Kyra Maya PhillipsFebruary 4th, 2013 by Nico Luchsinger
Kyra Maya Phillips is a writer, innovation strategist and digital economy obsessed start up person. Her work is centred around understanding where innovation comes from and how we can create the environments which spur it.
“Asking the right questions,” rather than constantly searching for answers, is a catch-all for projects and concepts that she spends her time working on.
Most recently, Kyra embarked on a research and writing project that seeks to determine what the black markets can teach us about innovation. She’s currently co-authoring a book on the subject with her partner in crime and fellow Sandboxer, Alexa Clay. It’s called The Misfit Economy and it will be published by Simon & Schuster.
She does other bits and bobs. She’s a “point person” at The Point People, a network of people committed to and active in building, connecting and catalysing the social and cultural innovation system. Prior to all of this, Kyra spent time at SustainAbility, The Guardian and Business in the Community working as an in resident journalist, innovation strategist and sustainability consultant.
Day to day, Kyra likes to explore how “misfits” like pirates, hackers and gangsters innovate. The most interesting fact she’s stumbled upon so far has been how 18th century pirates developed constitutional democracies on their ships before the United States, England and France.