Author: gngha

7.18.2019

In 2010-11, I went through a couple of programs @MaRS DD trying to get an ad agency social innovation incubator/ learning ecosystem project off the ground.  Was meant to be small scale —  partnering a social enterprise with a corporate client around a synergistic project; campaign ideas to induce behavioural change around a specific social issue; or looking at ways to impact clients’ new product pipelines (longer-term, supply chains) to iterate an increasingly sustainable product/ value chain. A lot of it was more about creating a shared space/ ecosystem where corporate and NGO values/ cultures could co-exist and borrow from each other. One of the overarching goals was to assimilate people to change. Spent 5 maths in New Delhi in 2011-12 talking to a cross-section of social enterprises, NGOs and a VC I knew there, to explore how it might work… the Indian Government was talking about legally mandating 2% of corp profits go to social projects at the time. Was self-funding this and my art practice at the time. Exhibitions and grants began manifesting …

7.11.2019

Took me awhile to answer these (… was drawing a blank): What are your proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments? Why? I am proud of my (formerly consistent) ability to immerse myself in teams that were really different to me, to induce paradigm shifts, to elevate the strategic and creative capacity of the team, and how we collectively came up with interesting ideas/ experiences — these were across cookies and crackers, jeans, san pro, haircare, beauty, gum, and a few other categories.  My disappointments stem from growing too tired to be persuasive… that even though it may be more difficult than they anticipate, there really is an interesting world out there and people aren’t that different. It’s become easier to let people swim in their (preferred) sameness.  Which activities energize you and which drain you? Meetings and constant interactions drain me. Working through a difficult problem energizes me.  How would you rank the following rewards: financial gain, power and influence, autonomy, affiliation, lifestyle, intellectual challenge, competence, recognition? Btw, my priorities weren’t always in this order exact …

the iacx73545 dossier – cohesion

current prototype (documentation) uoft tutorial submission This project has taken awhile to come together… but it’s finally showing signs of being something potentially cohesive (at least to me!). The current draft is a submission for the final course in a creative writing certificate, where I will hopefully further develop the poetry & prose, characterization and storyworld. The prototype helps with envisioning/ designing the interaction flow. This is the 2nd variation of the interaction design… the first was an interaction design that manifested in a Twine prototype. It wasn’t pretty, but without going through the process, I wouldn’t have landed on a dossier structure. The aesthetics are placeholder. Ideally, I’d like to have an aesthetic approach that dovetails with a fine art graphic novel… as potential storyline extensions are likely to develop in that direction. The aesthetic reference will likely be in the direction of “Kabuki: Metamorphosis” (David Mack), or “The Wrenchies” (Farel Dalrymple) as a very distant second.

#WhenLeftToOurOwnDevices

Corrections from prev. version posted: Donegan was an associate editor with the New Republic and her departure from the organization was unrelated to the Shitty Media Men List. We should not mourn the end of the creative lives of the men being outed as predators: we should contemplate the creative contributions we never had, will never know, because their creators were crushed or shut out. The losses due to misogyny and racism have been normalised forever. The task has been to de-normalise them and break the silence they impose. To make a society where everyone’s story gets told. Rebecca Solnit By examining the mobilization of the #MeToo movement to-date and the technology tools women now have at their disposal, I will show how, in the face of increasingly transparent hegemony (corporate, political, judicial) oppressing women, there is a likelihood/ greater probability that women will begin to take control into their own hands to bring about much needed institutional change. By posting the words #MeToo on social media in the fall of 2017, women all over …

infographics

A little less than a year ago, I deactivated my Facebook account and put restrictions in place to eliminate the ‘junk’ appearing in all my newsfeeds — to allow me to focus on the content I prefer. I also wanted to reduce the time I spent on social media and its propensity to distract me. To enhance my ability to focus, I now limit my social media to just two devices and I’m developing a habit of not looking at social media when working on my macbook pro or iMac. This doesn’t always work, as I usually have my iPhone or iPad next to me when I’m working, but they at least contain my social media usage stats in two devices. For this infographic, I analyzed my social media usage to determine how successful I’ve been in achieving the above. The data used to arrive at the infographic is based on two things: 1/ stats provided on the ‘Screen Time’ feature recently added to Apple devices and 2/ a tally of how I prioritized the …

assholes + string puppets

Assholes & string puppets tells of the journey of 3 siblings settling their mother’s estate as co-executors and beneficiaries, while dealing with skeletons in the closet and the coercive demands of one co-executor. It just happens to be my story. WAKING UP My brother wants to paint the entire house himself. Wade told me today, he’s starting this weekend. How it will raise the value of the house when we sell it. He’s unconcerned that there’s still two-thirds of the house to be emptied, expensive furniture we’ll have estate liquidators remove anyway. I suggest we hold off on painting until we have more stuff donated or thrown out, but he says I’m being stupid. ¨Let’s try to handle one room at a time. Not only do I live here, but I also work from home.¨ I sent Wade a long message on Messenger ‘cause he isn’t reading his emails. How we need to gain agreement from Emile before making changes to Mom’s estate; how putting the entire house in chaos while we’re decluttering and making repairs …