🌿 About

An award-winning writer, speaker and strategist specialising in the future of work, distributed companies, the knowledge economy and global living.

Hi, I'm Lauren 👋

I'm a writer, speaker and strategist based in Amsterdam. My work focuses on the future of work, distributed companies, the knowledge economy and global living.

I started my career as a freelance foreign reporter, publishing with The Guardian, Wired, VICE, CityLab, BBC Worklife and other leading media titles. I visited more than 30 countries in just three years and reported on everything from Indonesian healthcare reform to how sharing economy platforms are helping people learn English in India. I also wrote a weekly innovation column called Future Cities for Inverse.com and political columns for New Statesman.

Soon, I was headhunted by Google and joined their global editorial team, working first as a writer on Google Maps and later as managing editor for the future of work across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I ghostwrote thought leadership for senior executives, and built and managed distributed teams of freelancers to deliver everything from blog posts and reports to video and design.

I collaborated with Guardian Masterclasses on a series of talks about freelancing and the future of work between 2015 and 2018, delivering them to sell-out audiences at the company's London headquarters alongside names such as Gary Younge, Owen Jones and Will Storr. I've also appeared at a variety of events, festivals and conferences, and given talks at universities, accelerators and coworking spaces around the world.

Alongside writing and speaking, I consult as a strategist and project lead for municipalities, institutions, corporations and others. My past clients include Royal Bank of Canada, Emirates, Foursquare, the University of Cambridge, and the Singapore Government amongst others.

I'm a graduate of the creative nonfiction MA at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London. I've won various awards for my work, including IPSE’s Young Freelancer of the Year Prize in 2016 and UEA's Innovation and Impact Award in 2019.

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