Greg Lindsay


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 senior fellow at NewCities and the director of strategy of its offshoot LA CoMotion - an annual urban mobility festival in the Arts District of Los Angeles. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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, Politico, The Economist Group, The World Economic Forum, The Nikkei Asian Review, 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 Sandia National Laboratories, the U.K. Treasury, the OECD, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Deloitte, and McKinsey. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2012. His work has also been displayed at the 15th and 16th Venice Architecture Biennales, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Habitat III.

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, Samsung, Starbucks, Audi, Chrysler, Hyundai, Tishman Speyer, British Land, André Balazs Properties, Emaar, and Expo 2020, among many other organizations, and is currently Urbanist-in-Residence at Urban-X - BMW Mini’s urban tech accelerator.

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:

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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