Lessons From The Dark Side
Do you think live streaming came from TED Talks? No, that was the porn industry. Do you think McDonalds invented the franchise model? No, that was the mafia reveals Alexa Clay.
Having spent time with Somali Pirates, LA drug dealers, hacker collectives and New York con artists, it’s safe to say Alexa Clay is a specialist in misfit subcultures. And now she is about to tour the world with a series of talks explaining her explosive insights.
She wrote about her experiences in The Misfit Economy, which was named best business book of 2015 by the likes of Huffington Post, TechRepublic and the World Economic Forum. Her mischievous aim is to teach people to think like the underworld’s innovators, bringing the lessons into the mainstream so criminal expertise can be repurposed for society’s benefit.
Alexa’s latest research has taken her deep into neo-tribalism, whether that be eco-villages, spiritualists, festival entrepreneurs, or new forms of media networks. Her investigations include the esoteric, the quasi-political and even the occult, with these often-ignored fringes proving hugely valuable in understanding the way communities can operate in the ever-mutating 21st century.
Last year, Alexa held a series of sell-out workshops on these topics in Brasil, and will continue in 2016 with talks across Germany, France and the USA.
Click here for an interview with Alexa where she shares her philosophy of cultural bridge-building