I'm a writer, reader, listener and speaker.
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Kyra Maya Phillips is a writer and expert in the field of innovation. She is the co- author of The Misfit Economy (forthcoming with Simon & Schuster on the 23rd of June, 2015), a book which chronicles stories of creativity from informal and dark markets around the globe. Research for this book has taken her to pirate prisons in Somalia, tunnels networks deep below the city of Paris, Amish camel farms, ganglands in Cape Town and into the history books to study 18th century pirate ships.
Alongside The Misfit Economy, Kyra is a co-founder of The Point People, a collective of innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs committed to driving systemic change for a more equitable society.
She has written for and appeared in publications around the world, including Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, Dazed and Confused, MTV, The Irish Times, Le Monde, The Telegraph, The Huffington Post, Cool Hunting and Ha’aretz.
She is a regular speaker, commentator and consultant on the topics of innovation, creativity and change management, and has worked with a diverse range of organisations, including Barclays, Barclaycard, ALDI, Nike, Eight Inc., USTWO and many others. She has given talks at The Conference, The London School of Economics, University of Bristol, The Stranger Collective (on a rocking boat!) and many others on the power of looking for inspiration in unlikely places.
In the past, Kyra worked as a journalist at The Guardian (a leading newspaper), as a consultant at SustainAbility (a think-tank and consultancy), and as a project manager at Business in the Community (a business-led charity). She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused her studies on the impact of the liberalisation of trade on the welfare state.
Together with her friend, Nico Luchsinger, she curates Snail Mail, a slow monthly newsletter which only shares long-lasting, in-depth content. For The Point People, she writes a weekly newsletter called Marginalia, which compiles content spanning a variety of topics including art, literature, science, music, psychology and philosophy.
Kyra was born in tropical Venezuela and was raised in sunny Florida, she now resides in foggy London, England, with her husband, Kenny, and her son, Leo.