Keynote Speaker Greg Lindsay
Greg Lindsay : How will people choose to live after this catastrophic pandemic? What are the Trends?
Greg Lindsay will talk about Smart Cities, Mobility, The Future of Work and new Technologies.
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Greg Lindsay is a futurist, urbanist, author and journalist. Lindsay is a senior fellow at NewCities, where he has explored the future of connected mobility and mixed-use development on behalf of Toyota and Brookfield Properties, respectively. He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, where he studies the intersection of cities, technology, climate change, and national security.
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The future looms large over his work, but it’s less about time — 10 years? 20 years? — than „which“ future or „whose“ future? Who are we creating the future for, and who’s doing the creation? Greg reject the idea that the future is „inevitable“ and invite his audiences to think about which future they want — and how they can play a part in inventing it.
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.
His talks invariably come back to cities, whether that has to do with the future of work, mobility, real estate, or technology. How will people choose to live after this catastrophic pandemic? Which trends will accelerate — increased deliveries and automation; the death of physical retailers — and which would we prefer? The majority of humanity lives in cities; their future is our future.
Greg Lindsay speaks frequently to companies (McKinsey, Microsoft, Intel, KPMG, Deloitte, AECOM, RE/MAX, BMW MINI, Ford, Starbucks), organizations (the OECD, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Energy, U.K. Treasury, Canada Council for the Arts), member associations (CoreNet, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Home Builders, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) and universities (Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Columbia, Princeton, the Royal College of Art, the London School of Economics).
Greg Lindsay combines his skills of pattern recognition — realizing what’s important or emerging before anyone else — storytelling, and performance. He is frequently engaged to be the entertaining (but informative) counterpart to an economist or the like — they’re quantitative, he is qualitative. Greg gets his insights from engagements with his various organizations, interviews, and frequent workshops and other visioning experts with his fellow foresight experts.
Greg Lindsay’s motto is borrowed from Marshall McLuhan: „You don’t like my ideas? I have others.“ It’s a joke, but it also speaks to his method that rather than sell you a prepackaged „future,“ He is presenting an array of possibilities, and hopefully deliver value to wide range of listeners in doing so. In addition to his work with NewCities, Lindsay is also director of strategy for LA CoMotion — an annual mobility festival in the Arts District of Los Angeles — and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. In these capacities, he has worked with Intel, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the Regional Plan Association to envision the future of autonomous vehicles.
Greg Lindsay is also Urbanist-in-Residence at BMW MINI’s URBAN-X — a startup accelerator aimed at solving the toughest urban challenges through entrepreneurship.