NYU Global Research Professor, Richard Florida, Named Among the 100 Most Influential Contemporary Thinkers in the World by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute


NEW YORK, February 27, 2014 – Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading authorities on economic competitiveness, urbanism, and cultural and technological innovation was recently named among the 100 most influential contemporary thinkers and thought leaders in the world in a study published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, a leading think tank focused on the issues of consumption, trade, and society as they relate to business and society.

He is joined by an all-star list of global leaders, thinkers, and academics, including former Vice President Al Gore, George Soros, Jeffrey Sachs, Elon Musk, Salman Rushdie, Robert Shiller, and Deepak Chopra.

“I am honored to be included in a list of such influential thinkers,” Florida said. “My work continues to be shaped and influenced by public discourse; I am beyond flattered to be held in such high esteem.”

The ranking was formulated as part of a detailed network analysis of influence and impact on the online market of ideas, news, and discussions. Researchers and authors of the study, Karin Frick, Peter Gloor, and Detlef Gürtler, noted, “In contrast to the micro-ratings, which survey the number of hits in ever finer niches – actually bunkers of a sort – the global thought leader ranking is our attempt to identify the thinkers and ideas that resonate with the global infosphere as a whole.”

The full ranking and methodology of the study can be found online.

Florida, who teaches and lectures at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), is involved in numerous projects and initiatives across NYU at sites around the world.

“We are delighted that Richard Florida has received such impressive recognition. His expertise in creativity, culture, and innovation within the urban environment provides invaluable insight for our students and our community,” noted Dennis Di Lorenzo, dean of NYU-SCPS.   

About Richard Florida

Richard Florida is one of the world's leading public intellectuals. Esquire Magazine named him one of the ‘Best and Brightest.’ He has written several national and international, best-selling books including, The Rise of the Creative Class, which received The Washington Monthly's Political Book Award and was cited as a major breakthrough philosophy by the Harvard Business Review. His ideas have been featured in major advertising campaigns, including those for BMW, and are being employed globally to change the way regions, nations, and companies compete. He is founder of the Creative Class Group, an advisory services firm, charting new trends in business and community.

Florida is a senior editor for The Atlantic.  He has written numerous articles for The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business ReviewThe Globe and MailThe Boston Globe, the Financial Times and The Daily Beast. He is author of the book, Who's Your City?, which has been hailed as a national best-seller, an international best-seller, and an Amazon Book of the Month. His latest published work, The Great Reset, explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity. 

Florida serves as director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  He is a global research professor at NYU, where he is involved in initiatives in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and across the University.

Previously, Florida held professorships at Carnegie Mellon University, served as a visiting professor at Harvard and MIT, and was a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution. Florida earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.