Welcome! My name is Steve Foerster. In addition to my professional and technical interests, I have four wonderful kids who throughout most of 2020 will range in age from fifteen to twenty-three.
From having lived abroad, I’ve developed a strong interest in the developing world and its unique challenges. My current project is New World University, which some partners and I founded to help improve access to quality higher education in lower income countries.
I’m very concerned about issues of justice, and am an advocate for civil and individual liberties. I also have a vegan lifestyle, primarily for related ethical reasons, but I also appreciate its positive effects on my own health and the environment.
I have eclectic tastes in music, appreciating everything from ambient to zydeco, and have sung bass for the City Choir of Washington and for the Church of the Good Shepherd. I enjoy most eras of visual art, but particularly the surrealists. My favorite poet is William Blake. For reading I usually prefer alternative history, fantasy, and science fiction, but I also enjoy other well written works, such as those by V.S. Naipaul, Barbara Kingsolver, and others.
Throughout my career, my positions have been in writing, technology, education, or leadership, and most have involved more than one of these. I’m not seeking employment right now, but those interested in professional networking are welcome to take a look at my LinkedIn profile and connect with me if we share common interests, especially higher education leadership, open educational resources, distance learning, mobile learning, and educational technology.
I believe that openness is better than control, and that communication solves more problems than secrecy. The future may be unknowable, but it is not unimaginable, and as an optimist, I like to think that our future will be one where people focus on what we all have in common, rather than on those things which divide us. (Yes, even now!)
All the best,