Richard Florida to Discuss Flight of the Creative Class at Woodrow Wilson Center

Posted: July 19, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Richard Florida, Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy, will discuss the issues presented in his new book, The Flight of the Creative Class, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., this afternoon from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Florida’s book explores the growing global competition for talent. According to Florida, although the United States has long been the preferred destination for the world’s top entrepreneurial, innovative, scientific, artistic, and cultural talent, it is losing this key historical advantage. U.S. immigration laws are driving away the foreign talent seeking the American Dream, Florida says, while other nations’ improving opportunities and greater tolerance of alternative lifestyles are luring away many of our best and brightest. Florida argues that unless the United States can attract, retain, and grow top-notch creative talent, increasingly intense competition will continue to weaken the U.S. economy. Today’s policy forum will explore these provocative ideas as well as discuss ways to counter these trends.

Florida is also author of the 2002 best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class, which received The Washington Monthly’s Political Book Award. That book explored the role of creative individuals in the economic life of America’s cities and towns.

Today’s discussion will be held in the sixth-floor boardroom of the center, which is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. A photo ID is required for entry. RSVP by e-mail to stage@si.edu.

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