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The Great Reset

How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-crash Prosperity

Florida, Richard L.

(Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Great Reset
"From the author of the bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class, a book that frames the economic meltdown of 2008-09 not as a crisis but as an opportunity to "reset," and, in doing so, paints a fascinating picture of what our economy, society, and geography will look like--of how we will work and live--in the future"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061937194
Branch Call Number: 330.973 F
Characteristics: x, 225 p. ; 24 cm.


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"Richard Florida exercises his muscles as one of the most accessible economic writers and uses his ability to digest complex subjects like the recession and globalization into a succinct and straightforward description. He clears the air surrounding the crash of 2008 and reminds us not to &q... Read More »

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Nov 22, 2011
  • delfon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Richard Florida tackles careers and jobs in another way in this work as he tries to identify for the educated and others not so well-disposed the areas which might prove fruitful to fufillment.
He mentions the top destinations for Univesity graduates and why they want to go to these places; surprisingly, or not so, most want to meet interesting people within vibrant social networks (certainly lacking in many smaller communities). He delves into how the changing society will change out behaviors (maybe small is good), so he does contradict here, it seems.
He shows how advanced social communities are adapting to non-petro conveyances, how many countries now utilize high speed rail as a soon to be replacement of vehicles -- and compares to the US laguishing in denial, or just ignorance, who knows?
How about Canada, birthing high speed rail is a fight (war) with the political dinosaurs and the closed minded ignorant (if Canada is any example)
We are even given insight into home buying, and how the renters are dominating because, owning a home is not worth the investment...becuase with high such kind of ownership goes the unwelcome disadvantage of UNemployment.. Then we learn that most jobs in the US economy (and I suspect we are supposed to naturally assume the same will apply to Canada), are in routine service jobs (28 million), knowledge and creative jobs (23 million), and one million in manufacturing. (this represents 3 past decades of growth). By 2018, things will be even worse, or better, depending on your perspective, so its imperative one take ones own future in hand.
Two sets of skills will matter most;
analytical (pattern recognition and problem solving) skills and social intelligence skills, such as sensitivity and persuasiveness as in team building and mobilization.
From reading this book one can grasp the optimism of a future far different than any localized group could ever envision. A good read, and a challenge to the status quo.

Jul 25, 2011
  • dirtbag1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is worth reading. Although it has only four or five basic ideas they are reasonably and adequately explained. The stumbling block in my opinion is Mr. Florida's failure to recognize the one essential feature needed to make his model work. In addition to his recommended changes there has to be strong commitment to embrace an ethic of wealth sharing. For his thoughts to be workable the must be a mechanism that encourages the distribution on the nations wealth. A distribution downward. That the West is facing a post-industrial world is correct. That we cannot go on using resources on poorly planned enterprises that promote upward wealth movement must end. Corporate globalism must be revisited.

Jun 25, 2010
  • j_baka2002 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very interesting book. Has interesting ideas about where the job market and the next housing wave is going to take place.


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