Co-Opting Black Market Innovation

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Monday 12th March, 2012

12:30pm to 1:30pm (CST)

What do pirates, terrorists, computer hackers, and inner city gangs have in common with Silicon Valley? Innovation.

In this talk, you’ll be exposed to emerging forms of underground innovation happening in the informal and black market economies. The “deviant entrepreneurs” that make up the black market are not mere threats to our social and economic stability, but also present us with real best practices that can be applied to business thinking.

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Alexa Clay

Dir, Ashoka's Changemakers

Economic historian, social entrepreneur, writer on black market / informal innovation, and sustainability consultant. Author @ Misfit Economy (forthcoming), contributor @ Fast Company, director @Ashoka Changemakers, and member @ Sandbox. Advisor on topics ranging from social finance and new economics to open innovation. SXSW newbie.

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6 attendees

  • Alexa Clay
  • EJ Lawless
  • kejia zhu
  • Mercedes Gray
  • sean hewens
  • Oscar Llarena

4 trackers

  • Estelle Weyl
  • Steve Myers
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Time 12:30pm1:30pm CST

Date Mon 12th March 2012


Salon E, AT&T Conference Center

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