Go West, Young Creative Class Worker

Richard Florida has out a follow-up book to his widely-read “Rise of the Creative Class”. (Recall, that was the book that provocatively pointed out that cities with more gay people tended to more entrepreneurial and creative.) The new book is called, as titling punsters would have it, “Flight of the Creative Class,” and it deals with the challenges and consequences of immigration in attractive and keeping creative people, i.e. technologists and the like who do the entrepreneurial heavy-lifting.

It look like interesting pop-sociology-cum-economics, and here is the publisher’s blurb:

For the first time ever, the United States is truly in danger of losing its most crucial economic advantage — its status as the world’s greatest talent magnet — argues best-selling author and economist Richard Florida. Where America was once the first destination for foreign students and the last stop for scientists, engineers, musicians, and entrepreneurs wishing to engage in the most robust and creative economy on the planet, it has now become only one place among many where cutting-edge innovation occurs.

Burgeoning global technology hotspots. The outsourcing of ingenuity. Rising intolerance. A faltering education system. Cities torn by inequality. Disconnected political leadership. According to Florida, they all point to the looming creativity crisis that is causing the decline of American economic might.


  1. Hi,
    Bullshit. Just beccause people are not migrating to the US for blah, blah, blah, does not mean we do not participate. Wake up, it is a global economy. I work with open source software developers from all over the world via the net. It’s this silly belief that many managers have “invented here” that leads to this line of thinking.