Virtual reality delivers deep and memorable experiences with the capacity to transcend any other type of media. Because of the sense of presence created by this generation's VR technology and because of the power of VR to create empathy, it has an unparalleled ability to influence emotions and behaviors. When you combine this transformative power with the right VR experience, the outcome is both an increase in personal potential and a network effect throughout community and society.
We spent some time with Barry Pousman of Variable Labs at the Digital Raign event at Esalen in October and if you're not familiar, his work in "news for impact" is one positive use of the technology, just as I'm talking about. For example, this piece from the UN of a young mother who fled the conflict in Burundi to build a new life for her family. VR can take you there, help you step inside the shoes of someone living another experience in this universe we're sharing and be moved just enough to connect, to help, to change, to understand the world a bit better. VR will take us there, it will accelerate us and show us new ways in which to interact and progress.
Our newest advisor, Kimberly King, has dedicated her life to social impact and well-being. She is such an inspiration to me personally and to our efforts here at our organization. She reminds us to put our values first to think not just about the direct outcomes for our users but the systemic impact of what we are creating. Kimberly is Founding Director of One Island Institute, CSO for Global Tech, and Co-President of The Peace Company. She is also co-founder of WIESD, Women in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, based in Sweden and the US. Kimberly has been a founding member/organizer of numerous CSO's and Global Communities including Global Action Network, Nat'l Museum of Women's History, Women Uniting, Franchise for Humanity and Stand Up and Vote. She currently serves the Board/Advisors for SpiritualVR, PURE CITIES, The Interfaith Observer, and the UN NGO Committee on Sustainable Development.
On November 29th, we are holding a panel event at UploadVR to discuss the psychological impact of VR on perception and behaviors with Cris Miranda, Adam Gazzaley, and Blair Erickson. Our own Kristina Suhr will also be sharing some of the insights we've pulled together. If you are in or near San Francisco, please join us.
Please also read our white paper: "Using Virtual Reality for the Reduction of Anxiety: An Introduction to How Immersive VR Can Improve the Treatment of Anxiety"