I just wrapped up a fascinating 6 months as a lecturer to first year "Digital Design and Media" students at the Technical University College of West-Flanders. If there's something I've recognized from my time there is that passion and commitment are determining factors for being successful in what you do. There certainly was no lack of that in my former colleagues and several students you'll no doubt soon hear about as up and coming talent. I wish them all the best and am always available to support them moving forward!
Over the last few years I've had numerous opportunities come my way, largely thanks to my involvement in the Flash community. This has allowed me to travel all over the world, author books and generally make a good living doing what I love.
Those of you that know me well, will no doubt know about my other passion, India.
After the upcoming conference season I'll be taking a step back and work on what we've tentatively called "Project Cocoon". For this I'll be joining forces with good friends and talented designers/developers/artists Nathalie Wormser and Ramakrishna Minnard in Pondicherry, South India where we'll be setting up shop.
Within this collaborative project we each have our own focus but a common goal, creating engaging user experiences through pushing beyond both our own limitations as the limits of the technology we use. As part of the project we plan to support and actively participate in various social and charitable initiatives.
Project Cocoon will be in its incubation period for a couple of months after which it will likely become my regular workplace in India for a good deal of the year.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any projects you'd like us to get involved with.
I'm equally excited about attending TEDIndia in Mysore, November 4-7th where I'll be representing the team. This will be a unique opportunity to network, get a perspective on the future of India from a wide variety of angles and most importantly -- get inspired.
To quote Lakshmi Pratury, co-host of TEDIndia, in a recent column --
"At TEDIndia this November, we want to explore this world to come. India—the largest democracy in the world with a population that includes three quarters of a billion people under the age of 35, speaking either one of 16 official languages or one of its hundreds of dialects, worshipping a million gods—provides the perfect setting for an exploration of the future. And TED, the legendary conference of great minds, is the perfect vehicle for bringing us together [...]
TEDIndia represents the confluence of cultures within me—and the recognition by the TED community of the importance of India and the Asian continent. Seven of the 10 most populous countries in the world are part of Asia; and India, with all its obstacles and opportunities, is a microcosm of that Asian future."
Its going to be an interesting journey and I'll be sure to keep you posted!