During the past year, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with a great team of researchers, writers and practitioners to develop Metaviews.ca into an original think tank dedicated to the relationship between media, technology and society.
Some of our efforts have been open to the public: regular posts to the Metaviews.ca website and other social media outlets, a growing library of original videos, and live events like the Monday Night Seminar series in honour of Marshall McLuhan’s 100th birthday.
Subscribers have also been able to access our insights on a deeper level, through the Metaviews Weekly newsletter, the Metaviews Telseminar and private presentations related to our research project, “The Future of Authority.”
Discussion topics for fall 2011 have ranged from the analysis of mass media coverage on topics ranging from the future of gadgets in the post-Steve Jobs era, to the influence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to how retail stores will be impacted by mobile marketing.
Developments in social media, the political scene and the economics of the internet have also been at the forefront of the Metaviews.ca agenda.
Other topics that will be high on our collective minds this fall and beyond include:
• Challenges faced by all levels of government to keep pace with a new communications era
• The ongoing transition of mass media to personalized forms of distribution and consumption
• Why some online communities are trusted more than geographical ones — and some are not
• Video games as a new cultural force and the hope and hype that surrounds “gamification”
• Social enterprise as a gateway for corporations to make a personal connection with customers
• How wider online access to health care information will result in a two-tier system for Canada
While some elements of our Metaviews.ca agenda will remain free to all on the web, subscribers receive access to the full scope of our collective efforts.
The email newsletter, distributed each Friday morning, is packed with ideas that will help sharpen reader perspectives for the week ahead.
Teleseminars also include participation from both industry experts and opinionated observers, in the effort to approach topics in a friendly, articulate, conversational format.
Subscribers also get priority access to the entire Metaviews.ca team, who provide research and opinion from backgrounds including academia, education, journalism, politics, business, and technology, along with expertise in executing special projects and in dynamic presentations.
Please see the Metaviews.ca website for more information on the subscription package.