Convergence Lab CDMX

About Convergence Lab CDMX

Launched in 2017, Convergence Lab CDMX is an Arizona State University project that seeks to connect the university with Mexican audiences and partners to explore ideas of mutual interest, through a series of public events and ambitious ideas journalism. Convergence, either between academic disciplines or nations, is the order of the day, and Convergence Lab offers a forum to learn from each other, and think our way to a better, shared North American future.

For more information contact:
Andres Martinez - Convergence Lab CDMX Editorial Director
Mia Armstrong - Convergence Lab CDMX Coordinator

 

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Events

Invitation to the event

Is Your University Designed to Create a Better Future?

The global pandemic has amounted to a stress test of higher education, posing existential internal and external challenges to universities around the world. The internal challenge is about educating students, adapting rapidly to changing circumstances by deploying technology to offer high-quality instruction and conduct research in a number of different modalities. The external challenge revolves around a university’s broader responsibility to help its communities confront the pandemic and future problems. To meet these challenges, universities must be designed and redesigned for flexibility, inclusion, and accelerated innovation.

Join Future Tense and ASU’s Convergence Lab for a binational discussion of how Arizona State University and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, one of Latin America's most innovative universities, have been addressing the challenge of COVID-19. Presidents Michael Crow and David Garza will compare notes on the lessons of 2020, and explore how universities can continue adapting their design and innovating to create a better future for all.

Speakers: 
Dr. Michael M. Crow, @michaelcrow
President, Arizona State University
Author of The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education

Dr. David Garza, @david_garza
President, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 10:30am
Online
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Invitation to the event

La Movilidad Urbana del Futuro/ Urban Mobility of the Future

This year has changed the way we move about our cities and communities, and what that movement means. While the shift to remote working has emptied metro cars, buses and highways of many daily commuters, people without the privilege to stay home face increased risks through their continued use public transportation, thus illuminating the divide between those who can better protect their health and that of their families and those who cannot. 

As cities roll out and begin to implement their reopening plans, we find ourselves at a crucial moment to examine and rethink the inequality blueprinted into the roads, tunnels, sidewalks and bus stops of urban areas like Mexico City and Phoenix.

Join a binational discussion to consider the future of mobility in a pandemic- and climate change-battered world. The event will be held in English.

Panelists:

Fátima Masse, project coordinator, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad
Diana Bowman, professor, ASU School for the Future of Innovation and Society, associate dean for international engagement, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Ram Pendyala, director, ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 3:00pm
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Articles

Article

Un enfoque inclusivo en el manejo de la pesca artesanal para salvar los océanos

Animal Político - Nov. 15, 2020

Hace tres años, como parte de un proyecto de investigación que lideraba en Arizona State University, realicé un taller de pesca en Loreto, Baja California Sur, junto con nuestra ONG asociada Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias. El objetivo era simple: desarrollar una luz solar que pudiera reducir, en las pesquerías costeras, la captura accidental de tortugas marinas en peligro de extinción por redes de enmalle.

Imagining a “Future of Opportunity”—and Governing Toward It

Slate - Nov. 11, 2020

A polar bear on melting ice: It’s a favorite image of nature documentaries and charity ads alike, never failing to put you in the emotional dumps for a simple reason—it forces you to grapple with a changing world, a darker future.

Tweeting, diplomatically

ASU Now - Oct. 16, 2020

Social media platforms like Twitter allow ambassadors to conduct immediate, personalized diplomacy. As they do so, ambassadors juggle the competing imperatives of communicating with their host nation's government, its people, and the leadership of the foreign government they represent.

Building a future for the next generation — on and off the pitch

ASU Now - Sept. 11, 2020

Over the past several years, women’s soccer has seen meteoric global growth. 

In ASU’s most recent Convergence Lab event, Sports Historian Victoria Jackson caught up with three professional soccer players who embody hustle, responsibility and innovation, both on and off the pitch: Caprice Dydasco of Sky Blue FC, Karen Bardsley of Manchester City and Daniela Solis of Rayadas de Monterrey.

 

Acceso a herramientas de aprendizaje digital más importante que nunca

Sentido Común - Aug. 15, 2020

A nivel mundial, más de la mitad de la población nunca se ha conectado a internet ni cuenta con acceso. A medida que los educadores y gobiernos luchan por encontrar opciones para continuar las clases en medio de una pandemia, estas enormes brechas en la conectividad al internet se han vuelto cada vez más visibles y sus efectos son sumamente devastadores.

Future Tense/Letras Libres

Future Tense, Arizona State’s Washington, DC-based collaboration with New America and Slate magazine that explores the impact of technology on society, is proud to partner with Letras Libres, one of the most influential ideas magazines in the Spanish-speaking world. Future Tense and Letras Libres are jointly producing editorial content and live events in Mexico.

Article

Cómo el embajador de Trump en México se convirtió en estrella de Twitter

Letras Libres - Aug 18, 2020

Christopher Landau ha ganado seguidores y likes en Twitter, pero su personalidad pública tiene poco que ver con las políticas del gobierno al que representa. Su caso ilustra la complejidad de la diplomacia en tiempos de redes sociales.

Ningún estudiante debería tener que sentarse a escuchar una lección por Zoom

Letras Libres - Aug 11, 2020

El encierro causado por la pandemia que ha afectado al mundo entero podría mostrarnos la importancia de cambiar nuestros métodos de enseñanza en las aulas.

Cabernet maridado con carbono

Letras Libres - July 8, 2020

Los viticultores del valle de Napa, en California, adoptan paulatinamente técnicas agrícolas que buscan aumentar la captura del carbono en la tierra. Pero los científicos dudan sobre el impacto que estas tienen en la mitigación del cambio climático.

La cuarentena sin conexión en Cuba

Future Tense/Letras Libres - June 23, 2020

En Cuba el confinamiento es desafiante, por lo complicado que es acceder a internet para trabajar, comunicarse o buscar entretenimiento. Algunos han conseguido superar las limitaciones.

Árboles de conocimiento

Future Tense / Letras Libres - Jan. 3, 2020

Aunque los árboles tienen una inteligencia mayor de la que normalmente les reconocemos, podrían no estar listos para los cambios que tendrán que enfrentar como consecuencia de la crisis climática.