An interview with the future

I am one of the ‘presenters’ at the JISC 09 online conference. I don’t actually present, but instead have been asked to create a short video for the session looking at Do educational institutions have a future? Graham Attwell and Rob Howe are the other presenters. We had a chat about the session and I mentioned that I had considered doing an interview with a future version of myself, as a means of exploring the issues. They liked the idea so we have decided all to adopt it, with myself taking the academic perspective, Rob the learner one and Graham the institutional view.

Below is my video, although it’s meant as a bit of fun I hope there are some issues in it that we can explore in the session. Please sign up for the conference if you haven’t already, it should be fun (it costs £50 I think).

BTW – I think everyone should do an interview with their future selves, so if you do one let me know.


  1. Martin that is truly truly frightening! Hope u didn’t scare ur poor wife and daughter with that outfit!@

  2. jobadge says:

    PMSL!!! Can I get one of those eco pipes Mr Future Weller? I would like to become posher and pipe-wieldling in future, not sure I could wear that mask and have a vague american accent at all….

  3. Martin says:

    I did scare my daughter with it! I came in the room wearing it and carried on as normal. She looked at me speechless for ages. It takes a lot to make her speechless.

  4. Carl Morris says:

    I almost did one, but my future self talked me out of it.

  5. Alan Levine says:

    That was quite, as you say across the pond, BRILLIANT. I really like the idea of doing that as a creative, visualizing exercise.
    And you look ok in a beard.

  6. Steve Bond says:

    That’s a coincidence, we did something quite similar recently:

  7. Dominic Newbould says:

    Martin – brilliant!
    And Steve Bond’s Star Trek version fabulous too.
    Very informative – but strange…

  8. Martin says:

    @Steve – oh yours is much better. I was thinking how this is an example where a bit more effort (but not full production) above my ‘talk at my Mac’ approach would pay off, and I think that shows in yours.

  9. Sarah Wilde says:

    Stop playing and get on with some real work Weller!

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