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The Great Reset: How the Post-Crash Economy Will Change the Way We Live and Work Paperback – July 5, 2011
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“Enticingly contrarian” (—New York Post)
“The Great Reset is an interesting, provocative and intelligent book. Florida is a witty and entertaining writer…It’s well worth reading as a starting point for the future that’s coming our way whether we’re ready or not.” (—Miami Herald)
“Richard Florida can be counted among the great prophets of our age. This incredibly interesting and well-written commentator on the socio-economics of the modern era has hit yet another grand slam, eclipsing his phenomenal ‘Rise of the Creative Class.’” (—Falls Church News-Press)
“A breath of fresh air for anyone hoping that Americans (and economists) will learn from their past mistakes.” (—The Daily Beast)
“A thoughtful, generally hopeful assessment of where we are now, how we got here—and how we can rebuild in the future.” (—BizEd magazine)
[U]seful in inspiring thinking about the future of communities, of different types of jobs, and of the nature of work itself.” (—The Conference Board Review)
“The Great Reset shows how new technology and the new geographies of living and working come together to drive recovery….must reading for anyone who wants to understand where we are now and where we are headed.” (—Chris Anderson, editor, Wired magazine)
“This timely and thought-provoking book gives us important insights into the reshaping of America’s economic and physical landscape.” (—Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University)
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Literally, a reset means "to set again or renew" (Webster), "to set again or differently" (Oxford English Dictionary). As Florida makes crystal clear, however, a Reset is not an invitation to reload with the same "ammunition" (i.e. values, mindset, perspectives, strategies, and tactics) because, more often than not, that "ammunition" of the status quo helps to explain the emergence of a Great Reset in response to its inadequacies and thus is among its causes. This is precisely what Florida has in mind when observing that economic systems "do not exist in the abstract; they are embedded within the geographic fabric of the society - the way land is used, the locations of homes and businesses, the infrastructure that ties people, places, and commerce together. These factors combine to shape production, consumption, and innovation, and as they change, so do the basic engines of the economy. A reconfiguration of this economic landscape is the real distinguishing characteristic of a Great Reset.Read more ›
Here, RF leverages his concepts of the Creative Class and megaregions to develop an outlook for major cities. He states that the financial crisis will actually strengthen the two worldwide leading financial centers: London and New York. Historically, leading financial centers have lasted much longer than their nations' economic supremacy. London remains the preeminent financial center even though the U.K. has not been a dominant economy since before WWII. London and NY will rebound better than the second tier of financial centers such as Tokyo, Frankfurt, and Singapore.Read more ›
Reading this it is hard not to be reminded of the old adage that: "if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Florida is an "urban planner" by trade so he is easily distracted by notions of "economic geography". His risible assessment of Detroit's problems, for example, centers on its lack of urban density relative to other urban areas in that part of the country. For the most part he fails to explore (or even indicate an awareness) of the destructive influence of government with two notable exceptions. First, he does state in general terms that there should be less "top down" planning and more local control. He also seems to advocate less zoning and more flexible land use. Towards the end of chapter twelve (which also included the nonsense about Detroit) Prof.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book, it was an interesting take on the state of our economy during the recession.Published 5 months ago by Jesse Deringer
America, or mankind for that matter, has always experienced great adversitites but rarely is the story told forecasting what we will look like AFTER a recovery. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Yahya Henry
I forgot to check the copyright date before m purchase. I found that much has changed since this book was written in 2010. I likw Richard Florida's work and have heard him speak. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by David Lockey
Typical Florida book. Not the best, but certainly more readable than many other books of this type. Worth a read-but get it on Kindle or second-hand.Published on December 8, 2013 by Rangers Fan
When the financial crash was fresh, ths must have seemed bold and possibly visionary. Enough time has past that we can see a number of the predictions don't add up, but some are... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Robert C. La Mont
Another great book from Richard Florida... if you read and liked the rise of the creative class, you'll get a great deal out of this book tooPublished on May 3, 2013 by Mark C Enders
The Great Reset by Richard Florida is an excellent account of what has been happening since 2008. Very helpful information and the ideas are eye opening.Published on January 6, 2013 by liza stacishin
I found the perspectives in this book as relates to our past very thought provoking. As one of those in the "older generation" it helps me recognize the changes needed to insure... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Kent P. Friel
I got this book since I enjoy the study of economics and demographics.
However, the book never got off the ground or made a real point. Read more