At Urban Learning Space, a technology focused learning lab based out of the Lighthouse building in Glasgow, we ran an impressive events series managed by Yvonne Kincaid. During the projects three year existence she managed to secure a variety of inspirational speakers including Andy Polaine, Joanne Jacobs and Natalie Jeremijenko. Each of the talks was professionally recorded and made available via podcast.

Here’s a massive button which will transport you seamlessly to the relevant section on iTunes (hopefully)…

Urban Learning Space Seminars

Personal favorites would be:

Has lifelong learning had it’s day? / Professor Field
Professor Field discussed changes in the area of lifelong learning since the late 1990s, exploring the challenges to the vision of lifelong learning which include funding and content issues and considered these in conjunction with the growth in self-governed learning, and contrasted with the increased regulation of people’s learning lives. Factors involved in helping to create and perpetuate unequal participation in different types of learning were identified.

Designing Technology for Social Change / Natalie Jeremijenko
Natalie Jeremijenko is a design engineer and techno-artist who has built digital, electromechanical and interactive systems. Specific issues addressed in her work include information politics, the examination and development of new modes of knowledge, tangible media and distributed (or ubiquitous) computing elements.
Natalie Jeremijenko

Creative Cities: the role of creative industries in regeneration / Professor O’Connor
Professor O’Connor presented a case for the role of creative industries in the future of towns and cities, operating in a complex ecosystem that involves not only artists and business people, but people from every area of urban life. Taking Manchester as a prime example, he looked at the relationship between the cultural economy and the wider image and profile of Cities. He concluded by looking at some of the abuses as well as the uses of the cultural and creative industries.

Designing Mobile and Social Learning Experiences / Joanne Jacobs
Joanne Jacobs demonstrated exemplary projects in mobile and social learning undertaken by the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) and provided useful guidelines on how we can potentially implement these concepts within a Scottish context.

In addition to the events, ULS hosted a number of co-design workshops which brought together designers, technologists and musicians in the search for common ground. Creative chaos ensued, and it was brilliant :-)

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