Friday February 22, 2013 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall
Speaker: Brian Burns
Topic: Evolving Communication
While the invention of the printing press is heralded as one of man’s greatest achievements, the development of electronic communication technology has made an even greater impact. This talk will discuss the impacts of various current modes of communication, and question whether we have passed a ‘tipping point’ through which the ‘receiver’ is now more important than the ‘writer’.
Brian Burns studied Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, and Design for the Environment in England, before joining Carleton University some 30 years ago. He has been engaged in many fields since then, and the communication of information that has resulted. He has written, with Don Westwood, a TV series for TV Ontario about Design. Three years ago he published a book with 35 students called ‘EcoSuss’ which attempted to put EcoSustainability into an everyday Canadian perspective. This year he has published a book of maxims about Design called ‘People Want Toast not Toasters’. He is fascinated by the changing modes of communication now available and their effectiveness.