Transmedia Worldbuilding for Civic Engagement

9:30 – 12:30 | University of California, Irvine. Student Center. Room Emerald Bay E | Wednesday, October 5, 2016
3 hours | 20 Participant Maximum
Cost: $50

*Space is limited, passes remain available until the workshop is full.

Sangita Shresthova, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism | Email: | Twitter: @sangitacivics
Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, USC School of Cinematic Arts Media Arts + Practice Division | Email: | Twitter: @gabepl

We cannot change the world unless we imagine what a better world might look like.” (Henry Jenkins)

Transmedia worldbuilding is an approach to creative collaboration in which practitioners build on shared values to create a fantastic vision of the future. After brainstorming the large scale contours of a future world, workshop participants will craft human-scale narratives within that shared fictional space and then reflect on the themes of the stories as pathways to understanding contemporary concerns of their home communities. In this way imagination provides a point of entry to discussions of civic engagement and activism so that in the second part of the workshop participants will be guided through the planning stages of a participatory transmedia experience that integrates storytelling and civic action across multiple platforms by any media necessary. These skills and practices should be of interest to civic educators, activists and anyone interested in storytelling for social change.

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*Main conference passes do not include pre-conference workshops. Workshops require separate registration.