Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Creative Class

We have a lot of creative people in St. Anne's Hill.... musicians, singers, painters, and even some bloggers. Whether it's a full-time profession or just a hobby, there is no shortage of inspiration here. Perhaps then you've heard of the "Creative Class" initiative. Just in case you haven't, here is a quick overview.

The term "Creative Class" comes from Professor
Richard Florida, who has become internationally known as a leading thinker and researcher for the new economy of the 21st century. Basically, his main idea is that the successful cities of the future will be the ones who attract the creative class - that is, anyone who uses their brainpower to improve society.

So be it a graphic artist, computer programmer, scientist, or architect, these creative people will be the key to a successful regional economy. Simple enough? Ok, maybe not!

Anyway, here in Dayton there is a new initiative to build on Florida's work and get our own Creative Class mobilized in Dayton. This is a new grassroots effort, so there are plenty of ways to get involved.

For more information, check out
this post and then this post on about the program and how to participate. Here is another good page with lots of links.

For a concrete example of what the creative class is doing in Dayton, check out the Dayton Circus and look for their upcoming events around downtown.

Be Creative, Dayton!

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