Last week I was honoured to speak on a panel at Creative Sydney’s VIVID Ideas session called “Bridging The Digital Divide”. Following an inspiring keynote from Marita Cheng, 2012 Young Australian of the Year and founder of Robogals, I joined Marita, Jo Pretyman from i-Manifest and Greg Whitby, Executive Director of Schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta to talk creativity, digital and the age of ideas. How are we using digital to bridge gender, geographic and socio-economic divides?
The good news is, we’re doing alot.
From Robogals making engineering and science fun for young girls to i-Manifest showing disadvantaged teenagers the possbilities of careers in creative industries and of course our work at the National Centre for Creative Learning, it’s all about access for our future generations. We also talked about creative thinking as a hot commodity in today’s workplace and how one can optimise conditions for creativity in general.
At the National Centre for Creative Learning we’ve been doing alot of thinking, and talking about, how we engage in the digital space. Our Digital Excursions program is one innovation we’re putting alot of our energies into. Using Video Conferencing (think of it as high definition Skype) we connect with remote and regional schools and bring them into the Museum and Creative Studios. By giving them access to content and Museum professionals which regular visitors to the Museum would never see, we actually priviledge this audience. We also make them dance around the room. You don’t get to do THAT in the Museum much either.
This event will be screened on ABC Big Ideas soon! In the meantime, you can catch a podcast of the session here on 2SER.
You can also catch my short, fun, stint on FBi Radio where I declare that “art should rule the world” and that the human race instinctively recognises good digital ideas and products by hitting the “giant Like button in the sky”.
Want to join in on the conversation? Find me on Twitter here.
Melinda Garcia is Digital Learning Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She has a Master of Arts in e-Learning from the University of Technology, Sydney and a keen interest in the possibilities offered by new technologies to make the visitor/learner experience richer. Melinda works across the Learning Team to design experiences for a range of audiences in the Digital and Multimedia Studios in the National Centre for Creative Learning. Within the Digital Media team she produces content for MCA digital platforms including the website, Online Collection, mobile app and social media, and oversees the MCA’s Digital Excursions program which connects the Museum via video conferencing to remote audiences. Melinda has also worked with the Biennale of Sydney, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Modern Art New York.