Love in the Time of COVID-19

How can we humanize digital culture, by socially connecting while physically distancing?
Diana Ayton-Shenker
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
School of Arts, Media, & Engineering
Digital Culture Speaker Series, Open to the public, Live on Zoom/YouTube 
Thursday, March 26, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM Arizona Time (3 PM Pacific Time, 6 PM Eastern Time)

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ABSTRACT: As we acclimate to the reality and uncertainty of this global pandemic, we know we need physical distancing. What we do not need is social distancing. To the contrary, more than ever we need social connecting, however virtual or remote, to hold us together while we are being kept apart. While digital culture makes it possible for us to stay connected; human ingenuity, hope, and heart make it possible --and essential-- for us to humanize digital culture. Art-Sci innovation & hybrid creative communities of practice offer critical insight, inspiration, and pathways to navigate our way through this unprecedented time. While the COVID-19 pandemic shakes up of much of what we may have known in the past, it also offers a wake-up to much of what we may imagine going forward. To break through the collective anxiety and self-isolation we are experiencing, this talk attempts an experimental, mixed platform approach to share questions, personal anecdote and insights drawn from art, storytelling, poetry, as well as emerging scholarship and research on altruism, creating states of awe, and a sense of human connection.
Diana Ayton-Shenker is the CEO of Leonardo/ISAST  and as Professor of Practice in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and in the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at ASU.
Diana comes to ASU with a distinguished career in the pursuit of global social justice, cultivating deep expertise and extensive networks in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, creative arts & publishing, global humanitarian and sustainable development, free speech and digital equity, and international law and human rights.   Her extensive leadership experience includes being Founder and President of Global Momenta,  Founder, President & CEO of Fast Forward Fund, Director – Foundation & Corporate Strategy of Human Rights Watch.    She has led numerous arts advocacy campaigns for peace and human rights, working extensively with the United Nations.
She has been Global Catalyst Senior Fellow and Strategic Adviser with The New School in New York City; Senior Fellow, Venture Philanthropy & International Affairs at Bard College; and Director, Human Rights Program; Associate Professor at Hunter College.   
Her book, Values in Action: Philanthropists as Global Catalysts (Routledge 2019)  features innovative philanthropic leaders and initiatives in the arts, science, and technology.  Values in Action follows her previous book, A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, & Pathways of the International Community (2018) highlighting regenerative strategies and insights on the most pressing challenges of our time, which led her to her present focus on, in her words, the vital nexus of arts, science, technology.

March 26th, 2020 3:00 PM   through   4:00 PM