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Alexa Clay

Writer, Culture Hacker, Innovation Strategist & Co-Author of "The Misfit Economy"

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 Alexa Clay Biography

A leading expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places, Alexa is the Co-Founder of the League of Intrapreneurs — a movement designed to spark corporate social revolution. She is currently powering up a movement for a do-it-yourself economy across small town America in partnership with the BLK SHP.

As a steward of Wisdom Hackers, Alexa has built a global community delving into life's burning questions. She is Co-Founder and Director of The Human Agency, a collective working to incubate breakthrough ideas for humanity.

Previously, Alexa pioneered work at Ashoka focusing on new economy, job creation, and scaling social innovation. She has also led research and analysis on social innovation models in the health, energy, and finance sectors and worked with leading Fortune 500 companies on sustainability and innovation strategy.

A prominent international speaker and writer, Alexa has been a featured speaker at SXSW, Tech Open Air Berlin, WFMU, Columbia University, Power to the Pixel, Google, Harvard Business School, HEC-Paris, and re:publica. She has written and appeared in Dazed and Confused, Harvard Business Review, Aeon, Fast Company, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, VICE, Forbes, and MTV.

Alexa received her BA from Brown University and a MSc. from Oxford University. When not operating in the world as Alexa, you can find her channeling the Amish Futurist, an alter ego bringing Socratic inquiry to the tech scene.

She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Arlington, Virginia and now lives between Berlin and New York.

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The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs

The Misfit Economy: Lessons in Creativity from Pirates, Hackers, Gangsters and Other Informal Entrepreneurs

Speaking Topics
  • THE POWER OF MISFITS

    *Innovation and creativity* 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 and workshop 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. Join this course to discover pitching techniques from con artists, entrepreneurial hustle from ex-cons, collaboration tools from hackers and activist movements, and personal resilience from hermits.

  • ALTER EGOS: HOW TO HACK YOUR IDENTITY

    *Leadership development, personal growth, creativity and inspiration* What do David Bowie, Beyoncé and Fernando de Pessoa have in common? They all faithfully used alter egos to accelerate creativity and transformation in their lives. Alter egos are a minor insurgency to the systems that freeze us in rituals of routine. Alter egos are a transgressive space for new forms of expression and subjectivity to emerge and breakthrough the packaging we’ve created for ourselves. Alter egos are a bridge between the self we are and all the possibilities of who we might be. Join this interactive workshop for a look into the occult practice ofalter ego development. Leveraging ideas from performance studies, philosophy and artistic subculture, this talk will take you on a journey to discover your shadow selves while exploring themes of identity innovation. Tapping into a more elastic personal identity is key for those looking to transform their careers, behaviors and thought patterns. But hacking your identity and embracing personal pivots is challenging. Through interactive and playful exercises, you will learn to cultivate greater diversity within yourself and honor your alter egos.

  • AMISH FUTURIST: SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL OF STARTUPS

    *Intentional technology, innovation, start-ups, entrepreneurship, wellbeing* The Amish Futurist is on a quest of meaning in a world full of digital temptations. She resists the lure of technology optimism and instead prefers a low-tech profile. Her talk “Merchants of Destiny – Confronting Techno-Optimism” doesn’t preach technology abstinence but rather a refocusing on analogue values. We are being forever driven forward by technological advances. But is the use of technology sustainable for our psyche? What if some technology could help keep us grounded in our more human-centric roots? Even if we simply ignore the increasing stresses of constant digital accessibility on our iPhones, at Twitter or Facebook, the eventual consequences will be felt. The Amish Futurist looks at the impact that technology is having on our minds, emotions, relationships, sense of place and purpose. She shares her perspectives on buttermilk, technology fears and phobias, and her search for the soul of the startup scene.

  • POP-UP CULT CREATION: LESSONS IN CULTURE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

    *Purpose at work, culture creation, team building, the art of community building* This interactive workshop has teams competing to rapidly prototype a cult from scratch. From developing a compelling "origin myth" to fostering an attractive brand and value proposition, the dynamics of cult creation create space for us to reflect on developing meaning at the intersection of community and enterprise. A successful cult requires hustle, charismatic leadership, a business plan for long-term viability, and rituals and commandments for promoting culture and cohesion. As organizations today struggle to shape culture, demonstrate values, and foster community, we look to cults for unlikely lessons in community, leadership and innovation.

  • THE ART OF CHANGE

    You may have heard sentiments like ‘pandemic as portal’ or calls for a ’new normal,’ spelling out an optimism for turning the Covid-19 crisis into a revolutionary act of systemic re-alignment. Sometimes change feels like a euphoric tide, a sweeping in of the new, a coup of creative destruction. Or as historian Christopher Hill wrote of the English radicals of the 1640s, like “a door that opens widely… and then suddenly closes.” In other moments, social change feels like a hard-won and gradual chipping away of the status quo. An act of pragmatic and hard-nosed dedication and craftsmanship. In this interactive session, Alexa puts a lens on the art of change-making itself and interrogate our assumptions and common myths around how we make change in society. Participants will share reflections around the art and science of social change and invite group discussion around some driving questions: What do we collectively know about making social change in the world? What theories of change do we hold? How does social change happen? Why does change so often fail? Is social change an art or are there patterns and mechanics we can learn from? How is this current crisis transforming our identities and abilities as change-makers?

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    Booking fees for Alexa Clay, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alexa Clay, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Alexa Clay?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alexa Clay for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alexa Clay for your next private or corporate function.
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Alexa Clay

Writer, Culture Hacker, Innovation Strategist & Co-Author of "The Misfit Economy"

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Alexa Clay Biography

A leading expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places, Alexa is the Co-Founder of the League of Intrapreneurs — a movement designed to spark corporate social revolution. She is currently powering up a movement for a do-it-yourself economy across small town America in partnership with the BLK SHP.

As a steward of Wisdom Hackers, Alexa has built a global community delving into life's burning questions. She is Co-Founder and Director of The Human Agency, a collective working to incubate breakthrough ideas for humanity.

Previously, Alexa pioneered work at Ashoka focusing on new economy, job creation, and scaling social innovation. She has also led research and analysis on social innovation models in the health, energy, and finance sectors and worked with leading Fortune 500 companies on sustainability and innovation strategy.

A prominent international speaker and writer, Alexa has been a featured speaker at SXSW, Tech Open Air Berlin, WFMU, Columbia University, Power to the Pixel, Google, Harvard Business School, HEC-Paris, and re:publica. She has written and appeared in Dazed and Confused, Harvard Business Review, Aeon, Fast Company, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, VICE, Forbes, and MTV.

Alexa received her BA from Brown University and a MSc. from Oxford University. When not operating in the world as Alexa, you can find her channeling the Amish Futurist, an alter ego bringing Socratic inquiry to the tech scene.

She grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Arlington, Virginia and now lives between Berlin and New York.

Alexa Clay Videos

  • Public Lecture Alexa Clay
  • Lessons from the Creative Misfits with Alexa Clay
  • Alexa Clay on how she first began to explore The Misfit Economy ...

Alexa Clay Books

Alexa Clay Speaking Topics

  • THE POWER OF MISFITS

    *Innovation and creativity* 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 and workshop 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. Join this course to discover pitching techniques from con artists, entrepreneurial hustle from ex-cons, collaboration tools from hackers and activist movements, and personal resilience from hermits.

  • ALTER EGOS: HOW TO HACK YOUR IDENTITY

    *Leadership development, personal growth, creativity and inspiration* What do David Bowie, Beyoncé and Fernando de Pessoa have in common? They all faithfully used alter egos to accelerate creativity and transformation in their lives. Alter egos are a minor insurgency to the systems that freeze us in rituals of routine. Alter egos are a transgressive space for new forms of expression and subjectivity to emerge and breakthrough the packaging we’ve created for ourselves. Alter egos are a bridge between the self we are and all the possibilities of who we might be. Join this interactive workshop for a look into the occult practice ofalter ego development. Leveraging ideas from performance studies, philosophy and artistic subculture, this talk will take you on a journey to discover your shadow selves while exploring themes of identity innovation. Tapping into a more elastic personal identity is key for those looking to transform their careers, behaviors and thought patterns. But hacking your identity and embracing personal pivots is challenging. Through interactive and playful exercises, you will learn to cultivate greater diversity within yourself and honor your alter egos.

  • AMISH FUTURIST: SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL OF STARTUPS

    *Intentional technology, innovation, start-ups, entrepreneurship, wellbeing* The Amish Futurist is on a quest of meaning in a world full of digital temptations. She resists the lure of technology optimism and instead prefers a low-tech profile. Her talk “Merchants of Destiny – Confronting Techno-Optimism” doesn’t preach technology abstinence but rather a refocusing on analogue values. We are being forever driven forward by technological advances. But is the use of technology sustainable for our psyche? What if some technology could help keep us grounded in our more human-centric roots? Even if we simply ignore the increasing stresses of constant digital accessibility on our iPhones, at Twitter or Facebook, the eventual consequences will be felt. The Amish Futurist looks at the impact that technology is having on our minds, emotions, relationships, sense of place and purpose. She shares her perspectives on buttermilk, technology fears and phobias, and her search for the soul of the startup scene.

  • POP-UP CULT CREATION: LESSONS IN CULTURE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

    *Purpose at work, culture creation, team building, the art of community building* This interactive workshop has teams competing to rapidly prototype a cult from scratch. From developing a compelling "origin myth" to fostering an attractive brand and value proposition, the dynamics of cult creation create space for us to reflect on developing meaning at the intersection of community and enterprise. A successful cult requires hustle, charismatic leadership, a business plan for long-term viability, and rituals and commandments for promoting culture and cohesion. As organizations today struggle to shape culture, demonstrate values, and foster community, we look to cults for unlikely lessons in community, leadership and innovation.

  • THE ART OF CHANGE

    You may have heard sentiments like ‘pandemic as portal’ or calls for a ’new normal,’ spelling out an optimism for turning the Covid-19 crisis into a revolutionary act of systemic re-alignment. Sometimes change feels like a euphoric tide, a sweeping in of the new, a coup of creative destruction. Or as historian Christopher Hill wrote of the English radicals of the 1640s, like “a door that opens widely… and then suddenly closes.” In other moments, social change feels like a hard-won and gradual chipping away of the status quo. An act of pragmatic and hard-nosed dedication and craftsmanship. In this interactive session, Alexa puts a lens on the art of change-making itself and interrogate our assumptions and common myths around how we make change in society. Participants will share reflections around the art and science of social change and invite group discussion around some driving questions: What do we collectively know about making social change in the world? What theories of change do we hold? How does social change happen? Why does change so often fail? Is social change an art or are there patterns and mechanics we can learn from? How is this current crisis transforming our identities and abilities as change-makers?

FAQs on booking Alexa Clay

  • How to book Alexa Clay?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alexa Clay for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Alexa Clay, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alexa Clay or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alexa Clay?

    Booking fees for Alexa Clay, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alexa Clay, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alexa Clay?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alexa Clay for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alexa Clay for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alexa Clay or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alexa Clay or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Alexa Clay is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as THE POWER OF MISFITS , ALTER EGOS: HOW TO HACK YOUR IDENTITY, AMISH FUTURIST: SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL OF STARTUPS , POP-UP CULT CREATION: LESSONS IN CULTURE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING and THE ART OF CHANGE. The estimated speaking fee range to book Alexa Clay for your event is available upon request. Alexa Clay generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matthew Bishop, Raj Patel, Graham Hill, Muhammad Yunus and Keisha N. Blain. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alexa Clay for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Alexa Clay Speaker Videos

  • Public Lecture Alexa Clay
    Lessons from the Creative Misfits with Alexa Clay
  • Alexa Clay on how she first began to explore The Misfit Economy ...

Alexa Clay Speaking Topics

  • THE POWER OF MISFITS

    *Innovation and creativity* 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 and workshop 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. Join this course to discover pitching techniques from con artists, entrepreneurial hustle from ex-cons, collaboration tools from hackers and activist movements, and personal resilience from hermits.

  • ALTER EGOS: HOW TO HACK YOUR IDENTITY

    *Leadership development, personal growth, creativity and inspiration* What do David Bowie, Beyoncé and Fernando de Pessoa have in common? They all faithfully used alter egos to accelerate creativity and transformation in their lives. Alter egos are a minor insurgency to the systems that freeze us in rituals of routine. Alter egos are a transgressive space for new forms of expression and subjectivity to emerge and breakthrough the packaging we’ve created for ourselves. Alter egos are a bridge between the self we are and all the possibilities of who we might be. Join this interactive workshop for a look into the occult practice ofalter ego development. Leveraging ideas from performance studies, philosophy and artistic subculture, this talk will take you on a journey to discover your shadow selves while exploring themes of identity innovation. Tapping into a more elastic personal identity is key for those looking to transform their careers, behaviors and thought patterns. But hacking your identity and embracing personal pivots is challenging. Through interactive and playful exercises, you will learn to cultivate greater diversity within yourself and honor your alter egos.

  • AMISH FUTURIST: SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL OF STARTUPS

    *Intentional technology, innovation, start-ups, entrepreneurship, wellbeing* The Amish Futurist is on a quest of meaning in a world full of digital temptations. She resists the lure of technology optimism and instead prefers a low-tech profile. Her talk “Merchants of Destiny – Confronting Techno-Optimism” doesn’t preach technology abstinence but rather a refocusing on analogue values. We are being forever driven forward by technological advances. But is the use of technology sustainable for our psyche? What if some technology could help keep us grounded in our more human-centric roots? Even if we simply ignore the increasing stresses of constant digital accessibility on our iPhones, at Twitter or Facebook, the eventual consequences will be felt. The Amish Futurist looks at the impact that technology is having on our minds, emotions, relationships, sense of place and purpose. She shares her perspectives on buttermilk, technology fears and phobias, and her search for the soul of the startup scene.

  • POP-UP CULT CREATION: LESSONS IN CULTURE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

    *Purpose at work, culture creation, team building, the art of community building* This interactive workshop has teams competing to rapidly prototype a cult from scratch. From developing a compelling "origin myth" to fostering an attractive brand and value proposition, the dynamics of cult creation create space for us to reflect on developing meaning at the intersection of community and enterprise. A successful cult requires hustle, charismatic leadership, a business plan for long-term viability, and rituals and commandments for promoting culture and cohesion. As organizations today struggle to shape culture, demonstrate values, and foster community, we look to cults for unlikely lessons in community, leadership and innovation.

  • THE ART OF CHANGE

    You may have heard sentiments like ‘pandemic as portal’ or calls for a ’new normal,’ spelling out an optimism for turning the Covid-19 crisis into a revolutionary act of systemic re-alignment. Sometimes change feels like a euphoric tide, a sweeping in of the new, a coup of creative destruction. Or as historian Christopher Hill wrote of the English radicals of the 1640s, like “a door that opens widely… and then suddenly closes.” In other moments, social change feels like a hard-won and gradual chipping away of the status quo. An act of pragmatic and hard-nosed dedication and craftsmanship. In this interactive session, Alexa puts a lens on the art of change-making itself and interrogate our assumptions and common myths around how we make change in society. Participants will share reflections around the art and science of social change and invite group discussion around some driving questions: What do we collectively know about making social change in the world? What theories of change do we hold? How does social change happen? Why does change so often fail? Is social change an art or are there patterns and mechanics we can learn from? How is this current crisis transforming our identities and abilities as change-makers?

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