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LA Hashtags Herself
94 minutes | May 24, 2018
“You can hold someone accountable and hold them at the same time.”
Ashlee Marie Preston, civil rights activist, writer, speaker, and host of the excellent podcast SHOOK with Ashlee Marie Preston. Ashlee Marie is the first transgender woman editor-in-chief of a national publication, the first openly trans person to run for the California State Legislature, and among many other accolades she’s received in recent years, Ashlee Marie was named as one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans of 2017. Ashlee Marie has many talents, but she is, above all, a communicator. She conceived her podcast as a “platform that is intentional about unpacking the accurate narrative of not just LGBTQ people or trans people, but being intentional about creating the world in which you wish to live in.” Listen to her activism and how you can be an ally.
64 minutes | May 10, 2018
“I am a powerful agent of change. I am deliberate. And I am not afraid.”
Native American award-winning film director and producer, actor, singer/songwriter, author, and founder and CEO of multiple media organizations, humanitarian Joanelle Romero. Joanelle was born in both the artistic and activist worlds and has spent her life bringing those two realms together. Listen to Joanelle share stories about her many years' being an artist and humanitarian, and from where she draws all the necessary strength in a climate where the Native American—and especially the Native woman—is absent from virtually all popular media. As she explains, “I have the strength of my ancestors and I really, really know I am divinely guided with them. And it is a spiritual thing. I do have moments when I want to go, ‘Oh, just forget it,’ but what’s that about? I’ve been given this gift. And to me, it’s a gift.”
64 minutes | Apr 26, 2018
“The question of access is about audience and participation, and being able to deliver.”
Rochelle Steiner is a curator, writer, public art producer, and Professor of Critical Studies at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. She has curated over 60 major exhibitions and large-scale public art projects in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Listen to Rochelle share the discoveries she has made through her career of bringing art into public spaces and the implications of art and design in the urban realm “in all of its radical complexity.” Among many things, we learn about her work as the Director of the Public Art Fund in New York City (where she produced Olafur Eliasson’s The New York City Waterfalls), her work as co-founder of USC’s interdisciplinary Emergent Cities research group, and the profound social relevance of her most recent exhibition, Access + Ability, now on view at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
63 minutes | Apr 12, 2018
The immediacy of writing online has become part of my brain.
Urban journalist and advocate Alissa Walker abandoned her car ten years ago in favor of a pedestrian lifestyle, a move which led to an expansive career as an urbanist and urban advocate that coincides with watershed moments in online journalism and the urban renaissance. What sets Alissa apart, though, is her dedication to online discourse and general optimism about how we can solve our urban issues set her apart. In a time where tribalism reigns, Alissa welcomes the immediacy of online engagement with people of differing opinions “because it only makes me want to find even better solutions to problems.” Listen to Alissa talk about her journalistic practice dedicated to “looking at LA problems and trying to figure out how we can solve problems in a way that help the most people, whether it’s homelessness or transportation or housing or trying to get a ferry running in Santa Monica Bay” and how she “welcome[s] people to challenge my ideas, to tell me that I’m wrong, because it only makes me want to find even better solutions to problems.” For links to some of the things we talked about, check out the showpage.
50 minutes | Mar 29, 2018
LA-Más: Our proposal is going to be so radical because it’s going to be possible
Frogtown-based LA-Más is a design and policy advocacy nonprofit whose mission is to “help lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture.” Timme and Leung’s shared vision for urban growth that is “equitable and self-directed—where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale” motivates and informs this mission. LA-Más is changing the way we understand and experience Los Angeles communities. Listen to this great conversation to learn how Elizabeth Timme and Helen Leung achieve this. Spoiler alert: they collaborate and, as Elizabeth says, they seek out radical solutions within the possible approaches.
85 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
Lisa Schweitzer on Flourishing as the Central Human Value of Urban Planning
Professor Lisa Schweitzer opens this season of LA#Herself and explains how flourishing is "the heart of what urban planning has to be about," and how she works to make good neighborhoods, "physical shape aside, that give spaces for people to develop and grow such that flourishing spreads." Listen to how Lisa's belief in flourishing has shaped her researcher's and teacher's agenda, how that’s tracked with her dedication to the topic of justice, be it about cities, gender, or ethnicity, and what she thinks we can all do to help.
67 minutes | Nov 30, 2017
Go Fug Yourself’s Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are self-proclaimed “authors, bloggers, and fashion assassins.” Creators of so many people’s favorite celebrity fashion blog, Go Fug Yourself, and authors of bestsellers like the fortune-telling The Royal We (about an American who falls in love with and marries a British prince), Heather and Jessica share with us their collaborative process, their intentions to make the blog communal and someplace people want to come. “You always want the site, as your baby, to be something you’re proud to share with people.” For links to some of the things we talk about: http://bedrosian.usc.edu/lahashtags/
65 minutes | Oct 19, 2017
LOST LA with public historian Nathan Masters
Public historian Nathan Masters is host, producer, and managing editor of LOST LA, a co-production of KCETLink and USC Libraries LA as Subject research alliance. The show, which just started its second season, “recenter[s] the telling of Los Angeles history” away from the Anglo-American perspective. “The point that we make is that LA has always been diverse.” For links to some of the things we talk about: http://bedrosian.usc.edu/lahashtags/
85 minutes | Oct 12, 2017
All your health and fitness data, and one woman who mines it
Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD, is the director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research. Donna researches ways of using smartphones and other Internet of Things platforms to take individuals' temporally dense, context-specific data, such as mood and eating behaviors, from individuals and devise just-in-time interventions to address obesity. “This is NOT to replace medicine or public health, and I’m not so sure if they’re making it easier. We’re here to make it better.” For more information and to find links to some of the things we talk about check out the showpage, https://bedrosian.usc.edu/lahashtags/health-fitness-data/
74 minutes | Sep 28, 2017
Art & Public Service: Thor Steingraber
Thor Steingraber is the executive director of Cal State Northridge's Valley Performing Arts Center, or "The Soraya," thanks to Younes and Soraya Nazarian's decision to give $17 million in support of the center's programming. Donations such as these, as Thor notes early in our conversation, are "transformative." They offer both financial security to the constantly-economically-vulnerable performing arts and opportunities to serve new audiences. But the Nazarian's gift isn't the only transformation we discuss. Listen to a discussion about individual changes, technological-cultural developments, demographic shifts, and even marketing differences.
79 minutes | Sep 14, 2017
“I would have given you a very different answer before November 2016": Marissa Gluck
Marissa Gluck is a digital research strategist who’s worked in tech since the mid-90s, an urbanism and architecture writer, and a principal of the design-cum-civic engagement non-profit Design East of La Brea, or de LaB. Through her unique bundle of expertise, Marissa gives us insights into how her three fields engage with issues of culture, identity, and civic participation. This long, fun conversation is about how Marissa is, above all, an conversationalist. Learn how she uses empathy and storytelling to make things accessible to her audience, whoever they are at the time. Thanks again for listening and let us know what you think of the conversation on Twitter (Bedrosian, me), Facebook, or email. bedrosian.usc.edu
60 minutes | Nov 30, 2016
Social Media in Placemaking and Tastemaking at Platform, LA
Welcome to Los Angeles Hashtags Itself #6. The fall’s final guest is Erin Mavian, COO of Runyon, a full-service real estate company working with high-end retailers, restaurants, and creative companies to provide their visitors and partners with unique experiences. Mavian hosts us at Runyon’s Culver City offices to discuss Runyon’s Hayden Tract-located flagship project, Platform: what it is, how they position it within the larger contemporary development climate, and how social media serves Platform’s success. Critically, Platform represents the evolution of real estate developer from placemaker to placemaker and tastemaker. Welcome to the future of real estate development where social media does more than market a place, it connects us to it.
89 minutes | Nov 10, 2016
LA Freewaves’ Anne Bray on Media as an Exchange of Consciousness
Welcome to episode 5 of Los Angeles Hashtags Itself. Our guest on this episode is media artist Anne Bray. Bray is executive director of Freewaves, the LA-based nonprofit arts organization that advocates for and exhibits new, uncensored, independent media. She tells us about her thirty-plus years using media art to initiate difficult and essential dialogue around pressing social issues. Civic engagement – connection - is essential to strong governance. Art & technology can confront, educate, and connect us. Is art essential to good governance? With impactful engagement in communities around policy issues, art can bring us to a more socially just world.
69 minutes | Oct 20, 2016
Can We Code Serendipity into our Daily Lives? A Talk with Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley
Today’s LA#itself features a conversation with Dennis Crowley, the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Foursquare. Foursquare is so much more than the check-in social media app we know from the late naughts. Today Foursquare comprises a host of consumer and enterprise products, all of which emerged from a single idea over ten years ago. “How can I get my friends together more easily in New York?” A Jane Jacobs fan, Crowley tells us about how he sees tech companies working to make our city lives both easier and more fun, and how the best tech innovations arise when people build solutions, not apps.
83 minutes | Oct 13, 2016
Can LA Lead in Transportation Innovation? A Conversation with Ashley Hand
Today’s LA#itself features a conversation Ashley Hand, the City of Los Angeles’ Transportation Technology Strategist fellow from 2016-2017 and co-founder of smart cities consulting firm CityFi, as well as the country’s first woman to serve as a municipality’s Chief Innovation Officer in Kansas City, Missouri from 2013-2015. We discuss the final report she wrote for her fellowship, Urban Mobility in a Digital Age: A Transportation Technology Strategy for Los Angeles, which proposes how we can use technology to make LA’s mobility network efficient, reliable, and truly multi-modal. If we can do it here, surely it can be done anywhere else in the United States.
76 minutes | Sep 22, 2016
LA2050 and Crowdsourcing Philanthropy for LA’s Future
This episode of LA#itself features a conversation with Angie Jean-Marie, Social Innovation and Marketing Manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation, and her predecessor Shauna Nep, Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Fundamental. Jean-Marie and Nep tell us about LA2050, the Goldhirsh Foundation’s ambitious grant crowdsourcing “initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles.” We discuss the origins for the novel crowdsourcing approach for philanthropy, the inherent opportunities and challenges, and how LA2050’s staff makes annual micro-adjustments to capitalize on Goldhirsh’s long-term funding agenda. As you can imagine, there are a lot of moving parts.
42 minutes | Sep 2, 2016
ARTBOUND, Participatory Journalism, & the SoCal Cultural Landscape
Don’t believe Los Angeles has always been a creative city or that Los Angelenos love local history? Don’t believe it. Listen to Los Angeles Hashtags Itself’s conversation with Artbound executive producer Juan Devis and learn what can happen when you dedicate multiple online platforms, streaming video capabilities, and the power of social networks to telling the story of Southern California’s rich and diverse arts and cultural offerings.
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