Institutional presentation / Leonardo activates creativity to push the boundaries of today and unleash the possibilities of tomorrow
- Abstract: The global challenges and existential threats of our time require collaboration and cross-fertilization across the domains of art, science and technology. Leonardo fosters collaborative exploration by facilitating interdisciplinary projects and by documenting and disseminating information about hybrid creative practice and scholarship. Through its programs, publications, and partnerships, Leonardo offers the creative strategies most needed to face complex problems that overwhelm conventional problem-solving and transcend siloed disciplines. By applying a creativity lens driven by art, science and technology, we can see and set a new global agenda to humanize digital culture, deepen digital trust, inspire creative enterprise and advance sustainable development. This talk presents an overview of Leonardo, the International Society of Art, Science, and Technology, our legacy of impact, and our vision to ReImagine Everything in pursuit of a more vibrant, just, and regenerative world.
- Biography: Diana Ayton-Shenker is CEO, Leonardo/ISAST, ASU Professor & Executive Director of Leonardo-ASU Initiative, author of 4 books (including A New Global Agenda), and co-creator with William T. Ayton of large-scale A.R. public art installations (including New Babel, their NYC 10-story-tall sculpture, and New World City which received 2112 Foundation’s 2020 Visionary Award, and was the 1st A.R. art published by MITPress, and Leonardo).
As Fast Forward Fund founder, Diana was honored by President Clinton, named #1 of “25 Leading Women Changing the World” (Good Business NY), and featured in “31 Inspiring Women in Nonprofit Management” (UNC). She was inaugural Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence (Wharton), Global Catalyst Senior Fellow (The New School), and Senior Fellow Venture Philanthropy (Bard College), and worked with Human Rights Watch, P.E.N, Mercy Corps, and the United Nations. Diana holds an LLM (University of Essex Law School) and BA (University of Pennsylvania).
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