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If you had one idea to assist in digital remote creativity, what would it be?

COVID-19 has changed industries, relationships and even the ways in which we think. It has also changed the way future generations will learn and be taught.

Universities globally are tearing up their tried-and-tested deliveries to something new. Call it ‘online teaching’, call it ‘blended learning’, call it what you will. It represents an earthquake in education.

With that in mind, we’ve brought together some of the world’s leaders in digital thinking and education to ask them: what’s your one big idea for the new world ahead of us?

I asked 12 leading worldwide creatives, our digiratis to encapsulate their ideas in a Pecha Kucha pressie covering 5–7 mins on Thursday 25th June. Following a number of speakers, we’ll have a disco for about 15 mins for questions, then move back to the Pechas. (Pecha Kuchas usually have twenty slides, talking for 20 secs each).

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About the event

It’s a digital fest — and its free to attend

Link here for registration (Registration is closed as this event has passed)

(*Don’t worry, we aren’t harvesting email addresses. We just need to keep a track of attendees for organisational purposes.)


Doors open at 2.00 p.m. UK time
Event starts at 2.10 p.m. and
first speaker is at 2.15 pm Finishes around 4.40 p.m. time.



2.10 Intro

2.15–2.40 ( 1st quarter)

  • Paul Bradshaw @paulbradshaw — leading UK digital journalist and professor. On interactivity and and how it can help us think about teaching online
  • Prof. Jonathan A.J. Wilson @drjonwilson — LinkedIn Top Voices award winner 3 times and Professor of Brand Strategy & Culture
  • · Oksana Silanteva, (Silamedia), Multimedia goddess in Russia, , on mapping your education and intuitive instructions.

PLUS 10–15 minute disco

2.55–3.20 ( 2nd Quarter)

  • Michael Rosenblum @Rosenblumtv Father of videojournalism — online trainer. Strategies for teaching online
  • Alicia Phua — Client Success Director at Yext
    Using Alexa and smart speakers at teaching assistants
  • CC Chapman @cc_chapman —Storyteller and educator @Wheaton Business & Management Faculty.

PLUS 10–15 min disco

3.35–3.55 ( 3rd Quarter)

  • Jose Velazquez — Media archivist, AI, IBM
    On mobile ( home) Sstudio set ups.
  • Kiruba Shankar — CEO, President, Professional Speakers Association of India on Maximising platforms and their workflows to increase engagement
  • Damian Radcliffe @damianradcliffe — Professor of Practice, at the University of Oregon ( Professor Radcliffe’s presentation is pre-recorded).
  • Sabaa Quao @xsabaa — President at newsrooms. career entrepreneur, creative director, and business strategist

PLUS 3.55 — 4.10

4.10–4.35 ( 3rd Quarter)

  • Don Omope @donomope — Award winning filmmaker, based in Nigeria
    Lecturer at Film school
  • David Boyle — Barrister.
    What advocacy can teach in storytelling
  • Tiffany Shlain @tiffanyshlain — Emmy nominated Filmmaker, Award winning author 24/6, Founder of Webby awards On the use of Tech Shabbat and why?

PLUS 10–15 mins

Wrap up

4.50 END

Bios being added

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards and author of the best-selling book about her family’s decade long practice of turning off screens one day a week for the past decade 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week. The Museum of Modern Art in New York just premiered her new live Spoken Cinema performance Dear Human. She lectures and performs worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. The Albert Einstein Foundation selected Tiffany for their book and initiative Genius 100 of people who are carrying on Einstein’s legacy. During Covid, Tiffany has been writing weekly newsletters and is hosting a weekly #ZoomChallahBake on Fridays with special guests and people from all over the world. For information on her book, baking, films, lectures and her quarterly newsletter Breakfast @ Tiffany’s at and follow Tiffany on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Kiruba Shankar is CEO of Breathe Digital & President of 60 Seconds. He has 24 years of work experience in the Internet space and helps craft digital strategies for large firms. He has consulted for leading brands such as British Council, Dominos Pizza, Murugappa Group, Mahindra Group, Sterling Holidays, Larsen & Toubro and The Hindu Newspaper Group.

Kiruba is the President of the Professional Speakers Association. As a global professional speaker specializing in Digital Excellence and Digital Selling, he has delivered over 700 talks at conferences and corporate events across 21 countries. More about him as a speaker at www.Kiruba.Pro.

He has authored five books and has been a technology columnist for newspapers such as Business Standard, Financial Express and The New Indian Express.

Kiruba has been teaching for 18 years and is a Professor of Digital Marketing. He has taught at leading B-Schools.

In the weekends, Kiruba heads to his village where he passionately pursues organic farming at Vaksana Farms, his 13 acre farm.

José Velázquez has been involved in and around the world of digital video acquisition, compression and delivery since its coming of age in the early 90s. Trained at the BBC in broadcast operations and TV production, he also holds an MA in Documentary Research for Film and TV (London College of Communication, UAL) José joined IBM in 2016 in the capacity of Architect for the Telco and Media vertical, helping major broadcasters deploy AI-infused solutions that deliver deeper understanding and insights from their existing media archives. He also teaches as associate lecturer in the interdisciplinary programme for the Masters Degree in Digital Humanities at Univesity Pablo de Olavide, Seville, focusing on the digitization, indexing and cognitive analysis of audiovisual archives.​ José is passionate about #Accessibility, #Preservation and #AI, and is actively engaged in technology that is more human, empathetic and adaptive to everyone. To this day, he remains a hapless theremin player…

David Boyle read Law at Churchill College, Cambridge, and has spent the last 25 years as a barrister at Deans Court Chambers ( in his native Manchester, although his practice takes him to some of the most distant courts of England and Wales. Primarily engaged in Personal Injury work, he represents both injured claimants, and defendants facing such claims, but is well-known as a first port of call for non-standard cases.

He has been to the Court of Appeal on six occasions, has represented several high profile clients, and has sued defendants as diverse as the Health & Safety Executive and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. His teaching includes visiting lecturer roles at a wide variety of universities and conferences, but he has worked one to one with 3 formal pupils, 4 surrogate pupils, 18 mentees and over 1,200 mini-pupils, one of whom described his feedback as “Beyond distressing, but the best I’ve ever had!”

Fascinated by how people think about the issues in litigation, he has written three books ( On Experts, An Introduction to Personal Injury Law, and The Mini-Pupillage Workbook, the last a distillation of the lessons he has passed on to students over the last 25 years, over 150 of whom now practice at the Bar.

In 2019, he was the first civil barrister ever appointed to the Bar Standard Board’s Advisory Pool of Experts. In 2020, Chambers & Partners described him as “very down to earth and approachable. His ability to explain complex matters in a simple way is a real asset.”

Married to Carin, with one son (John), a Great Dane (Fen), and a Manx cat (K-Bob), when he’s not working or writing, he plays internet chess and writes unpublishable limericks.

Professor Jonathan Wilson has spent over 20 years in industry and academia, specialising in what he calls the ABCDs of Business and Culture: Advertising, Branding, Communications, and Digital.

Professor Wilson has published over 200 pieces of work and spoken at over 100 conferences across the globe. He has a BSc Chemistry degree from the Faculty of Life Sciences, MBA in Business from the Faculty of Art and Design, PhD in Branding from the Faculty of Business, and a DLitt in Halal from the Faculty of Humanities. Having graduated from 4 different faculties and worked internationally with a range of government, corporate, and university clients, Professor Wilson always aims to champion the art of Science and the science of Art.

He has featured in LinkedIn’s annual Top Voices awards list for 3 consecutive years — appearing also in LinkedIn’s advertising campaigns and instructional videos.

Twitter: @drjonwilson

Dev Das

I’m a co-founder of with over 15 years of experience as a journalist in both print and digital formats in the Middle East and the UK. I’m one of the pioneers in mobile journalism and interactive multimedia storytelling. I have a Master’s degree in International Multimedia Journalism from Newcastle University, UK and started experimenting in mobile storytelling way back in 1998. I have been teaching mobile journalism, social media and interactive multimedia storytelling since 2012 at Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and have been a visiting professor at Stuttgart Media University in Germany. I have also taught multimedia journalism and mobile journalism at American University in Bulgaria. In 2018, I was named one of the 20 journalism innovators worldwide — the only Asian on the list, by the prestigious US-based organization, MediaShift, the premier destination for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology.

I’ve been working with several J-schools around the world in student collaborative projects like PopUp Newsroom, Global News Relay and GENII (Global E-News Immersion Initiative) since 2013. You can read about them here:

C.C. is an Instructor of Business and Management at Wheaton College. He has also developed and taught courses for LinkedIn Learning,, CreativeLive, and Treehouse. He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and the author of Amazing Things Will Happen.

At Wheaton, he serves as the Faculty Director for the Business and Technology Immersion Experience and previously was the college’s liaison to MassChallenge, leading our student cohort working there over the summer and identifying opportunities for collaboration and mutual benefit.

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist, and one of the nicest guys on the Internet. Over the decades of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients, including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS, and The Coca-Cola Company.

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better. He was a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad, and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family.

Oksana, Experienced specialist and trainer on multimedia communication and interactive education, storytelling and creative thinking. Good at linking people with different backgrounds.

As a researcher, I’m interested in agenda setting, rhythms in interpersonal and mass communication, irrational behaviour in media environments.



I am an experienced Client Success professional who has worked in advertising and SAAS Platforms. My passion is looking at how data and technology can make smart decisions for brands and how AI will shape our everyday lives in the near future.



Don Omope is an award winning British Nigerian director & producer working in the Nigerian movie industry Nollywood

He is the director of the 2018 AMVCA multi Award wining film TATU

And producer behind some of Nollywood’s highest grossing films from Wedding Party 1&2 to the cult classics Taxi Driver (oko ashewo) Chasing Hanifa and many more.

Don’s background as a video & photo journalist shapes his thinking and approach to story telling.

I am a career entrepreneur, creative director, and business strategist.

I founded and ran XCORPORATION for 10 years, an intense and accomplished communication and design firm in Canada. I eventually moved to London UK and tightened XCORPORATION’s focus around new brand and enterprise development

FILMINUTE® is the International One-Minute Film Festival that I founded with John Ketchum in 2005, based in London, Bucharest, and Toronto. In London, I also ran Capacity Networks, a media and entertainment IP commercialisation company formed from a merger between Helsinki and Oxford-based technology and software development companies.

I’m now building a new venture in the financial services space.

With degrees in Communication and Design (OCAD), a B.Comm in Marketing (Concordia), and an Executive MBA (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto), I bring a valuable left brain-right brain balance and approach to business problem solving. Creative and strategic discipline, combined with entrepreneurial instinct and activation leads to provocative business and marketing solutions.

My marketing and consulting portfolio includes the launch of the Toronto Raptors and Playdium Entertainment, the rebranding of the CN Tower and the Directors Guild of Canada, and special projects for Toronto International Film Festival Group, Nortel Networks, Roots, RBC Royal Bank, Levi’s, Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications, The Beer Store, GlaxoSmithKline, McCain Foods, Corona, Coca-Cola, and Jack Daniel’s.

Specialties: Designer, Creative Director, MBA. Career entrepreneur. Brand development across multiple media and technology platforms. New enterprise development, business strategy and competitive positioning.

Damian Radcliffe is the Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, a Professor of Practice, and an afffiliate of the Department for Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA), at the University of Oregon. Alongside holding the Chambers Chair at the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC), he is also a Fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced digital analyst, consultant, journalist, and researcher, Damian has worked in editorial, research, policy, and teaching positions for the past two decades in the UK, Middle East, and USA. This includes roles in all media sectors (commercial, public, government, regulatory, academic, and nonprofit/civil society) and all platforms (print, digital, TV and radio).

Damian continues to be an active journalist, writing monthly columns for ZDNet (CBS Interactive) and What’s New in Publishing, and frequently appearing in He writes about digital trends, social media, technology, the business of media, and the evolution of journalism.

These themes are also at the heart of the Demystifying Media speaker series, which Damian curates. He launched the series in January 2016, with the goal of bringing leading academics and industry professionals to the SOJC. To date, more than 30 experts have participated in the program.

Outside of this series, Damian has chaired sessions, provided training, and spoken at events, around the world including: USA (New York, Portland, Philadelphia, Colorado Springs, Albany; New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.), UK (London, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cardiff, Belfast, Bristol), Europe (Paris, Strasbourg, Vienna, Barcelona, Istanbul, Amsterdam, various cities in Germany) and the Middle East (Doha and Dubai).

Before joining the University of Oregon in 2015, Damian previously worked full-time for The Local Radio Company, BBC, Volunteering Matters, Ofcom (the UK communications regulator), and Qatar’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR). Find out more about him on his website.



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