Alex Steffen is one of the world's leading voices on sustainability, social innovation and planetary futurism. He is a writer, public speaker and strategic consultant.
Alex was Executive Editor of Worldchanging after he co-founded the organization in 2003 until 2010.
In those seven years, Worldchanging became one of the world's leading sustainability-related publications, with an archive of almost 12,000 articles and a large global audience (Worldchanging was rated the second largest sustainability site on the web by Nielsen Online in 2008). Worldchanging's solutions-based journalism played an important role in revealing formerly obscure innovations and groundbreaking ideas, thereby pushing forward the sustainability movement and changing the way we think about the planet's most pressing problems.
Steffen also edited of Worldchanging's wildly successful first book, Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
(Abrams, 2006), a 600-page compendium of leading solutions from around the world, with a foreword by Al Gore, an introduction by Bruce Sterling, and design by Stefan Sagmeister (winner of the 2005 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award). Worldchanging (the book) has been an Amazon bestseller in the U.S. and Canada, won the Green Prize for sustainable literature and has gleaned wide acclaim, including being named as one of the books of the year by BusinessWeek. The book has been translated into French, German and Korean, and other languages.
In March 2011, Abrams will publish a completely new edition of the Worldchanging book
, this time with a foreword by Van Jones and an introduction by Bill McKibben.
The critically-acclaimed site won the Utne Independent Press Award, and was nominated for Webbys (the Oscars of the Net) for Best Blog and Best Magazine, as well as Bloggies for Best Writing and Best Group Weblog. Worldchanging's work and Alex's role as a leading voice in planetary futurism inspired over 600 stories in the media, including a CNN documentary and a New York Times Magazine profile. Alex was named to the GOOD 100. Other media include The Guardian, Time magazine, Der Spiegel, Business Week, Fortune, Wired, US News and World Report, USA Today, the L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, Le Monde, The Independent, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Fast Company, SEED, ID, Dwell, ReadyMade, the Associated Press, The New York Review of Books, The International Herald Tribune, The Globe and Mail, The New Statesman, The Nation, New Scientist, Sierra magazine, Outside, Audubon, and The Sun. Steffen has also appeared on the Today Show, LinkTV and several CBC television programs. Radio appearances include numerous NPR and APR programs, the CBC's the Current, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Alex makes regular speaking appearances to influential audiences and at leading companies such as Weiden + Kennedy, Nike, Amazon, Ideo, Arup, Nau, Steelcase, Carrier, Yahoo!, the World Travel and Tourism Council and the Danish Industries Bright Green trade show during COP-15. He has also spoken and keynoted at the most renowned design and innovation conferences in the world, including TED, Picnic, Pop!Tech, Design Indaba, South by Southwest Interactive and Doors of Perception, as well as at some of the world's leading universities, including Harvard, Yale and Stanford. He has also spoken for governments ranging from the City of Copenhagen to the Government of New Zealand. His speech about carbon neutrality in Seattle in 2010 lead to that city adopting carbon-neutrality as a city-wide goal. He has also provided strategic insights to over 50 clients.
"We find ourselves facing two futures, one unthinkable and the other currently unimaginable," says Steffen, "My beat is looking for ways to create a future which is sustainable, dynamic, prosperous and fair -- a future which is both bright and green. WorldChanging was based on the premise that such a future is not a distant possibility, but a growing reality. We sought to connect worldchanging people with the tools, models and ideas for building it."
Alex can be booked for talks through the Lavin Agency.
You can follow Alex on Twitter at @AlexSteffen and find out more about his latest work on AlexSteffen.com.