Johanna Blakley

Media | Entertainment | Fashion


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I give talks on topics such as . . . 


Creative Lessons From Fashion, Keynote, ILEA LIVE 2016, Calgary, Canada August 12, 2017

Educational Technology and Computational Psychometrics Symposium, ACTNext, ACT, Iowa City, November 15-16, 2017


Studying & Shaping the Impact of Media, Keynote, Global Health Film Festival, Barbican, London, November 11, 2016 | video

What have we learned about the social impact of storytelling? Advancing the Story: The Next Chapter in Media Impact, speaker, Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles, November 2, 2016 | video

Social Media & the Blurring of Demographics, Empower Connect 16, Empower Media, Cincinnati, October 27, 2016

Using “Fashion Thinking” to Innovate, Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives, speaker, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington D.C., October 4, 2016

The Social Impact of Recommendation Engines, Arthesia, speaker, Los Angeles, August 9, 2016

From the Street: Median in Conversation, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, panel moderator, WUHO Gallery, Los Angeles, August 7, 2016

Leveraging Mass Media Entertainment for Behavior Change, Narrating Behavior Change: Entertainment Education Evaluation Workshop, plenary speaker, The World Bank, Mexico City, May 16, 2016

Public Diplomacy for Sustainable Development, Center for Public Diplomacy Forum, panelist, UN Foundation, Washington D.C., May 12, 2016

Who Cares? Overcoming “Development Fatigue,” frank 2016, speaker, University of Florida, Gainesville, February 23-26, 2015

Gender and (Anti)Social Media, 131st Modern Language Association Convention, Austin, 1:45-3:00pm, January 8, 2016.

Gauging the Impact of Journalism, Media Impact Forum: Philanthropy and the Digital Future, Menlo Park, CA, June 23, 2015

How Should Philanthropists Measure the Impact of Art? Spark Camp :: Giving, The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis, June 6, 2015

Ownership & Innovation in the Design IndustriesStruktur Event: The creative conference for the active outdoor design industry, speaker, Portland, Oregon, May 6-8, 2015 | video

Metrics & Measurement, International Advocacy Workshop, speaker, USC Center for Public Diplomacy, April 16, 2015

Technologies of Taste: Recommendation Engines & Filter Bubbles, Mission Creek Festival, keynote speaker, Iowa City, April 4, 2015

Mobile metrics basics with the USC Media Impact Project, Online News Association Conference: Mobile 2015, presenter, London, March 6, 2015 | Mobile Metrics for Journalists guide | blog

Why Real Time Social Media is King During Award Show Season, panelist, Social Media Club LA, February 17, 2015 | Recap

Evaluation and Impact: Measuring Success in a Digitized World, panelist, California Academy of Sciences, January 8, 2015

Memory, Media & Technology: Exploring the Trajectories of “Schindler’s List,” moderator, USC
Shoah Foundation’s 2014 International Conference, November 17, 2014 | blog

Media and documentary as a tool for social change, panelist, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada Annual Conference, Halifax, Canada, October 22, 2014

Intervention: Contemporary Artists & the Modern House at the MAK Center, Neutra VDL House, and Hollyhock House, Los Angeles, panelist/moderator, October 4, 2014

Stories Can Change Us: Storytelling for the Public Good, panelist, American Psychological Association’s Annual Conference, Washington, DC, August 8, 2014

Culture Track ’14, moderator, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, June 10, 2014 | report | video | blog

Measuring Cultural Engagement Amid Confounding Variables: A Reality Check, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Cultural Value Project of the U.K.’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) two-day symposium, speaker, Washington, DC, June 1, 2014 | full report

Media Choices Symposium, speaker, Drexel University, Philadelphia, May 30, 2014 partial video | blog

The Art & Science of Engagement, Hot Docs Industry Conference and Market, keynote speaker, Toronto, Canada, April 28, 2014 | video

Hot Docs Talk: Docs Change People. People Change the World, speaker, Hot Docs Industry Conference and Market, Toronto, Canada, April 24, 2014

The Social Impact of Social Media, APOGEE Technical Festival, keynote speaker, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India, March 28, 2014 | video

The Media Impact Project, Media Impact Focus: AIM and Shoot, speaker, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA, March 5, 2014

Digital Revolution, Intellectual Property and the Changing Face of Law, panelist, MARKA 2013 International Brand Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, December 19, 2013

Social Media & the Networked Consumer, MARKA 2013 International Brand Conference, speaker, Istanbul, Turkey, December 19, 2013

How Does Media Move Us? The Data Overthrow, Paley Center International Council Summit, lunch speaker, New York, November 21, 2013

Intellectual Property in the Fashion Business, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, November 8, 2013

Fashion Thinking: An interactive workshop, Creative Open House, Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, November 7, 2013

Imaging War: The Primetime War on Terror, The Great Works Symposium 2013-14: Media – Past, Present & Future, Drexel University, Philadelphia, November 5, 2013

Hollywood’s Mission for Change – Strategies, Media and Commitment – Human and Animal Rights, Environment, Education & Healthcare, panelist, Digital Hollywood, October 21, 2014

Storytelling, Engagement & Activism for Change: The Other Side of Hollywood, Hollywood Film Festival, panelist, October 18, 2013 | brochure

The Evolving Culture of Science Engagement, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, September 23-24, 2013 | full report

The Politics of Personal TasteTEDxOrangeCoast, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA, September 20-21, 2013 | video

LEAP Symposium, workshop participant, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, September 18, 2013 | outcomes

Topanga Film Festival: Storytelling, Engagement & Activism for Change Workshop & Panel Discussion, Creative Visions Foundation, Malibu, July 21, 2013 | brochure

The Social Impact of Social MediaSwiss Media Forum, keynote speaker, Lucerne, Switzerland, May 23-24, 2013 | video

What If? Writing Stories of the Future, fractal’2013, facilitator, Medellin, Colombia, May 17-18, 2013 | augmented reality video | 3D printing video | synthetic biology video

Shaping the Future of Work: Women & Social Media, featured speaker & workshop leader, Cognizant, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, March 4, 2013

Knight Strategy Session @ TED 2013: Ideas into Action, TED2013, February 24, 2013

The Hottest News and Latest Tools in Impact, Media That Matters 2013, Center for Social Media, American University, February 15, 2013 | video

Championing Women & Diversity in Communication Leadership, USC Annenberg Networking & Leadership Forum, sponsored by Ms. Magazine and the USC Center for Communication Leadership, USC Town & Gown, January 24, 2013 | video

Women Empowered: Social Media & the Social Organization, featured speaker, Cognizant, December 11, 2012, Orlando, Florida

Investing in Media to Benefit Underserved Communities, Expanding Coverage: News and Information to Enhance Community Health, sponsored by The California Endowment and Media Impact Funders, December 4-5, 2012

Social Media & the End of Gender, L2 Innovation Forum 2012, New York University, November 7, 2012

Color Lust: 2012 International Summit of the Color Marketing Group, keynote speaker, Miami, October 28, 2012

Media Matters. Sure, but How Much? American Evaluation Association Conference, Minneapolis, October 25, 2012

Shaping the Future of Work: Women & Social Media, Cognizant Community 2012, Scottsdale, October 22, 2012

Arts, Culture & Social Change, Creative Change Retreat, Park City, Utah, July 31, 2012

Evaluating the Impact of Media, World Bank-Annenberg Executive Course in Communication and Governance Reform, Los Angeles, June 25, 2012

Media-fueled Impact, Making Media Now: Catalyzing Social Change With Cross-Platform Media, Boston, June 8, 2012

Films That Make a Difference, Seattle International Film Festival, June 3, 2012 | transcript

Films and Brands, Tribeca Film Festival, April 20, 2012 | video

Copyright for Fashion Design: Evaluating the IDPPPA, IP Issues in Fashion Law Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, March 20, 2012 | video

Fashion & the Democracy of Style, Honors Forum Lecture Series, Maricopa Community Colleges, Phoenix, November 16, 2011

Can Movies Really Change People? speaker, TEDxPhoenix, November 11, 2011 | video

Are You Ready for the Future? University of Rhode Island 2011 Honors Colloquium, November 8, 2011 [check out the amazing line-up!]

Mash-Ups, Categorically Not! Santa Monica Art Studios, October 30, 2011

Food, Innovation, and Intellectual Property Rights, Keynote, Gastronomy & Technology Days, Barcelona, Spain, October 18, 2011 | video

Fostering Creativity & Collaboration in the Academy, Campus Technology Forum 2011, opening keynote speaker, Long Beach, September 28, 2011

Designers & the Attention Economy, Conversations at Stuart Karten Design, featured speaker, Los Angeles, 7pm, June 23, 2011 | event info | podcast

Fandom & the Future Mass Audience, Digital Fan Marketing Summit, pecha kucha presentation, Los Angeles, May 10, 2011

Fashion140 Conference: How Social Media is Changing Our Business, featured speaker, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, May 4, 2011 | video

The Business & Culture of Fashion, speaker, Rosario University, Bogota, Colombia, April 11, 2011

Entertainment as Virtual Reality: The Impact of Imitation, speaker, Fractal 11: Decoding the Present, Jardin Botanico de Medellin, Colombia, April 8-9, 2011 | video

Women, Social Media & the Networked Audience, speaker, Women in TV Breakfast, Australian Subscription Television & Radio Association, March 29, 2011 | video | transcript

Hybrid Forms:  Writing in a networked world, speaker, USC Master of Professional Writing Program, Taper Hall 102, 7pm, March 10, 2011 | video

Lifting the Veil Through Media: Futbol, Dating and Revolution in Iran, panelist, Contemporary Middle Eastern Cinema, USC Norris Cinema Theatre, 6:30 – 7:30pm, reception to follow, March 6, 2011

Fashion and Free Culture, panelist, Free Culture Conference, New York University, February 19, 2011

Creativity & Copyright: The Surprising Tale of the Fashion Industry, speaker, Innovative Cultures of Copying, Indiana University, Bloomington, February 21, 2011

Social Media & the End of Gender, speaker, TED Women, Washington DC, December 8, 2010

Artists, Technology & the Ownership of Creative Content, speaker, Free Culture Forum, Barcelona, Spain, October 29, 2010 | event info

Access to Culture in the Digital Era: Legal Challenges & Copyright Issues, speaker, Spanish National Library, Madrid, Spain, October 27, 2010

Twitter in the Ivory Tower, speaker, 140 Characters Conference, Los Angeles, October 4, 2010 | event info

Why Can’t Fashion Designers Own Their Designs? Speaker, USC Alumni Leadership Conference, September 30, 2010 | video | event info

The Business & Culture of Social Media, speaker, Social Media Week Los Angeles, September 20, 2010 | video | event info

Social Media in the Curriculum: Degrees for Today’s Learners, panel moderator, New Media Consortium, June 11th, 2010 | event info

The Lear Center’s Creativity, Commerce & Culture Project, speaker, Dean’s Series on Sustainable Innovation: Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, March 25, 2010 | video | project info

Best of Times: Writing in the Age of the Internet, panelist, USC Masters in Professional Writing Program, March 11, 2010 | video

Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture, speaker, TEDxUSC, April 13, 2010 | video

Innovation & Creativity in the Fashion Industry, speaker, USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, January 12, 2010

PUBLIC: A Keywords Roundtable Discussion, panelist, The Department of Women’s Studies at UC Irvine, May 20, 2009 | event info

The Logic of Copyright & the Ownership of Creativity, speaker, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, The Arts and Cultural Policy Study Group, April 17, 2009

MIT Communication Forum: Popular Culture and Politics, panelist, 2009 | audiotranscript

Rights/Camera/Action, moderator, ACLU National Conference, 2008 | video | transcript

Creativity & Copyright: The Surprising Tale of the Fashion Industry, speaker, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, December 5, 2008 | audio

Women Today: Perspectives on the Next President, speaker, Spotlight Speaker Series, USC Center for Women and Men, October 29, 2008

Results of the Lear Center/Zogby Politics & Entertainment Survey, speaker, Annenberg Open Forum on Politics, War… and More, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, October 1, 2008 | project info

Fashion in the Commons, speaker, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, August 21, 2008

Ready to Share: Fashion and the Commons, speaker, iSummit, the international conference of the Creative Commons, Sapporo, Japan, July 31, 2008 | video | interview | blog

Controversy in Context: The War on Terror, panelist, USC Academic Culture Assembly, April 22, 2008 | project description

Will Tomorrow’s World Still Need Designers? panel moderator, SXSW, March 9, 2008 | blog

The Warhol Economy: Urban Growth Seminar, speaker, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, September 11, 2007 | blog

Creative Diplomacy: A New Model of Exchange, panelist, Art Center College of Design, November 1, 2005 | event info

Agri(c)ulture: What’s Growing in LA? panelist, Not A Cornfield, September 16, 2005

Women in the Multimedia Industry, spearker, Women’s Night Out, July 19, 2005

Covering Entertainment in the Digital Age, speaker, Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, June 5, 2005 | audio | video | slides

1 Comment»

  Kathie Taylor wrote @

Hello Johanna, I just finished watching the 15 min. presentation on the intellectual property of fashion. I teach fashion design at The Art Institute of California, San Diego, and San Diego Mesa College, and I also work in the industry. I was riveted listening to your presentation as I lay in my bed…laptop on my lap, and iPhone on my chest. I had just been on-line sourcing…looking for inspiration for my next project :), while in between I checked my email and received your linked from the librarian at the Art Institute. The reason I am writing, as a teacher, one of the first questions new students have, going into the study is “Can I protect my design?” And I usually go into a long diatribe to explain “no.” I’ve never heard it explained so eloquently, funny and thoroughly enjoyable. I’m saying all this to ask if you could speak at a seminar I am co-hosting here in San Diego. I know that you must be very busy, and I hope that you would consider. I am a member of Fashion Group International. The Professional Development Day will be an amazing day of networking and growth for all segments of the fashion industry. Strategic breakout sessions are planned covering various topics, including business set-up (LLC vs. Corp)l Marketing and Social Networking, and more, plenty of networking opportunities, and a surprise guest.
Please let me know…this is a shot in the dark…but I HAD to ask. We would be so grateful and appreciative to have you here.

Thank you for your time,
Kathie Taylor
(619) 905-6962

Our target attendees are aspiring entrepreneurs looking to lay the groundwork for a profitable fashion business, students looking to absorb information and determine their direction, and established industry professionals looking to keep up on industry developments and trends.

The one-day event is designed to meet the needs of the San Diego fashion community by providing attendees with solid direction and best business practices to inspire them to become leaders.

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