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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.

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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:

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.

Photos (CC) courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvdmerwe/316592724 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/pezz/519423109

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.

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.

BETT: World’s largest education technology event January 16, 2009

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This reference looks useful to our smartbook or “sBook” research project.

“BETT is the world’s largest educational technology event. Use this site to find products and suppliers, and discover the latest ways to use technology for teaching and learning.”
http://www.bettshow.com/

Future of the Internet Conference, Prague, May 11-13, 2009 January 16, 2009

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The Future of the Internet Conference aims to review the strategic orientations and trends governing the future societal and economic developments of on-line Internet and Mobile societies and to present interesting ideas and projects in this area.

Innovation within the Obama Campaign: Inaugural Torch-sLab lecture at OCAD January 12, 2009

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Draft design for Obama's campaign logo, by Sol Sender

Draft design for Obama's campaign logo, by Sol Sender

Strategic Innovation Lab is thrilled to be hosting the first of a series of lectures sponsored by Torch Partnership and organized by Michael Dila, sLab’s chief strategist. This subject is timely and an excellent example of the role design can play in catalyzing significant social change.

The event is now close to capacity; we expect a sold out event so please register soon and come early. We ask you to register here: http://unfinishedlectures.eventbrite.com/ (Registration is not required to attend but helps us plan and improve this event series)

Inaugural Unfinished Lecture at OCAD
Hosted by Strategic Innovation Lab
Sponsored by Torch Partnership

Tuesday January 13, 2009, 5-7 pm
OCAD Auditorium

INNOVATION WITHIN THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN

Scott Thomas and Rahaf Harfoush will lead an interactive discussion on how Design and New Media played an instrumental role in the Barack Obama campaign. Thomas and Harfoush will explore the innovation of both campaign tactics and political strategy. In conversation, we will explore the impact of many forms of openness on participation in the 2008 presidential campaign. Are the progressive tendencies evidenced in the campaign flash-in-the-pan phenomena or a kind of sea change in technologies of engagement.

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.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Scott Thomas is constantly seeking the simplest answer to complex problems. Scott began his design pursuits studying architecture before bouncing to graphic design and web development. In 2006, he and 5 others began a design collective, lovingly titled, The Post Family. The group is devoted to supporting each others design habits, from silk screen to letterpress, from illustration to blogging, in an effort to “get back to the hand”. In 2007, Scott’s career took a dramatic leap when he was invited to join the New Media team at Obama for America. The chance encounter led Scott to becoming the Design Director of the historic Obama Presidential campaign. Scott plans to continue designing for social causes that might just someday change the world.

Rahaf Harfoush is an Innovation and New Media Strategist who specializes in creating authentic conversations in the social media landscape. Her clients include British Telecom, Unilever, InnoSpa, and Duke University. She is also an avid blogger, writer, information junkie, web evangelist and social network ninja. She was the Research Coordinator on Don Tapscott’s “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything” and contributed to “Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.” Her articles have been published in The Toronto Star, CIO Magazine, NCEW Masthead, ShinyShiny.tv and Suite 101. Rahaf graduated in 2006 with an Honours in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business from the University of Western Ontario. Currently, Rahaf is working on a variety of projects including collaborating with Now Public founder Leonard Brody on his latest book “Everything I Needed to Know about Business I Learned From a Canadian.” She recently completed a three-month assignment as part of Barack Obama’s New Media Team at his headquarters in Chicago. Rahaf blogs at TheFoush.com

HOSTED 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 problem’s 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 affiliated with the Faculty of Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). sLab operates on a model that integrates academic research, professional services, curriculum and skills development for stakeholders in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. sLab is a growing community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures.

Conference: Multiple Ways to Design Research January 2, 2009

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Multiple Ways to Design Research: Research cases that reshape the design discipline

12+13 November 2009
Lugano – Switzerland

The Fifth Symposium of the Swiss Design Network wants to highlight research cases informed by knowledge of other disciplines to understand their relevance for design theories, methods and practices.

According to this goal, the conference aims to present a multidisciplinary overview on research projects — from those ones originated within the design field to those ones originated within other fields – that produce design research outcomes useful to outline those theories, methods and practices which influence and reshape the design discipline.

The framework of the conference is based on the assumption that the evolution of sciences and technologies, and their impact on society, suggests new research questions that constantly tend to expand the ways to design research – in term of topics of interests, approaches and contaminations – research questions that can be relevant for the design knowledge, practice and education.

Delivering both panoramic overview and deepening, the conference keynotes and the parallel project sessions are addressed to a wide range of attendees: senior researchers of academia and of companies’ R&D units, PhD and master students coming from different disciplines, industry exponents involved in the design development and production.

Questions of interest are…
– How do theories, methods and practices from other knowledge domains inform the design research
today? And, which kind of exchange exists between them?
– How does design research evolve in contact with other disciplines or contexts?
– How does design research informed by other knowledge suggest fundamental questions for the
design discipline?
– Which specific research experience and/or topic outlines relevant design research areas?
– How does the context of technological innovation and industry drive design research methods and
practices and vice versa?
– Which scientific and artistic fields are producing research outcomes that could be a point of interest
for design research and discipline?

and conference contributions might have their origin in …
– Design Research related to specific and focused design topics with a strong impact on the discipline
by integrating theoretical and practical competencies coming from other fields.
– Multidisciplinary research that faces complex questions and shows how design knowledge is
influenced by and/or has influence on the multidisciplinary context.
– Research originated by fields and disciplines outside the design domain, like technical and
humanistic domains, as well as arts, that produces design research outcomes and/or design typical
outputs.
– Fields of investigation and ongoing research outside design domains that could represent, in the
middle-long term, future directions for design research and practice.

IMPORTANT DATES
January 2009 – Call for papers
9 March 2009 – Submission of abstracts open
6 April 2009 – Submission of abstracts closed
13 April 2009 – Review Abstracts
25 May 2009 – Acceptance notice
13 July 2009 – Deadline full Papers
17 August 2009 – Papers accepted / revised
31 August 2009 – Registration open
19 October 2009 – Registration closed
12/13 November 2009 – Symposium

With best regards (and apologies for cross posting), do not hesitate to contact us,
Polly Bertram
Massimo Botta

SUPSI | Laboratorio Cultura Visiva
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