The man with the answers?


About 4 or 5 years ago, Mike Robinette, formerly of MVRPC, brought Richard Florida into town to speak. It was at the Ponitz center (bldg. 12 of Sinclair). The room was packed with every mover and shaker in town (not that they accomplish much moving or shaking). And next thing you know, everyone is talking about the “Creative class”- and “Tool town” soon became “Tech Town” etc. etc.

So, if you missed the first shot of Richard Florida’s cool-aid, you can get it again tomorrow night at Wright State:

WSU: Presidential Lecture Series – Richard Florida
Richard Florida

Thursday, March 1, 2007
7:00 p.m. DELAYED TO 8PM!

Apollo Multipurpose Room
WSU Student Union
Free & Open to the Public
No Tickets Required

Social theorist and public intellectual Richard Florida will join the WSU community in celebrating its 40th Anniversary as a Presidential Lecture Series speaker, in collaboration with the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education SOCHE.

Author of The Rise of the Creative Class, named a leading breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review, Florida believes that human creativity is the engine of economic growth and that for the first time in history, economic growth depends on the further development of a wide spectrum of human capabilities.

As to my opinion of “the creative class” (of which by profession I am a part)- creatives without strong, visionary leadership are as clueless as the next group.

If you want progress and change, there is nothing like a benevolent dictator.

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