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The evolution of culture, technology and social networks

Sep 25, 2013 · Greater London, United Kingdom

A digital conversation on the evolution of culture, technology and social media in an increasingly open and connected world

To celebrate Social Media Week 2013 and the theme of Open and Connected we've chosen to address the evolving relationship between technology, social media and culture in our next Digital Conversation.

Professional futurist Elaine Cameron a director of trends and analysis at Burson Marsteller will be presenting on the subject of Death 2.0 and considering our digital footprints and the legacy we leave behind when we die.

Peter Bradwell, Policy Director at the Open Rights Group is presenting a talk titled "We get the technology we deserve". He'll examine  how technology leads to good and bad things and will explore how we can make ourselves the protagonists in the stories we tell about our future.  

Sheryl Kantrowitz is an Assistant Professor of Advertising from Temple University, Philadelphia. She's visiting London with the Foundation for International Education and will be talking about how social connectedness is influencing changes in education and academia.  

Adam Sefton Chief Strategy Officer at Reading Room will be presenting "Love Not Like: Why Facebook Isn't Shorthand for Social, And Why Success Can Often Come From Not Knowing What You're Doing". As social media matures as a medium, it is easy to settle into a toolkit approach, using whatever tool is the biggest, easiest and closest-to-hand. It feels comfortable. It feels low-risk. But is rushing towards the largest social platform always the right option?

Strategist and sci-fi enthusiast Simon Nash will be exploring how the ways in which we manage our personal identities and privacy might evolve and grow more sophisticated in response to wearable technologies and the internet of things.

Creative Technologist Andrew Larking will be discussing how social engagement over the last 3000 years has helped shape our digital world, and how it will drive forward a connected culture.

UX DesignerGrant Morrison will be considering who we are and who we might become? Some thoughts on 21stcentury culture, the role of technology and what this implies for our future selves.
And to wrap up the event Elaine Cameron, Peter Bradwell, Adam Sefton and Sheryl Kantrowitz will take part in a panel discussion chaired by Rob Curran.

We're excited to be able to offer such a wide range of perspectives on the social space and look forward to welcoming you to our next meetup.


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