About Me

My name is John Lester (aka “Pathfinder”), and I’m an expert in 3D Simulations, Online Communities and Virtual Worlds for Education and Business. 

John Lester Profile Pic Study cropped

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.

I hold weekly Online Office Hours and Tutorials and I’m active on Twitter as @Pathfinder.

For speaking engagements and other inquiries, please contact me directly at john.e.lester@gmail.com or via my profile on LinkedIn.

I live and work from home in Montréal, Canada.  Online, I can often be found in my Jibe virtual world or my Pathlandia Opensim grid.

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.

18 Responses to About Me

  1. Jeff Brain says:

    I am about to start my 20th year teaching; this year, Digital Media at a middle school in Tiburon. I loved your take on Snowcrash, one of my favorites, and will have my students at San Francisco State be required to read it. It is also something that my middle school students aren’t quite ready to accept, the humanity, because they are still forming as human beings, and the tween to early tween years are fraught with self-focused paranoia about fitting in.

    I am going to re-focus on storytelling in Digital Media this year, and your emphasis on expression will help that creative process a lot, thanks.

    • Pathfinder says:

      Thanks, Jeff. Wish I had such a class when I was in middle school!

      Storytelling in digital media is fascinating to me. Especially when you get into transmedia techniques. I’m planning to blog about those subjects in the near future and hope to get a good discussion going.

  2. Pingback: The launch of the Hypergrid Adventurers Club

  3. Pingback: Eternal shame! WoW mage beats SL geeks!

  4. Pingback: Linden Lab Future with Pathfinder Lester, Pete Mroz Project, Media in S.L Wiz Nordberg Treet.tv CEO | Tonight Live With Paisley Beebe

  5. Pingback: Augmented Cities and Dreaming Wisely | Be Cunning and Full of Tricks

  6. Hey John,

    I am so excited to have stumbled upon your work via @njsmyth’s blog! I have only scratched the surface but look forward to learning more about your work. All that AND you have Frith and El-Ahrairah for avatars. cool beans.

  7. Hey John! Thanks for your site. I enjoy seeing who else is out there doing what we are doing. We’re going to open our doors today on the alpha of our MMO and invite you to come see us! Nice to virtually meet you.

    Doug Glover
    CEO
    Slime Sandwich

  8. John, I’m so tickled that I’ve found you blog! Thanks so much for sharing what you know with us. I’m wondering if you also tweet – didn’t find a Twitter ID anywhere.

  9. Hey Pathfinder.

    Please could you add my blog (updated url) to your blogroll.

    http://danielvoyager.wordpress.com/

    Thanks!

  10. I am not sure where to start reading your blog! It all looks interesting and very valuable to me. I will be back!!

  11. HisanoXelax says:

    Hey John,
    I was reading through your blog today and have a couple of questions if you don’t mind? I have recently set up 2 blogs myself which are SL related

    http://lickitysplitsgroup.wordpress.com/

    http://demonicdesires.wordpress.com/

    1. Would you mind sharing the links somewhere on your blog in return for you link put on mine? Just a little free exchange advertising.

    2. Would you mind if I republished content from your site on mine? Obvious credit would stay with you and a link to your site would be included.

    3. Do you have any tips for a new blogger? I’m still muddling my way through at the moment, so any hints you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much for your time, I hope to hear back from you soon.

    HisanoXelax Resident (Hisano) xx

    • Hi Hisano,

      1) My pleasure. I’ve just added links to those two blogs under my “Good Stuff” collection of links on the main page of my blog.

      2) As long as you give me attribution, please feel free. I am flattered that you would like to republish my ramblings.

      3) I think the most important thing is to just write about what you love. I also always try to include good photos and also keep things as short as possible. People like brevity and interesting things to look at. :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s