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Marshall McLuhan on Computers & the Future Internet October 9, 2014

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Liked it? I loved it! Thanks Alex for the post – much appreciated – Bob

McLuhan Galaxy

My apologies to subscribers; the beginning portion of this posting that you received earlier was unintentional; I accidentally hit the publish button instead of the preview one. As an example of Marshall McLuhan’s prophetic ability, discussed in the last posting, consider his perceptive comments about computers, at a time when only large mainframe computers existed, and his premonitions about a future technology that came to be the Internet. This excerpt is from Robert Logan’s 2013 book, McLuhan Misunderstood: Setting the Record Straight. Toronto: Key Publishing.

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So many of McLuhan’s pronouncements about the effects of electric media are prophetic because it seems as though he was aware of the coming of the Net, the Web and other digital media. A simple example of his prescience is that he, in fact, through his writing foreshadowed the Internet. William Gibson, the author of Neuromancer, certainly deserves credit for coining the term cyberspace…

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Please visit sLab.ocad.ca (this blog is retired) June 10, 2010

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Thanks to all our readers for visiting and linking to this temporary blog. Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) at OCAD University now has a full site in OCAD U’s web space. Please visit us there, and update all bookmarks to:

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) site: http://slab.ocad.ca

Our blog continues at http://slab.ocad.ca/blog/

Thanks again and see you at the new site.

Design Ecosystem workshop, nextMEDIA Toronto, 30 Nov 2009 December 2, 2009

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As part of nextMEDIA Toronto’s master class series, OCAD’s Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) gave a didactic workshop on the design ecosystem, on November 30, 2009. In a packed room at the Design Exchange we presented a few theoretical and practical tools for finding, framing, and maximizing innovation opportunities in the digital media landscape.

Delivered by Dr. Robert K. Logan, Chief Scientist, and Greg Van Alstyne, Director of Research, sLab, the workshop briefly described the actors and roles in the design ecosystem. Specifically, we focused on the power and place of design thinking in innovation, and asked, What are the roles of problem finding, problem framing and problem solving within the innovation process?

Dr. Robert K. Logan
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Greg Van Alstyne
Van Alstyne

Speakers
Dr. Robert K. Logan, Chief Scientist, Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) at OCAD
Greg Van Alstyne, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design and Director of Research, Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), Ontario College of Art & Design

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A World of Solutions: Innovations for People with Disabilities May 21, 2009

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Competition call for

A World of Solutions: Innovations for People with Disabilities

The new initiative of the Inter-American Development Bank seeks to support pilot projects aimed at using innovative solutions to improve the quality of life and the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

10% of the population in Latin America has some kind of disability, which represents 50 million people

70% of the people with disabilities in the region are unemployed or excluded from the work force

70-80% of children with disabilities in Latin America do not attend school

Good news: WE WANT TO FUND SOLUTIONS!

The program has several components, including a call for project proposals, and a problem-solutions competition.  We want to hear your ideas, receive your proposals and let you vote on the most important needs of people with disabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The competition starts today!

Get involved: www.iadb.org/innovation

Comment and vote:  www.iadb.org/blogs/innovacion

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Concurso

Un mundo de soluciones: Innovaciones para personas con discapacidad

La nueva iniciativa del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo busca apoyar la implementación de programas piloto que mejoren la calidad de vida y la inclusión económica y social de personas con distintas discapacidades en América Latina y el Caribe a través de soluciones innovadoras.

10% de la población de latinoamericana son personas con alguna discapacidad, esto representa a 50 millones de personas

El 70%  de las personas con discapacidad de la región no tiene empleo

Entre el 70%  y el 80% de niños con discapacidad en la región no tiene acceso a la educación

Buenas noticias: ¡QUEREMOS FINANCIAR SOLUCIONES!

El programa tiene varios componentes, entre ellos, fondos concursables para proyectos, y un concurso de problemas-soluciones. Queremos escuchar sus ideas, recibir sus propuestas y que sean ustedes quienes voten cuales son los problemas de mayor relevancia en América Latina. El concurso empieza hoy!

Participa: http://www.iadb.org/innovacion

Comenta y vota: http://www.iadb.org/blogs/innovacion

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Canada 3.0: Defining Canada’s Digital Future April 21, 2009

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SLab is working with some of the participants and organizers of this timely event, June 7-9, 2009 at Waterloo University.

“Canada 3.0 will be a highly engaged and interactive gathering of industry leaders. The two days will be devoted to breakout and priority setting sessions. Highly skilled facilitators will lead discussions and encourage the identification of national priorities and development of key stages in a Canada-wide strategy for international competitiveness in the digital media.”

… For stream overviews and working stream agendas, click on the links below:

OCAD MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation: Notes Toward a Bibliography April 9, 2009

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Strategic Innovation Lab under the direction of Lenore Richards has been assisting Lenore’s development of the forthcoming OCAD degree program, Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. More information on the Foresight MDes program is available from OCAD’s web site.

Below are the beginnings of a bibliography which we’ve been assembling for support of the program’s faculty and students.

We welcome reactions or additions from readers of this blog, including faculty and students — please let us know what we are missing:

Notes for a Bibliography
MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Books

  • Abrams, Janet; Hall, Peter. (editors) Else/where: Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories. Minnesota: Univeristy of Minnesota Press,
  • Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Dilemma. New York: HarperCollins, 2003
  • Christensen, Clayton M. The Innovator’s Solution. Boston: Harvard Business School, 2003
  • Drucker, Peter F. Technology, Management & Society. New York: Harper & Row, 1958
  • Fahey, Liam; Randall, Robert M. (editors)  Learning from the Future. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1998
  • Fry, Tony. Design Futuring:  Sustainability, Ethics and New Practice. Oxford, UK: Berg, 2009
  • Georghiou, Luke; Harper, Jennifer Cassingena; Keenan, Michael; Miles, Ian; Popper, Rafael. (editors) The Handbook of Technology Foresight. Northampton, Ma.: Edward Elgar, 2008
  • Heskett, John. A Short Introduction to Design, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Hines, Andy; Bishop, Peter.  (editors) Thinking about the Future. Washington: Social Technologies, 2006
  • Jonas, Wolfgang. A Scenario for Design. MIT Press: Design Issues, Spring 2001, Vol. 17, NO. 2, Pages 64-80.
  • Moore, Geoffrey A. Crossing the Chasm. New York: HarperCollins, 2006
  • Norman, Donald A. The Design of Future Things. Philadelphia, PA: Basic Books, 2007
  • Roam, Dan. Back of the Napkin. New York: Penguin, 2008
  • Schwartz, Peter. The Art of the Long View. New York: Doubleday, 1991
  • Shamiyeh, Michael. Organizing for Change. Boston: Birkhauser, 2007
  • Stacey, Ralph. (editor) Experiencing Emergence in Organizations. New York: Routledge, 2005
  • Stacey, Ralph; Griffin, Douglas; Shaw, Patricia. (editors) complexity and Emergence in Organizations. New York: Routledge, 2000
  • Sterling, Bruce. Shaping Things. Cambridge, Mass,: MIT Press, 2005
  • Sterling, Bruce. Tomorrow Now. New York: Random House, 2002
  • Sterman, John D. Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World.
  • Streatfield, Philip. The Paradox of Control in Organizations. New York: Routledge, 2001

Journals (With thanks to Walter Derzko)

Peer Reviewed

  • Technology Forecasting and Social Change
  • Technovation
  • Futures Research
  • Long Range Planning
  • Foresight; the journal for future studies strategic thinking and policy
  • Technology analysis and strategic management
  • Technological Forecasting
  • Futures
  • Futures Research Quarterly

Popular

  • The Futurist (World Future Society)
  • Future Survey (World Future Society)  “I like this one” — Walter

These domain specific journals often carry futures related papers:

  • Business Horizons
  • Applied Energy
  • Energy Policy

Discovering the Future of Entertainment – Special sLab Explorations Event March 17, 2009

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DISCOVERING THE FUTURE OF INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT!
How will we interact with entertainment content in the future? Will we create it and consume it at the same time? Are the creative and logistical boundaries of our current technological capacity dissolving faster than we think?

Friday, April 3, 2009, 3-5 pm
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab)
Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul St., Suite 600, Sixth fl.

Discovering the Future of Interactive Entertainment is a hands-on expert panel and  discussion event bringing together leading minds in media to discuss future models for interactive entertainment creation, distribution, and experience. The importance of  innovation in the entertainment industry as a driver of economic growth  has only been underscored by the recent Martin-Florida Report on Ontario’s future prosperity.

The event will begin with the presentation of three exciting, creative blueprints for interactive entertainment. From there we move on to an open session that will engage the audience with the assembled panel of experts in a new and innovative way.

Limiting attendance to 50 people, Discovering the Future of Interactive Entertainment will be intimate in scale but bold in its engagement with issues. Registration is limited so sign up today at Eventbrite:

http://slab.eventbrite.com/

Confirmed Expert Panel Bios

Mark Ruddock
President and CEO, Viigo Wireless
Mark Ruddock is the President and CEO of Viigo Wireless, one of the world?s leading suppliers of consumer and enterprise content applications for Blackberry mobile devices. Mr. Ruddock was previously the entrepreneur in residence at Ventures West. At Ventures West he was involved in identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in the Web 2.0 and Mobile sectors. He was also the founding CEO of INEA Corporation.

Dr. Robert K. Logan
Strategic Innovation Lab and University of Toronto
Trained as a physicist, Robert K. Logan is a media ecologist. He received a BS and PhD from MIT in 1961 and 1965. Dr. Logan is now the Chief Scientist of the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD. He has authored books including The Alphabet Effect based on a paper co-authored with Marshall McLuhan.

Greg Van Alstyne
Director of Research, Strategic Innovation Lab
Associate Professor of Design, OCAD
Greg Van Alstyne is an accomplished design educator and creative director. A graduate of the Integrated Digital Media program at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Greg was the inaugural Director of the Institute without Boundaries, a post-graduate, interdisciplinary design program. As well, Greg was founding head of the Department of New Media for The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Marcus Bornfreund
Creative Commons Canada, B.A , LL.B, LL.M
Marcus Bornfreund is the founding project lead for Creative Commons Canada. Marcus has recognized expertise in both intellectual property and technology law, including specialized knowledge in open-source software and alternative copyright licensing. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Law at Seneca College?s School of Computer Studies.

Chris Greenfield
Founder, Clever Creative Agency
Chris Greenfield is an innovator and creative force. Currently, Chris is the head of his own creative and ideation agency, Clever. Chris has previously been President of Ottawa based Fuel Industries, a world leader in advertising creative content delivery and the Managing Director of Tribal DDB Toronto, one of Canada’s leading interactive advertising agencies. Chris has also led an innovation discovery group at Canadian Tire.

Bruce Philp
Chairman and CEO – GWP Brand Engineering
Bruce Philp is the Chairman and CEO of GWP Brand Engineering, Canada’s
pre-eminent branding firm. Bruce has a long history of being a disruptive thinker in the marketing space. Bruce’s continual boundary pushing in this arena led to the publishing of ‘The Creative Edge’ in 1994 by Penguin. The book chronicled his move from chief strategist to chief creative director at one of Canada’s largest advertising agencies. He is the author, with Arkadi Kuhlmann, of ‘The Orange Code’.

Ken Hudson
Managing Director, Virtual World Design Centre
Ken Hudson is currently the Managing Director of the Virtual World Design Centre at Loyalist College. The Virtual World Design Centre provides expert consultation and design services for organizations establishing a presence in virtual worlds like Second Life. Loyalist College has distinguished itself as a leading creator of educational and interactive simulations in Second Life.

Mark Ruddock Confirmed for sLab Future of Entertainment Event March 16, 2009

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We have just confirmed that Mark Ruddock – the President and CEO of Viigo Wireless, the world’s leading provider of content applications for the Blackberry, will be an expert panelist at:

Discovering the Future of Interactive Entertainment
A Special sLab Explorations Event

About Mark Ruddock
Mark Ruddock is the President and CEO of Viigo Wireless www.viigo.com, one of the world’s leading suppliers of consumer and enterprise content applications for Blackberry mobile devices. Mr. Ruddock was previously the entrepreneur in residence at Ventures West. At Ventures West he was involved in identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in the Web 2.0 and Mobile sectors. He was also the founding CEO of INEA Corporation.

The Future of Learning: Visualization, Collaboration, Play February 20, 2009

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The Future of Learning: Visualization, Collaboration, Play

How can visualization, collaboration, play behaviour and other intrinsic facets of design thinking and creative practice help us to solve 21st century challenges of learning? Come join our discussion.

Friday February 27, 2009, 3–4:45 pm
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab)
Ontario College of Art & Design
Room 600, 100 McCaul Street

About sLab Explorations
Open dialogues on design, innovation and the future.
Last Friday of the month at Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab)
Brief presentation, open discussion and creative ideation with
OCAD faculty, students, and guests from other organizations.

About sLab
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a new centre for research and innovation at the Ontario College of Art & Design. sLab integrates academic research, professional engagement, education and skills development for private, public, and not-for-profit stakeholders. We’re a growing community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures.

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March 3, 2009, 5:30pm at OCAD: Saul Kaplan on R & D for New Business Models February 19, 2009

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Unfinished Lecture at OCAD
Hosted by Strategic Innovation Lab and sponsored by Torch Partnership
Tuesday March 3, 2009, 5:30-7:30 pm
OCAD Auditorium

Saul Kaplan: R & D for New Business Models

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Do organizations continually need to explore, test and experiment with new business models, in the same way they do with new products and technologies today?

Saul Kaplan, Founder and Chief Catalyst of Business Innovation Factory, argues the answer is yes. For Kaplan the barrier to delivering better value isn’t technology. Humans and our institutions—both stubbornly resistant to change—impede our ability to network people, resources, and capabilities across organizations. Kaplan calls for a safe, manageable environment to explore new business models, a real world test-bed where public and private sector players can innovate collaboratively without disrupting current operations.
“Most organization leaders today have only had to lead a single business model throughout his or her entire career. And most haven’t had to significantly change a business model in order to sustain the organization competitively. Organization leaders of tomorrow will have to change their business model several times over the course of a career and the successful leader will establish an ongoing process to explore new business models, even models that might threaten the current one.”

Registration is required at: http://unfinishedlectures.eventbrite.com/

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Saul Kaplan founded Rhode Island-based Business Innovation Factory (BIF) in 2005 with a mission to enable collaborative innovation. The non-profit is creating a real world laboratory for innovators to explore and test new business models and system level solutions in areas of high social importance including health care, education, energy independence, public safety, and quality of life. Kaplan has served in senior positions with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Accenture’s Health & Life Science practice and the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

ABOUT THE UNFINISHED LECTURE SERIES
The Unfinished Lecture is a monthly event hosted by the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD and sponsored by Torch Partnership. Part of the Unfinished Business initiative, the lectures are intended to generate an open conversation about strategic innovation in the business and design of commercial enterprises and public organizations.

PRESENTED BY Torch Partnership & sLab

Torch Partnership
At Torch we think differently about the purpose and value of design. By treating business problems as problems of design we are able to develop a richer point of view on the problem itself. This creates a deeper understanding of the dynamics, and leads to a diversity of unique insights to the problem, its causes and its effects. Our greatest ambition as designers is to improve the businesses we serve. We focus our attention on creating alignment between your organization’s strategy and it’s design for creating value: from structure to processes, communications and core capabilities.

Strategic Innovation Lab
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). sLab integrates academic research, professional engagement, education and skills development for private, public, and not-for-profit stakeholders. sLab is a growing community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures.

Why the Future of the Book May Rest on Watermarking Text February 18, 2009

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I had an epiphany arising from our recent sLab Explorations event on Rethinking the Book.

BAsedon some results from our workshop, that advocated “traceability” for quotations,  I had the idea that a means for “watermarking” digital text could solve a lot of future book design problems in one gesture. If any passage of text could be automatically traced back to its source, this mechanism could be designed to provide many valuable, even critical functions:

  • The dual function of “authoring” and “authority” can be served, not eroded
  • Text references that are cut and pasted could serve as their own footnote vectors
  • Attributions could be managed in various ways -authors could be compensated with cash or caché, as appropriate to the situation
  • Digital rights management (DRM) could be implemented in more flexible, more benign ways, leading toward a culture of proactivity, rather than what Lessig considers the crippling culture of permission of “all rights reserved”
  • It could give rise to digital archives that encourage rather than prohibiting copies; like an eternal flame that anyone can light their candle from.

The result could be lasting safety for digital culture, since few copies are vulnerable to failures and loss of various kinds. A remark was made that this idea underlies Ted Nelson’s early vision for hypertext, called Xanadu.

So, right after the sLab event I read in the NYTimes about a number of research efforts doing just this. The goal in this case was to protect recordds of the Rwandan genocide from digital rewriting of history… Check this:

A Tool to Verify Digital Records, Even as Technology Shifts
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: January 26, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/science/27arch.html

The article discusses important initiatives by Brewster Kahle (Wayback Machine), Steward Brand (Long Now Foundation projects) and a Stanford Library initiative called LOCKSS (http://www.lockss.org/)

LOCKSS

“What is the LOCKSS Program? LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), based at Stanford University Libraries, is an international community initiative that provides libraries with digital preservation tools and support so that they can easily and inexpensively collect and preserve their own copies of authorized e-content. LOCKSS, in its tenth year, provides libraries with the open-source software and support to preserve today’s web-published materials for tomorrow’s readers while building their own collections and acquiring a copy of the assets they pay for, instead of simply leasing them.

“The ACM award-winning LOCKSS technology is an open source, peer-to-peer, decentralized digital preservation infrastructure. LOCKSS preserves all formats and genres of web-published content. The intellectual content, which includes the historical context (the look and feel), is preserved. LOCKSS is OAIS-compliant; the software migrates content forward in time; and the bits and bytes are continually audited and repaired. Today LOCKSS is a thriving international community-based initiative with libraries and publishers working together with the shared goal to preserve e-content for the long-term. More than 300 leading scholarly publishers have granted permission for their content to be preserved by LOCKSS Alliance members.”

Transition Plus Sustainability Solutions: Greening My Hotel February 10, 2009

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Strategic Innovation Lab is working with Transition Plus Sustainability Solutions to develop a project to assist hotels to become more sustainable entitled: Greening My Hotel. Together with John Walker and Olga Bodnar of Transition Plus, Greg Van Alstyne and Bob Logan have created a brochure to be distributed at the Feb.10-11, 2009 The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) Conference. We are looking forward to this event.

Designing Research | Research in Design, Feb. 9, 11:30am, OCAD February 8, 2009

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sLab’s Director of Research, Greg Van Alstyne, will be one of three presenters from the Faculty of Design at OCAD in this event:

Designing Research | Research in Design
Feb 9th, 2009, 11:30 am–1 pm
Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street, Room 558

“An opportunity to learn more about the research practices of OCAD faculty Jules Goss, Martin Leifhebber and Greg Van Alstyne.” The title of my presentation is “Precedents and Architectures for the Future of the Book.”

Jane Fulton Suri lectures at OCAD, Jan 29/09, 7pm January 27, 2009

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Jane Fulton Suri, the brilliant leader of human factors research at IDEO is lecturing Thursday Jan 29, 7 pm  at OCAD and I urge everyone who can, to attend. I really enjoyed a great article of hers, The Experience Evolution, that was formerly available online from the IDEO site but must now be Googled. Here it is: Suri,_The_Experience_Evolution.