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We’ve Reached the Tipping Point
Richard Florida is author of the global best-seller "The Rise of the Creative Class." His latest books are the "The Great Reset," and "The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited," a revised and expanded tenth anniversary edition of his classic work.
He is also the author of "The Flight of the Creative Class" and "Cities and the Creative Class." His previous books, especially "The Breakthrough Illusion" and "Beyond Mass Production," paved the way for his provocative looks at how creativity is revolutionizing the global economy.
Florida is a regular correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly and a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist, and The Harvard Business Review. He has been featured as an expert on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR and CBS, to name just a few.
Richard Florida: Well, I mean, we made a \r\nmess of this. We made a mess of the earth, we made a mess of this \r\nincredible natural environment that God gave us. And it’s just tragic \r\nwhen you think about it. I mean, when you really think about what \r\nindustrialism has done to this planet, you almost say, “Were we aware? \r\nDid we have a giant stroke?” What happened to human beings, and maybe we\r\n invented these technologies that we just couldn’t fully understand, but\r\n we’ve destroyed so much of our environment.
My hunch is, now \r\nwe've finally—and I’m not an environmental expert—we've finally reached a\r\n point where we understand we have to stop doing this. One, I think \r\npeople are much more aware. Most people are much more aware of their \r\nenvironmental impact, of being more energy efficient. There’s kind of a \r\nnew culture emerging where people are just more careful, a little bit \r\nmore careful, and we have to do much more, but I think the other thing \r\nthat’s really occurring in our society, is we just can’t afford the time\r\n of giant commutes, people are understanding their time is valuable, \r\nthey have to live in denser areas, and they, there’s a fabulous book by \r\nDavid Owens, and I quote it in my book, “The Great Reset,” called “The \r\nGreen Metropolis.” And when he looks at it, as counterintuitive it \r\nsounds, big cities like New York, like Tokyo, are much more energy \r\nefficient than these sprawled out, stretched out, suburban areas.
So,\r\n I think one of the things we’re going to find is, if we can find a new \r\nway of life which is denser and combine that with environmental \r\nefficiency and by engaging people and being smart about it, we can do a \r\nlot better. But, boy oh boy, you know, I’d say it’s one of the two or \r\nthree big challenges of our time, but it may be, it may well be the \r\nnumber one challenge of our time... I think the important thing is not \r\nto draw a distinction between a natural environment and a human \r\nenvironment. And here’s the way I’d phrase it:
One of the things \r\nindustrialism did to us, which was so tragic, it had taught us, \r\nencouraged us to be wasteful. On the one hand, we could be wasteful of \r\nenvironmental inputs, we could be throwing stuff back into the \r\nenvironment that was toxic. We were just terribly wasteful because we \r\nwere producing these things with new technology. But it also encourages \r\nto be very wasteful of human resources. We treated workers like crap, we\r\n saw them as cogs in the machine, we didn’t skill... I mean, Marx talked\r\n about this and the alienation and exploitation, we can’t waste our \r\nnatural resources and we can’t waste our human resources and what gives \r\nme great hope, I say in the book, “The clock of history is always \r\nticking.” The competitive nature of capitalism means though who are less\r\n wasteful win over time. So those who waste less natural resources get \r\nmore efficient. Those who waste less human resources and use human \r\ncreativity and don’t neglect that talent, win.
So I think \r\nthere’s something in the logic of capitalism that is at least pointing \r\nus, pointing us toward potentially a more efficient and more \r\ncreative—and I say in the book, you know, “The history of capitalism, \r\nfor the first time now, economic development requires human \r\ndevelopment.” You probably could add to that it requires to some kind of\r\n natural resource cultivation as well. So I think all those three things\r\n point, at least point us in the direction of a better future.
Recorded\r\n on April 27, 2010
Industrialism taught us how to be wasteful of material and human resources. We need to get out of this mess.
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- If you or someone you know is attending school remotely, you are more than likely learning through emergency remote instruction, which is not the same as online learning, write Rich DeMillo and Steve Harmon.
- Education institutions must properly define and understand the difference between a course that is designed from inception to be taught in an online format and a course that has been rapidly converted to be offered to remote students.
- In a future involving more online instruction than any of us ever imagined, it will be crucial to meticulously design factors like learner navigation, interactive recordings, feedback loops, exams and office hours in order to maximize learning potential within the virtual environment.
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- The findings could lead to new methods of influencing public opinion.