I'm Lauren, an award-winning writer, speaker, and consultant specialising in the future of work, borders, and cities. I'm also a digital nomad, meaning that I travel and work simultaneously and split my time between different locations each year.
My work focuses on the intersection of technology, business, policy, and human behaviour, and I work mainly through the consultancy I co-founded, Flibl. My clients include Google, Royal Bank of Canada, Foursquare, and the Singapore Government. Feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to discuss working together a project.
I began my career as a freelance foreign reporter, working for The Guardian, Wired, VICE, The Atlantic, BBC News 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 digital platforms are helping people learn English in India. I also wrote a weekly innovation column called Future Cities for Inverse.com and was a political columnist 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, entrepreneurship, and digital skills across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I ghostwrote material for senior executives, helping to shape their ideas, and built and managed distributed teams of creative freelancers to deliver everything from blog posts and reports to video and design.
I also collaborated with Guardian Masterclasses on a series of talks and workshops about freelancing and the future of work between 2015 and 2018, delivering them to sell-out audiences at the company's London headquarters. I've won numerous awards for my work, which you can read about further down.
I'm a graduate of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and I'm currently a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London. I speak regularly at events, festivals, and conferences around the world, as well as running in-house workshops for corporate clients and universities. Find out more on my speaking page.
- UEA Innovation and Impact Award 2019 (UK) - for a communications project
- DevelopHER Entrepreneur Award 2018 (UK)* - for my work in technology
- Stevie Startup of the Year 2017 (USA) - for my innovation consultancy, Flibl
- IPSE Young Freelancer of the Year 2016 (UK) - for my career achievements
- Travel Media Awards Travel Writer of the Year 2016 (UK)* - for my journalism
- Annual Multimedia Award 2016 (Germany) - for a multimedia project
* = runner-up