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December 05, 2022  |  permalink

The Year Everything Returned: My Fall Speaking Update

I’m typing these words at 35,000 ft. while winging my way home to New York from Kitzbühel, Austria — the Aspen of the Tyrol — where I’ve just wrapped the busiest speaking season of my entire life with a closing keynote to Re.comm. As the world shifts to holidays mode — and I return my focus to both Climate Alpha and The Metaverse Metropolis — here’s a brief recap of where I’ve been and whom I’ve addressed this fall.

The season kicked off in September with a trip out west to speak to RE/MAX Commercial in Tucson, followed by back-to-back trips to Scottsdale and Denver, the latter for the Colorado Commercial Real Estate Symposium, which was covered by The Denver Post. From there, it was off to Chicago for Coldwell Banker Commercial atop the Willis Tower, then back to New York for the Fast Company Innovation Festival (covered here) and a panel on real estate and the Metaverse at Realcomm’s NYC CIO Property Technology Forum.

As the calendar and leaves turned to October, there was a virtual address to Moss Adams’ Building Opportunity 2022 conference (video here) then back onto the road for Lightbox PRISM in Scottsdale (covered here).

After a brief stop in NYC for the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Global Real Estate Summit, it was off to Portsmouth, NH for a quintessential New England fall weekend speaking to Maine Strategic HR on how the intersection of remote work and climate change might spur a demographic shift back in their direction. (That conversation was continued in The Boston Globe.)

The fall wrapped with a few final legs in Quebec — for the Canadian Automobile Association — and Houston (covered with video here) before a final sprint from Austin to Orlando for Business Facilities LiveXchange Emerging Industries 2022 (a gathering of site selection experts) and then hopping a trans-Atlantic flight to Kitzbühel, where I ran into none other than Carlos Moreno (picture below), the mastermind behind the pedestrianization of central Paris and leading advocate of “15-minute cities.” It was the perfect way to wrap the year. So, now where to?

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Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and 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 urban scale. He is also a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, a senior advisor to Climate Alpha, and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

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