Fortune Favors Third Space

FORTUNE imageDean Wilson penned a short feature sharing the history and implications of Third Space thinking with readers. Click here to read the article. Fortune logo via

Dean Wilson Featured in C-Suite Quarterly

C-Suite Quarterly magazine has written about the Third Space under the headline, “Filling the $1 Trillion Talent Gap.” The story, part of the magazine’s Innovation Round-up, begins, “Ernest J. Wilson III, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is leading the charge on the school’s current research endeavor: Third Space Thinking. As Wilson puts it, Third Space thinkers are ‘adept, open-minded communicators,’ and research shows they are few and far between in the workplace.” Click here to see the full write-up.

Dean Wilson Presents Third Space in Paris

Dean in ParisIn December 2014 Dean Wilson traveled to Paris to deliver a presentation on the Third Space as part of the Forum Speakers Series conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Dean Wilson’s talk focused on Third Space competencies, future workforce needs, and talent and skills development in the 21st century. The presentation was delivered Wednesday, December 17th.

Third Space Forum 2014

The Third Space Forum was held November 7, 2014 at Wallis Annenberg Hall in the heart of USC’s University Park campus. Click here to go to the Third Space website, then move the cursor over the FORUM 2014 item on the Menu bar to access information and highlights of the event.

Third Space Update

Click this link Dean’s column_Annenberg Agenda_Summer 2014 to read the latest on USC Annenberg’s exploration of the Third Space from the Summer 2014 edition of the Annenberg Agenda.

A Blog is Born!

The C @ C_Blog is now active! Click on the C @ C_Blog item in the menu above to view the inaugural post from Dean Ernest J Wilson III.

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Third Space Video Goes Live Online

USC’s Third Space webpage is up and running, complete with an exciting video overview. The Third Space is defined as the unique set of attitudes, perspectives, experience and knowledge that have been determined to be crucial to being successful in the 21st century in practically any industry, and in the MCE (media, communication and entertainment) arena especially. USC Annenberg is the pioneer in recognizing, defining, mining and providing these capabilities in its students and to its constituents. Take a moment to see what we’re talking about by visiting the page or viewing the video directly.

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Dean Ernest J. Wilson III Speaks at the Taihu World Cultural Forum

Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, spoke at The Third Annual Conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum held in Shanghai June 17 and 18. (See the write-up on Inside Annenberg.)  The Forum was attended by more than 500 prominent figures in politics, business, academia and media. The focus of the Forum is the facilitation of conversations about the importance of cultural soft power in promoting peace. Dean Wilson asked that delegates “reframe” the discussion of US-China relations in an effort to promote cultural understanding. The best way to accomplish this, he said, is by focusing on new people, new programs, and new platforms. Dean Wilson also outlined the findings of a recently released report on building trust between China and the U.S. The report was the result of a joint effort between the USC Annenberg School and the School of International Studies at Peking University. Click here to See Dean Wilson speak at the World Cultural Forum, starting at 8:45 in and ending at 15:25.

Dean Wilson Weighs in on Naming of New Head of NPR, Jarl Mohn

“Jarl Mohn is a shining example of the innovation and the digital media leadership that we live, work and teach here at USC Annenberg,” and exactly the kind of leader that NPR needs. See full articles on Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and Annenberg News (ANN)

Dean Wilson Speaks at UCLA-Hosted Digital Cities Conference

Thursday, April 24, and Friday, April 25, 2014, UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs hosted a conference titled “Who Owns the Digital City?” The conference heralded the onset of a larger focus at the School on emerging public policy issues in an increasingly digitally interconnected world.

The conference kicked off Thursday night with a keynote address by Jaron Lanier, who was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for his work as a pioneering technologist and futurist. Credited with coining the term “virtual reality,” Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company offering products in that space, in the 1980s. Lanier went on to become the chief scientist of Advanced Network and Services and also served as the lead scientist of the National Tele-immersion Initiative.

The second day of the conference included three main panels aimed at discussing the effects of the digital revolution. Speakers included academics and professionals in the information sciences, allowing participants to hear a wide range of perspectives on the digital revolution and its effects on urban and global issues. Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, was one of those speakers. Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer for the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles described Dean Wilson’s discussion of digital connectivity and economic disparity as “fascinating.” That sentiment apparently was shared by others in attendance as several tweets about the event included Wilson’s statement, “The cost of not being on net goes up exponentially [for] the excluded.”