Digital Storytelling Speaker Series

  • Director, Communication Leadership
  • University of Washington
  • and President, HRH Media Group LLC

The Case for Communication leadership in an Age of Emergent Technology: How Should We Connect Now?

As powerful technologies such as Artificial Intelligence become more present in our daily existence, they may also force us to reflect upon our very relevance -- personally and professionally. These new platforms promise to fundamentally alter how we communicate, make decisions, incentivize behavior and spark change. This is no longer the stuff of science fiction and it begs the question: will stories still help us make sense of our lives and inspire us to make collective decisions when the machines can seemingly do it better than we can? In this crucial moment, how we recognize and respect each other is fundamental to our ability to make necessary choices about our tools, our data, and even our DNA. It could all come down to our ability to assume the newfound role of “communication leaders” and advocate for the human-centered future in which we want to live -- and help build it.

Hanson Hosein is the Director of the Communication Leadership master’s program at the University of Washington and the President of HRH Media Group LLC. He’s a pioneer of multimedia storytelling: as an Emmy and Overseas Press Club award-winning journalist for NBC News, a solo TV war correspondent with MSNBC and CBC and a documentary film director. Hanson has also been recognized as Seattle’s “Most Influential” as he engages publicly with the region’s leaders on-camera and on-stage. This work is captured within the Bezos Center for Innovation as a permanent exhibit at the city’s Museum of History and Industry, his book Storyteller Uprising: Trust and Persuasion in the Digital Age, and through various global gatherings. He has law degrees from McGill University and the University of Paris, and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Presently, Hanson is especially intent on applying his decades of experience to bolstering human prosperity through trustful forms of connection -- even as he mentors a new generation of leaders. Watch Hanson’s TEDx talk “Why I drop the mic” and his Creative Mornings presentation on Creativity and Compassion.