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  • Forum Objective:

    At this month’s Inclusive MKAI Forum, we will explore the role of the film industry, film and television creators in mitigating climate change. We will discuss three questions specifically:

    • What part will the films play in the fight against climate change?
    • Do filmmakers have the responsibility to foster more sustainable behaviours in film plots?
    • How can films on climate change make a ‘call to action’ more effective?

    Our objective is to understand how movies can raise public awareness and change people’s behaviour to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainability and eliminate waste. Furthermore, we will understand how films can shift collective behaviour towards greener habits and practices.

    Forum Abstract:

    The film industry has a significant role in promoting global climate action by raising awareness of the need to tackle global problems, including the climate crisis, as films are inextricably intertwined with culture. They mirror it to some extent, but more often, they shape societies by pushing social boundaries and commonly accepted beliefs and habits. The climate emergency we are facing today makes it more critical than ever that filmmakers are aware of their films’ impact on behaviours.

    For example – A 2004 movie, The Day After Tomorrow, used the idea of how the change in ocean currents could usher in a new ice age. Although not accurate in scientific predictions, it triggered the debate and discussion in the public arena about the dangers of climate change.

    Films can make audiences feel more empowered and motivated to make lifestyle changes to fight climate change. Through weaving sustainability into the narratives of the stories, movies help promote knowledge about the causes of global warming and understanding of how to reduce greenhouse gases.

    Forum Outcomes:

    Our intended outcome is to give attendees an understanding of how the film industry can contribute to raising climate change awareness, mitigating the adverse environmental impact, and promoting behavioural changes.

    Forum Attendance:

    MKAI events are inclusive. Our expert speakers are carefully selected for their ability to make the subject approachable and understandable. MKAI aims to help all people improve their AI-fluency and understanding of this domain. This forum is especially relevant for policymakers, Governmental leaders and corporate decision-makers.

    Forum Speakers and Contributors:

    • Dr. Odilia Coi, Director of Innovation at MKAI
    • Michael P. Nash, Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer
    • Laura Cox, Executive Producer
    • Hans Dayal, Production Manager at The Walt Disney Company
    • Siddharth Nakai, Sustainability Consultant for Film, Media and Entertainment Industry
    • Sandra de Castro Buffington, Social Impact Entertainment Executive and Producer
    • Costanza Burstin, Visual Anthropologist
    • Dr. Koko Warner, Manager, Vulnerability subdivision, Adaptation division at UNFCCC


    More info HERE.

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Career Journey

    Tuesday, July 05, 2022 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am - 12:00pm PT / 12:00pm - 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm - 3:00pm ET

    PREREQUISITE: Must have attended The Career Center Orientation | Weekly on Mondays & Thursdays

    **Acts 1, 2 and 3 must be taken in order**

    In order to participate fully in the activities set out during this workshop, you’ll need to use either a computer or tablet and not a phone when signing onto the Zoom link.

    About the Series 

    A central challenge for many performing arts and entertainment professionals is navigating the episodic nature of their work in the industry. For many, survival work—initiated to make ends meet—ends up draining the creative professional and becoming more problem than solution. The purpose of this workshop series is to assist performing arts and entertainment professionals in their search to find meaningful work. Career Journey offers strategies to gain agency over your career.

    Career Journey - Act 1: Who Am I?
    Are you looking for meaningful work to support your artistic pursuits or new career options, but don't know where to start? In this workshop you will begin your career journey by:
    •    Identifying your work values to help you find meaningful work
    •    Identifying your interests to help you find engaging work
    •    Identifying  your personality preferences to help you find work environments where you thrive
    You'll discover what meaningful work looks like for you while developing language you can use in a resume, interview and while networking.

    Career Journey - Act 2: What Are the Possibilities? 
    Now that you know your values, interests and personality preferences, what are the possibilities? To continue on your career journey you will:
    •    Identify your transferable skills
    •    Develop your strategic career blueprint
    •    Utilize career brainstorm techniques to think outside the box
    You'll discover a sense of what is possible in your career moving forward.

    Career Journey - Act 3: How Will I Get There? 
    Now that you have brainstormed potential work opportunities, how will you get there? To continue on your career journey you will:
    •    Navigate labor market research resources and strategies
    •    Learn to develop your network to find people and organizations that can help
    •    Learn how to test work ideas through experience
    You'll evaluate your work ideas based on who you are and what you need to find a meaningful fit.


    More info HERE.



  • 11:00am - 12:30pm PT / 1:00pm - 2:30pm CT / 2:00pm - 3:30pm ET

    PREREQUISITE: Must have attended The Career Center Orientation | Weekly on Mondays & Thursdays

    Resilience can help increase your capacity to follow through with your job search strategy, even when you aren’t getting the results you want. The purpose of this workshop is to assist performing arts and entertainment professionals build up their resilience muscles to help overcome common job search snags.  

    About Job Search Seminar:
    This is a 5-unit series that covers the main areas all individuals who are actively pursuing a job search should consider. See below for all unit topics: 

    Interested participants only need to register once via Zoom to access all 5 units.


    More info HERE.


  • Facing career challenges and at a loss on how to navigate solutions? Stuck in your career and feeling overwhelmed? Not sure where to turn to for support or how to ask for it?

    Join Career Coach/Talent Agent Consultant/WG Foundation Workshop Facilitator Jim Arnoff in an interactive workshop that will give you the coaching tools to tap into your inner resilience in ways you never thought were possible. Hear the skills to embrace that resilience to see new options, reach out to collaborators in the most effective way and build confidence powerfully. If you're looking to stand firm in face of adversity and access the resilience that you already have, this workshop is for you.

    Workshop starts at 4:00pm Pacific time.

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

    To encourage attendees’ open participation, we will not be recording this workshop.


    More info HERE.


  • 5pm PST / 8pm EST

    What makes a good TV pitch? What are execs really listening for? What are common mistakes? And how does one distill an entire series or movie into 15 minutes?? Join us as Adam and Allison swap questions and discuss pitching from both the executive’s side and the writer’s side. Plus time for an open Q & A.

    Adam Fratto has listened to hundreds of pitches in his roles as VP of Scripted Series at History Channel and A+E Studios, SVP of Series at Reel One Entertainment, and Head of Drama Development at Pukeko Pictures LP, among others.

    Allison Kiessling is a comedy writer who has sold and developed TV pitches with ABC, ABC Studios, TV Land, DC Comics, Warner Bros and Millennium Films.

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Post Pandemic Career Pivot Challenge

    Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM - PDT

    Register for free HERE

    Join industries’ top tastemakers to leave a legacy of leadership by advancing to the next step in your career. Speakers include Masi Oka (NBC's Heroes), John Horn (KPCC, The Frame), Remy Merriex (Amazon, Executive Creative Director), Blair Tindall (Columbia, Stanford, Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”), Steven Canals (FX / Hulu's "Pose," Creator), Peter Newman (NYU, Head of MBAxMFA), Jennifer Carreras (Former VP of Comedy at ABC, Young Rock), Jon Cones (Attorney), Kathy Buckley (Deaf Comedian), Regina Ainsworth (DGA, Women's Alliance), Chloe Yellin (Harvard, former Director of Development at Universal, Young Rock), Madisun Leigh (Producer, Writer).

    Our challenge unites the leaders of today and tomorrow to enact innovative strategies for increased representation, equal opportunities, and closing the racial and gender wage gap in entertainment.

    As streaming platforms and tech companies enter the entertainment game, the IVY entertainment summit is the way to stay ahead. For the past 5 years now, we’ve included executives from Apple, Amazon, Hulu, and more because the streaming universe is now.

    Our audience and guests have one thing in common despite their diverse talent: the love of storytelling. By bringing together executives, actors, directors, writers, lawyers, business people and more, this Summit is truly one-of-kind.


    More info HERE.

  • 5pm PST / 8pm EST

    Join Harvardwood on Thursday, July 21st for an exclusive seminar:

    Crowdfunding the Dream

    Crowdfunding provides a unique opportunity to bring your project to life. But, the market is crowded. On Kickstarter alone, there have been over 80,000 film projects with a success rate of under 40%. So, how do you run a successful campaign? From setting realistic expectations, creating a good story, fulfilling rewards, and building an audience for your work; managing the full lifecycle of a campaign is a lot of work. In this seminar, Shawn will walk you through the process, providing real-world advice to help you manage a successful campaign. Shawn's primary focus will be on project-based campaigns, such as those run on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but he will also touch on creator-based campaigns such as those run on Patreon.

    Shawn Hainsworth (Founder, SHP Comics)
    After graduation, Shawn Hainsworth (V.E.S. ’88) made five feature-length documentaries and numerous shorts and experimental films.  He has made a living as a computer programmer working most recently in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence.  In October of last year, Shawn launched a new Indie Comics publishing company, SHP Comics, with three titles.  His first Kickstarter campaign, in February, was 195% funded and helped publish the first issue.  His most recent campaign was 260% funded and had a 300% increase in the number of backers.  Shawn is the president of the Harvard Club of Western Massachusetts.  He lives in Hatfield, MA with his wife, two kids and two hound dog mixes.

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.


  • Harvardwood Suggests... Brush Making Workshop with Paul Wisotzky

    Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 07:00 AM - PDT

    In this fun three-hour workshop, you will learn how to make brushes for decorating pottery. Brushes can be used to apply slips, underglazes, glazes, oxide washes and wax resist. We’ll be working with several types of animal hair for the brush heads and bamboo for the handles. We’ll also review how you can make your own brush handles from clay. You’ll leave the workshop with several brushes you made yourself to add to your decorating tool kit along with the skills to continue making your own. No experience necessary. 

    Instructor Paul Wisotzky learned to make brushes from the late Kent McLaughlin of Fork Mountain Pottery in Bakersville, North Carolina. Kent was one of many artists who generously shared their skills with the Ceramics Program community during our Fall 2020 online programming.

    All materials are included in the cost of registration and participants can plan on making 3-5 handmade brushes during the workshop!


    More info HERE.


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