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Automation is contributing to a rapidly shifting job market. Natural disasters are devastating communities. Political polarization and instability are eroding trust. Come hear David T. Lee, UCSC assistant professor of Computational Media, talk about how technological, natural, and political rapids are creating sudden and regular shocks to society, making it difficult for individuals and communities to protect themselves from the downstream consequences of change.
We will explore the challenge of flourishing in a whitewater world and supporting communities in navigating the rapids they encounter. What role can digital technology play in helping us to navigate this world? In his personal journey wrestling with these questions, David has developed models for understanding polarization, algorithms for scaling decision-making, and systems for integrating experiential education and nonprofit support.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
David T. Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz, directs the Tech4Good Lab. He received his doctorate from Stanford University, where he was a part of the Social Algorithms Lab and Crowdsourced Democracy Team. His research combines modeling, design and algorithms to develop systems that seek to support individual and societal flourishing. He is currently focused on scaling opportunities for experiential, situated education, and on supporting governments and nonprofits in coordinating communities to address complex, societal issues. His work has received a Notable Paper Award at HCOMP, been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and deployed with the Finland Ministry of the Environment. He is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, an Accel Innovation Scholar, and a two-time recipient of a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
Attendance is free. We encourage attendees to buy a dish or drink from the event hosts at Forager.
All ages are welcome.