Civilization depends on you. (No pressure.)
JT Singh is not a professional speaker or frequent conference attendee. Although conferences have redeeming qualities, most are time wasting. However, sometimes (rarely) JT does make time to mind-jam at quality gatherings, hence the photos.
JT is the founder of JT Singh Labs, a cross-disciplinary 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 concurrently to catalyze scalable technologies, urban-scale design, and regulation-innovations for disrupting how humanity organizes economic life and dwells on Earth at the operating system level.
Random Question: How might the human species learn to bio-cooperate as a node within the nervous system of the biosphere?
Carving out his singular niche as a geographic media-artist + urbanologist, JT’s hyper-hybrid line of work takes him across urban territories with eyes wide open and fresh inquiry. His core area of focus explores how municipalities can remake their economic operating systems through urban-scale redesign, cooperative platforms, city rebranding and mass-media for paradigm shift experiences that can attune humans to both the true reality of self and the ecological relationships that govern the planet.
JT learns from first-hand perspective-development, which is crucial in our world of “arm-chair thought-leaders” who don’t truly travel and essentially make their living through the ‘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 perspective on a complex tapestry of societal patterns – the deepest desires, hopes, fears, and the ever-growing economic and cultural anxieties of urban dwellers. Thus, with immersive empathy, JT has earned an unparalleled mosaic of creative-strategic instincts that are strictly channeled towards societal-improvement projects across the urban spectrum.
Random Question: Why is humanity worth sustaining?
His most current focus for discussions is on addressing the deep incompatibility between technologists (aswell as the creative world at large) and real-world industries (the desperate and hard problems) from: housing, mass transportation, green 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