The Misfit Economy

Misfits are the mavericks, makers and social innovators rebuilding our small towns. The hackers on the digital front lines. The gangsters on the street corners. America is a country of misfits. In this conversation, Alexa Clay shares insights from her book The Misfit Economy and explores the centrality of the misfit identity to American culture. She shares stories from her research speaking with grassroots innovators in the heartland of small town America, with gangsters and ex-cons looking to become entrepreneurs, and with communities from Detroit to Ferguson who are looking to reinvent themselves. Hear about how diverse innovators operate in the black market, how informal and underdog economies work, and what principles and philosophies animate the misfits identity.

Festival: 2015

Watch and Listen: Economy

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