Thursday, September 4, 2008

Opportunity for ALL

“Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.” -Lawrence Bixby

Today, I attended the Virtual Worlds Expo at The Los Angeles Convention Center. During the keynote lecture, Colin Parris, Vice President of IBM's Digital Convergence, shared how virtual workplaces allow workers to globally connect and overcome certain handicaps. For example, autistic individuals can learn from social interactions or distraught veterans can gradually transition into the real world through online interactions. The virtual workplace provides an environment for all to equally connect, no matter the race, gender or handicap. We are measured by our productivity and contribution, not our limitations.

As virtual worlds become more mainstream, it's important to realize that our interactions may provide the lift for people to jump over their hurdles and encourage "the horse to go along, too."

A special thanks to Greg Verdino for the complimentary ticket.

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