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Simone Lackerbauer

Product Manager, M.A., Creator, ProSiebenSat.1 Games

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Change Through Imagination and Fiction: we need to communicate our ideas & visions to make them real.

I have been fascinated by the way how ideas and visions, especially related to new technologies, are communicated in real life (TED Talks, scientific conferences, academe) and in fiction (science fiction, cyberculture). I want to explore certain aspects of creativity, fiction, and technological utopia -- visions of the future, fuelled by innovation, new technologies, gadgets, visions, dreams, rumors related to high-tech and small-scale technologies.

One of my hypotheses is that we need imagination and fiction to communicate our visions in order to foster change; for better or worse. Every innvoation starts as pure fiction, so the more we imagine and envision, the more we will be able to innovate and to channel our imagination for positive change.

A commercial example: Steve Jobs had a very particular idea about personal computers and gadgets; the systems he built (as opposed to the ones Steve Wozniak favored) were (and are) "closed" systems, communicating a vision of completedness and a certain digital lifestyle.

A cultural example: TED Speakers use the TED platform -- and bend to the TED rules -- to communicate their ideas. Many Speakers have had special presentation training, many of them have stunning visualizations of their ideas -- impressive slides, fascinating computer animations to communicate their ideas and partly their fiction of what might be possible -- to share their visions and to help them become reality one day.

A scientific example: scientists come up with theories based on observations, then they try to make them real by experimenting, by observing, by comparing, by publishing papers, by talking to peers and eventually by finding evidence (at least in most cases).

Do you think fiction has the power to provoke change? Do you think we need fiction to give our visions more substance and to push them towards reality? Is fiction in everyday life settings powerful? Is fiction dangerous? Can fiction foster innovation and change?

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    Oct 11 2011: Cont.... they "FLICKED-US-OFF" a few years ago, probably thinking that we would simply go away, or never do anything as Globally and Significantly DIVERSE as what we are doing NOW.

    A couple of months ago, I was approached by a former Government "Counter Intelligence Agent" about possibly utilizing OUR Comics, Animations,Toys, Films, etc... to Possibly help Fight against Terrorism. I received a complete Plan outline, of how what we were/are doing with Our TDM Comics International/Family Media Company "BRANDS", could be utilized to help Change the mindsets, and cultures of children who are being recruited into terrorist organizations, to perhaps give those children alternative types of aspirations and goals.

    I Mean, Really what Child starts out from birth imagining "Blowing themselves up" when they grow up??
    So, the facts that we were/are already doing this type of Missions, and Visions, is ironic, that I was so very honored to attend the viewing at the Dearborn, Michigan Arab American Museum, on Thursday, September 29, 2011. That was such and educational and learning experience. "The 99" Comics Creators and Animated Series Film producer, are doing works, right in line with our own Goals and missions. Invited by the Detroit Public TV Network and the Arab American Museum to that Showing and to meet the Creators of "the 99" Comics series, and the Animator Film Maker, Added to my Experiences of What we are doing IS "On-The_Right-Track"

    Lastly,
    Being "BULLIED" as a Child, inspired a lot of my materials, yet to me in the future of several other Series. I/WE have been in Contact with national "ANTI-BULLYING" organizations, and will reconnect with them, as we grow bigger and bigger. That very day in which their Vice President met with President Barack Obama, I talked with their co-founder, on the phone, and have talked with her a couple times since then.

    So, as You can see we have many Inspirations for what we are doing, and its a passion, not just for money.
    Reece

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