Designing Wonder launch is here!

Designing Wonder: Leading Transformative Experiences in Virtual Reality (September, 2020) is newly launched! The full digital copy of the book is available below in .pdf or .epub (easily converted to Kindle) format. The book contains useful frameworks, methodology and history of incorporating innovative mindset exercises in real-world practices and virtuality.  With expert guidance about how to connect and thrive as you design experiences for yourself and others, this book also includes “Voices on VR” section of interviews with leaders & researchers in fields of UX, emotional intelligence, cognitive science and learning design. It’s packed with ideas and stories that you can apply to your own design, leadership and life! You can access your own digital copy by clicking on the “Buy Designing Wonder with launch discount” button below!

Buy Designing Wonder with launch discount
Designing Wonder, newly released September 2020

Designing Wonder is a book that brings together ideas about how to create VR experiences that have emotional resonance and impact, featuring research and also the voices of leaders in the field, including Tom Furness, Jessica Outlaw, Skip Rizzo, Jeremy Bailenson, Lorelle vanFossen, Kent Bye, Daniel Dyboski-Bryant, Jackie Lee, Chris Madsen, Jeremy Nickel, Jaime Donally and more. Talking about everything from The VR Hero’s Journey to Maslow Before Bloom, as well as introducing a new methodology for how to design meaningful experiences in VR, filled with wonder, this book is about experience design and more, reaching everyone from corporate training leaders to educators and those who organize social groups in VR. If you’re passionate about VR and XR collaboration, as well as new opportunities in spatial immersive tech, this book is designed with you in mind.

Thank you to everyone who made it to join the Designing Wonder BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION on September 17! We had a full house, and it was such an inspiring time together, with audience Q&As and a lot of examples and exercises from the book.

I’m going to start holding Designing Wonder themed mindfulness meditations (as a special guest in the EvolVR community in AltspaceVR) on Saturdays coming up, through the fall, and the first “taster session” on September 26 is open for everyone to join for free, using your headset or desktop! The full 6-session series runs October 10 – November 14, and tickets are already available here.

More announcements about Designing Wonder and latest happenings are posted daily on socials (Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram). And, if you’d like to support this immense project and snag a copy of your own book with a launch discount, you can do so here.

More about MindWise XR experiences, empowering you to connect with your purpose and presence

MindWise workshops, books, guides and experiences take learning and leadership to new levels. The focus is on honing presence and connection, empowering you to build skills in social-emotional intelligence, compassion, voice and storytelling as vehicles that you can use to transform your work and personal life.

Learn how we can work together 1:1, or how I can lead a training for your team. My recent events included the themes “Leading with Mindful Presence,” “Storytelling and Leadership by Design,” and “XR Collaboration.”

The three prime outcomes are improved relationships, wellbeing, and imagination capacity (the ability to have acreative, innovative mindset). Talk with me to discover how these sessions and methodology can meet your needs in this period of immense complexity and change.

Part of a series of MindWise XR offerings, my immersive training experiences are typically 90-minutes, and apply research-based practices in neuroscience, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, design thinking and storytelling for mastering XR leadership, learning and collaboration.

A note on tech and supported devices: You do not have to have a VR headset device to participate in MindWise XR trainings. Some XR trainings can be in a 2D environment (Zoom, for example), and for VR (virtual reality) experiences, while the experience is best using a HMD (head-mounted device), it’s also possible to join via a 2D desktop (in which case, you will want to use headphones to avoid an echo). I will train you and your team to make sure you’re all set to connect and learn valuable practices!

Feeling grounded, inspired, renewed and centered allows us to have greater capacity to innovate, create, reflect and forge powerful relationships with our teams, collaborators, learners and audiences. These skills are critical to our leadership and well-being, especially in times of heightened anxiety and stress. Virtual Reality is the ideal place to practice this type of connection, using mindfulness and social-emotional development, inside-out. I’ve designed MindWise Experiences focused on best practices in mindful leadership, creative mindsets, well-being and empowered connection. Hear what participants have shared, and follow updates here!

There are events individuals can attend, and there are custom experiences offered for individuals and teams who would like deeper engagement. So, for those new to these trainings: they hinge on connection! Read about one recent session and stay tuned for news about upcoming events.

I wrote about “why mindfulness in VR is different than anything you’ve felt before” in this article, and will be continuing to run sessions that educators and community from all over the world can join.

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More trainings being announced through 2021! Join our members and subscribe here!