A leading expert on the application of Integral Theory to media, Dana Klisanin is an award-winning psychologist exploring the impact of interactive technologies on the social construction of heroism and the mythic and moral dimensions of humanity. Her research examines how the positive use of digital technology is changing the way we think about altruism, heroism, and what we value. She is CEO at Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Inc., a New York, NY based research & design firm and Department Coordinator of Conscious Communication and Media at Ubiquity University. Dr. Klisanin speaks Internationally and has been quoted and interviewed by BBC, TIME, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Huffington Post, USA Today, Futurist Magazine, Harvesting Happiness, Civilination, and The New Existentialists. She is Executive Director of the MindLAB at c3: Center for Conscious Creativity and Executive Board Member of the World Futures Studies Federation serving as the President's envoy to the United Nations. In 2012, Dana received the Distinguished Early Career Award for Scientific Achievment in Media Psychology for research on the Cyberhero Archetype.
RESEARCH & WRITING
Author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Klisanin is curently writing her first book, Cyberheroes Among Us, explaining how heroism and technology are being used to improve the world. She is contributing to a new Handbook on Heroism and two book series, titles include, The Future of Business; A Very Human Future; The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead, Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, and Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors. Dr. Klisanin's exploration of the use of digital technologies for advancing spirituality has been translated into Russian at Eros & Kosmos. Her blog is Digital Altruism at Psychology Today.
Dr. Klisanin's first foray into game design, Cyberhero League, is an interactive gaming adventure with real world consequences. The project is garnering recognition and awards pre-release.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Founder and CEO of Evolutionary Guidance Media R&D, Inc. Dr. Klisanin consults on a wide variety of media projects including print media, commercials, films, video games, websites, and the convergence of these sectors. She specializes in designing media capable of supporting human potential, societal well-being, and cultural evolution. She is particularly interested in projects promoting secular ethics, social justice, and environmental stewardship. Utilizing the transdisciplinary EGM-Integral model, the consulting service provides in-depth assessments with quantitative scoring and qualitative review so media makers and content creators can move forward with confidence.
As Executive Director of the c3:MindLAB at the c3:Center for Conscious Creativity, Dana focuses on bringing emerging findings in creativity and innovation theory, consciousness studies, transpersonal psychology and
integral studies into synergistic relationship with the arts, media and
communication technologies. The c3: Center for Conscious Creativity is
a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and transmedia interdisciplinary research,
education and project development organization founded in 2004 to
provide artists, media makers, content creators and other interested
individuals, a platform and resources to create projects and explore how
consciousness, creativity, emerging culture, entertainment and
communication technologies can help create a better world.
Collaborative Heroism and the Cyberhero Archetype
Dr. Klisanin is currently investigating the impact of digital technologies and social media on heroism through exploring interactive efforts to save lives, eradicate deadly diseases, and improve the human condition. Dr. Klisanin's previous research suggests that individuals who consistently and conscientiously use the Internet to help other people, animals, and the environment represent a new archetype: the cyberhero (Klisanin, 2012). Her recent research drawing upon the “heroic imagination" finds that just as interactive technologies and social media have profoundly impacted the social, economic, and political spheres, among others, so too they are impacting the mythic and moral spheres—giving rise to a third form of heroism described as collaborative heroism. (Klisanin, 2013).
Millions of people are using the Internet to act altruistically: from adding content to educational websites, like Wikipedia, to donating unused computing time to help researchers find cures for diseases; from playing online games that feed the hungry, to clicking, or watching videos, that donate to charity, etc. Dr. Klisanin's research in digital altruism reminds us that the best aspects of human nature are present online. (Klisanin, 2011)
EGM-Integral: A Meta-Integral Model
An ever-evolving model, EGM-Integral is a transdisciplinary model that brings together evolutionary systems design and integral theories for the purpose of supporting the "conscious creation, use, and evaluation of media that aims to guide the evolutionary development of body, mind, and spirit, in self, culture, and nature" (Klisanin, 2010). Dr. Klisanin is currently completing The Integral Medium: An Inventory of Possibilities, a contemporary spin-on the McLuhan & Fiore's classic. The book is highly visual and designed to bring her research to "conscious creatives" and anyone interested in using the power of new media to co-create a better world.