Information Innovation @ UTS
The Innovation Delusion - Andy Russell & Lee Vinsel

The Innovation Delusion - Andy Russell & Lee Vinsel

November 19, 2020

In a world that seems obsessed with innovation and novelty, what does it mean to focus on maintenance and care? This podcast features the founders of  The Maintainers, a global research network interested in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world. They are also the authors of a new book called "The Innovation Delusion".

Andy Russell is Dean, College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Lee Vinsel is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech.

Link to The Maintainers community:

Radical War - Matthew Ford & Andrew Hoskins

Radical War - Matthew Ford & Andrew Hoskins

November 3, 2020

A digital explosion has ripped through the battlefield. Multiple data trajectories have ruptured our capacity to make sense of and manage the effects of war. Radical War maps and traces war’s data trajectories from the battlefield, in the cloud, through the archive, in memory and out into the deeply mediated technologies that we use. Framing Radical War as a relationship between data, attention and control, it is a lens for highlighting the complex intra-dependent relationship between war, smart devices and web platforms.

Dr Matthew Ford in a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at University of Sussex. Andrew Hoskins is Interdisciplinary Research Professor in Global Security in the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. 



Stuart Buchanan - Digital Programming @ Sydney Opera House

Stuart Buchanan - Digital Programming @ Sydney Opera House

October 19, 2020

Stuart Buchanan is a cultural programmer and curator, who seeks to deepen our relationship with the arts through digital channels and platforms. He has collaborated with artists and producers to devise and deliver many award-winning digital projects, from developing one of Scotland’s first cultural websites (for Edinburgh Fringe) through to the current Covid-19 Digital Season for Sydney Opera House. His work also extends to music programming, for broadcasters such as ABC Double J and FBi Radio, and as Director of the experimental music initiative, New Weird Australia.

Stuart talks about digital programming at Australia's most recognisable arts institution, coping with COVID and the future of art.

Sydney Opera House:

New Weird Australia:

Alan Pelz-Sharpe - Why Business Analysts Are Hot (plus AI & Automation)

Alan Pelz-Sharpe - Why Business Analysts Are Hot (plus AI & Automation)

October 17, 2020

Alan is the founder of industry analyst firm Deep Analysis and author of Amazon bestseller “Practical Artificial Intelligence - An Enterprise Playbook” - Alan has over 20 years experience as an adviser to tech firms and enterprises - focusing on emerging technology trends in Information Management.

We talk about the skills needed to effectively use tools such as artificial intelligence and automation.

Kate & Jol Temple - Being a Children’s Author

Kate & Jol Temple - Being a Children’s Author

September 30, 2020

Kate & Jol Temple talk about:

- Getting published as a children's author

- Writing for children

- Performing their work to children

- The changing nature of the children's book industry


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COVID-19 Misinformation and Social Media - Axel Bruns & Timothy Graham

COVID-19 Misinformation and Social Media - Axel Bruns & Timothy Graham

June 10, 2020

Professor Axel Bruns and Dr Timothy Graham from the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT have undertaken research on the spread of COVID-19 misinformation via social media platforms. In this podcast, we discuss what forms this misinformation takes, how it spreads and what we can do to overcome it. 


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Timothy Graham:

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Bobby Duffy - The Perils of Perception, COVID-19 and Generational Myths

Bobby Duffy - The Perils of Perception, COVID-19 and Generational Myths

June 10, 2020

Bobby Duffy is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute at King's College London. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Public Affairs for Ipsos MORI and Global Director of the Ipsos Social Research Institute. He has spent years researching the public perceptions and misperceptions of the societies in which they live.

In this podcast, Prof Duffy explains the background to his research, what we get right and what we get wrong about the world and why, how this applies to COVID-19 and his upcoming research on the myths and truths about generational differences.

More info on Bobby Duffy:

The Perils of Perception book:

The Policy Institute's research on COVID-19:

Tim Rayner - Prototyping for Business

Tim Rayner - Prototyping for Business

June 1, 2020

Tim Rayner teaches innovation and entrepreneurial leadership at UTS Business School and is the author of ‘Hacker Culture and the New Rules of Innovation’ (2018).

In this episode, Tim explains how prototypes can be used by people working in businesses to drive better outcomes.

Eaon Pritchard - Shot By Both Sides

Eaon Pritchard - Shot By Both Sides

May 18, 2020

Eaon Pritchard is an advertising strategist in Melbourne. After unsuccessful attempts at neo-expressionist painting, pop stardom and later superstar DJ status (although he did achieve one global techno-house hit in the mid-90s) he finally turned to advertising as a last-gasp creative outlet.

The conversation covers the fab four of art, music, advertising, and psychology.

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Workplace Laboratories - Panel Q&A

Workplace Laboratories - Panel Q&A

May 8, 2020

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"Workplace laboratories" may bring to mind images of white coats and test tube but it refers to a mindset and style of working that uses experiments to improve environments and outcomes. Our speakers will draw on their own experiences and research t discuss:
- How to effectively design organisations and manage work to maximise potential for improvement
- The challenges and opportunities of such an approach
- How to experiment in a complex environment.

Amanda Lizier is a workplace learning researcher and practitioner who creates a conduit between theory and practice. Amanda is passionate about using cutting-edge research to improve learning and development systems and practices. As a highly regarded learning and development practitioner, Amanda has extensive experience in all aspects of learning and development across an array of industries. Her practical experience informs her work as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney where she uses complexity theory to explore the practices of work and learning in organisations.

Michelle Ockers works with leaders who want learning to make a bigger impact in their organisation. Her core expertise is organisational learning strategy, capability uplift for learning teams, and continuous learning skills and practices. Michelle is the Australian Institute of Training and Development’s 2019 L&D Professional of the Year. She also received the 2019 Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the field of informal learning.

Catherine Raffaele is an educator, researcher and an edtech founder. She is based at UTS where she teaches into the MEd (Learning & Leadership) and is completing a PhD on entrepreneurial learning. She was previously a Senior Researcher at the Workplace Research Centre (University of Sydney) where she established the Sydney Health and Work Research Network. While there, she worked with the federal government to develop its telework initiative to widen workforce participation and inclusion. She has also led IT and Communications Policy at CHOICE.

Shawna Murray is the Organisational Development and Learning Manager - Transformation & Strategy with Coal Services. She has considerable experience using Human Centred-Design as a way to find solutions to problems and drive strategic goals. Shawna ha​s worked in London, Dubli​n and Australia and had varied roles involving design of innovative learning solutions, organisational change & leadership projects, Instructional Design transformation projects, and lecturing at University on Learning and global Social Policy. She has qualification​s in project management, teaching, ScrumMaster, instruction

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