About JV

Cosmic Evolutionary Physicist | Internaut | ex-Netscaper | Big History Futurist

Very serious official-sounding version

Joseph Voros holds a PhD in theoretical physics (on mathematical extensions to the General Theory of Relativity).* He then spent several years in internet-related companies, including the legendary Netscape Communications Corporation in Silicon Valley, California, and is now a professional futurist.

Dr Voros started at Swinburne in 2000 as a project consultant in the former Australian Foresight Institute. Then appointed as a strategic foresight analyst in a top-level strategic planning unit at Swinburne, he was involved in the building of an organisational strategic thinking capacity based on foresight concepts and methodologies, forming strong links with the strategic foresight teaching program, attending every subject and providing a practitioner’s perspective in many invited lectures.

In 2003, he began lecturing in the Master of Strategic Foresight program (discontinued in 2018) on the theory and practice of foresight in organisations and society. Dr Voros also re-designed, convened and for several years taught the Master of Business Administration (MBA) unit on Corporate Strategy, bringing a unique foresight perspective to it. He has presented at conferences nationally and internationally, including keynotes, and three of his research articles have won excellence awards including an Outstanding Paper Award in 2010. He has a strong belief in the need for both rigorous intellectual discipline as well as practical pragmatic utility in “real world” contexts, and this belief lies at the heart of his approach to Futures Studies and strategic foresight. For many years he has used the multidisciplinary frameworks of Cosmic Evolution, Astrobiology, and Big History to frame and explore broad questions about the longer-term futures of global civilisation and humankind.

He is a member of the World Futures Studies Federation, an academic member of the Big History Institute, a full member of the Association of Professional Futurists, and a founding member and former Board member (2012-2017) of the International Big History Association. He serves on the editorial boards of the UK journal Foresight, the European Journal of Futures Research, and the Journal of Big History.

More fun personal stuff

Fun Fact from the Past:
I worked for Netscape Communications Corp back in the 1990s. The only remaining digital evidence is a posting from rec.humor.funny which shows the email address I had back then (by far the coolest I ever had, frankly: drjoe@netscape.com): http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/97/May/notgold.html
Somewhat Random Fun Factoid:
I learned Esperanto in 1994 and seem to have been the first Esperantist to suggest translating “world wide web” into Esperanto; and, in the ensuing discussions, was apparently the first to use the now-currently-accepted short-hand form “TTT”, although the exact T-words being abbreviated have been changed by subsequent usage. Translating “world wide web” (WWW) into Esperanto. In soc.culture.esperanto, May 1994. Reported by Don Harlow (in Esperanto), ‘La Historio de TTT’ [The History of TTT], at: [http://groups.google.be/group/soc.culture.esperanto/msg/f1796db95c377fea]
Fun Far Future Extrapolation:
Response to ‘The Internet will go Interplanetary’. On the Futurismic weblog, 20 Nov 2008. [http://futurismic.com/2008/11/19/the-internet-will-go-interplanetary/]

* You know: G_{\mu\nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu\nu} = \frac{8 \pi G}{c^4} T_{\mu\nu} . WordPress is very handy because it understands LaTeX – which is very nice indeed for what is yet to come…