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Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay

Keynote Speaker: Expert on Globalization, Cities & Innovation

Greg Lindsay Biography

Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the chief communications officer at Climate Alpha, an AI-driven location-analysis platform steering investment toward climate adaptation and more resilient regions. He is also an urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

He’s been cited as an expert on the future of cities, technology, and mobility by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He’s a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic and climate advisory firm based in Singapore, and has advised Intel, Samsung, IKEA, Starbucks, Audi, Hyundai, Tishman Speyer, British Land, André Balazs Properties, Aldar, Emaar, and Expo 2020, along with numerous G20 government entities. He was previously the urbanist-in-residence at URBAN-X — BMW MINI’s urban tech accelerator — the director of applied research at NewCities, and founding director of strategy at its mobility-focused offshoot CoMotion.

Lindsay speaks frequently about cities, mobility, innovation, and globalization, including appearances at 10 Downing Street, the United States Military Academy, Sandia National Laboratories, the OECD, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. 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, 16th, and 17th Venice Architecture Biennales, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Habitat III. He sits on the board of CREtech Climate, and was guest curator of the 2018 and 2019 editions of reSITE.

He was previously a contributing writer for Fast Company and Fortune, and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age. He is co-author of the 2011 critically acclaimed international bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Time, Wired, The Atlantic, The New Republic, New York, Slate, Quartz, Inc., Politico, The Economist Group, The World Economic Forum, The Nikkei Asian Review, World Policy Journal, Next City, Marie Claire Italia, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Departures.

Lindsay is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

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Greg Lindsay Speaking Topics

The Metaverse Metropolis

The Metaverse Metropolis is a new initiative of the Urban Tech Hub of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. Befitting the Hub’s mission to improve people’s lives, train the next generation of urban technologists, and convene cities, companies, and communities to achieve better outcomes, the project aims to build a coalition of municipalities, metaverse builders, designers, legal experts, and citizens to design and deploy industry standards and best practices for public safety in augmented reality environments.

The goal is to define the metaverse equivalent of the traffic light or stop sign — clear, universal signals and infrastructure expressly designed to protect everyone in the public realm, including those in its new virtual dimensions. By starting now and working together to save lives and ground safety at the center of any real-world metaverse, we can begin to lay the foundations for a new generation of computing that is inherently urban.

The Post-Pandemic City

Inoculating the planet: life after COVID-19

While the world awaits a vaccine, how will we inoculate our cities, workplaces, homes, and families against another pandemic? For example, how will fluid organizations balance the mental- and physical health of employees with new remote/office work hybrids? Will social distancing kill mass transit and ridehailing in favor of driving alone — or will cities turn streets over to cyclists, scooters, and pedestrians? How will deliveries, “dark kitchen,” and automation threaten to turn retailing and restaurants inside-out, threatening main streets, mom-and-pops, and real estate as we know it? And where will millennials — now the victims of a second financial crash — choose to raise their children, “Generation C?”

Drawing on his research and foresight work for NewCities, the Atlantic Council, MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, the Bloomberg Philanthropies, and dozens of recent interviews, Greg Lindsay delivers a sweeping view of how the pandemic and resulting economic crash will alter the trajectory of our lives for decades to come.

Length: 45 minutes speaking + 15 minutes Q&A (Tailored to client’s needs)

The Future of Travel, Trade, and Cities

This talk is about how air travel, the Internet, and the urban world are disrupting traditional ways of living and working. This comes out of Greg's 2011 book, "Aerotropolis," and can be taken in any number of directions. Greg has spoken about this subject at length to commercial real estate groups (e.g. CoreNet, NAIOP, the Urban Land Institute), travel groups (Association of Corporate Travel Executives, the Texas Travel Industry Association, the International Luxury Travel Meetings), aviation (Emirates, Boeing, FedEx), and many more.

The Future of Work, Cities, and Serendipity

How will we discover new collaborators and ideas in a world where no one works in the same office anymore? Why is WeWork a $10 billion company? Greg has spoken about these trends at Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson, the U.S. State Department, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Institute for the Future, and many others.

Greg Lindsay Videos

Exclusive Interview - Greg Lindsay: Futurist, Urbanist and Author
The City of Tomorrow - Greg Lindsay
[Replay] AXA | Insurance 2040: Rethinking risk in the age of climate change

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Greg Lindsay is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Innovation, Futurism, Economy, Authors, Design, Finance, Travel, Technology, Government, Creativity, Consulting, Virtual, Business, Motivational, Future Of Work and Manufacturing.

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Greg Lindsay is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Innovation, Futurism and Economy. The estimated speaking fee range to book Greg Lindsay for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Greg Lindsay generally travels from Montreal, Canada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeff Speck, Majora Carter and John Manzella. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Greg Lindsay for an upcoming event.

Greg Lindsay Speaking Topics

  • The Metaverse Metropolis

    The Metaverse Metropolis is a new initiative of the Urban Tech Hub of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. Befitting the Hub’s mission to improve people’s lives, train the next generation of urban technologists, and convene cities, companies, and communities to achieve better outcomes, the project aims to build a coalition of municipalities, metaverse builders, designers, legal experts, and citizens to design and deploy industry standards and best practices for public safety in augmented reality environments.

    The goal is to define the metaverse equivalent of the traffic light or stop sign — clear, universal signals and infrastructure expressly designed to protect everyone in the public realm, including those in its new virtual dimensions. By starting now and working together to save lives and ground safety at the center of any real-world metaverse, we can begin to lay the foundations for a new generation of computing that is inherently urban.

  • The Post-Pandemic City

  • Inoculating the planet: life after COVID-19

    While the world awaits a vaccine, how will we inoculate our cities, workplaces, homes, and families against another pandemic? For example, how will fluid organizations balance the mental- and physical health of employees with new remote/office work hybrids? Will social distancing kill mass transit and ridehailing in favor of driving alone — or will cities turn streets over to cyclists, scooters, and pedestrians? How will deliveries, “dark kitchen,” and automation threaten to turn retailing and restaurants inside-out, threatening main streets, mom-and-pops, and real estate as we know it? And where will millennials — now the victims of a second financial crash — choose to raise their children, “Generation C?”

    Drawing on his research and foresight work for NewCities, the Atlantic Council, MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, the Bloomberg Philanthropies, and dozens of recent interviews, Greg Lindsay delivers a sweeping view of how the pandemic and resulting economic crash will alter the trajectory of our lives for decades to come.

    Length: 45 minutes speaking + 15 minutes Q&A (Tailored to client’s needs)

  • The Future of Travel, Trade, and Cities

    This talk is about how air travel, the Internet, and the urban world are disrupting traditional ways of living and working. This comes out of Greg's 2011 book, "Aerotropolis," and can be taken in any number of directions. Greg has spoken about this subject at length to commercial real estate groups (e.g. CoreNet, NAIOP, the Urban Land Institute), travel groups (Association of Corporate Travel Executives, the Texas Travel Industry Association, the International Luxury Travel Meetings), aviation (Emirates, Boeing, FedEx), and many more.

  • The Future of Work, Cities, and Serendipity

    How will we discover new collaborators and ideas in a world where no one works in the same office anymore? Why is WeWork a $10 billion company? Greg has spoken about these trends at Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson, the U.S. State Department, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Institute for the Future, and many others.

Greg Lindsay Videos

Exclusive Interview - Greg Lindsay: Futurist, Urbanist and Author
The City of Tomorrow - Greg Lindsay
[Replay] AXA | Insurance 2040: Rethinking risk in the age of climate change
NewCities Summit 2015 - Keynote: The Urban Moment - Greg Lindsay
Mankind From Space - Featuring Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay Reviews

  • Citywire Financial Publishers Ltd - Sep 21 2020

  • "This past spring, I invited Greg Lindsay to speak at a pair of Intel Labs "futurecasting" events, one devoted to the future of Big Data, and the other to the future of the workplace. In both cases, he was a smooth, polished, and beguiling speaker, alternately informing, challenging and making his audiences laugh. His prescriptions of a near-future in which your office is the city, your smartphone plays matchmaker, and your best coworker actually works for someone else were fascinating - and immensely valuable to the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, which must constantly imagine what the world will look like a decade out. I would not only recommend him as a speaker, but I also look forward to working with him again to chart this future."
    Intel - Oct 01 2015

  • "I had the pleasure - and disadvantage! - of following Greg as a speaker at a conference devoted to the future of work in May. His presentation was sharp, incisive, and provocative - so much so that I immediately booked him to speak at my own event in New York next year. I can't wait to hear what he comes up with next."
    CEO of UnWork.com and Unwired Ventures - Oct 01 2015

  • "Greg Lindsay took us from 30,000 feet – trends in the world – to 15,000 feet – showing us trends that pertain to our industry specifically – to 5,000 feet – where to go. He was excellent."
    Global Workspace Association - Oct 01 2015

  • "Greg kicked off our inaugural Purpose City event with a sweeping and inspiring talk connecting cities, stars, and serendipity. His ability to tell stories and connect the dots across multiple disciplines was exactly what we need to prime the mental pumps of our attendees, as they spent the rest of the event debating his ideas and what a “purpose city” should be. He’s an energetic, funny, and engaging speaker."
    NBBJ - Oct 01 2015

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