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January 04, 2019  |  permalink

After the Fall: My 2018 Year-End Update


Happy new year! Before 2019 shifts into gear, here’s a quick recap of what I was up to in the closing months of last year.

• This fall, I hosted three dinners in three cities in three weeks on behalf of CityLab, gathering more than 100 public officials from San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Boston, and Detroit along with executives from Uber, Lyft, Ford, GM, Lime, and more to debate the future of urban mobility. Here are my five takeaways from those dinners, along with the whitepaper that inspired them.

• In November, I hosted the second annual LA CoMotion mobility conference in the Arts District of Los Angeles, where in addition to being MC, I moderated the opening session with Montreal mayor Valerie Plante, Estonian minister of Transport Kadri Simson, Avis Budget CEO Larry De Shon, and UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani. I also interviewed BMW Group board member Peter Schwarzenbauer about the automaker’s plans to transform MINI into a lifestyle brand. You can find video of both conversations and much more at LA CoMotion’s YouTube channel. I’m also the co-host of an ongoing LA CoMotion podcast series. with special guests from Daimler, Lyft, the city of Los Angeles, and many more, available on SoundCloud.

• Other talks included a three-night stand in Nashville addressing Nissan’s Regional Dealer meetings; talks to the central Ohio and Jacksonville, FL chapters of NAIOP; a dinner keynote atop Los Angeles City Hall to the clients of Principal Financial; exploring the future of housing for Constellation Homebuilders; and a special launch event for the URBAN-X ‘zine, starring Tech Reset Canada’s Bianca Wylie — the “Jane Jacobs of the smart cities age.”

• Finally, it was an honor and pleasure to co-host a fundraiser for my Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. People call me a “futurist” because I insist another world is possible. She’s building it.


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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion.  He is also a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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