fame member.

Miami, the Start-Up City

Rana Florida | Posted 05.20.2014 | Miami
Rana Florida

After a decade in which Miami has rapidly grown and urbanized (e.g., some 23,000 new condos in downtown, which are now more than 90 percent occupied) and distinguished itself as an international center of creativity; in order to compete on a global scale the city and region now need to take the next leap.

To Be or Not to Be in Detroit City

Vince Carducci | Posted 03.23.2014 | Detroit
Vince Carducci

For decades now, Detroit has been one of America's most notorious clusterf*cks. Once the nation's fourth-largest city, its current population of just over 700,000 is less than 40 percent of its postwar peak of 1.8 million, and it's predicted to fall even further.

In America, A New Asian Creative Class

Youyoung Lee | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Youyoung Lee

I've encountered many stereotypes over the past three decades as an Asian American. Trendsetting has never been one of them -- until now.

Eleazar David Melendez

Bike-Friendly Businesses Thrive | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 07.18.2013 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- When Mary Walsh opened Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery in 2011, the business had all the markings of a venture destined to fail. Rather tha...

The Reinvention of Work: Projects Not Positions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Russell C. Smith

Over the last 20 years work has been reinvented, restructured, and rebooted. The top-tier and bottom level of what working means has been redefined by corporations, visionaries, technologies and individuals.

The Sincere Mustache and the Authenticity Aesthetic

Sarah Pappalardo | Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts
Sarah Pappalardo

At some point, your ironic mustache became sincere. Like the hippie parents who ended up voting for Reagan, we may have come full circle: from mocking the bourgeoisie to being it.

Can Selective Immigration Help the Innovation Crisis?

Christopher Newfield | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
Christopher Newfield

Every element of the country's past success is coming under scrutiny -- the patent process, the higher education system, and the condition of the physical and digital infrastructures, among many others. One perennial target is the bottleneck in U.S. access to the world's technical workforce.

Better Bicycling Mean More Business, Cities Discover

Jay Walljasper | Posted 01.01.2013 | Business
Jay Walljasper

Bikes are improving the business climate beyond big cities and those not recognized as bike capitals.

Creative Spaces: 10 Brands With Street Cred

Rana Florida | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

How can big corporate brands earn street cred or a cool factor to get the early adopters on board? Here are 10 key tips.

The Creative Compact

Richard Florida | Posted 09.09.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

The tectonic upheavals our economy is enduring are the result not just of financial shenanigans by the global One Percent, but of a deeper and more fundamental shift -- the passing of the old industrial order as it gives way to the emerging Creative Economy.

Creativity Is the New Economy

Richard Florida | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business
Richard Florida

It's common to say we are now living in a post-industrial information or knowledge economy. But the shift is actually deeper and more thorough-going than that.

Asian-American Voters as a Republican Parable

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

The GOP is probably not going to win the support of the majority of African-American and Hispanic voters anytime soon. But Republicans are now in danger of losing the votes of another important demographic group that could have been its natural political ally.

Crowdsourcing Creativity -- Is This Any Way to Get Ahead?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.06.2012 | Business
Russell C. Smith

One of the ways people and companies have altered the rules of the online marketplace is by embracing the practice of crowdsourcing creativity, often with questionable results.