Jesse Hirsh is the founder and President of Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which has been developed as an extension of his work as an internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster. Driven by his passion to share insights and ideas regarding the world of technology, Jesse also enjoys exploring the opportunities that arise from such a perspective. An active public speaker and intellectual, Jesse shares his professional analysis via Metaviews and his personal thoughts via his website.
Sherida Ryan is a senior partner with Metaviews, helping with management, consulting, and our ongoing research. She also teaches in the Department of Adult Education and Community Development, at the University of Toronto, where she serves as the Coordinator for the Community University Research Alliance on Social Business and Marginalized Social Groups. Sherida is also the Director for the Social Economy Centre at OISE/UofT. Her research focuses on the impact of emerging technology in adult education, community development and the social economy.
Marc Weisblott is the editorial director of Metaviews. His media experience dates back to the earliest FM radio days of the University of Toronto's CIUT, followed by a long association with Eye Weekly, and contributions to other print media outlets in the U.S. and Canada. As the first professional blogger in Canada, he developed original online content for the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, with countless stories, trends and memes examined along the way. Recently, he piloted the social media news service Mondoville, and was the national affairs reporter for Yahoo! Canada. Marc has now brought those insights to a range of projects at Metaviews.
Emily Pohl-Weary is the Vice-President of special projects at Metaviews, acting as the Executive Director of the Academy of the Impossible. An award-winning author Emily is the founder of the Parkdale Street Writers, a weekly writing workshop for local youth, and also the facilitator of a similar ongoing workshop at NaMeRes. She's currently enrolled in a PhD at OISE/UofToronto and is interested in new media's potential: to improve literacy training, to connect disenfranchised communities and to bring people together. Emily is also an active gamer interested in the future of storytelling.
Ken Chase brings to Metaviews extensive experience solving complex computational problems with limited means and incredible ingenuity. Immersed in a world very few are able to understand, Ken is able to interpret and translate some of the most obscure technology developments into practical and applicable terms. He currently operates his own boutique internet consultancy assisting specialized clients with interesting problems. He enjoys engaging in issues on the future of the net, wired society, and the social implications of accelerated technology adoption.
Julia Pohl-Miranda is a Metaviews researcher and graduate of McGill University. Her research focuses on the ability of technology to transform the way we understand the world and each other: rewriting etiquette, fostering new kinds of relationships, charting shifts in mores, and technology's application to movements for social change. Julia is also interested in the future of the publishing industry and spends incredible amounts of time at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly in Montreal.
Willow Dawson is a cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic novelist who's artwork reflects the unique perspective she brings to the world. As part of Metaviews, Willow contributes insights and illustrations that help our organization and clients see the phenomena and concepts we describe. As a published author Willow also focuses on the challenges facing the publishing industry and the opportunities emerging online (especially with regard to comics and graphic novels).
Luke Simcoe is a former -- and sometimes current -- journalist and a graduate student in Ryerson University's Communication and Culture program. He's a member of the school's Infoscape Research Lab, and interested in issues of network politics, including open source software, copyright and hacktivism. He is currently engaged in an ethnographic inquiry into the notorious online community of 4chan, a topic which he blogged about extensively for MetaViews.
Daniel Joseph is currently a PhD researcher at Ryerson University in their Communication & Culture program. He is also a research associate at the Counterpublics Working Group for the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, and a regular contributor to Metaviews. His main interest lies in understanding the role videogames play in democratic society, with a focus on the political economy of productive digital labour as well as Canadian cultural and regulatory policy. Daniel has also written extensively about military videogames, gamification, political games, MMORPG's and digital economics.
Nicholas has been a journeyman public servant since 2007 working both at the bottom and top of the hierarchical structures, on detailed policy analysis and on the coordination of Ministerial briefing books and calendars. He currently provides advice to senior executives on the implications of new collaborative technologies on public sector business. He shares his thoughts weekly at cpsrenewal.ca and holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science, International Relations and Law from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies from Saint Paul University.
David Ryan is a consulting psychologist in aging, organizational behavior and the knowledge-to-practice process. His current research includes network development and integration metrics, the edumetric process, inter-professional teamwork and inter-organizational collaboration. His inventions include the build-a-case variant of case based learning and the Dimensions of Teamwork Survey.
Greg Majster is a multimedia artist and filmmaker. His work interacts with and takes advantage of new and emergent technologies. You can learn more about his videos, visual art, graffiti, and design work here.
Dizia Raposo-Ferreira has worked with children of all ages and cognitive abilities. Through this work, she has been able to explore the influence of new media and technology on younger generations and the ease with which they adapt to new modes of communication.