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How might sound design and sonic facilitation support groups in being more effective in addressing complex challenges?



9:00 – 11:00 AM PDT (Los Angeles)
11:00 – 1:00 PM CDT (Chicago)
12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT (New York)

17:00 – 19:00 BST/London
18:00 – 20:00 CET/Paris

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  • HOSTS: Todd Johnston, Joshua Cubista, and Sita Magnuson

    You are invited to join hosts Joshua, Sita, and Todd on an exploration of the emerging art, science, and possibilities of soundscaping the co-creative process. They will each share some of what they have been learning over the course of their inquiry into this space before opening the conversation to all in asking:

    • How can sound design and sonic facilitation make a positive experiential, emotional, and relational difference in group processes?

    • What experiments could we, as practitioners, design and run to test and learn about this notion?

    • Suppose sound designers and sonic facilitators were an integral part of a design and facilitation team, from the first design conversation through the finish line.  What’s imaginable? What’s possible? What’s immediately doable?

    Earphones/pods are suggested for the best experience.

Host Bios 

Sita Magnuson supports communities and organizations through the application of a variety of social technologies. She currently is weaving graphic facilitation, meeting design/facilitation, and experience design into her work on civic stewardship and futures-based community development. Sita has been playing music since high school—starting with classical training on the cello and landing in an undefined genre of experimental-psych-folk-pop-Americana, playing slide guitar, synth, and various other instruments. Before disbanding, she was a long-time member of the band Bunwinkies, which released one record, Map of Our New Constellations, before disbanding. She founded Easthampton Co.Lab (a community co-working space that has closed due to the Pandemic) and Fort Future as areas to experiment locally–spawning a deep investigation into blanket forts and the power our physical environments have on cognition and community. She lives with her husband and two children in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Joshua Cubista is an international experiential designer, facilitator, and strategist focusing on personal, social, and systemic leadership capacity building. As a scholar-practitioner and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Guelph, his research explores social practice, transformational change, and future literacy for change-making. As a lover of the creative process and a musician from an early age, Joshua plays an eclectic mix of instruments, apprenticed in instrument making, and worked as a DJ/facilitator for two decades making soundscapes for human potential training center’s around the world through which he experienced first hand the incredible contribution music, and sound design can make to the facilitative arts. Working with organizations, communities, and multi-stakeholder groups, Joshua’s research and practice focus on co-creating optimal responses to the complex opportunities and challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Todd Johnston is a freelance mutual learner who considers the heart of his work to be “deepening collaborative, social processes for mutual learning, co-creation, and finding our way.” His LinkedIn profile offers insight into how he has spent many years in collaboration design and facilitation. Over the years, Todd has written and spoken about the phenomenon of group genius, a term he learned from his mother and mentor, Gail Taylor, to describe those elusive, peak experiences in the creative flow of collaboration. After years of DJ’ing DesignShops and such, Todd has taken a dive into the emerging field of sonic facilitation and sound design in the context of collaboration and is looking forward to sharing this passion with you.

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