Who

Civilization depends on you. (No pressure.)

“We help architect the lens through which people see the world. Shifting world-views in big numbers is the most powerful way to suppress the immune system responses of the status quo holders.” JT Singh

Globally Recognized Media Artist, Urbanist, Global Strategist

JT is the founder of an experimental media lab focused on inter-playing the two biggest levers for improving society at scale – technology and cities. At the labs dual base in Shanghai and Toronto, JT and notable collaborators explore significant urban problems in multiple tech sectors concurrently to catalyze circular technologies, urban-scale designs, and regulation-innovations.

The founding intention for JT’s body of work is to rewire the mental models of large chunks of societies (countries and cities) for remaking the immensely unsustainable/inefficient base functions that power today’s civilization (the desperate and hard problems), including: housing, mass transportation, energy, healthcare, public safety, education, water, agriculture, sanitation, governance, crime, economic restructuring and the food industrial complex.

By pioneering his niche as a mass-level storyteller about complex urban cultures and systems, JT’s hyper-hybrid projects keep him constantly exploring with eyes wide open and fresh inquiry to stay ahead. Traveling through hundreds of cities across Earth, (mostly through walking, walking and more walking) has enabled JT to earn and hold a rare perspective on the mosaic of real world patterns – the changing desires, hopes, fears, and the ever-growing economic and cultural anxieties of urban populations. With this hard-earned immersive empathy, comes an unparalleled level of professional instincts, that are strictly channeled towards societal-improvement projects at regional levels.

Circle of collaborators often include: future-focused urban 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, Vice, Al Jazeera, Mashable, Quartz, China Daily, The Guardian, etc. (Not to brag ;p )

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 even worth sustaining?

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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