In search of: The greatest instructional designer in North America

In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on the ship Endurance with a mission to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. It was an journey that nobody in human history had ever accomplished, and with good reason. It was hard.

In order to recruit a crew full of people he felt would give him the best shot at success, legend has it that he placed this ad in a newspaper:

Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”

Shackleton’s Antarctic adventure became one of the most amazing true-life stories of exploration and survival ever told.

In this spirit, I joined with my friend and fellow learning geek, Tim Waxenfelter, several years ago to create an organization called Endurance Learning. Our vision is that every presentation given will be engaging and lead to change.

We’re now in search of someone else who’s like-minded and interested in embarking on perhaps one of the most ground-breaking adventures in the history of professional learning and development.

Here’s our ad:

Help Wanted

Is it possible that our ship will get stuck in the ice, leaving us cold and lonely at the bottom of the world? Yep.

Of course, it’s also possible that if we’re successful they’ll be writing books about us and featuring our journey in IMAX movies.

Want to change the way presentations are done? Send us a note.

One thought on “In search of: The greatest instructional designer in North America

  1. Brian,
    I wish you all the success in the world!! As i am departing the training world after 35+++ years, I bequeath you all my energy and love for the llightbulb moments. You have inspired me to be even better so late in my career. I know you will “break the ice” many times and that you have your sights trained on the new horizons of L&D. It is amazing that when I first began staff development training for teachers, the mouse was brand new, and teachers did not know how to “cut it (the computer) on and which button to mash”. Now we have virtual training, gamification, simulations, and all sorts of apps that I have decided i really don’t want to learn how to use! My “facebook” is face-to-face training. Developing the personal relationships with and between the participants in the class is the pot of gold.
    so, “go West young Man”. OOPS, you already are!
    Have fun and enjoy the adventure.

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