Patrick Sisson - Writer, Journalist, Cultural Documentarian, Music Lover
  • An Oral History of the Green Mill
What I Do

Business Trends

As a reporter and writer covering cities, technology, and business, I love to delve into the trends shaping our collective future. I’ve explored Walmart’s investment in virtual reality, how Shopify aims to be an Amazon killer, and Airbnb’s business model.  I’ve also been interviewed by NPR to talk about my coverage of the dockless scooter industry and the magnetism of mid-size cities.

Profiles & Features

Whether it’s an essay on design in Detroit, an oral history series exploring Chicago’s favorite bars, a look at the blind runner pushing navigation technology forward, or conversations with some of my musical heroes, such as Mavis Staples, Buzzcocks and Portishead, I love long-form storytelling and the art of the interview.

Trend forecasting

Understanding trends and shifting markets means engaging with your subject, not serving up the latest spin on the same old pitch. My copywriting and trend research—from compiling interviews of Chicago designers for the AIGA for a full-length book to writing a series of cultural almanacs (Pitchfork)—has given me an appreciation for compelling copy.

Selected Writing