The Internet. Tablets. 3D printing. Wearable Technology. All once outliers in discussions of possible future learning scenarios, unlikely developments in their early days according to the common wisdom, but each laden with enormous potential impact even then. Imagine if we could have anticipated these developments as they were happening and maximized their educational value early on. How might we have influenced them? Taken advantage of them? What would we have done differently? How could we have used them — right away — to the benefit of teaching and learning?

The NMC Horizon Project has built an enviable record of highlighting emerging trends and technologies for more than 12 years, but even the best, most proactive environmental scanning can’t predict the Black Swans, as Nassim Nicholas Taleb called them in his landmark book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. This is the essential notion behind the 2015 Horizon Project Retreat, and the impetus for its informal name, “The Black Swan Ball.”

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Gordon Jackson is proud to serve as The New Media Consortium’s CTO. At the NMC, Gordon is responsible for all technical assets, development, and budget. Prior to joining the team in 2013, Gordon worked in a variety of industries over 15 years. He was a key manager for R.R. Donnelly’s cloud adoption, designed a full media service for a division of News Corporation, and led all technical aspects of a global e-Commerce website at Calumet Photographic. Gordon holds a B.M. and an M.A. in music performance from Eastern Illinois University.