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“We help change the lens through which people see the world. This is the most effective way to suppress the immune system responses from incumbents, towards new innovations that our Earth needs” JT Singh

JT is the founder of JT Singh Labs, a cross-disciplinary story incubator focused on harmonizing the two biggest levers for improving society at scale – technology and cities. The Lab focuses on significant problems in multiple cities and industries concurrently to catalyze scalable technologies, urban-scale design, and regulation-innovations for disrupting how humanity organizes economic life, at the operating system level.

Carving out his singular niche as an environmental strategist and media-artist focused on sustainable cities, JT’s hyper-hybrid line of work takes him across industrialized territories with eyes wide open and fresh inquiry. His core area of focus explores how large chunks of societies can rewire their mental  models to remake their economic operating systems for regenerative living. His powerful tools include:  whole-systems exploration, cooperative platforms design, and ‘paradigm-shifting mass-media’, which can enable populations to repercieve, both the true reality of being urban humans and the dynamic inter-relationships that govern the planet.

JT explicitly learns from first-hand worldview acquisition, which is crucial in our world of “arm-chair thought-leaders” who don’t truly travel and essentially make their living through the silly ‘conference industrial complex.’ By ditching the office from day one to travel through hundreds of cities across Earth, (mostly through walking, walking and more walking) has enabled JT to earn and hold a non-mechanistic perspective on the  complex tapestry of real world patterns – the deep desires, hopes, fears, and the ever-growing economic and cultural anxieties of urban dwellers. With hard-earned immersive empathy, he has gained an unparalleled mosaic of creative-strategic instincts that are strictly channeled towards societal-improvement projects across the human systems spectrum.

JT’s Favourite Questions: How might the human species learn to bio-cooperate as a node within the nervous system of the biosphere? & Why is humanity worth sustaining?

His most current focus for discussions is on addressing the deep incompatibility between technologists and real-world industries (the desperate and hard problems). These base functions of humanity include: housing, mass transportation, energy, healthcare, public safety, education, water, agriculture, sanitation, regulation innovation, crime, food waste and the like.

JT’s circle of engagements often include: future-focused urban-scale developers, urbantech startups, global institutions and governmental leaders, including the municipalities of Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto, Tianjin, Jakarta, Fuzhou, Vilnius and more. Media publications about JT Singh’s projects are almost everywhere, including the BBC, Time, National Geographic, CNN, Washington Post, The Creators Project, Al Jazeera, Mashable, Quartz, China Daily, The Guardian, etc. (Not to brag 😉 )

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  • “The divisional concepts of so-called ‘developed or developing cities’ are over-simplistic as they imply that there is a kind of technological end to societal/urban development. Digital tech has only scratched the surface for transforming city life, and as we’re already seeing, tech is enabling entire new patterns of urban experiences to become possible. This literally means that every city on the planet is in hyper development mode. Ironically, it is the so-called ‘developed world’ that has to play major catch-up in urban innovation, because now poorer cities can leap frog ahead of richer ones since they can easily skip the fixed-line tech of the 20th century and move straight to digital tech of the 21st. The biggest example being China’s high-speed rail system that makes America’s look ancient…” – JT Singh

     

  • “Digital technology is now repurposing every major touchpoint of our urban lives. Master resources such as energy, critical services such as healthcare and education, public constructs such as telecommunications and mass transit – all of it will go from heavy infrastructure to light infrastructure or even infrastructure gadgets. Agile market players that are far more quicker and effective than big-resource companies or government agencies are at the centre of this urban revolution.” – JT Singh

  • “Digital innovation is ready to transform city living. A wave of geeks, techies and designers are entering the urbanization services cluster, and aggressively reinventing everything from logistics, housing, transportation, access to healthcare, education, government services and basically everything that civilization is based on.” – JT Singh