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The future is urban, and no one has studied the future of cities more intently than speaker Greg Lindsay. As a journalist, academic, and visionary leader at several nonprofits, Lindsay helps remake cities while helping us better understand them. Organizations interested in the future of urbanism will find their ideal keynote speaker in Greg Lindsay.
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The very idea of the city is being remade, and smart-city speaker Greg Lindsay has seen its future. As a keynote speaker, Greg Lindsay brings a journalist’s verve and flair for storytelling to deeply informed descriptions of our common future.
As director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at CoMotion, Greg Lindsay helps forge the future. While cities traditionally comprised their own little worlds, tomorrow’s cities, says Lindsay, will cater to the demands of globalization.
Lindsay and co-author John Kasarda make this case in the compelling Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. Successful cities, they argue, will grow around airports, where they will better be able to compete in the global economy. Examples are already taking form across China, India, and the Middle East. Time noted that Aerotropolis “points out that we can still address the oldest needs but in new and liberating ways.”
At LA CoMotion and as a visiting scholar at NYU, Lindsay has worked with Intel, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. He is a fellow of both MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab and the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative. More recently, Lindsay was the inaugural Urbanist-in-Residence at BMW MINI’s URBAN-X, a startup accelerator for urban initiatives. He is also the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson on Jeopardy!
For all his experience with urbanist think-tanks, Lindsay is a journalist at heart. As a result, his writings appear regularly in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, and other publications.
Humans are an urban species — more than half of us now live in cities. And our numbers will double by 2050 to more than 7 billion people, equal to the number alive on Earth right now. Every challenge we face will by definition become an urban one, whether solving poverty, adapting to climate change, finding homes and opportunities for immigrants, creating jobs and growth, and simply how to get around.
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? What all of these things have in common is that they were made possible by the world’s 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. Greg Lindsay, author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, explores the rules, threats, and vast opportunities afforded by the new highways in the sky.
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