Learning in a New Dimension: Using Virtual Reality in Business

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I attended my first TEDx event last weekend at TEDxEastEnd in London. It was a privilege to listen to such a variety of incredible people speak about big ideas, such as:

  • Mobile technology bringing modern healthcare to rural Africa
  • The global issue of Honour Violence – violent acts committed to defend the honour of a family or community
  • How global open source satellite networks are revolutionising responses to disasters
  • Cultural intelligence, and why we need this in a globally interconnected world

One presentation struck me in particular. It was delivered by David Sackman, the CEO of a company that develops Virtual Reality (VR) technology. VR is a computer generated simulation of a three-dimensional environment, which can be explored and interacted with by the user. The user wears a special electronic helmet/mask that has a screen on the inside and noise-cancelling headphones. These products are becoming more and more accessible today as we make technological advances and as the technology becomes cheaper. Continue reading

Violence & Attention-Seeking Behaviour in Business

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I watched an inspiring TED Talk from a Brazilian filmmaker, Julia Bacha, who was questioning why we only pay attention to violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict, and not to the nonviolent leaders who may one day bring peace to the region. For the last 8 years from her 2011 talk, she has dedicated her life to documenting the work of Israelis and Palestinians who are trying to end the conflict using peaceful means. She uses the case of a town called Budrus, who launched a successful peaceful resistance campaign against Israel to prevent them from building a wall on top of their village, which would have resulted in them losing 40% of their land, as well as free access to the rest of the West Bank.

She believes that unless we pay attention to nonviolent efforts, they become invisible – as if they never happened. But she has also seen first hand that if we do pay attention, they will multiply, which means their influence will grow in the overall conflict. Her vision is to give them attention so they can prove nonviolence works everywhere. Continue reading