Come join UTSpeaks: Shapeshifters – Culturing Creativity | UTS News Room

When: 23 May 2012 – 6:00pm8:00pm
Where: The Great Hall, Level 5, UTS Tower, Broadway, Ultimo UTS is a ten-minute walk from Central Station, Eddy Avenue and Railway Square bus stops.
RSVP: 22 May 2012 RSVP NOW PDF

Is today’s hyper-connected world changing the way we create?

Is the threshold between the public and private sectors disappearing as use of social media soars? How is innovation shaping and changing our understanding of culture and humanity? How should we navigate a world of accelerating change and increase our understanding of creativity and the importance of taking risk? This next ‘shapeshifters’ interactive public forum explores how creative industries embrace multiple disciplines from design to technology and science, driving innovation and the creative economy and it asks what impact is this having on global culture?

Hael Kobayshi (MC)
Hael Kobayashi is the Executive Director, Creative Innovation at UTS and the Associate Director, Creative Industries Innovation Centre. He has more than 30 years’ experience in film, digital and new media, design and performing arts, held senior management roles with Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light + Magic and DreamWorks Animation. He was a producer for Animal Logic’s Oscar winning Happy Feet. Hael is a senior adviser to INDEX: Design to Improve Life in Copenhagen, and a member of the international advisory panel of DesignSingapore.

Professor Dick Rijken
Dick Rijken is a professor of Information Technology and Society at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He is Director of Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music. He is the chairman of the e-culture committee of the Dutch Culture Council, co-chair of the European Union working group on Cultural and Creative Industries, and a board member of NoAcademy – Laboratory for Art & Society, a post-graduate program in social design.

Craig Davis
Craig is revered as a creative leader world-wide. He is Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Australia and New Zealand at Publicis Mojo and founder of the world’s first brand-centric social media platform, He is Chairman of AWARD and a board member of the Communications Council whose mutual mandates are to champion commercial creativity. Craig was the former Worldwide Executive Creative Director for JWT and Regional ECD at Saatchi & Saatchi Asia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the UTS Business School and a lifelong shapeshifter with a personal mission to improve the quality of life for all.Theresa designs and delivers courses in the Communication and eLearning Programs at UTS.

Dr Theresa Anderson
Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson is a Senior Lecturer with the UTS Centre for Creative Practices and Cultural Economy. Her research explores the relationship between people and emerging technologies with a particular interest in how information systems and institutional policies might better support creative-analytic activities.In 2010 she was awarded a national teaching prize for sustained innovation in relation to her socio-technical curricula.

UTSPEAKS: is a free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia


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