You and Your Avatar
After two very real face to face events in the last month with completely contrasting groups, I am struck by the challenges and the opportunities they present. My peers come from a highly technical world . My clients and students come from two communities that are vastly different in their technical capacity and access to technology (for economic, education, cultural and infrastructure reasons). In one they are traditional senior leadership who are resistant to change. In the other they are eager, often young, entrepreneurs and business students from both developing and developed markets.
I am always seeking tools to bridge their issues. My last post, in which I experimented with a tool that creates avatar based movies from text script, got some very interesting responses. Some liked the simplicity, others bored by seeing the same tool used for games thought it less helpful, and then there was the human factor. That is what struck me the most. Here I am trying to bring out the human element, the people behind the machines and the tools, and I was just as guilty of creating a tool that replaces the human factor with avatars. Shame on me.
So I will say, thank you again for the great commentary received both online and off. It was fun playing with the text to video tool. I agree it is not the best to complement the message. As to the avatars, well I have never been very fond of them. I prefer the real faces and bodies: blemishes, wrinkles, bulges and all. I am sure I will experiment with more and I will make more mistakes, but I hope you will call me on them and continue to be real. That is what it is all about. If you have suggestions of tools that I should try, please do share. I am experimenting with many others that are used more for my classroom and clients. But I am happy to learn of new ones that make knowledge sharing and teaching more interactive.
Here are some fun pictures of the REAL people in the last month that inspire me: