The Future of Storytelling, 2017 Digital Dialogue Conference Panel, OMDC

Terrific panel discussion with Nigel Newton, David Caron, Joanne Loton, and David Brady.  Our conference host was the always insightful, Professor Ramona Pringle.

Published on Feb 23, 2017

Panel: The Future of Storytelling

Nigel Newton, Director (Canada), INDE Experience Engineering

»» David Brady, CEO, Cream Productions
»» David Caron, Co-publisher and President, ECW Press
»» Joanne Loton, Co-Founder & Executive Producer, Sesqui
»» Dr. Siobhan O’Flynn, Founder, NarrativeNow

Featured on UToronto Website!

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A terrific feature interview with one of my students, Cody Kita, on the work he & fellow student, Adam De Luca did for the Annex BIA in support of a bike lane proposal on Bloor St. Their placement was the core activity for my experiential learning course, CDN435 Active Citizenship, in the Canadian Studies Program at University of Toronto. Well done Cody & Adam! and big thanks to Brian Burchill & Janice McHugh of the Annex BIA for making this opportunity possible!

From the feature (also featured on the FAS homepage!) & posted under: Re-Imagining Undergraduate Education:

“Students spent months studying issue

As part of Active Citizenship in a Canadian Context, a University College fourth-year course inCanadian Studies, Kita and classmate Adam De Luca spent seven months studying the issue of the Annex bike lanes and reporting their insights to the local Business Improvement Area (BIA).

Kita says the bike lanes had been the subject of numerous studies and debates over the decades, but the key factor was getting area businesses on board.

“It’s kind of amazing, because bike lanes are a need that has been expressed by the community for a long time, and finally that support is coming from the businesses as well,” says Kita, whose report advocated for the bike lanes on economic and safety grounds….”

TMC Resource Kit

I’m showcasing the TMC Resource Kit website, co-created with Anthea Foyer, which we developed to provide How-To design tips and case studies for traditional media producers wanting to jump into digital media, interactive storytelling and transmedia. The site has case studies on groundbreaking & award winning transmedia projects, interviews with leading transmedia and interactive media storytellers, and fantastic production ‘manuals’ shared key producers around the world. This site was a collaborative project with Anthea Foyer, synthesizing & capturing some of our experience and thinking over the past 14 years working in digital media.

Recently, in consulting, I’ve been referring quite a few people who are dipping their toes in the digital waters to & although it’s a few years old now, the content has absolutely held up. Nice to see our original goal still in play!


Prince… memory time.

Prince. memory time..

I’m so sad, way sadder than over Bowie’s death & it’ll take a while to process. Over the decade+ of DJ-ing I played so much Prince. Almost every Saturday night at the Dance Cave, every Monday (thanks A!) at the Phoenix. I’d mix him in at the Bovine, at the occasional Fetish Night at Buddies, at more clubs and speaks than I can name or remember. Bowie I’d play occasionally mostly in the early 80s & usually only stuff from the 1970s. I always had Prince & he was my go-to for the down & dirty sexy or the sparkle of Kiss or Alphabet Street, or the late late night groove of Sign of the Times. I’d bring multiple 12 inches, albums then cds for the unusual request. B-sides. Lesser played tracks.

What I’m remembering the most right now is LOVING lining up Prince for right after some indie/alt rock/ metal track with a heavy head banging beat & SLAMMING that into a Prince track – White Zombie’s Thunder 65 or Nine Inch Nails’ Head Like a Hole or Jane’s Addiction Stealing into Kiss, Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit into Alphabet Street, Nine Inch Nails’ Closer into Gett Off, and carrying an entire dance floor of hard core alt-indie rock /metal fans into an irresistible Prince funk groove. And it worked. Every time. Who could resist the pull of that bass? rhythm of the drum/percussion tracks? the vocals? the guitar?

I really really can’t believe he’s gone. What a giant giant loss. Having a little cry.