INTERNATIONAL Attendees at the OSLO ROUNDTABLE on June 13th might want to consider signing up for the Futures Insight conference in the Oslo Opera House in the morning of June 12th. Program here. In English here, and also with speaker bios. This looks to be a good event, with a lot of people, and some that conference provided by our own Future Learning Lab network: Karl Mehta, Keith Devlin, Oddgeir Tveiten and June Breivik. More will be added on this theme later, but for now — just remember the dates and look up the event.
Eilif Trondsen is Director at Strategic Business Insights (SBI)—a spin-out from SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute)—in Menlo Park, California (located at the heart of Silicon Valley). He received his PhD in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and was hired as an economist at SRI International in 1979. His focus area has been issues of innovation, entrepreneurship, learning and technology. In his many years at SRI and SBI he has lead or contributed to a variety of projects for U.S. and foreign clients in the private and public sectors.
Eilif has held the position of Research Director of the Business Intelligence Program, the director of the Learning on Demand program, and has also led SBI’s research initiative around 3D immersive technologies. In his tenure at SRI and SBI, he has given numerous presentations and authored many publications on various eCommerce, eLearning, innovation and virtual-worlds topics. Eilif is the Chair of Silicon Vikings Special Interest Group (SIG) on Entrepreneurship and Learning, and for a number of years was the Co-Chair of SVForum’s SIG on Digital Media. Much of his current work focuses on building innovation bridges between the Nordic region and Silicon Valley, working with entrepreneurial ecosystems and guiding entrepreneurs, companies and policy makers.
June Breivik will be one of our Norwegian panelists at the Oslo Roundtable. June is a long-time associate of the Future Learning Lab and has been on stage many times before, including our 2015 conference at Stanford.
June is now Deputy Director in Kulturtanken — Arts for Young Audiences in Norway. Kulturtanken owns the national responsibility for The Cultural Schoolbag (TCS). Together with county municipalities and municipalities, schools and all fields within arts and culture, Kulturtanken wishes to open doors to the arts, to culture, and to the future for all children in Norway, according to their website. Prior to taking on this challenge, June Breivik was Director of eLearning at the BI Norwegian Business School. She is author of the book Læring i en Digital Tid, a former K12 Principal and member of numerous national committees in the area of education and new media technologies. One of these was the so-called MOOC Commission, mandated by the Norwegian government. She is currently a commission member in the Norwegian Board of Technology (Norges Teknologiråd), through her specialty in life-long-learning.
Prior to joining our Advisory board in her new job capacity, June Breivik was a team member in the Future Learning Lab, where among other tasks she co-chaired the 2016 World Learning Summit and chaired panels at both the 2015 and 2016 summits. She participates regularly in our workshops, and she has played a major role in connecting our various Nordic and international networks.
On various websites, one reads the following about Phil Komarny who will be one of the main speakers at the Oslo Roundtable 2018: Highly social, entrepreneurial, award winning senior executive with a 25-plus year track record of delivering innovative, high value solutions by aligning existing problems with emerging technologies. Experienced as a C-level executive within higher education that has leveraged entrepreneurial instincts, a broad technical skill set, and a very strong reputation for developing and motivating teams at all levels to integrate new technologies that create value for the organization. Experienced and comfortable serving as the voice of the business and building a strong rapport with management, colleagues, vendors, stakeholders and technical specialists.
We are happy to announce the presence of Phil Komarny at our small roundtable in Oslo, June 13th. Phil recently joined Salesforce as their Vice President for Innovations. We had the pleasure of meeting in Silicon Valley in January 2018 at a workshop and dinner hosted by the Future Learning Lab and Open Innovation Lab of Norway.
Phil has a background form the University of Texas, in Austin. From his home in Colorado Springs, he has helped build and initiate the company Robots and Pencils, making apps for mobile devices. At the Oslo Roundtable he will be speaking about one of his passions: The emergent uses of Blockchain for learning and education. If you are smart, come and listen to this. Here is a link to his LinkedIn profile.
We are happy to announce the OR ’18 participation of Michael Shanks. In 2016, Mike keynoted our World Learning Summit, together with among others Google’s chief scientist Peter Norvig. That was a great conference. In our 2015 conference at Stanford, Mike took the audience by surprise in a spontaneous one-man stand-up academic performance not so many would be able to copy. Mike is also a former street theater guy. An archeologist by training and as a professor at Stanford University, Mike has a long-standing interest in the “digital humanities“ – how digital media may be used to shape and expand on teaching and learning in the humanities.
Michael Shanks has since 2011 been CoDirector of The Revs Program at Stanford – connecting the past, present, and future of the automobile – a project in the archaeology of the contemporary past. He was Visiting Professor of Archaeology at Durham University (UK) in 2010, and Visiting Professor of Humanities, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin, 2010 – 2013. In the period 2004 – 2009 Mike was CoDirector of Stanford Humanities Lab – with colleagues Jeffrey Schnapp and Henry Lowood.
Other positions include: 1998 – 2005 Professor by Courtesy, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University. The appointment was terminated by the department in 2005. The reason given was “bureaucratic hygiene” (really!), though I didn’t cost them anything. I suspect it was more to do with my interdisciplinary interest in cyborg culture. 1998 – present Professor of Classics, Stanford University. Where he became founding faculty for Stanford Archaeology Center New interdisciplinary moves into (digital) media with my Metamedia Lab. 1996 – 1998 Reader in Archaeology, Head of Department, University of Wales Lampeter.
1993 – 1996 Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Wales Lampeter. A lot of teaching and building new programs and initiatives, in a glorious rural setting. 1991 – 1992 Research Fellow, Centre d’Archéologie Classique, Paris 1 (Sorbonne), Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.