Misfits – Philosophies of Disruption

In her talk, economic historian Alexa Clay brings attention to misfits in the black market, underground and fringe economies that actively pose threats to some of our ideas of progress.

Misfits are the gangsters on the corners of Cape Town townships, Mumbai slums, and rough New York City neighborhoods. Misfits are the young hackers on the digital front-lines of the virtual world. Misfits are the pirates of the 18th century high seas. Misfits are the invisible con artists among us.

Built on research from her forthcoming book, The Misfit Economy, Alexa will draw out some of the strategies and philosophies operating on the fringe and ask what we can learn from these outliers to challenge our current system and thinking.

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