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News Disasters A Success!

Bealians Michele Perras, Isabelle Rousset, Sady Ducros, Mark Outhwaite, and Annie Spencer participated in a charette at the Ontario Science Centre on July 26th. The charette, entitled "Adapting to Water Disasters" is one in a series leading up to this year's digifest, themed Water's Edge.

Erik Davies of the United Nations Development Programme set the tone of the workshop by sharing his experiences on the front-line of tsunami relief efforts in Aceh, Indonesia. Interdisciplinary teams with expertise in science, design and art then collaborated to generate adaptive strategies and solutions to aid in the ongoing tsunami relief effort, including the rebuilding of infrastructure as well as improving preparedness for future events. Beal Research Affiliate Greg Van Alstyne initiated the Beal Institute's involvement in this charrette as a member of the 2008 digifest advisory board. digifest is a biennial festival of design and media culture presented by Toronto's Design Exchange in partnership with Harbourfront Centre and the Ontario Science Centre.

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News VOICES THAT MATTER: WEB DESIGN CONFERENCE

October 23-25, 2007. San Francisco, CA
Alexander Manu spoke on Passion, Risk, and the Exploration of Possibility at the Voices That Matter: Web Design Conference in San Francisco. Sponsored by New Riders Press, the publishers of Alexander's latest book The Imagination Challenge, Voices That Matter "gives voice to the most important thought leaders in technology, design and business today."

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News IDMI HYPERPOLIS CONFERENCE

October 19-20, 2007. Brooklyn, New York
Greg van Alsytne & Robert K. Logan's joint paper “Designing for Emergence and Innovation: Redesigning Design” was presented at the Hyperpolis 3.0 Conference, which took place at the Integrated Digital Media Institute and Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn. Hyperpolis is an annual conference and forum for the discussion and presentation of some positive contributions to the field of media, discussing media practices whose product is an improvement in the integrity and vitality of the culture and society in which they are embedded, and media practices whose processes are in and of themselves desirable.

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News WHAT DO YOU SEE? IDEAN KEYNOTE

September 18, 2007. Helsinki, Finland
Alexander Manu delivered a keynote at IDEAN Enterprises, a Finnish innovation firm that works with global companies and organizations.

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News SUPERMARIT

September 13-14, 2007. Gotland, Sweden.
Research Assistant Annie Spencer gave a workshop on innovation in game design at a conference organized by Swedish organization SuperMarit on September 13th and 14th. Supermarit is a not-for-profit organization in pursuit of helping women, and in particular youth, to build their careers in the gaming industry. The workshop focussed on conceptual storytelling for multi-platform interactive media, with an emphasis on uncovering personal narratives and designing them through unconventional genres.

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News ROTMAN DESIGN THINKING SERIES/ JANET ABRAMS

June 25, 2007
Working with the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking™ and Designworks, the Beal Institute co-organized the Rotman Design Thinking Series session with Janet Abrams, Director of the University of Minnesota Design Institute. Abrams' session, "Using Maps to Make Arguments and Processes Visible", draws from her innovative research and insight, having recently published ELSE/WHERE: MAPPING – New Cartographies of Networks and Territories, a new text co-edited with Peter Hall.

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News ICSID INTERDESIGN

June 24-30, 2007. Toronto, Canada
The Beal Institute was pleased to sponsor 4 students from the Ontario College of Art & Design to participate in the World House Interdesign 2007, hosted by George Brown College’s Institute without Boundaries in partnership with the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), the Harbinger Foundation and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The theme of Interdesign 2007 was “Sustainable Housing and Water: Local and Global Challenges.” The week-long event brought together students, professionals, and faculty in the field of design from around the world to tackle four local design challenges from the Greater Toronto Region: revitalization in Toronto’s waterfront, sustainability in Downsview Park, capacity in the Weston-Mt. Dennis region of Toronto and resource conservation in the Town of Port Perry.

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News JUMP ASSOCIATES

June 20-22, 2007. San Mateo, California
Alexander Manu, Michelle DesGroseilliers, Matthew Jones and Mathew Lincez travelled to JUMP Associates’ San Mateo offices to participate in and develop workshops.

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News ROTMAN DESIGN THINKING SERIES /LEARNING LAB DENMARK

June 18, 2007
Hans Siggaard Jensen, Professor and Head of the Laboratory, Learning Lab Denmark, The Danish University of Education, recently made a presentation titled "The Role of Ambiguity in Innovation" at the Joseph L Rotman School of management. The Beal Institute was pleased to co-organize with the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking™ and Designworks™, this Rotman Design Thinking Series, furthering the conversation with one of the world's leading experts on innovation in business and design thinking.

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News OVERLAP 07

June 15-17, 2007. Orillia, Ontario.
The Beal Institute presented our methodologies at the Overlap 07 conference. Overlap is a peer-to-peer conversation for those working at the center of emerging theory, methods and practices of innovation, bringing together business practices with design-centric problem solving and customer understanding for an experience that is multidisciplinary, collaborative, pragmatic and ultimately human.

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News MEDIA ECOLOGY ASSOCIATION @ MEXICO CITY

June 6-10, 2007. Mexico City
Insight Lead Matthew Jones returned to the Eighth Annual Media Ecology Association Convention, held in Mexico City at the Technólogico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México. He was invited to act as the respondent to the panel session “Technologically-triggered Transformations in Community: Primary Attention Groups” coordinated by Mary-Anne Allison.

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News FIREFLY FOUNDATION CHARETTE

May 28-June 4, 2007. Toronto

The Beal Institute is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Firefly Foundation – a charitable organization dedicated to brain health that funds research in neurodegenerative diseases, collaborates with health knowledge experts and advocates for sustainable brain health. Beal Institute teams recently participated in a week-long charette to generate new insights and strategies towards Firefly’s mission.

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News FUTURE SENSE SEMINAR

May 2007. Taillinn, Estonia
Alexander Manu recently spoke at the Future Sense, a series of seminars about the strategic use of design in successful businesses hosted by the Design Innovation Centre at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Estonia.

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News MAtTHEW LINCEZ presents PAPER AT MIT MEDIA IN TRANSITION CONFERENCE

April 27 - 29, 2007

Foresight Lead Mathew Lincez presented his recent paper “Le Confiture: A Jam, Jarring Cultural Preserves” at the fifth annual Media in Transition conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The conference aims to generate a conversation that compares historical forms of cultural expression with contemporary media practices. This year’s topic of creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age meshes perfectly with his on-going projects in remix and emergent digital cultural communication techniques.

Conference Mission: “Our understanding of the technical and social processes by which culture is made and reproduced is being challenged and enlarged by digital technologies. An emerging generation of media producers is sampling and remixing existing materials as core ingredients in their own work. Networked culture is enabling both small and large collaborations among artists who may never encounter each other face to face. Readers are actively reshaping media content as they personalize it for their own use or customize it for the needs of grassroots and online communities. Bloggers are appropriating and recontextualizing news stories; fans are rewriting stories from popular culture; and rappers and techno artists are sampling and remixing sounds.”

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News MICHELE PERRAS @ LIFT07 IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

In February 2007, Michele Perras travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend LIFT07, an international conference devoted to discussing the opportunities and challenges presented by technology in society, culture and business. Designed to encourage social networking and openness between participants, this conference created an intensive space where the sessions fuelled animated conversations and exploration. Community events included a 300+ person fondue, art installations, open stage talks and interactive games. Conference organizers also provided space for participant authors to promote their books in the Author's Room. Representing Alexander Manu, Michele discussed key concepts and methods from The Imagination Challenge with fellow LIFTers, and was pleased to see the book sell out almost immediately.

Photo published under creative commons, credit Thomas Purves.

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BEAL INTERNSHIP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN HELSINKI AND THE IDBM PROGRAMME

The Beal Institute is pleased to welcome Ilkka Heino, Finnish Master’s candidate and recent BA graduate at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. In co-operation with the International Design Business Management Program and beginning in March 2007, Ilkka will be collaborating on Beal projects as well as working on his own independent research in support of his Master’s thesis.

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BOOK LAUNCH: THE IMAGINATION CHALLENGE

January 18,, 2007
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
105 St. George Street, Toronto
5:00 - 6:20pm, Presentation and Q&A in Room 134, Ground Floor
6:20 - 7:30pm, Reception in Fleck Atrium, Ground Floor

You and your guest(s) are invited to take part in the next session in the ongoing Rotman Design Thinking Speaker Series, which showcases leading design thinkers. Organizations can no longer count on quality, performance or price alone to sustain leadership in the global marketplace. Design has emerged as a new competitive weapon and key driver of innovation. At Rotman, we see great value in the designer's approach to solving problems -- the integrative way of thinking and problem-solving that can be applied to all components of business.

Registration will be available on January 18 from 4:30pm until 4:55pm. At 5:00pm sharp our esteemed speaker, Prof. Alexander Manu, Founder and Director, Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity, Ontario College of Art and Design, will make a presentation titled “The Imagination Challenge: Strategic Foresight and Innovation in the Global Economy”. This is the same title of a terrific new book by Alexander published by Peachpit Press. Alexander will speak for about 50 minutes and answer questions for 20-30 minutes. A cocktail reception will follow until 7:30pm. A short biography of Alexander and a synopsis of his new book are pasted below. The sponsors of the speaker series are our Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking™ and Designworks™ @ Rotman. The sponsor of this session is the Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity. Signed first-edition copies of the book will be available for sale at the event for $39.99 plus GST.

The fee to participate on January 18 is $49 per person plus GST. For alumni of the Rotman School or the University of Toronto or the Ontario College of Art and Design, the fee is $39 per person plus GST. This includes the reception. You may wish to bring a client or colleague. Dress is business casual. Underground parking is available. The entrance is just south of the Rotman School. The net proceeds from the session and book sales will be invested in our Rotman Vision Fund where they can be directed to the School’s most pressing needs.

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ROTMAN BUSINESS DESIGN SPEAKER SERIES/ ROBERT BLAICH

December 6, 2006
The Beal Institute has organized and sponsored the lecture “Product Design and Corporate Strategy: Managing the Connection for Competitive Advantage” by Robert Blaich, a session in the Rotman Business Design Speaker Series. The lecture followed by a reception will take place at the Rotman School of Management on December 6, 2006, at 5 p.m.

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Keynotes of Note

November 2006
Alexander Manu will give the keynote at Whirlpool’s Innovation Leaders Forum on November 20th.
On November 14th Alexander Manu will also keynote at Heritage Canada’s annual All-Staff Meeting at the Palais de Congrès in Ottawa.

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Strategic Innovation in Asia

October 2006
Alexander Manu and Lenore Richards, Director & Executive Director at the Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity, recently returned from Asia where they visited with leaders in design & industry in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

The Beal team met with key executives from LG Electronics, on September 29th in Seoul, South Korea. The meeting focused on discussing a framework for the BISC and LG to partner on a strategic innovation research plan.

On October 2nd, Alexander Manu gave the keynote speech entitled “The Imagination Gap: How Strategic Imagination can Drive Change” at the Taiwan Design Forum. On October 5th, thirty-five executive-level participants from Taiwan’s industry, government and education sectors learned methods for leveraging their organization’s core competencies towards the creation of strategic capital at a workshop coordinated by the Beal Institute.

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Look Inside!

October 2006
On Saturday October 21st, the BISC participated in OCAD’s “Look Inside!” event. Beal staff spoke about the Beal’s philosophy and process with the diverse group of people who attended. Exciting dialogue ensued, prompted by curious visitors considering how to bridge their own “Imagination Gap.” If you’re interested in seeing what you missed, check out the presentation from the event.

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EMERGENT MEANING ACCEPTED IN DESFORM

October 2006
Richard Thomas’ insightful paper “A New Dialogue” has been accepted to the 2nd European Workshop on DESFORM: Design and Semantics of Form and Movement. Thomas travels to the Netherlands to present his work in Eindhoven during the October 26th-27th conference.

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New Collaboration: TVID

September 2006
An exciting new collaboration is with Toronto group TVID, a dynamic new form of online broadcast, video sharing and interactive tool suite spearheaded by Dave Lazar. This project represents an important new avenue for content development and delivery and the Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity looks forward to working with them.

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Articulating a New Role for Design in Complex Systems

September 2006
“Designing for Emergence and Innovation: Redesigning Design”, a research paper co-written by Beal Senior Research Associates Greg Van Alstyne and Robert K. Logan, has been accepted for publication by the international peer-reviewed journal Artifact. On October 13th, Van Alstyne also presented his research in emergence at Hyperpolis 3.0, a conference organized by the Integrated Digital Media Institute and Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn.

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Dynamic Collaborations: MOTOLabs

July 2006
The Beal Institute for Strategic Creativity is currently collaborating with Motorola Labs in Florida to explore the Dynamic Definition of Social Networks and how the seamless qualities of mobile culture emerge latent needs to experience new forms of social capital.

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Duality in DataSpace at the MEA

June 2006
Research Associate Matthew Jones is slated to present his paper Duality in DataSpace: A Media Ecology Perspective at the Seventh Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association in Boston in June.

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Beal Forms Partnership with Seoul Design Centre

June 2006
A partnership to develop a collaboration in Strategic Creativity with the Seoul Design Centre is one of the most exciting early results is following a successful outreach tour in Asia.

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Keynote Speech at iSummit

May 2006
Beal Institute Director Alexander Manu was a resounding success as keynote speaker at the recent iSummit convention in Toronto.

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Duality in Dataspace Student Competition

April 2006
The recent inaugural Beal student competition, Duality in Dataspace, attracted a number of high quality entrants. Congratulations to Mark Poon of Graphic Design & Priscilla Li of Industrial design for their winning entries. View the top entries and read more about the competition...

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