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    Continuity of Care across age transitions: Understanding the systemic barriers in healthcare service sector for adolescents and young adults (AYA) transitioning from paediatric to adult health care system

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    Continuity of care (CoC) is a well-recognized principle of the primary care discipline critical for Adolescents and Young adults (AYAs) with complex care needs transitioning from paediatric to adult care in Ontario Healthcare system.The objective of this study was to investigate the care practices employed by family physicians and general practitioners when providing continuous care across levels of care. This study sought to develop an understanding of healthcare practitioners experience of providing age transitional care for the AYAs. Five participants with a background in family practice and sub-speciality care in Ontario were recruited for this study. Data analysis was conducted through open inductive coding applied to transcripts from interviews. Themes related to Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) continuity transition journeys were identified as (1) Systemic Barriers to Care, (2) Local and regional care provision, and (3) Characteristics of care practices. Brenda Dervin’s Sense Making Methodology was fundamental for the study inquiry to understand critical incidents experienced by the practitioners when providing continuous care for AYA’s

    Building Futures: Exploring Futures of Urban Real Estate Development

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    This project seeks to uncover how the urban real estate development industry might transform, and how to best shape its change to better benefit people and communities. The investigation considers Canadian cities, with a focus on Toronto. The project first uncovers the system of urban real estate development by examining how these cities grew over the past century. An analysis of the system’s actors is performed, with deeper inquiry into the business models of organizations that build space. To explore how the future of the industry might unfold, four future scenarios were created using the system analysis and findings from a horizon scan. A holistic assessment framework was created to evaluate the scenarios. From the results, common themes were identified, along with risks, opportunities and final recommendations. These findings highlight how different capital structures and organizational models can influence urban residents, as well as the potential implications of new technology, changes in capital structures, and innovations in architecture and construction

    Reconceptualizing Self-Advocacy and Accessibility Labour in Post-Secondary Education for Blind and Partially Sighted Learners: A Participatory Framework

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    The prevailing institutional expectation that blind and partially sighted students in post-secondary education will need to repeatedly self-advocate to obtain equitable and timely access to course learning materials is fatiguing, stressful, and othering. The time and resources that students devote to self-advocacy represents unrecognized labour that is not typically expected of non-disabled peers. This unrecompensed accessibility labour and its consequences are central to the rationale for the participatory framework proposed in this paper, recognizing that equitable access depends, in part, on mitigating the requirement that students engage in accessibility labour to realize their right to an inclusive post-secondary education. Dyads of blind and partially sighted accessibility professionals and course instructors will work through an iterative process to upgrade instructors’ workflows for creating and curating accessible learning materials. An anticipated outcome of this facilitation process is that learning materials assigned by participating instructors will meet an increasing proportion of students’ access requirements, and as a result, progressively mitigate the accessibility labour required to gain equitable access to course content

    Agile Transformations, Culture, and the Canadian Financial Sector

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    A review of different agile methods and frameworks provides the context to evaluate scaled agile transformations. The financial sector in Canada is highly regulated, protected and considered to be among the most highly developed in the world for regulatory frameworks and oversight. (Engert, Fung, Nott, & Selody) The decision to adopt agile ways of working and transform into a responsive innovative organization focused on business agility is underway in the Canadian banking sector. The question is “to what extent does the organizational culture impact the successful implementation of agile practices in large-scale enterprises”. The research focuses on a literary review of agile frameworks, scaled agile use cases in financial services and the relationship between organizational culture and the effectiveness of agile transformations. The findings point out opportunities for future research to expand understanding of scaled agile standard blueprints for implementation and clear measurements for success

    Mental Wellbeing Technologies in High-Performance Sport: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

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    This research explores the intersection of high-performance sports and the evolving landscape of mental wellbeing technologies, situated within the context of shifting paradigms regarding wellbeing within the sporting realm. Primary research was conducted through digital interviews to understand the perceptions and attitudes surrounding mental wellbeing in sports and how the emergence and adoption of technologies contribute to this discourse. The acquired insights, derived from both primary and secondary research sources, were subsequently synthesized and organized using Curry and Hodgson's (2008) Three Horizons tool. This futures analysis framework was employed to explore the current state of mental wellbeing and technology integration in high-performance sports, an initial vision of the future as imagined by key stakeholders, the necessary near-term changes to materialize this desired future, strategic recommendations to propel the field forward, and an overview of select technologies that can be harnessed to bolster elite athlete mental wellbeing. This study centers its attention on technologies that encompass two important domains in elite sports: mental health and the development of mental skills

    Component Constellations: Future Perspectives on Design Systems

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    During a time of rapid technological and economic change, shifting user preferences and heightened expectations, design systems stand as foundational tools for organizations committed to swiftly developing unified and seamless digital products and services at scale. These systems, which encapsulate a set of design standards, modular components, and design patterns, form a cohesive framework for delivering consistent user-centric applications, while promoting collaboration among product teams. This research project employs strategic foresight methods to uncover promising transformations within design systems over the next seven years. The project will start by analyzing design system elements, processes, and stakeholders to understand their interdependencies and pinpoint possible directions for future development. It will then investigate the implications of recent emerging trends that could shape design systems of the future, exploring the impact of advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Extended Reality (XR) on the creation of digital products powered by design systems. The research concludes by presenting strategic recommendations for design system professionals to optimize the effectiveness of future design systems, ensuring their sustained innovation and relevance

    Black Foliage: The preservation process of botanicals in the human-nature experience.

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    Reflecting on my Jamaican ethnicity, Black Foliage proposes an embodied knowledge that calls on black bodies to remember where we came from, and how to transform plant materials from those territories into new forms. Black Foliage asks black bodies to view and “see themselves in nature” and to explore those materials that make us, shape us, and recognize us in return. This research is a celebration of blackness and creates spaces that are rooted in the black gaze. Hogarth states, “These objects do not aim to solve questions of the colonial project. They, instead, bear material witnesses to how a diasporic material can reimagine the world beyond accepted, official multicultural narratives”. Black Foliage recognizes who we are through the Indigenous plant materials and the roles they play in our respective culture(s)


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    Art can serve as a catalyst for introspection, dialogue, and solace amid turbulent times. In today's world, art's role is pivotal. However, the supply of art remains constrained, as aspiring artists face hurdles to creating impactful art. Career success in art largely hinges on a select few businesses within the Contemporary Art ecosystem, acting as gatekeepers. These entities, rooted in capitalist values, shape the ecosystem. While capitalism does not inherently stifle artists, the relative power of these actors within the ecosystem impedes many artists in growing their careers. Given art's societal benefits, the control these businesses exert warrants public scrutiny. This report researches the historical underpinnings of the most prominent businesses operating in today’s ecosystem, provides an overview of each business’ underlying business model, and puts forward a series of new business models that aim to serve contemporary visual artists in new, or unaddressed, ways. The ultimate purpose of this report is to provide a foundation of knowledge, insight, and ideas for entrepreneurs or businesses interested in serving emerging, contemporary visual artists

    The Dialogue Between Image and Sound: An Exploration of Music-Inspired Digital Art Creation Using Algorithmic Generators

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    This study aims to provide both a theoretical and practical approach to developing Persian music visualizations capable of eliciting emotional responses from audiences. In today's era of increasing digitalization, music visualization has emerged as a prominent phenomenon. Numerous theoretical inquiries have confirmed that the integration of artistic visual elements with musical performances can evoke strong emotional reactions compared to auditory experiences alone. However, it is crucial to recognize that the exploration of harmonious and purposeful integration between visual and auditory elements within the realms of artistic practices and cultural aesthetics is still in its nascent stages. This scholarly investigation seeks to address these gaps and explore methodologies that facilitate the establishment of a coherent and meaningful dialogue between Persian visual imagery and Persian musical compositions

    Implications of Artificial Intelligence on Leadership in Complex Organizations: An Exploration of the Near Future

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    This research paper explores the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), leadership in complex organizations, and the potential implications of AI on top executive roles. Motivated by the rapid advancements in AI technology, the study aims to understand how AI may impact leadership functions within complex organizational structures. The primary problem addressed in this research revolves around the transformative influence of AI on leadership roles, particularly Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). The paper delves into the complexities of redesigning or augmenting the role of a CEO with AI and examines implications of such a paradigm shift. Employing a comprehensive methodology that encompasses various approaches, including a literature review, horizon scanning, stakeholder analysis, industry informant interviews, causal layered analysis, and scenario narratives and worldbuilding. The research outputs include insights into the potential impact of AI on leadership in various futures scenarios, implications for organizational structures, and considerations for navigating this transformative landscape for various stakeholder groups. In conclusion, this paper hopes to contribute to the ongoing discourse on the interplay between AI and leadership in complex organizational settings, emphasizing the importance of navigating the transformative landscape using a balanced approach, providing a foundation for future framework development and considerations in this dynamic field


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