McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
In collaboration with Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College and DigiFest. Over the 2000s, Toronto initiated and instituted a process of cultivating itself as a creative city. This new focus gave Toronto the chance establish itself as a center for innovation, which strengthened urban cultural capital and helped promote the strategic agenda of becoming a competitor in the creative economy sector. Investment in research and creative city strategic planning, coupled with the allocation of financial and human capital resources across a variety of industries, served to encourage creativity, promote culture and competitiveness, and drive economic development.
As a part of the McLuhan Salons series, this event will explore the cutting edge of Toronto as a Creative City. It will commence with moderated probative discussion within a panel of top leaders and thinkers, and will engage the audience. Operators in the field of creative industries, culture and arts are invited to join in.
– Shoshanah Goldberg-Miller, Ohio State University, author ofPlanning for a City of Culture. Creative Urbanism in Toronto and New York;
– Joe Mihevc, Toronto City Councillor Ward 21
– Luigi Ferrara, Centre for Arts & Design Dean and Director Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College;
– Shawn Micallef, Columnist and writer, author of Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness;
– Geoffrey James, Toronto photo laureate, author of Toronto(with Mark Kingwell).
Moderator: Paolo Granata, McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, University of Toronto
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McLuhan Salons: Rethinking the Global Village
Six bull sessions, six big ideas, six Toronto hot spots
This fall/winter the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto is stepping out of the university and into the city, to better understand who we are, what matters to us, and where we might be going in a networked and rapidly changing world.
The McLuhan Salons will take place in six different dynamic city locations further dissolving the boundaries of the university and the city in bringing the multi-disciplinary multi-practice approaches to bear made famous by Marshall McLuhan.
The McLuhan Centre and these six salons are committed to breaking down the silos of academic disciplines, the university and society, public and private enterprise, art, business, civil society and individuals in order to release the energy of new and outrageous ideas, innovative thought, and transformative understanding and action.
The McLuhan Salons position the city as instructive in rethinking the larger interconnected global village. The collectivity of our global thought, actions and generational evolution are the defining principles the global human condition which we wish to explore.
Each Salon will commence with moderated probative discussion within a panel of top leaders and thinkers, and will engage the audience.
The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to register online.