Remixology 2 - Harnessing the Crowd
Fresh Media ReMixology is a series bringing people together to sample and share ideas in discussions lead by some of Vancouver’s best and brightest media remixologists!
THIS MONTH’S TOPIC //
Harnessing The Crowd: The Evolving Crowdsourcing/Collaboration/OpenEverything Continuum
***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.
WHEN and WHERE//
Wednesday October 6th at 6:30pm @ W2 Storyeum Salon, 151 West Cordova
And/or check out live video and live tweeting at http://www.livestream.com/freshmedia
***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.
FULL AGENDA //
***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?” This will be moderated by the brilliant Zoe Grams, a communications specialist from Curve Communications who provides marketing and public relations services to a range of not-for-profit, environmental, and art organizations.
***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.
***$5 tickets. No one turned away for lack of funds. http://remixology2.eventbrite.com/
FYI - we sold out last time!
to the amazing, innovative W2 Media + Arts Centre (http://creativetechnology.org/) for sponsoring this event.
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