I lost a Giant …
Sometimes you have the great fortune of standing on the shoulders of giants … and sometimes it ends abruptly. Monday October 20th I lost a boss, colleague, and mentor to cancer: Bo Fibiger.
Bo was one of the founders of MIL, and I know others will point out his importance within the field of ICT and Learning, Media Science and Politics. To me Bo was all that and then some ..
When I had to do my first academic conference presentation, I did it with Bo. I was so nervous, but Bo reassured me, and it went fine. It was in Paris, and Bo had brought his sweet wife, Helle along .. we had some great evenings and my official entrance into Academia became a treasured memory.
The primary case I’m using in my PhD was originally designed by Bo together with Birgitte Holm Sørensen, and I would have loved for him to see the result .. being the great online facilitator he was, he would certainly have appreciated the possibilities and challenges of SL.
I realize my loss cannot possibly measure up to that of Bo’s wife, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and friends … and in moments of clarity I chose to feel privileged just to have had the chance of being in his company. I’ll do my very best to meet Bo’s high standards …