LA in 360: Storytelling, Science Fiction, and Society

We have finished 3 weeks of “What’s the T?  Tea Time Storytelling” which happened every Tuesday with wonderful storytellers sitting in the “STORYTELLERS CHAIR.”  We will be sending our stories soon to THE MOTH Education team.  The Moth is featured on NPR.  Next week, the final group will present their stories to their core class.

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We are finishing our unit on storytelling with STORYTELLING IN 360. The students will be utilizing 360 Ricoh Theta cameras to videotape a short story through a 360 lens.   The types of stories range from “36 Random Facts+1”, serenades about french fries through parody, random conversations, and the life of a fridge.  See sample photos below of screenshots of first rough cuts.

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We are closing out our reading groups and dialogues about science fiction novels.  We had four reading groups based on these novels:

  • 1984
  • ANIMAL FARM
  • CINDER
  • FEED
  • UGLIES

We discussed how technology can be used help and hurt humanity.  We had two guest speakers that combined the ideas of technology, science fiction writing, and humanity.  adrienne maree brown discussed how we can recreate the future through writing science fiction.  Christian Schorman  discussed new Microsoft technology and specifically showcased the HoloLens and students were asked to write about their experience through the lens of User Experience Design (UXD).

  • adrienne maree brown (see images below).  She is the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing World.  Emergent strategy is rooted in emergence science, where “complex patterns and systems arise from relatively simple interactions, such as the murmuration of a flock of birds” says brown. In the book, brown builds upon ideas from writers and philosophers such as Octavia Butler, Margaret Wheatley, and Grace Lee Boggs. She shares core principles of emergent strategy such as adaptation, decentralization, interdependence, creating possibility, resilience, transformative justice, and nonlinear change.
  • Christian Schorman from Microsoft talking about HoloLens (photos not allowed).

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