Dr John James is passionate about enabling change and innovation, and helping others to learn and build their capacity in this area.
For his PhD, he investigated the factors that affect the adoption of Web 2.0 technologies. You can read a summary of his PhD thesis or download the whole document if you’re keen.
After completing a degree in horticultural science, John’s first role was as an industry development officer. During that time he created an industry newsletter, an information centre and delivered numerous technical workshops. During this time he began to understand the purpose of extension, and realised that to enable change he needed to better understand people and how they approached decision making and change. So it was back to uni…
John completed a Masters degree focusing on adult learning, psychology and business management. That eventually led him to working at the Rural Extension Centre, coordinating the delivery of post-graduate courses in agricultural extension where he was able to share his passion and expertise with students from across Australia and beyond.
He has also been heavily involved with the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN), the professional association for those involved with extension from Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Amongst other roles, he was elected APEN President for five years. He also established the APEN mentoring scheme and is still involved with that today. John was inducted as one of the first APEN Life Members in 2018.
John has a fatal attraction to shiny new objects (especially new technology that promises to help you work smarter). He particularly enjoys using online collaboration tools to complement face-to-face communication. He pioneered the use of webinars in agriculture to connect with a geographically distributed audience. He runs a webinar coaching business and would be delighted to help you start using this technology in your work.