ARTISTS, SCIENTISTS , STUDENTS AND NERDS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
Launching the First International Networking Platform
for organising serendipity and synchronicity.
December 2, 2014
Today Creative Disturbance announced its launch of a unique multi-lingual online platform for intellectually curious people around the world to make unlikely connections with each other. A key initial way for sharing those connections is through a curated catalog of original, multilingual podcasts covering a broad array of topics connecting the arts, sciences, and new technologies. www.CreativeDisturbance.org
Creative Disturbance is currently conducting a Kickstarter campaign (http://kck.st/1yeXC7S) to raise funds for grants to international students to work with Creative Disturbance and spread its message. “We need multiple student ambassadors on every continent, out to the four corners of the earth,” said David Marlett, Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association (www.NLCFA.org), a Research Fellow in Malina’s ArtSciLab, and works on the Creative Disturbance Launch Team. “This Kickstarter campaign is one way of helping fund those student grants.
A team of students at the University of Texas in Dallas (UTD), soft-launched Creative Disturbance a few weeks ago under the guidance of Dr. Roger Malina, Arts & Technology Distinguished Chair. Coordinated by undergraduate student Stephanie Brisendine the student team ( http://creativedisturbance.org/meet-the-team/ ) has been developing innovative approaches and carrying out experiments in emerging media and communication. Creative Disturbance comes from a collaboration of the students working in the UTD ArtSciLab ( http://artscilab.utdallas.edu/ ) overseen by several faculty , as well as a number of podcast producers and partners located around the world. “Our team has built an innovative method for connecting perhaps a million people otherwise unlikely to meet,” said Malina, then adding, “other than perhaps at a shared professional conference in their niche field, or accidentally though traditional online social media like Facebook, or even because they happened to sit next to each other on a plane. That is too ‘by chance’ for us, or for them. We want to organise serendipity and synchronicity”
The podcasts for Creative Disturbance are well underway, with channels (aka ‘disturbances’) such as Indie Game Nation, Big Dreams Big Data, Cinemersia, and Virtual Africa. The Bold Roast channel will present podcasts by students internationally about their MA or PhD thesis projects.The next phase, development of the social networking core element, will begin next month. Cassini Nazir, who oversees the Creative Disturbance’s student design team said, “Once completed, we believe CD [Creative Disturbance] will be a powerful, and truly important new tool for all scientists and artists trying to connect on unlikely projects.” He continued, “The podcasts are great. Here you can listen in on fascinating conversations that, without Creative Disturbance, most likely would never have happened. But that’s just the beginning for us. Next comes the networking.”
Dubbing it (tongue-in-cheek) as ‘online dating for intellectuals’, Malina emphasizes that Creative Disturbance’s network will be for anyone with interests in interconnections of the arts, sciences, and new technologies. “Although a significant number of our members come from an academic perspective, either as faculty members or grad students, Creative Disturbance is truly for everyone who has a curiosity about their world, about science, about their art and their connections.”
Creative Disturbance is currently conducting a Kickstarter campaign (http://kck.st/1yeXC7S) to raise funds for grants to international students to work with Creative Disturbance and spread its message. “We need multiple ambassadors on every continent, out to the four corners of the earth,” said David Marlett, Executive Director of the National Crowdfunding Association (www.NLCFA.org), a Research Fellow in Malina’s ArtSciLab, and works on the Creative Disturbance Launch Team. “This Kickstarter campaign is one way of helping fund those student grants. So, of course, we are seeking pledges shamelessly! Go there now!” said Marlett with a smile. “But our highest objective with the campaign is to raise awareness, to send up a flag telling millions of people that Creative Disturbance will soon be a one-of-a-kind online home for them.”
To visit Creative Disturbance: www.CreativeDisturbance.org
To visit Creative Disturbance’s Kickstarter campaign: http://kck.st/1yeXC7S)
For general information, contact: Dr. Roger Malina at firstname.lastname@example.org