Alexa Clay

2016 - Lessons in creativity from pirates, hackers & gangsters

Alexa Clay researches, writes and speaks on topics related to underground and grassroots innovation, technological change, economic transition and the power of misfits.

Her background is in ethnography, the history and philosophy of science, creative writing, (studying under poet Bob Creeley), and 18th and 19th century moral philosophy and economic theory.

Her book, The Misfit Economy argues that lessons in creativity, innovation, salesmanship, and entrepreneurship can come from surprising places: pirates, bootleggers, counterfeiters, hustlers, and others living and working on the margins of business and society.