Mobile and Creative

Patrick points to the Economist's synopsis of this new study of the relationship between living abroad and creativity. Creative people are curious by nature. There is a also a close connection between creativity and experience-seeking - in psychology-speak, open-to-experience personalities; and open personalities are more likely than others to move. Creative people constantly - and chronically - seek out new experiences, they are also frequent movers. That said, the study is careful to point out that:

[C]urrent studies cannot rule out the reverse pathway: that creative people may be more likely to live abroad than noncreative people, a plausible possibility that we noted in the introduction. However, although we acknowledge that creative people may indeed be especially likely to live abroad, we believe that the effects of living abroad are not simply a proxy for creative personality, and that our results suggest the experience of living abroad seems to be important in and of itself
Presented by

Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at NYU. More

Florida is author of The Rise of the Creative ClassWho's Your City?, and The Great Reset. He's also the founder of the Creative Class Group, and a list of his current clients can be found here

The Man Who Owns 40,000 Video Games

A short documentary about an Austrian gamer with an uncommon obsession

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in National

From This Author

Just In