Panel: Mix Mesh Blend: How Diversity, Tech & Creative Storytelling Are Changing Everything
June 13, 2015 1pm-2:20pm
Mix Mesh Blend: How Diversity, Tech, & Creative Storytelling Are Changing Everything offers a innovative perspective on how today’s blending technologies are updating tomorrow’s mixed identities. Offering four ways that changing demographics and emerging technologies are contributing to our future selves, MESH — Mix, Education, Share, Help – develops a deeper understanding of a story through supplementary context and sensory experiences, allows consumers to become part of the narrative and possibly influence its outcome, have a seamless connection among all platforms being used and goes beyond just replicating content on different devices. Our MESHed perspective will tell you exactly how to share strategies for blurring barriers between story, content, and lived reality with a layered yet cohesive execution.
Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a tech-loving, diversity-oriented intellectual entrepreneur from New York City and communication professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles. Dawkins — known to “tweeps” as @drdawkins09 — has been sought out by Google, NPR, AOL Originals, WABC-TV, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, HuffPo Live. Her first book, “Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity,” was released in August 2012 to rave reviews. Most notable among these is Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, who remarked, “Clearly Invisible is a thought-provoking analysis… that challenges the way we view race and culture in our society.” Thanks to Ms. Jarrett’s endorsement “Clearly Invisible” was nominated for the 2015 Grawemeyer Award For Ideas that Improve World Order. Dawkins’s second book, “Eminem: The Real Slim Shady,” was a finalist for the 2013 USA Best Book Award and was submitted for consideration for an NAACP Image Award. Her most recent ebook, co-edited anthology “Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age” is about how diversity, technology and creative storytelling are changing who we are and how we communicate. When she is not writing or teaching, Dr. Dawkins travels throughout the US and abroad, speaking and advising on the subjects of our diverse, digital future and the art of storytelling. She has spoken at over 20 Universities as well as organizations including UNESCO, The Leadership Alliance, The Mayo Clinic, The Nashville Public Library Foundation and The Public Relations Society of America, among others.
By Keri Wilborn