Former mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley shares his advice and vision to create the MegacCity. Daley is in conversation with Richard Florida. Location: Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room
Richard M. Daley is a former mayor of Chicago. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007. At 22 years, he was the longest-serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley.In 1997, Daley was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County magazine; a Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine; and Politician of the Year by Library Journal. In 1995, Daley assumed control of Chicago’s public schools system from the elected school board. School standards are said to have risen under the reforms instituted by Daley and education has also been expanded for early years pupils. In 1996, he headed the US Conference of Mayors. Prior to serving as mayor, Daley served in the Illinois Senate (D) and then as the Cook County state’'s attorney.
Richard Florida is the author of several books, including his most recent The Great Reset, which explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity, and the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class. He is a senior editor for The Atlantic and a regular CNN contributor. Florida is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. International diplomats, government leaders, filmmakers, economic development organizations, and leading Fortune 100 businesses have benefited from his global approach to problem-solving and strategy development. In addition to several other books, Florida has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He has been appointed to the Business Innovation Factory’s Research Advisory Council and was recently named European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.