3 PEOPLE x 3 TOPICS = 1,000 IDEAS
Since 2010 we've been giving some of Toronto's most curious and creative people a chance to connect over great conversations. Attendees have been inspired by a range of dynamic speakers, first at the MaRS Discovery District (2010) and then at the Toronto Reference Library (2011, 2012).
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December 13, 2013
December's Treehouse Talks will take place on Friday, December 13 at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, just North of Bloor.)
- Bridget Stutchbury: The triage concept: should we let some species go extinct to save others?
- Michael Anton Dila: A Start-up is a Bomb
- Stuart Candy: Confessions of a guerrilla futurist
As always, the talks will go from 6:30-8:30pm. Come early to enjoy a snack and a coffee from Balzac's Coffee Roasters, and to peruse the used book sale.
Questions? Email Nicolas Rouleau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridget Stutchbury is a professor in the Department of Biology at York University, Toronto. She completed her M.Sc. at Queen’s University and her Ph.D. at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Since the 1980s, she has studied migratory songbirds to understand their behaviour, ecology and conservation. Her latest research uses “geolocators” to track the amazing migratory journeys of Wood Thrushes and Purple Martins to better understand why these species are declining. She serves on the board of Wildlife Preservation Canada and is the author of Silence of the Songbirds (2007) and The Bird Detective (2010).
- "Wild Ones" by Jon Mooallem (publ 2013, Penguin Press)
Michael Anton Dila
Michael will be speaking on the inherently "dangerous" activity of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Michael Anton Dila has a passion for starting things. Whether it's companies or communities, he has spent much of the last 15 years breaking new ground. He is a leader in design thinking and innovation, with a passion for making both more rigorous and more accessible.
Michael is the founder of UNFINISHED, a transformative new venture in business and design education. UNFINISHED empowers companies and people to learn the pattern language and skills of innovation, moving them from literacy to fluency to currency. UNFINISHED helps people in enterprises accelerate the journey from mind to market.
Michael is a founding member of Overlap, a unique network of front-line innovation practitioners. He also helped establish the Strategic Innovation Lab a center for research and development in design, innovation and strategic foresight at the Ontario College or Art & Design. He is chief catalyst of the Unfinished Business initiative to apply open source ideas and methods to the practices of business management and design. And he invented and co-developed (with Matthew Milan) Innovation Parkour, a scalable framework for training people in large organizations to become more innovative. He has led several successful start-ups and is a regular speaker at deign and business events.
A philosopher by training, Michael's Ph.D. research examined the social history of how ideas and norms of objectivity are shaped by communities of practice.
Michael founded Moso in 2010. He has also co-founded: Foundery (an innovation lab in Toronto, 2010), Torch Innovation (2010), Overlap (peer-to-peer innovation organization 2006), Torch Partnership (Strategic and Innovation Consulting 2006), and Aegis (1999)
- "The Idea Factory" by Jon Gertner. A fascinating history of Bell Labs and the role of the social and culture in achieving innovation at scale.
- "Flicker" by Theodore Roszak. A dark conspiratorial thriller that captures the mystique of the technology of filmmaking.
Stuart will speak on the topic "How can you get people to think more deeply about the future, whether they want to or not?"
Stuart Candy is a futurist and transmedia storyteller, recently transplanted from Melbourne to work at Toronto's OCAD University, where he is Assistant Professor of Strategic Foresight and Innovation, and Co-Director of the Situation Lab.
Over the past decade Stuart has worked with diverse partners including the Sydney Opera House, Oxford University, Wired magazine, UK's National Heath Service, the TED Conference, and the Singaporean government. He was previously Foresight and Innovation leader at the global design and engineering firm Arup.
Stuart collaboratively turns scenarios about possible worlds into tangible artifacts and immersive encounters. His experiential futures interventions have appeared in diverse locations, from the streets of Honolulu to Burning Man, and the California Academy of Sciences for Jacques Cousteau's 100th birthday. He helped launch the Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) in post-earthquake Christchurch, served as Game Master on Institute for the Future's award-winning ARG Superstruct designed by Jane McGonigal, and advised the Future We Want project for the United Nations Rio+20 Summit. He also recently contributed to a hypothetical design for a new Australian capital which featured in the CAPITheticAL exhibition at the Gallery of Australian Design, Canberra.
- "Encounters with the Archdruid" by John McPhee. It's a beautiful, illuminating journal about the dilemma of development and conservation.
- Irn-Bru. It keeps the entire nation of Scotland caffeinated - a perhaps unique holdout against the dominance of Coke and Pepsi in the global war for soda supremacy - and is therefore a powerful, iridescent orange reminder that another world is possible.
- Gail Fraser: Avian Life
- Wallid Hejazi: Islamic Finance
- Matt Risk: The History of Stage Magic
Previous Treehouse Talks
Ian Clark: Can MOOCs help reform Ontario Universities?
Elizabeth Edwards on microbial diversity: Getting to the Root of the Tree of Life
Hendrik Poinar: De-Extinction: Reviving lost species of the Pleistocene- hype or hubris?
Dr. Herbert Kronzucker: The Ecology of Hunger: The Reach of the North American Dinner Fork
Dr. James Maskalyk: Helping others without hurting yourself
Jeffrey Rosenthal: Why Statisticians Don’t Believe in ESP
Jennifer Spear: Everything is an Offer
Leila Boujnane: Wild About Cheese
Matt Thompson: The Open Manifesto: how to work smarter, supercharge collaboration and redesign the world
Maydianne Andrade: Everything I need to know about evolution, I learned from a cannibalistic spider
Michael Hartley: Time for an Aral Spring? Why the Arab Spring did not penetrate Central Asia
Oona Fraser: Ambiguity, conflict, nuance and paradox.
Rob Spekkens: If correlation doesn't imply causation, what does?
Sandra Martin: The ten top myths about obituaries
Susan Kates: We & Them: Teaching GenY, GenX & Boomers
Tim Hurson:Why We All Go to the Same Different Meeting Together
Timothy Nash: Sustainable Investing 101
William Thorsell: Three Helpful Ideas for Toronto
Andrea Hamilton: Social Networking Meets Crowdsourcing Offline
Andrew Westoll: Releasing Your Inner Ape
Assaf Weisz: Changing the Future
Camilla Gryski: The Labyrinth: Path, symbol, and metaphor
Darryl Gwynne: Why Are Males Masculine, Females Feminine and Occasionally Vice Versa? (Darwinian Sexual Selection as an Exercise in Critical Thinking)
Denise Balkissoon: Why Can’t I Quit Facebook?
Erin Bury: Tapping into Interest Graphs to Curate Online News
George Elliott Clarke: Harper’s Tea-Party Government
Ilana Ben-Ari: Toys as Tools for Change
Jeff Warren: The Elements of Experience
Dr. Jody Culham: How many brains do you have?
Dr. John Godfrey: Is Global Citizenship possible?
John Sobol: Know Your Media, Know Your Self
Jon Duschinsky: The (New) Power of People
Jorge Ulloa: The Global Water Cooler — Multiculturalism in the Workplace
Karl Schroeder: Tomorrow’s Toronto: A Foresight Exercise on the Future of our City
Katerina Cizek & Graeme Stewart: Re-imagining our Vertical City
Laurence Packer: Bees
Marcius Extavour: Science and politics don’t mix… or do they?
Mariella Bertelli: “Happily ever after?” An exploration of the fairy tale, its past, its future and its place in today’s culture
Mandy Wintink: The Sweet Smell of Failure
Stan Chu Ilo: Do We Still Need Religion Today? A new look at Islam, Christianity, and the Secular West
Stephen Morris: A physicist in the sandbox
Tom Heintzman: The Role of the Individual in Transforming Energy Systems
Andrea Dana Eisen: Being a Teacher to the Stars
Aruna Handa: Eating Our Words: Making good on the promise of a better life
Craig D. Adams: Input Output Cinema & Other Nonsense Buzzwords
Eric Boyd: DYI Transhumanism
Gabrielle McLaughlin: The Boulevard of Baroquen Dreams
Harvey Weingarten: The Future of Canada’s Public University System
Dr. James Robert Brown: Thought Experiments, Or How to Learn Cool Stuff Just by Thinking
Jessa Gamble: Daily Rhythms Around the World
John Beebe: More than diverse: Faces Of Complexity: A Photographic Exploration
John Paul Morgan: Invention Is As Often About Decision As It Is About Discovery
Dr. Jordan Peterson: Planning the Ideal Future, Rationale, & Strategy
Father Joseph Ogbonnaya: The Challenges of Integral Development
Lee Smolin: Is Time Real or an Illusion?
Miroslav Lovric: What if we could touch infinity?
Dr. Monika Havelka: How to Build a Whale: Mechanisms of Macroevolutionary Change
Nathalie Desrosiers: Liberty and Twitter: Civil Liberties in the XXIst Century
Justice Robert Sharpe: The Canadian Constitution as a Living Tree
Ryan North: A Brief History of Comics, And How Comics On The Internet Will Save The World (Or At Least Save Comics, But That’s Still Pretty Good)
Salima Syera Virani: “The Personal Brand” and its Importance for Entrepreneurs
Sheila McCook: Newspapers: A Physical Check-Up
Simon Cole: Collecting Contemporary in Toronto
Abigale Miller: Mealworms: Food or Not Food?
Amie Sergas: The Social Value of Roller Derby
Ana Serrano: No, Interactive Storytelling is Not an Oxymoron
Bob McDonald: What if everything you know is wrong?
Dan Falk: The Enigma of Time
Darren O’Donnell and The Torontonians: You, Too, Can Be 14
Donna Francis: Knitting Science and Art Together
Jeff Woodrow: Thinking of Someone Else for a Change
Leehe Lev: The Seven Dimensions of Wellness
Loreen Barbour: Life in Northern Russia
Micah Toub: The Jungian Shadow: How to turn your enemy into a role model
Mike Paduada: Careers from Math to the Moon
Mirella Amato: The Challenges of Beerology
Nadja Sayej: Fear and Loathing in the Art World
Nicolas Rouleau: Law and International Development
Nogah Kornberg: Teaching the G-Word to 9-Year-Olds
Russell Zeid: Nexialism
Sasha Grujicic: Technology and Change: How it’s happened, how it’s accelerating, and how we need to deal with it
Sasha Van Bon Bon: Decriminalizing the Sex Trade in Canada and Beyond
Shawn Micallef: Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto
Shirley Khalil: Empowerment and healing using music
Steve Ferrara: Street Art in Toronto
Susan G. Cole: The Age of Queer: Does the word ‘lesbian’ still mean anything?
Zahra Ebrahim: Design and Social Change