About

You'll find some information about my skills, interests and background below.

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Writer, Speaker, Consultant, Digital Nomad

 

Lauren Razavi

I graduated from the University of East Anglia's creative nonfiction MA in 2014 and have made my living as a writer ever since. I was headhunted by Google while still studying and subsequently joined their editorial team for a year in 2015. I continued to write and report on a freelance basis, visiting more than 30 countries in just three years. In recognition of this work, I won the Young Freelancer of the Year prize at the 2016 IPSE Awards.

My work appears in leading newspapers, magazines and websites across the world. Titles I've worked with include The Guardian, Wired, VICE, The Atlantic, NPR and the BBC. I wrote a regular column called "Future Cities" for Inverse in 2016 and a series of narrative longform features on the theme of "Sharing Cities" for Medium in 2017/2018. I also write features for the Emirates inflight magazine Portfolio every month.

I speak at conferences, festivals and other events including the Battle of Ideas Festival (produced by the Institute of Ideas in partnership with the London Barbican Centre) and the Women of the World Festival (produced by the London Southbank Centre). Since 2015, I've delivered workshops for Guardian Masterclasses including courses on launching a career in freelance journalism, best practice for working with the media, and how to become a digital nomad.

Since October 2017, I have worked as managing editor for New York-based software startup Contently. My job involves launching and running brand publications for a range of global companies and managing teams of freelance creatives to produce content such as thought leadership, blog articles, white papers and infographics. I've worked with Google, Philips, Facebook, S&P Global and Singapore Economic Development Board amongst others.

Today, my work focuses on the topics I'm most passionate about: the future of work, the sharing economy, global development, cities, sustainability and tech. I believe in constructive journalism.