A Conversation with Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsey, urbanist, futurist, and globalist, with UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS

Greg Lindsey, an urbanist, futurist, and globalist, talked about the key issues facing cities in the United States and beyond during a discussion with UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, on Feb. 22, 2024.

Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and public speaker. He is a 2022-2023 urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, where he leads “The Metaverse Metropolis,” a new initiative exploring the implications of augmented reality at an urban scale.

He also is the chief communications officer at Climate Alpha, an artificial intelligence-driven location-analysis platform steering investment toward climate adaptation and more resilient regions; a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab; and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

Lindsay has been cited as an expert on the future of cities, technology, and mobility by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA TODAY, CNN, National Public Radio, and the BBC. He’s a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic and climate advisory firm based in Singapore, and has advised companies such as Intel, Samsung, IKEA,
Starbucks, Audi, and Hyundai, along with numerous G20 government entities.

Lindsay previously was the urbanist-in-residence at URBAN-X, which is BMW MINI’s urban tech accelerator; the director of applied research at NewCities; and founding director of strategy at its mobility-focused offshoot, CoMotion.

Lindsay speaks frequently about cities, mobility, innovation, and globalization, including appearances at 10 Downing Street, the U.S. Military Academy, Sandia National Laboratories, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2012. His work also has been displayed at the 15th, 16th, and 17th Venice Architecture Biennales, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Habitat III. He sits on the board of CREtech Climate and was guest curator of the 2018 and 2019 editions
of reSITE.

He previously was a contributing writer for Fast Company and Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed 2011 international bestseller “Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next,” and his writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, TIME, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and more.

Lindsay also is a two-time Jeopardy! champion and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson computer. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.