July 13, 2020  |  permalink

Rethinking Real Estate Podcast with Dror Poleg


I had the distinct pleasure of being the first guest on Rethinking Real Estate author Dror Poleg’s relaunched podcast. We sparred about whether “COVID flight” is real, talked about my forthcoming Millennial Metric report for NewCities, and how the future of the suburbs… is urban? Click through above to listen on Apple Podcasts.

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July 04, 2020  |  permalink

Inoculating the Planet: Cities After COVID-19

On June 18th, the Urban Land Institute’s Orange Country & Inland Empire chapter invited me to speak about how real estate, cities, and life will change post-pandemic. Click through to watch the entire thing, but the organizing principle is Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice:”

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

“Fire” is climate change; “ice” is economic collapse. We will be forced to choose unless we build a different, more just world. Click above to learn how.

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July 04, 2020  |  permalink

CoMotion MIAMI Live: Ford’s Mark Kaufman

Last week, CoMotion hosted its first virtual event, CoMotion Miami LIVE. More than a thousand participants joined us online for two days of keynotes, discussions, workshops, and even networking (complete with stay-at-home bubbly). You can register to watch a replay of the conference here, and individual sessions will hit the Web in the weeks to come, but as a preview, here’s my fireside chat with Ford’s global head of electrification, Mark Kaufman, about the forthcoming Mach-E, how the company plans to deal with range anxiety, and its master plan for EV infrastructure.

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June 15, 2020  |  permalink

Navigating the Noise: Coming Back to Mobility

My friend Brian David Johnson (pictured) recently invited me on his podcast, Navigating the Noise, sponsored by the Corporate Housing Providers Association. Video is above; a description is below:

Mobility is very important in the corporate housing industry. But as we move to a post-COVID world, what does mobility look like? And will it ever be the same as it was before?

In this half hour podcast, you’ll hear:

Futurist Brian David Johnson discuss what mobility looks like in a post-COVID world
Futurist Greg Lindsay reveal his research on how workers, employers and cities are redefining mobility
Maura Carey from Dwellworks outline how corporate housing companies can adapt to this new reality
Three things you can do now to prepare for the new world of mobility—plus two lightning rounds of additional takeaways!


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June 15, 2020  |  permalink

CoMotion LIVE: Life After Lockdown — Learning From Asia’s All-Delivery Future

On June 10th, I hosted “Life After Lockdown: Asia’s All-Delivery Future,” another episode of CoMotion LIVE. Video is above; the description is below:

As America & Europe emerge from lockdown in fits and starts, important lessons can be learned from Asia, where a new normal has already settled over megacities like Tokyo and Taipei that have effectively beaten the novel coronavirus. Key to these developments has been an increased reliance on delivery – of food, medicine, and everyday essentials. And in truly futuristic fashion, delivery robots are playing an increasingly critical role in making these deliveries, allowing for contact-free conveyance.

Thanks to our audience for joining us Wednesday, June 10th for CoMotion LIVE: Life After Lockdown: Learning from Asia’s All-Delivery Future. Our special guests were Kevin Xu, Co-Founder & CSO of self-driving commercial vehicle pioneer Neolix, based out of Beijing, William Bao Bean, General Partner at SOSV, and Managing Director of Chinaccelerator and MOX, Keenon Robotics’ VP of Market Justin Wu, and Anthony Townsend, author of Ghost Road.


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June 08, 2020  |  permalink

Waze + The Future of Mobility Post-COVID

On June 2nd, I addressed an audience of Waze executives from across Latin America on the future of urban mobility following COVID-19 — will residents abandon public transit out of (misplaced) fears of contagion? How can governments increase mobility options before residents turn to cars en masse? And what roles will delivery and autonomy play in city life after worst of the pandemic is over? Click play above to see what scenarios the future may have in store.

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June 08, 2020  |  permalink

Broadscale: The Future of Cities & Transportation

On June 3rd, I joined Broadscale’s Andrew Shapiro and Via CEO Daniel Ramot for a wide-ranging conversation on the future of cities and transportation post-COVID — and post-Black Lives Matter. Tune in above to watch us in action. (I make my first appearance at the 9:00 mark.)

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June 08, 2020  |  permalink

The Big Rethink: Decarbonizing the Hard Way

On May 19th, I hosted the seventh episode of The Big Rethink: Cities After COVID-19, NewCities’ Webinar series on how the virus has impacted cities. Joining me along with 500+ attendees were Kathy Baughman McLeod, Senior Vice President & Director, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, Billy Fleming, Wilks Family Director, The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism + Ecology, and Charles-Edouard Delpierre, General Manager Urban, Tractebel-ENGIE Group. Click to watch the replay above; the episode description is below.

Ready for an inconvenient truth? Images of clear waterways and clean skies provide a devastating glimpse into the extent to which business-as-usual human activity impacts the planet, but they don’t depict an effective response to climate change. Climate action at the order of magnitude necessary to stabilize the planet requires more so that we can have less: more behavioral change, investment into the zero-carbon transition, and protections for vulnerable populations to make sure that less pollution and inequality becomes the global norm. Doing so at a time when oil traders literally can’t give their contracts away may require more than just markets or incentives — what should a Green Bailout look like?

On this episode of The Big Rethink, we explore the opportunities provided by COVID-19 to set a precedent that accelerates global climate action. We’ll discuss why denser cities are more energy efficient, the chicken or egg dynamic between political will and clean energy technology, the importance of a unified global response, and why we need to prioritize the most vulnerable.


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June 08, 2020  |  permalink

CoMotion LIVE: How Britain Gets Moving Again

Back on May 20th, I hosted “How Britain Gets Moving Again: Why the UK is a Leader in New Mobility,” another episode of CoMotion LIVE. Video is above; the description is below:

The United Kingdom has long been a leader in transportation, and the current crisis is underscoring the country’s strong commitment to innovative mobility, across both the public and private sectors. From greater London’s huge new Crossrail, to open streets and progressive electric vehicle fleet mandates, the Brits are showing the world how to emerge from this crisis with better – and greener – mobility for all.

Our community joined us Wednesday, May 20, for CoMotion LIVE: How Britain Gets Moving Again: Why the UK Is a Leader in New Mobility. You’ll hear from the key leaders driving Britain’s mobility revolution: Richard Bruce, Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation at the U.K. Department for Transport, Transport for London’s head of Transport Strategy and Planning Christina Calderato, Roger Atkins, Founder of Electric Vehicles Outlook and global expert on electric mobility and Gridserve CEO Toddington Harper.

I’ve also recorded recent podcasts with Walk21’s Bronwen Thorton (below) and Greenlots COO Hernik Holland (bottom) on Britain’s mobility policies, the future of electric car charging, and more.



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June 01, 2020  |  permalink

Alphabet’s Dream of a Smart City in Toronto Is Over

Last month, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs subsidiary pulled the plug on its two-year lobbying-and-PR effort to build a privately-controlled and operated district along the Toronto waterfront. Although the company cited economic headwinds from the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason, it faced fierce opposition from local activists, digital privacy experts, and even the Cement Association of Canada.

One of those activists was Bianca Wylie, who I had the pleasure of inviting to speak at Prague’s reSITE festival in 2019. Her talk on “the power of the collective” is embedded above.

I was also fortunate to be interviewed by Bloomberg’s Mark Bergen the day of the announcement. A few choice quotes made it into his story:

Sidewalk Labs’ failure signals how much attitudes toward big technology companies and their influence over our lives has shifted in recent years. If a company like Alphabet, with its talent and resources, can’t pull off such a project, it’s not clear anyone can.

“I would like to think this is the defeat of the privately owned city,” said Greg Lindsay of NewCities, an urban policy think tank, and a visiting scholar at NYU’s transportation policy school.

Alphabet’s final goals for the Toronto project never seemed clear throughout its life.

“Their business model continually shifted, and they never presented a final plan,” Lindsay said. “It appears that they never settled on one.”


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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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Articles by Greg Lindsay

Fast Company  |  March 2020

How to design a smart city that’s built on empowerment—not corporate surveillance

URBAN-X  |  December 2019


CityLab  |  December 10, 2018

The State of Play: Connected Mobility in San Francisco, Boston, and Detroit

Harvard Business Review  |  September 24, 2018

Why Companies Are Creating Their Own Coworking Spaces

CityLab  |  July 2018

The State of Play: Connected Mobility + U.S. Cities

Medium  |  May 1, 2017

The Engine Room

Fast Company  |  January 19, 2017

The Collaboration Software That’s Rejuvenating The Young Global Leaders Of Davos

The Guardian  |  January 13, 2017

What If Uber Kills Public Transport Instead of Cars

Backchannel  |  January 4, 2017

The Office of the Future Is…an Office

New Cities Foundation  |  October 2016

Now Arriving: A Connected Mobility Roadmap for Public Transport

Inc.  |  October 2016

Why Every Business Should Start in a Co-Working Space

Popular Mechanics  |  May 11, 2016

Can the World’s Worst Traffic Problem Be Solved?

The New Republic  |  January/February 2016

Hacking The City

Fast Company  |  September 22, 2015

We Spent Two Weeks Wearing Employee Trackers: Here’s What We Learned

Fast Company  |  September 21, 2015

HR Meets Data: How Your Boss Will Monitor You To Create The Quantified Workplace

Inc.  |  March 2015

Which Contacts Should You Keep in Touch With? Let This Software Tell You

Inc.  |  March 2015

5 Global Cities of the Future

Global Solution Networks  |  December 2014

Cities on the Move

Medium  |  November 2014

Engineering Serendipity

New York University  |  October 2014

Sin City vs. SimCity

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July 13, 2020

Rethinking Real Estate Podcast with Dror Poleg

July 04, 2020

Inoculating the Planet: Cities After COVID-19

July 04, 2020

CoMotion MIAMI Live: Ford’s Mark Kaufman

June 15, 2020

Navigating the Noise: Coming Back to Mobility

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