We talk to Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer at South By Southwest (SXSW), about the challenges of putting together a festival with 250,000+ attendees in the middle of a pandemic and about the future of SXSW in a post-COVID19 world.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

Hugh: I’ve been at SXSW for 30 years, and I was actually the first paid employee when I first joined in 1989. Some people have told me I should call myself the founding employee, which sounds a little bit bogus [laughs]. When I started at SXSW, I had no idea that the event would grow into the scale and size it has now, so it has been an incredible ride to watch the transformation up close and to see how the event has shaped the city [Austin, TX]. …

We talk to Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin, and her daughter, Kara Scully, Marketing Specialist at Atlas Coffee Club, about design thinking and about the humanization of businesses and problem-solving in today’s world.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

Shaku: Nowadays, people still think that design is only about art, without seeing that it actually influences everything. …

Kathleen Zuelch, producer at Netflix, weighs in on producing animated films in Hollywood.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

We all have our favorite animation from childhood that we still cling to like Linus and his blanket. Our love affair with this medium has never really waned even as we have transitioned into adulthood.

When Covid-19 struck, according to the SF Chronicle, “While other Hollywood trade unions have suffered near-total job loss since April, the Animation Guild has seen an increase of about 150 dues-paying (i.e. working) members. With limited interaction among actors and crews on stages the new norm, expect fewer real performers and more computer-generated crowds, creatures and environments to come to screens.” …

We talk to Chad Williamson, co-founder of Never Whisper Justice and producer of Black Boys, and to Jordan Farris from the XQ Institute.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

In this episode of our community chats, we discuss Black Boys (dir. Sonia Lowman), a heart wrenching film that illuminates the full humanity of Black boys and men in America.

Chad: This is the first film that I have ever produced. I used to be a physical therapist in the U.S. Air Force, and after that I became a teacher and a coach at a school in Tampa, Florida, and that opened my mind, ears, and eyes to the field of education. Got my master’s degree, one thing led to another and I was running an educational organization in Little Rock, Arkansas when Sonia [Lowman] came through. We connected and I gave her some insight about the work that we were doing, and a lot of the work that I was interested in was black men achievement. Sonia called me after her film on segregation, Teach Us All, was acquired by Ava DuVernay, so we started the conceptualization of Black Boys.

Two parents and a sibling weigh in.

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ActivateenCC is a series of community chats that seeks to bridge the intergenerational gap and promote greater understanding. We speak with parents, influencers, subject matter experts and connect the dots through the lens of generation Z. Our subjects range from well-being, work and everything in between.

In this episode of our community chats, we talk to two parents and a teen about autism to get a better understanding of their experiences, challenges, and how we can help as a community.

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