Fellow futurist Mark Pesce is an old friend. We first actually connected when he spoke at my Future of Media Summit 2008, but I had long before being inspired by his work, writing about Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML), which Mark co-developed, in my first book.
We happened to live 100 meters from each other in Sydney’s Surry Hills for a few years, and for many years now our work and positioning as futurists and keynote speakers has been highly aligned.
I obviously had to interview Mark for The Virtual Excellence Show, and it was indeed a highly stimulating conversation. Watch the video, and see below for some summary points.
Some of our discussion points:
- In a time of unprecedented uncertainty the key skill is navigating uncertainty
- As organizations shift into virtual we are moving from a text culture to a video-first culture
- Keynote speakers are finding new ways to shift to virtual speaking
- Events need to be designed in new ways to create serendipitous connections and new layers of value for participants
- We can design events akin to universities and universities akin to events
- Leadership is about finding the answers together, learning by doing
- Augmented reality is already here, with a new wave of enabling technologies to support the next phase including smartglasses
- Videogrammetry is a highly exciting field for the next phase of virtual