Alexa Clay

Alexa Clay
  • The Misfit Economy was named the best business book to read in 2015 by the World Economic Forum, TechRepublic, The Telegraph and Huffington Post
  • Co-author of report The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers
  • As her alter ego the Amish Futurist, who applies existential reflection to the tech scene, she has performed at SXSW, re:publica, Tech Open Air Berlin and the DEAF Biennale

The NYC launch party for The Misfit Economy featured a panel discussion given by underground-economy innovators who also happened to be former drug dealers and gangster kingpins. She also once lived in a windmill in Portugal.

The culture hacker

An innovation strategist, author and researcher who specializes in subcultures and innovative economies, Alexa Clay is rewiring the spirit of capitalism, one misfit at a time. As director of the RSA in NYC, she leads a global hub for enlightened thinking and collaborative action in innovation, building creative networks to address today’s social challenges. Co-author of the best-selling book The Misfit Economy, she’s garnered international accolades for the work’s heavily researched argument that entrepreneurs have much in common with ambitious innovators in underground economies – think gangsters, pirates, hackers etc. – and that it’s worth building bridges between these misfit subcultures and the formal economy.

Alexa is also a co-founder of the League of Intrapreneurs (a movement designed to spark corporate social revolution), co-founder and director of The Human Agency (a collective working to incubate breakthrough ideas for humanity), and founder of Wisdom Hackers (an incubator for public-interest philosophy). She has 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. Her writing has appeared in Wired, The Guardian, Fast Company, The New York Times and VICE, among others.

“Everyone has a little misfit inside! …If we want more disruptive ideas out there in the world then we need more disruptive sorts of people.”
Alexa to Forbes
  • The Misfit Economy was named the best business book to read in 2015 by the World Economic Forum, TechRepublic, The Telegraph and Huffington Post
  • Co-author of report The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers
  • As her alter ego the Amish Futurist, who applies existential reflection to the tech scene, she has performed at SXSW, re:publica, Tech Open Air Berlin and the DEAF Biennale

The NYC launch party for The Misfit Economy featured a panel discussion given by underground-economy innovators who also happened to be former drug dealers and gangster kingpins. She also once lived in a windmill in Portugal.