The Great Reset

The Great Reset

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

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Richard Florida, bestselling author ofWho's Your City'andThe Rise of the Creative Class, returns with a much-needed and original vision as we emerge from the economic downturn, illuminating the incredible opportunity our times present for rethinking our future. The Great Resetwill be more than descriptive and instructional economics; it will provide a new framework for understanding how we can power a revolutionary new round of growth akin to those that powered North America out of massive depressions in the 1870s and 1930s. His argument comes replete with facts, stories and historical examples, research begun in support of his much-discussed March 2009 article inThe Atlantic. Florida reminds us of the importance of geography and place, so long neglected; details the core actions needed to spur recovery; and paints a picture of what our economy, society and geography could look like - how we would work and live - after the Great Reset.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780307358295
Branch Call Number: 330.973 FLO 2010
Characteristics: x, 225 p. ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Nov 22, 2011

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

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

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

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SL

To Top