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

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Community, sLab, sLab Education, sLab Outreach.
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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.


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

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Community, Open Calls.
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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


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



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


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

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Community, Conferences, Events, Future of Media: The sBook.
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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:

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

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Community, Events.
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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.

Augmented Social Network: Online support for civil society December 8, 2008

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Community, Future of Value: Technologies of Sustainability, sLab Research.
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While working in New York around the turn of the millennium I met Ken Jordan, a digital media consultant and co-author of Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality. He has been working on an idea called the Augmented Social Network (ASN) that I think may be highly useful to iWaterfront project. These ideas were articulated a couple of years before the big rise in social media in 2005, but remain relevant today. See Ken’s blurb on ASN below.

The Augmented Social Network. Could the next-generation of online community support civil society by better connecting people to others with whom they share affinities, so they can more effectively exchange information and self-organize? Could such a system help to revitalize democracy in the 21st century? These questions were the focus of a two-year process that brought together leading figures from computer science, independent media, and the environmental movement. The result is a proposal for an “Augmented Social Network” that enhances the effectiveness of social networks in the same way that the personal computer enhances individual creativity. Central to the ASN is an effort to build a civil society form of trust and identity into the infrastructure of the Internet. The paper, “The Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust Into The Next-Generation Internet,” co-written with Jan Hauser and Steven Foster, was presented at the Planetwork Conference, “Networking a Sustainable Future,” in San Francisco June 6-8. It was subsequently published on First Monday.

Warm reception for Strategic Innovation Lab December 8, 2008

Posted by Greg Van Alstyne in Community.

Last week Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) launched to a warm reception of around 60 well-wishers and collaborators at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto.