My name is John Lester (aka “Pathfinder”), and I’m an expert in 3D Simulations, Online Communities and Virtual Worlds for Education and Business.
My blog “Be Cunning and Full of Tricks” focuses on virtual world development, knowledge management, education, collaboration and exploration.
Specific topics include Opensim, Hypergrid, Jibe, Unity3d, Augmented Reality, and how the future depends on creating thoughtful interconnections between different platforms for creativity. You’ll also find short stories and humor.
I’m currently the Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid, a company that develops 3D simulations and virtual world platforms. Our focus is education, working with academics and businesses to help develop immersive learning environments.
From 2005-2010, I worked at Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life. At Linden Lab I led the development of the education and healthcare markets while evangelizing the innovative use of virtual worlds in academia, training and immersive entertainment.
Previously, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, creating online medical education and patient support communities while exploring the underlying neuroscience behind how people communicate and collaborate effectively.
My deep expertise is in the use of innovative tools to promote creativity and knowledge sharing in an educational context. I’m also an experienced leader in helping organizations with strategic planning, knowledge management and instructional design.
For speaking engagements and other inquiries, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my profile on LinkedIn.
For an example of my ideas about the future of virtual worlds and their use in business environments, see this video interview at the Center for Digital Strategies at Tuck School of Business.
And for a more recent presentation, please see this one on Best Practices for Virtual Worlds.