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FCAD Forum's 2017 Summer Institute: Creative Disruptions, Disruptive Creatives

The FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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SUMMER INSTITUTE 2017: Creative Disruptions, Disruptive Creatives 

The inaugural FCAD Forum Summer Institute is a multidisciplinary research-intensive for Scholars, Graduate Students and Creatives invested in tackling various challenges and opportunities within the Creative Industries and the Arts. We bring together a diverse array of individuals to enable transformative research, spark actionable ideas and collaboratively develop new approaches and pathways in the fields of Communication & Design. The goal of the Summer Institute is to cultivate an intellectually stimulating environment to learn and explore key themes, debates and trends in the creative industries

Our 2017 theme, Creative Disruptions, Disruptive Creatives explores how, in the age of digital disruption, we might envision methods, frameworks, and paradigms that encourage analysis of the creative sector that intertwines technological, demographic, financial and political concerns into fresh multilayered approaches. By dividing the Summer Institute into seminars, keynote lectures, and creative events we seek to cultivate a dynamic awareness of the multiple ways in which we might facilitate scholarly engagements with culture.  

Topics to be discussed:

Co-Design & Co-Creation
Publishing in the Digital Era
Design Thinking 
Canadian Content in a Digital World
Knowledge Mobilization & Dissemination
Disruptions Beyond Technology


Date: May 23-24, 2017

Time: 9am to 5pm

Location: The Learning Zone Centre, ARC 100 - Ryerson University, Toronto ON

We invite applications from Graduate Students, Faculty and Creative Practitioners in Toronto and the GTA to participate in the FCAD Forum's 2017 Summer Institute. To apply, please fill in the registration form.  Space is limited, successful applicants will be contacted by the FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies by May 15, 2017.




Presenters include:

Eva Lau, former Head of Community, Wattpad

"Wattpad: A Ten-Year Journey in Disruption".

Eva has extensive knowledge and experience in building Internet products and online communities. Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she was Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content. She helped nurture and scale the Wattpad community from its infancy to become one of the largest online communities with tens of millions of monthly users around the world. Prior to Wattpad, she was Director of Product Development of Brightspark Labs, a Toronto based accelerator. During her tenure at Brightspark Labs she mentored and helped many tech startups in Toronto.  Eva has a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto and an MBA from Schulich School of Business. Her husband constantly teases her that the two degrees offset each other.

twitter: @MrsEvaLau

Dr. Richard Lachman, Director Zone Learning, Ryerson University

Richard Lachman is Director of Zone Learning for Ryerson University, a network of 10 incubators across the university.  He is also Director of Research Development for the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD), Director of the Experiential Media Institute, and an Associate Professor, Digital Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. The Gemini-award winning producer is  a creative and technical consultant for new media projects, primarily focused on entertainment and transmedia media properties. He holds a docorate from UNE in Australia, a masters degree from the MIT Media Lab's "Interactive Cinema" group, and a computer-science bachelors degree from MIT.

His professional projects have included partners such as Discovery Channel Canada, the NFB, CTV, CityTV, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and his works in the computer games industry have shipped millions of copies and been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Time Magazine, as well as being part of an exhibition at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

Richard's research interests include convergent media, digital documentary, collaborative work, and new forms of storytelling. He teaches classes in digital media, interactive art, animation, digital documentary, virtual environments, and digital culture.

Dr. Jessica Mudry, Director, Centre for Communicating Knowledge, Ryerson University

She is the author of Measured Meals: Nutrition in America, published by SUNY Press, that focussed on the history of the relationship between quantitative scientific language and federal nutrition policy.  Her essays have been published in Gastronomica, International Journal of Communication, Material Culture Review  and Food, Culture and Society  among other venues.  She is currently working on a cultural history of the calorie.

Eliane Tozman, Head of Design, IBM

Eliane Tozman is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based designer, currently working in UX Design (User Experience Design) at IBM, a multinational technology and consulting corporation. Tozman works in software development, where she researches, conceptualizes and designs ways for IBM to make the technology work for the user, so the user doesn’t have to work for the technology.

Tozman’s presentation will focus on “design thinking”, and why it’s so important for creating successful outcomes. She will provide insight and examples of how design thinking empowers multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex problems by considering many options, integrating ideas and opportunities, and testing multiple solutions before going to market.

Tiffany Hsiung, Director, The Apology

Tiffany Hsiung is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto. Whether it is filmmaking or teaching, Hsiung’s work has taken her through and beyond the diverse communities of her hometown, and well across the globe. Her socially conscious work and dynamic artistry sparks a unique energy in the stories of marginalized individuals and communities. Hsiung’s approach to storytelling is driven by the relationship that is built with the people she meets. By shooting much of her own work, Hsiung obtains unobtrusive access to the stories she captures. Hsiung is a graduate of Ryerson University, where she studied film production. She was the recipient of the Norman Jewison award. Her award winning short film ‘Binding Borders’ (2007), screened in film festivals internationally and propelled her to direct the RCI/CBC six-part mini series on Beijing’s first ever Olympic Games, ‘A New Face for Beijing’ (2008). Since 2009 Hsiung has been documenting the lives of 3 survivors of military sexual slavery in Korea, Philippines and China during World War II by the Japanese Imperial Army for her debut feature length documentary The Apology (2016) A National Film board of Canada production. With a successful world premiere at Hot Docs International Film festival, The Apology was one of the festivals top 10 films and at the International premiere in Busan International film festival (Asia’s largest film festival) The Apology took home the Busan Cinephile Award for best documentary. The film has currently secured U.S and Korean distribution. Hsiung’s work is fundamentally based on cross-cultural and intergenerational themes set to inspire younger generations and viewers to learn about their own cultures - and social responsibility in the global community.


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Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies

The FCAD Forum for Cultural Strategies at the Faculty of Communication and Design is an innovation hub for designing and sharing actionable strategies to strengthen the cultural sector in Canada.  

Recognizing that creative expression and engagement are at the core of the sector, we bring together creators, strategists, policy makers and educators from across Canada to analyze, discuss and respond to key challenges.

The goal of the FCAD Forum is to inform and improve decision-making at all levels in the cultural industries through neutrality, dialogue, research and dissemination.

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