A Garrison Institute Salon
The truth has never been more important, or more besieged. How does a political & media landscapenow dominated by bias, half-truths, hyperbole, rancor, & occasionally weaponized misinformationaffect us psychologically, morally, & even spiritually? How do we maintain a healthy information diet, even in the midst of this crisis? When should we tune in, & when should we tune out? And how do we hold on to truth amid the roiling seas of nonsense?
On September 19th, at Judson Memorial Church, the Garrison Institute will convene an intimate group of leading voices in technology, journalism, psychology, & the contemplative traditions for a wide-ranging & participatory dialogue. Together, well explore actionable strategies for holding on to & living in truth in a post-truth age.
Danah Boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research & the founder of Data & Society. She is also a Visiting Professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program & an academic & a scholar whose research examines the intersection between technology & society.
Gilad Lotanis the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed & the Chief Data Scientist at betaworks, a technology company that operates as a studio, building new products, growing companies, & seed investing. Previously, he ran the data team at SocialFlow, built data products at Microsoft & audience analytics tools at Endemol. His recent publications include Apps, Apple & Algorithmic Glitches - a data-intensive breakdown of the iTunes top charts algorithm, & Social Networks & the Art of Personalizing Propaganda - an analysis of polarized media coverage within social networked spaces.
Roshi Enkyo O'Hara is Abbott of the Village Zendo in New York City. A Soto Zen priest & contemporary American Zen Teacher, she integrates traditional meditation & koan practice with social engagement & peacemaking. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, she taught for many years at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, centering on new media technologies & social justice.
Andrew Revkin has written on sustainability & environmental risk for three decades, currently as the senior reporter for climate & related issues at ProPublica. He joined the prize-winning public-interest newsroom after 21 years of writing for The New York Times, most recently through his Dot Earth blog for the Opinion section. As the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University from 2010 until 2016, he taught courses in blogging, environmental communication & documentary film. He has written acclaimed & award-winning books on global warming, the changing Arctica nd the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication.
Clay Shirkyis a writer, consultant, & teacher on the social & economic effects of Internet technologies & journalism. He has a joint appointment at New York University as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute & Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Carla Zanoni is the Executive Emerging Media Editor of Audience Development at the Wall Street Journal. She leads the Wall Street Journal's global audience development & engagement, social media, SEO, & newsroom analytics teams, while identifying & developing state-of-the-art news delivery & storytelling methods via social, video, messaging, & emerging platforms.
Andrew Zolli is the President of the Garrison Institute. He is an acclaimed thought-leader, advisor, author, & social innovator working at the intersection of foresight, global innovation, social change, & resilience. He works as a strategic advisor to a wide variety of leading corporate, governmental, social-sector organizations, & venture-backed start-ups, in fields ranging from technology, aerospace, entrepreneurship, & the arts.