The creative class - The creative class. The creative class...

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The creative class. The creative class is a group of people that American social scientist, Richard Florida, believes is a key driving force for the economic development of post-industrial cities in the USA. Florida breaks the creative class into two broad sections: - Creative Professionals: ‘knowledge workers’, such as financial planners, doctors and lawyers. - Super-Creative Core: this group contains a huge range of occupations (e.g. architecture, education, sports) with arts, design, and media workers making a small subset. The creative class has been on the rise for the past 30 years. Ever since the 1970s, the US economy has been dominated by industry and digital technology. In the 1980s and 1990s the economy boomed due to the rapid growth in information technology and the Internet. This happened especially in areas like California’s Silicon Valley and along Boston’s Route 128. The rise in jobs in the creative class is due largely to the fact that machines are taking over routine and repetitive jobs, leaving room for more creative jobs. The creative class is composed of professions such as scientists and engineers, university professors, poets and architects. Their designs are widely transferable and useful on a broad scale. Another sector of the creative class includes those positions which are knowledge intensive. These careers usually require a high degree of formal education. Examples of this sector are health professionals and business management. Their main job is to think and to create new standard approaches for fixing problems. Creativity is becoming more valued in today’s global society. 38,3 million Americans, nearly 30 per cent of the workforce, identify themselves with the creative class. In the US, this number has increased by more than 10 per cent in the past twenty years. The creative class will bring great economic power and growth to any country which has them. The main advantage of a
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course ENGLISH Ao3 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '11 term at Faculty of English Commerce Ain Shams University.

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