Jonathan Nalder - Round 1, 2017 Champion

Jonathan Nalder

Pathways through Mars to success in the digital future

Jonathan Nalder is a Brisbane-based Educator and digital storyteller who helps fellow Queenslanders think beyond today to plan for a successful future. His long-time mission has been to help people transition to working digitally, assisting all learners and leaders to embrace technology and participate fully in progressive and innovative ways.

After a 13-year career as a teacher and educator, Jonathan chose to ramp things up by founding the organisation FUTURE-U. As the director, he investigates and shares solutions for the digital future. He helps people shift their thinking to embrace future ways of working, living and thriving.

One of the key initiatives of FUTURE-U is the FirstOnMars.net training simulation program. Open to schools, universities, training organisations and community groups, FirstOnMars helps people prepare to thrive in the future world by:

  • immersing participants in workshops focused on life on Mars
  • facilitating sharing of creative solutions for Mars colonies to thrive
  • encouraging big-picture skills
  • providing experience in 21st century skills and technologies
  • blending agile thinking, entrepreneur, 3D printing, and virtual reality skills, and more.

In addition, Jonathan runs creative agency JNXYZ.VISION. He connects organisations and individuals to their communities via visual design, photography, video, social media, and training outcomes. He also spends up to 90 minutes every day researching future ideas so he can distil this with his experience as a story-teller, planner, teacher, and writer.

Jonathan is convinced that education, digital learning and agile thinking has the potential to transform lives. As a digital champ, he will continue to help Queenslanders shift their thinking and embrace digital literacies. He will grow the FirstOnMars program by facilitating at more schools and organisations, and by customising the program to support their needs. By doing so, he will help Queensland communities prepare for success in the digital future.

Jonathan is nominated by: Oakleigh State School

Jonathan Nalder

Pathways through Mars to success in the digital future

Jonathan Nalder is a Brisbane-based Educator and digital storyteller who helps fellow Queenslanders think beyond today to plan for a successful future. His long-time mission has been to help people transition to working digitally, assisting all learners and leaders to embrace technology and participate fully in progressive and innovative ways.

After a 13-year career as a teacher and educator, Jonathan chose to ramp things up by founding the organisation FUTURE-U. As the director, he investigates and shares solutions for the digital future. He helps people shift their thinking to embrace future ways of working, living and thriving.

One of the key initiatives of FUTURE-U is the FirstOnMars.net training simulation program. Open to schools, universities, training organisations and community groups, FirstOnMars helps people prepare to thrive in the future world by:

  • immersing participants in workshops focused on life on Mars
  • facilitating sharing of creative solutions for Mars colonies to thrive
  • encouraging big-picture skills
  • providing experience in 21st century skills and technologies
  • blending agile thinking, entrepreneur, 3D printing, and virtual reality skills, and more.

In addition, Jonathan runs creative agency JNXYZ.VISION. He connects organisations and individuals to their communities via visual design, photography, video, social media, and training outcomes. He also spends up to 90 minutes every day researching future ideas so he can distil this with his experience as a story-teller, planner, teacher, and writer.

Jonathan is convinced that education, digital learning and agile thinking has the potential to transform lives. As a digital champ, he will continue to help Queenslanders shift their thinking and embrace digital literacies. He will grow the FirstOnMars program by facilitating at more schools and organisations, and by customising the program to support their needs. By doing so, he will help Queensland communities prepare for success in the digital future.

Jonathan is nominated by: Oakleigh State School