Interactivity Foundation's Newsletter 2.1
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Fellows Collaborate to Bring IF's Online Training Abroad

- Ieva Notturno
 
In recent years IF has migrated many of its operations to online platforms.  As a non profit, efforts began as cost saving measures.  Now, video-conference platforms, merged calendars, communication via social media platforms is just as efficient as effective.  Outside of interoffice exchanges, IF has started doing sanctuary projects, public discussions, and some educational training support online.

Along these lines, IF Fellows Mark and Ieva Notturno traveled to Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK last November to meet with faculty members from Newcastle University and Northumbria University.  During the trip they explored the possibility of the IF Fellows conducting their first online training program for faculty.  If  the schools proceed, training modules will be created to teach university faculty how to use the IF student-centered discussion method in their live courses. Additional meetings at each respective university will take place in January 2015. 

 POP-UP: Seven Artists, Seven Policies, Seven Inspirations for the Future of Art 

- Natalie Hopkinson

In late 2014, Interactivity Foundation Fellow Natalie Hopkinson signed a publishing contract with The New Press, the well-regarded nonprofit publisher (tagline: Publishing in the Public Interest), for a book about art and social change. After reading her IF project, The Future of the Arts & Society, a New Press editor approached Hopkinson about developing a book-length treatment of the subject. The book builds on months of conversations with the artists and lay people who were panelists for the IF project, as well as responses from hundreds of people who participated in subsequent Arts & Society discussion forums sponsored by IF.

The working title is “POP-UP: Seven artists, seven policies, seven inspirations for the future of art.” Through profiles and conversations with artists/change-makers around the world, the book will illustrate how artists are navigating this unique moment in history. Globalization, technology and inequality are upending the economics of being an artist—and complicating the work artists must do to push society forward.
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Spotlight on IF Fellow Mark Notturno

- Ieva Notturno

2014 was an extraordinary year for IF Fellow and philosopher Mark Amadeus Notturno.  During the course of the year, he published his seventh book entitled Hayek and Popper: On Rationality, Economism, and Democracy (Routledge).  Mark had several articles published including:  ‘Ten Governance Concerns about the Nature and Use of Data’ (The 2014 Digital Enlightenment Yearbook,),  ‘Do We Need a Second-Order Science?’ (Constructivist Foundations), and ‘Falsifiability Revisited: Popper, Daubert, and Kuhn’ (forthcoming The Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law). Notturno also completed his final drafts of two discussion guides: The Future of Employment and Global Responsibility for Children.  (read more)  

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Wise 101 at Wesleyan

- Jeff Prudhomme

“The skills students learn through IF can change how they see all their classes.” —Wesleyan Faculty Member
 
The Wesleyan College just wrapped up the third year of WISe 101, a mandatory first-year seminar that was recently revised with the help of the Interactivity Foundation. Every Friday students work in student facilitated discussion teams to explore the course content. On “IF Fridays” students learned how to facilitate their own discussions. As faculty members report, “students loved it.”
 
At the 3-year mark of the Wesleyan-Interactivity Foundation collaboration, about a quarter of the Wesleyan faculty have taught with the IF process in WISe 101. Faculty members have begun to introduce IF discussions into other courses, and they have used the process for faculty meetings. Students report using the IF discussion process outside of classes as well, for example in the student organizations. With help from IF, a pair of faculty members are working on developing senior capstone courses that integrate the IF process. (read more)
I.F. Launches Partnership with Inclusive Dubuque
 - Adolf Gunderson
 
In  December 2014 I.F. launched a partnership with “Inclusive Dubuque” (I.D.), a city-wide, network-based initiative involving upwards of 30 civic groups, major businesses, and institutions of higher learning.  I.F.’s principal role will be to train facilitators.  The partnership presents I.F. with an historically large opportunity: the chance to infuse an entire medium sized city with the IF discussion process by working with partners who are enthusiastic about our process, well-organized, and are both poised to begin work in the near future and in it for the long haul.
 
Inclusive Dubuque is an effort to “advance equity and inclusion to meet the economic and cultural needs of a diverse community.” The initiative has already signed on more than two dozen NGOs, businesses, and educational institutions as partners, several of which—like United Way and the Labor Management Council—are themselves umbrella groups.  (For more information on I.D. go to: http://www.inclusivedbq.org/).  (read more)

IF at the Water Ethics Conference

- Dennis Boyer

IF will participate in and conduct a presentation/demonstration on public discussions of water policy at a Water Ethics Conference held by the D.B Reinhardt Institute for Ethics in Leadership, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI, April 16-18, 2015. The conference is part of an ongoing series at the Franciscan institution that in the past has covered topics relating to values, stewardship, and community. IF Fellow Dennis Boyer expects to tell the story of the IF Freshwater Project and take a group through a simulation of an IF discussion.

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