We catch up with Robyn Hamilton, director of business outreach during theDemocratic National Convention in Charlotte. She is in corporate affairs with Novant Health.
You’ll hear business leaders around town citing “The Rise of the Creative Class” by Richard Florida, a book that Hamilton describes as starting “a ripple in our community.”
Florida writes in the book, first published in 2002, that creative types in all kinds of fields made up more than a third of the country’s workforce. Where this group chooses to work and live, Florida says, could influence the future of companies and cities.
That premise prompted people to reconsider what factors are needed to make a community, such as Charlotte, thrive, Hamilton said. “His book outlines a social and economic theory of urban renewal,” she said. The book argues “that cities with a concentration of artists, musicians and other creative professionals, a strong diverse community, and ample workers in high-tech fields are more prosperous than cities without such populations.”
Another favorite is “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, which Hamilton refers to as “old faithful.” “This book I keep handy, and on audio – and replay it over and over,” Hamilton said. “It reminds us that ‘greatness is not a function of circumstance,’ it’s largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.”
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