Alexa Clay


Professional Title: Writer, public speaker and researcher

Industry: Journalism

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Alexa Clay is a regular commentator on topics related to economic transition, wisdom, disruptive innovation, black market and fringe economies, and technology angst. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy (forthcoming with Simon & Schuster). She has written and appeared in Fast Company , Forbes , Wired , Dazed and Confused , VICE , Harvard Business Review , the New York Times , the Guardian, and on MTV. She is the founder of Wisdom Hackers. When not operating in the world as Alexa, you can find her playing the Amish Futurist, an alter ego bringing Socratic inquiry to the tech scene. Alexa is a writer, provocateur, economic historian, author, steward of Wisdom Hackers, and co-founder of  @socintleague. Re-wiring the spirit of capitalism.

 

From a young age, Alexa was in direct contact with so-called misfits: her mother worked with Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Mack, conducting research on those claiming to have experienced UFO abductions. Her father spent time in the Amazon rainforest working with indigenous groups and building sustainable markets for smallholders, while her stepmother was one of the first franchisees of the Body Shop in the U.S.
With this misfit spirit, she enrolled at Brown University where she majored in Development Studies, and continuing her studies with a MSc. in Economic History from Oxford University. She spent her time studying poetry and philosophy, “which are essentially meccas for misfits and those who are pushing boundaries and questioning society’s rules.”
Her professional career began at the Watson Institute for International Studies where she interviewed communities around the world that had been impacted by military toxics surrounding US bases. After a brief interlude living in a windmill in Portugal, she moved to London and began working as a consultant for SustainAbility on the sustainable energy of several Fortune 500 companies.

 

She conducted a three-year managerial experience at Knowledge and Learning, where she helped leading social entrepreneurs develop grassroots innovation. She later became the Director of New Economy, Ashoka, where she mapped out new economy innovations. Around that same time, she co-founded The League of Intrapreneurs and The Human Agency, two agencies that worked towards bringing change from within with multidisciplinary LEARN/DO collectives.
In 2014, she founded Wisdom Hackers, a platform incubator for public-interest philosophy and co-wrote the book Misfit Economy, with Simon & Schuster, out in 2015. It has already been listed* as “The 15 New Books to Read in 2015.”