My name is John Lester (I also frequently use the online nickname “Pathfinder”), and I’m an expert in 3D Simulations, Multiuser Virtual Worlds, Immersive Learning, Knowledge Management and Community Development.
Some topics for this blog 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 a few short stories and humor.
I’m currently 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. I’m also Community Developer and Creative Advisor at Wiggle Planet, helping create free range, self-animated beings at the intersection of virtual and real.
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 here’s another presentation of mine on Best Practices for Virtual Worlds.