Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay - The Future Innovation  Speaker


About Greg Lindsay – Speaker and Expert on the Future of Travel, Technology and Urbanism: 

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative — a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Inc., The Atlantic, Quartz, The New Republic, The Economist Group, The World Economic Forum, European Management Journal, World Policy Journal, Next City, Time, Wired, New York, Slate, Marie Claire Italia, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Departures. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age.

Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities, most recently at the OECD, Interbrand, the MIT Media Lab, Microsoft Research, and McKinsey. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader of the World Cities Summit. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at MoMA in 2012. He is also a senior fellow at the Work Futures Institute, exploring the intersection of the office with the city, the cloud, and Big Data. And his forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity has been made possible with the generous support of the Knight Foundation.

He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He has advised Intel, Audi, Ericsson, Samsung, André Balazs Properties, and Chrysler, among other organizations.

He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

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What Greg Lindsay Talks About:

Engineering Serendipity
Innovation can’t be scheduled but it can be designed. Lindsay explains how innovative organizations such as Google, Facebook, Zappos and MIT are engineering serendipity, harnessing social networks and new ways of working to cultivate the discovery of new ideas, inspire collaboration and creativity, and spur employee engagement and innovation. How, where and who we work with will never be the same.

The New Geography of Trade, Talent & Innovation
How did China become the “world’s factory”? Why are Americans checking into Bangkok for heart surgery? How did Africa become a breadbasket for the Middle East? The one common denominator is that these things were made possible by the explosive growth in air travel. The combination of the Internet and jet engine is redrawing the world map, creating new winners and losers among countries, cities, companies and all of us. The author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, he explores the rules, threats and vast opportunities afforded by the new highways in the sky.

Big, Smart & Green—How Cities Define Our Future
Humans are an urban species—more than half of us now live in cities and it will double by 2050 to more than 7 billion people, equal to the number alive right now. Lindsay outlines the affects on society and business dynamics and offers insight on how challenges will, by definition, become urban-related, whether it’s solving poverty, adapting to climate change, creating jobs and growth, or simply how to get around.

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Greg was a smooth, polished, and beguiling speaker, alternately informing, challenging and making his audiences laugh!


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