What you will learn:
What do David Bowie, Beyoncé and Fernando de Pessoa have in common? They all faithfully used alter egos to accelerate creativity and transformation in their lives. Alter egos are a minor insurgency to the systems that freeze us in rituals of routine. Alter egos are a transgressive space for new forms of expression and subjectivity to emerge and breakthrough the packaging we’ve created for ourselves. Alter egos are a bridge between the self we are and all the possibilities of who we might be.
Join this interactive workshop for a look into the occult practice of alter ego development. Leveraging ideas from performance studies, philosophy and artistic subculture, this talk will take you on a journey to discover your shadow selves while exploring themes of identity innovation. Tapping into a more elastic personal identity is key for those looking to transform their careers, behaviors and thought patterns. But hacking your identity and embracing personal pivots is challenging. Through interactive and playful exercises, you will learn to cultivate greater diversity within yourself and honor your alter egos.
About the instructor:
Alexa Clay is the leading expert on subcultures and innovation from unlikely places. With a BA from Brown University and a MSc. from Oxford University, Alexa works to create bridges and opportunities between misfit subcultures and the formal economy. She believes the underworld is filled with natural-born-innovators and they have more in common with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs or Exxon, than you might think.
Alexa is the co-author of best selling book The Misfit Economy, named the pre-eminent business book to read by The World Economic Forum, TechRepublic, The Telegraph and Huffington Post. In the book Alexa interviews over 500 criminals, including Somali Pirates, LA drug dealers, hackers and NY con artists to unveil their remarkable ingenuity.
She is also the Founder of Wisdom Hackers, an incubator for philosophical inquiry, and when not operating as Alexa, you can find her playing ‘Rebekah, The Amish Futurist’ a provocative alter ego that challenges modern life. Rebekah also gives talks and moderates panels to challenge our reliance on technology.
Alexa has written and appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Wired, Dazed and Confused, VICE, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and MTV. She is a regular commentator on topics related to economic transition, misfit subculture, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and technology angst.
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