Alexa Clay

Leading Expert on Subculture and Innovation, Co-Author of The Misfit Economy

Alexa Clay is a leading expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy, a book that explores underground and informal innovation. Alexa Clay is the founder of Wisdom Hackers, an incubator for philosophical inquiry and the co-founder of the League of Intrapreneurs, a movement to create change from within incumbent systems and big organizations. Clay has written and appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Wired, Dazed and Confused, Vice, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times and MTV. She is a regular commentator on topics related to economic transition, misfit subculture, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and technology.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Change, Creativity, Creativity & Innovation, Disruption, Entrepreneur, Innovation, Leadership

  • Travels From:

    Germany

  • Price:

    $10,000 - $15,000

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Alexa Clay is a leading expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy, a book that explores underground and informal innovation. Alexa Clay is the founder of Wisdom Hackers, an incubator for philosophical inquiry and the co-founder of the League of Intrapreneurs, a movement to create change from within incumbent systems and big organizations. Clay has written and appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Wired, Dazed and Confused, Vice, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times and MTV. She is a regular commentator on topics related to economic transition, misfit subculture, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and technology.

To book Alexa Clay call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

The Power of Misfits

Misfits are the gangsters on the corners of Cape Town townships, Mumbai slums, and rough New York City neighborhoods. Misfits are the young hackers on the digital frontlines of the virtual world. Misfits are the pirates of the 18th century high seas. Misfits are the invisible con artists among us. This talk will bring attention to the ingenuity and innovation happening on the fringes. We’ll learn from diverse innovators operating in the black market and informal economies and examine the principles and philosophies that animate their work and creations. 

Do-It-Yourself Economy

Local, citizen-based innovation is transforming the shape of our economy - from makers, to user-generated entrepreneurship, and peer-to-peer enterprise, the face of capitalism is becoming DIY. This talk explores emerging patterns of grassroots economy and what we can soon expect to spring up in our own backyards. 

Rise up Cubicle Warriors

How to master the art of driving change from within large corporations and bureaucratic institutions. This talk offers lesser-known tips for stealthily transforming organizations from the inside-out. 

- VICE Magazine

"Alexa shows us how actors in the informal economy are innovators whose importance equals that of Richard Branson or Steve Jobs."

- Excerpt from Power to the Pixel review

"Alexa Clay blew my mind, not only because of her vision of misfits as innovators, a bridging species between the old and the new economy, that fight against institutional inertia, but for her capacity of having apparently endless cool side projects. Going beyond of the moral issues that divide the world into good and evil, in The Misfit Economy she documented the practices that were used by hackers, copycats or pirates to innovate."

- Peter Sims, author of Little Bets and founder of BLK SHP

"Alexa Clay is a fresh voice and fast-rising star with an edgy and thought-provoking message from the front lines of the often invisible creative economy. A brilliant and engaging storyteller, she takes you inside the hearts and minds of the innovators working on the fringes, inspiring us to rethink our assumptions about what's next."
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