When Karen Jacobsen walks on stage, there is no question she is in the driver’s seat. Known as The GPS Girl, Karen’s speaking voice is heard by over 25 million GPS users around the world as the “Australian Karen.” You could say she specializes in telling people “where to go.” As a speaker, she does that brilliantly by inspiring people to create road maps for their future. She’s the voice that guides you when you’re lost and reassures you when you wondering if you are headed in the right direction. Her audiences can expect to be treated to a song or two as well. That’s because Karen is an accomplished and award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist, having opened for such luminaries as Norah Jones, Christopher Cross and Cyndi Lauper. She has appeared on numerous television shows and in print, including being named as one of People Magazine’s Most Intriguing People. To learn more about Karen NancyVoglSpeakers.com/Karen-Jacobsen Please connect with us at: 231-421-1012+ More details
Karen is the first short film by writer & director, Adam Graveley. It was one of four screenplays chosen by the Asia-Pacific Adfest to participate in their New Directors Fab Four program. With only 4 weeks to bring the words from the page onto the screen, it was a baptism of fire. The end film is the collaborative efforts of a group of very talented individuals and was only made possible by their support of the project. The film premiered in Thailand in March 2014 to audience acclaim and is here for you to enjoy and share. With Karen I wanted to explore two key themes: Firstly, the physical connection we have with technology and in particular smartphones. We see them as an extension of us, not just an object, but an emotional part of us. An expression. The look and feel of a smartphone is as important as the function and arguably in some cases more important, especially when distinguishing between brands. Secondly the relationship we have with our smartphones. These plastic and metal devices are becoming evermore our best friends, our trusted advisors and in some cases our lovers. People say 'I love my…' insert smartphone here. Or 'I'd be lost without my smartphone.' We stay connected on them constantly and mobile content is increasing every second so we don't spend a moment without one in our hands or within an arms reach. So the film is a satirical, comedic look at these key themes of physical connection and attraction to our smartphones. And how these devices are becoming more and more about relationships and connections and creations. I got in touch with Karen Jacobsen who voices Siri, the iPhone PA, in Australia and asked if she'd be keen and wiling to voice the main character seeing how she was based on her. She was supportive all the way through, loved the script, the idea of the film and she was onboard. Which just gave the whole production a seal of approval almost and brought a real authenticity to it. It was great recording her saying my dialogue, a lot of fun. The script was the real seller. Everyone came on board because of the script and the idea of the film, they could all relate to it and I think the messages and themes in the film are global. I think we can all relate to the idea of being in love with our smartphones.+ More details
This is our video of the Winter 2011 Preview of things to come. See it online: (http://www.adistinctivestyle.com/i/22468) With Mimi Kennedy, Jane Seymour, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike Dooley, Katrina Graham, Derek Megyar, Karen Jacobsen, Chelsea Traille, Martin Miller, Ashlan Gorse+ More details
Part of the Cities and the New Wars Conference held on Spetember 25-26, 2009 at Columbia University. Chair: Elazar Barkan, Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia university Speakers: Les Roberts - "Morbidity and Mortality in the New Wars" Associate Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and former Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee. Stephen Graham - "Critiques as a Battlespace on the New Military Urbanism" Professor of Human Geography and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Cities and REgions, University of Durham.+ More details
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