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Great Explorations – Digital Transformation and Storytelling

Submitted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

This Spring 2024, UTSC presents the 15th installment of its inspiring speaker series Great Explorations on the theme, Digital Transformation and Storytelling.

The power of storytelling through the ages has not wavered, but the available media we use has expanded. Digital transformation is the incorporation of technology into existing processes, practices, and strategies, to improve efficiency and experience.

The speaker series will consider the changing landscape of how we:

  • communicate and operate in our evolving workplaces and communities;
  • share our stories, music and activism;
  • work and create community-engaged policy in a rapidly growing digital economy.

All sessions will be offered in a hybrid model – attend in person at the Catalyst Centre at UTSC or watch the live stream online.

Two professors with graduate appointments at the Faculty of Information will be presenting: Assistant Professor Rafael Grohmann and Assistant Professor Mary Elizabeth (“M.E.”) Luka.

Decent Work in the Digital Economy: Platforms and AI
Tuesday April 30, 10 am to 12 pm

Assistant Professor Rafael Grohmann presents the Fairwork project and what has been done to pressure different stakeholders to guarantee decent work on gig platforms and in relation to workers behind AI. He will also introduce various ways that workers have learned to govern platforms and AI to guarantee decent work through worker-owned platforms and platform co-operatives.

Community-engaged Policy and Practice and the Arts
Tuesday May 14, 10 am to 12 pm

Assistant Professor M.E. Luka discusses recent community-engaged and arts-based methods in digital environments, including addressing urgent needs in community and marginalized media archives and intergenerational methods to organize mobile workshops across the Scarborough Greenway Network.

Visit the event webpage for more information and to register for these and other sessions

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