For August's skillshare we will be hearing from Alexa Clay about utilizing alter egos for identity innovation.
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 break through 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 skillshare for a look into the occult practice of alter ego development. Leveraging ideas from performance studies, philosophy and artistic subculture, this presentation will encourage 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 Alexa Clay
Alexa leads the RSA US - overseeing research, Fellowship, and thought leadership development across key U.S. cities on topics related to inclusive growth, universal basic income, economic democracy, and creativity and education. She is helping to accelerate cross-city collaboration and the scaling of social innovation.
An economic historian turned ethnographer, Alexa is a leading speaker and expert on subculture and innovation from unlikely places. She is the co-author of the Misfit Economy (Simon & Schuster 2015), a book that explores underground and informal innovation.