In a recent speech at the Cleveland City Club, John Koten, CEO of Mansueto Ventures (publisher of Inc. and Fast Company and its websites), discussed the "Rise of the Entrepreneurial Class," in which creative and business instincts are building toward one another to create a new enterpreneurial class.

"An entrepreneur is someone who sees a marketplace, any marketplace, as a blank canvas rather as a fully realized landscape," he said.

What's more, he said, entrepreneurs can be a force for change -- and a key uniting group in any divisive environment, such as the current split in American politics and its population. Entrepreneurs, he said, compel a "driving urgency of human behavior and social organization and in doing so allows for personal expression, economic growth, wealth creation and reduction of conflict between people."

Listen to the entire speech here.