Monday, January 21, 2008

Rise of the Creative Class

Came across an interesting article - Wanted: A 'bulldozer' for Malaysia by ChanHoYing (The Strait Times, S'pore) about how Singapore is cultivating the "creative class" to fuel its economic development into a metropolitan "creative city". Which explains why they have a national design library and recently, a design museum plus substantial government support on local organised design-related events.

Reading the article led me to some even more interesting articles on current thinking about how certain successful economies/companies owe their success to nurturing and attracting this very creative class (which includes designers like u and me). I wonder when the Malaysian government will ever catch on...

read this:
The Rise of the Creative Class: Why cities without gays and rock bands are losing the economic development race.

The 'creative class' (wikipedia), a term coined by social scientist Dr. Richard Florida, refers to a group of highly imaginative and creative citizens.

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