Creativity & Collaboration in the Academy: Events

The Science & Tech Forum: Los Angeles – September 28-29, 2013
What is the Future of Scientific Research?

sciencetechforum300How are the tools of 21st Century communication changing the landscape of Science? How will crowd-funding, citizen science, and the open access movement change how we pursue knowledge? Scientists, thought leaders and innovators gathered at USC to ask these questions and more!

The Forum featured keynotes, panels, talks, and workshops from the cutting edge of comtemporary research, with the goal of empowering all scientists with new tools and techniques to pursue knowledge and discovery in a globally networked world.

The Humanities in and for the Digital Age – January 16, 2013
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, and Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College presented her talk, titled “The Humanities in and for the Digital Age.”

The spread of digital technologies has presented scholars in the humanities with some extraordinary opportunities, as well as a few challenges, not least for their modes of communicating with one another. This talk will explore some of the changes taking place in the humanities today and their implications for scholars and their institutions. How will our ways of thinking about scholarly communication change as we do more and more of our work on digital platforms?

A Jazz Band, Two Pizzas & The Art of Successful Failure – November 19, 2012
Martha G. Russell, Executive Director of Media X at Stanford University, Senior Research Scholar at the Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research (H*STAR) Institute at Stanford University and a Fellow at the Institute forInnovation, Creativity and Capital (IC2) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Russell spoke about failures, successes, and successful failures in building creative collaborations between business folks and academics. Dynamic intellectual and entrepreneurial environments require two essential ingredients: a belief in the upside potential and the permission to experiment. The goal of creative collaborations is to do something together that neither could do independently. Like a jazz band – each instrumentalist is a specialist yet the combination of their sounds makes music. One rule of thumb for nurturing entrepreneurial activities is that the team should be small enough to have dinner together with just two large pizzas.

Local or Global? Making Sense of the Data Sharing Imperative – April 9, 2012
Christine L. Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA

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Part Two | Part Three
The deluge of research data has excited researchers, policy makers and the general public with the possibilities for exploring problems from climate to culture. Yet the very definition of “data” is contested, and determining whether something is “independently understandable” is problematic. Christine L. Borgman is the author of more than 200 publications in the fields of information studies, computer science and communication.

Big Data – February 13, 2012
Lev Manovich, Professor in Visual Arts Department, UCSD

The availability of massive amounts of data together with the tools for their analysis is having transformative effects in many fields — from business to science, from government to the arts. Lev Manovich created the Software Studies Initiative at UC San Diego to explore the theoretical consequences of using computation methods for the study of culture, and to develop techniques and software tools that enable humanists and social scientists to work with massive visual data sets. He discusses how the “big data” paradigm creates new opportunities and challenges for collaboration between disciplines.

Sharing as Infrastructure – October 19, 2011
John Wilbanks, VP of Science, Creative Commons

Content and data can be created and distributed at an unprecedented pace. But our social, legal and normative systems aren’t keeping pace with technology. We are sharing our content and data, but for the most part, not under terms that benefit either ourselves or society. This talk will examine the ways that we share in particular our personal data, and outline some methods that will allow us to share in ways that enable novel scientific and scholarly research, but also to share in the fruits of that research.

How Leaders Collaborate – November 1, 2011
A Conversation with Warren Bennis about Great Groups, Interdisciplinarity & Creativity
Warren Bennis, USC University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Management and Organization USC Marshall School of Business

A pioneer in the study of collaboration across disciplines, organizations and sectors, Warren Bennis has first-hand knowledge of legendary teams and what makes them tick. He’ll share some of what he’s learned about successful groups in a conversation with Martin Kaplan, Director of the USC Annenberg School’s Norman Lear Center. Davidson Conference Center