I've been waking up at ridiculous hours this week (like 3:30-4 a.m., and wide awake), and maybe it's the lack of sleep, but something really clicked with me about the
He says they called it a "Prosperity" institute because of the growth associated with the word.
Anyway, what really touched me about the interview is his idea of the quality of place.
Included in this are the mixing of people and ideas.
If you build a new development, it's basically building a new shell. It has to grow, and it takes decades, centuries.
If you have a city, you have the energy of the people who started the city centuries ago mixed with the energy of the people who are there now, mixed with the energy of everyone who has been there in between.
The people who choose to be there are there amidst all this energy.
Cities spark creativity, they spark life, and let's face it, the people who opt to live in cities already have those things, and feel they can grow from what's there and add to it.
The same, says Florida, goes for places of work.
When employers recognize that their employees have something beyond the little outline of their job to offer to the company, that's step one.
Step two is making sure employees want to be there – not just working for the company, but that they're given a working environment that helps motivate them.
I have step one at my company. In fact, it's grown beyond the local company, to other affiliates and to the centralized editorial department. Fantastic.
But I work in a soulless atmosphere; no wonder I'm not sleeping well.
I live in a house built in 1890. It has hardwood floors, and lots of character.
If I do freelance work, I do it downtown or in the Westcott section of town, which is fairly artsy.
My day job, though, I drive to an office park and sit in a drab gray-and-green cubicle.
In fact, I come to a chain coffee shop to write before work, because it's the only one close with Internet access (even though they block some sites).
And, if I want lunch, the only places I can walk to are that coffee shop, a small mall food court, and a Nothing but Noodles franchise.
To get to those places, I have to walk across parking lots and medians, because if I walked along the road (no sidewalks, by the way), I'd be looking at about a 40-minute walk to get anywhere.
No wonder we all want raises every year: We don't have any atmospheric motivation at work.
On the one hand, that's enough venting before 7 a.m. On the other hand, this is a real problem for American employers. A lot of us have voiced (repeatedly, over the course of more years than I've been there) that we'd like to move the office downtown.
If the company did that, and gave us an interesting place to work while there, the creative juices would be flowing, and productivity would rise. It sounds like that's not just my opinion.