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Alexa Clay

Alexa Clay


Alexa leads the RSA USA - 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. She is currently leading a transnational research project to develop an anthology of management theory and practice for social change practitioners or "utopians."

Previously, Alexa co-founded Wisdom Hackers, an incubator for philosophical inquiry and the Co-Founder of the League of Intrapreneurs, a movement to create change from within incumbent systems and big organizations. Alexa has previously held positions heading up research and learning Ashoka and as a consultant at SustainAbility Ltd.

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 innovation and technology angst. She received her BA from Brown University and a MSc. from Oxford University.

Alexa is based in Philadelphia, PA. She has a love of hermits and Walden Pond.

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Emily Chiappinelli

Emily Chiappinelli


Emily is working with Alexa to support the US launch of the RSA. She has joined the RSA as a result of her current drive to explore how regenerative principles and new methods for collaoration can be applied to organizations and movements to better promote human well-being.

Her background is in impact measurement fo rthe social enterprise world; her most recent positions were at B lab, the body that certifies socially - and environmentally - responsible businesses as B Corportaions, and Heart Capital, a social enterprise accelerator and investment fund in South Africa.

In addition to her work with the RSA, Emily organizes events that bring people together to discuss ideas or connect on a deep level. She does this primarily through her role as a large event producer at Groupmuse, a project that brings classical music to living rooms and alternative spaces across the US.

Emily is embarking on a two-month mediation retreat at a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar at the end of 2017, and living in Brooklyn, NY until her departure.

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