I specialise in not specialising. I originally trained as a lighting designer and now work in museum User Experience (well, officially its 'Audience Research' - but I like to think that means 'how people experience using a museum'
I’m obsessed with relationships (between people, ideas, content, technology etc). I’ve researched Behaviour Change (See: HSM), Cognitive Neuroscience (See: The Zone) and helped to design music sharing apps (See: Undrtone)
philosophy is ‘Clarity in Chaos’
I am fascinated by systems and complexity and am constantly in awe at the emergence of new innovation in the beautifully interconnected system that is our world.
Life is chaotic - but for those who keep their awareness broad and their interests sharp, some amazing connections coalesce to create a signal in the noise, some clarity in chaos.
Formal 'third person' bio...
Ben is the Manager – Audience Research, Strategy &
Advocacy for the Queensland Museum Network. He has worked at the forefront of
the Creative & Entertainment Industries in Brisbane for a number of years,
having held positions as Project Manager for the development and introduction
of the triple-faculty Entertainment Industries degree at the Queensland
University of Technology and as a Strategic Advisor to Josephmark,
working on the redesign of the international social-music juggernaut, MySpace and the music sharing application, Undrtone.
He is currently a Board Director of the Brisbane Writers
Festival and was selected as one of the Foundation for
Young Australians 'Young Social Pioneers' in 2011 for his work with ‘Smart Artz’ (now ‘Artology’), a
social enterprise founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Graeme Wood.
Outside of work, Ben is a bit of a geek, having a hobby
interest in neuroscience, bioinformatics and statistics. He recently developed a brain training booth called “The Zone” which was installed at ‘The Edge’ (Digital Culture Centre of the State Library
of Queensland). He is currently working on the development of a Statistics start-up, with a view to make complex data analysis simple, sensible and sexy.
He is a passionate advocate for
interdisciplinary skill development and the intersections between culture, technology, design and strategy.