Fresh Media ReMixology -- Harnessing The Crowd
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT)
Vancouver, British Columbia
ReMixology -- Thirst-Quenching Fresh Media Innovation!
TOPIC: Harnessing The Crowd: The Evolving Crowdsourcing/Collaboration/OpenEverything Continuum
SPEAKERS: Alfred Hermida (online news pioneer, professor of integrated journalism at the UBC), Leigh Christie (executive director and co-founder of the eatART foundation ), and David Ascher (CEO of Mozilla Messaging). Moderated by Zoe Grams.
WHEN and WHERE: Wednesday October 6th at 6:30pm @ W2 Storyeum Salon, 151 West Cordova
WHY:Because inquiring minds need to discuss! Because connecting and collaborating matters. Because Vancouver needs a launch pad for media innovation, and we want you to be a part of it.
TICKETS: $5 advanced tickets ($10 at the door). No one turned away for lack of funds.
FYI - we sold out last time
***In 2006 Wired Magazine writer Jeff Howe introduced the term crowdsourcing defining it as, "the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.” Today, crowdsourcing and other socially-driven, collaborative ways of working, have become increasingly popular. In part, this connects to a genuine interest in involving the general public in the production of the work and then sharing ownership of the work with the public. It also highlights how thinking has changed, in a way that underlines the public’s appetite for contributing in social, creative, artistic and investigative tasks that connect to something larger than themselves. This ethos has particularly changed the way the art and news community organizes and recognizes contributions. New technologies, particularly those from the free/open source software community (FOSS), have not only lowered the costs of collaboration, but fostered the spread of an “open everything” ethos that is being taken up by everyone from journalists, artists, educators, governments, to retailers.
Alfred Hermida Is a Digital news pioneer, award-winning journalist and professor of integrated journalism at the University of British Columbia.
Leigh Christie is an accomplished engineer, artist and event producer. He is a co-creator of the world renowned Mondo Spider kinetic sculpture. Leigh is the executive director and co-founder of the eatART. Foundation.See: www.eatART.org
David Ascher is the CEO of Mozilla Messaging.
Zoe Grams is a communications specialist who provides marketing and public relations services to a range of not-for-profit, environmental, and art organizations through the agency Curve Communications. She has curated a large number of festivals and speaker events encouraging further involvement in, and understanding of, the media.
***Considering these 3 facets of the crowdsourcing/collaboration/openeverything continuum, Remixology 2 will feature local crowdsourcing innovators and experts, including Alfred Hermida (online news pioneer, professor of integrated journalism at the UBC), Leigh Christie (co-founder of eatART), and David Ascher (CEO of Mozilla Messaging). They will each talk briefly about their own experiences from their respective journalism, creative, and open web backgrounds.
***Following this, we'll open up to a broader dialogue that considers, "how can media makers and artists can harness the power of the crowd? What are some of the key intersections between technology, cultures of openness, and content production? While the boundaries and hierarchies of managing content have change dramatically; are there new gatekeepers?"
***Finally, there will be an opportunity for participants to do a "collaborator's callout" where they do a 30 second introduction to a current or future project relevant to the group. The gathering will close with a collaboratory - social/networking session including a cash bar and music.
6:40 Introductory speaker/interview
6:55 Dialogue / Salon
8:00 Project callout
8:15 Social / Networking
About Fresh Media ReMixology:
ReMixology is a new series presented by Fresh Media, where we come
together to sample and share ideas in discussions lead by some of
Vancouver's best and brightest media remixologists.
Inspired by the growing energy around the ways in which technology,
art, media, and participatory frameworks are spurring innovation in the
not-for-profit, journalism, and social change communities, Re-Mixology
is a great opportunity for citizens and media-makers to come together
and connect over timely discussions and presentations that showcase
fresh and imaginative examples of media innovation.
Join media innovators, technologists, artists, citizens and the online community at Fresh Media - a celebration of innovation and independent media, and a re-imagining of media and journalism.
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Fresh Media is a project of OpenMedia.ca
When & Where
Fresh Media Crew
The current media system in Canada is going through major transformations with both the fall of traditional journalism and corporate media and the rise of new social media tools and citizen-based journalism.
Now is the time to re-imagine and re-invent what we want Canada’s media to look like.
As a collective, we have the agency to create an innovative and informative media system for the present and the future –- to celebrate what’s good now and to create a new media future together.
Fresh Media events and The Fresh Media Crew are sponsored by http://openmedia.ca