Had the day off writing yesterday to deliver a presentation at the National Security College. I was talking about developing scenarios, and how to use some of the structural tricks of novelists and screenwriters to plan out more engaging hypotheticals for policymakers and actors within natsec agencies. I was on after lunch so I wanted the session to be fun as well as useful. It seemed to go well.
It was my first time using Webex and I had a few heart-in-mouth moments just before the session when I realised I had to download and install the app. I wasn’t even sure one would run on the iMac. It did. But I ended up using the browser link anyway. NSC asked if I wanted to use slides for the presentation and I thought about it for all of two seconds before deciding that trying to do a keynote session over an NBN link using a piece of software I’d never seen before was asking for trouble.
Instead, I just wrote up a one-page outline on Word, with space for note-taking, and emailed that down separately. They printed it out and handed it to the participants. Sometimes analogue is just better.
Probably shouldn’t discuss the content of the class beyond vague generalities, but I can assure you the Australian government is thoroughly prepared to deal with an alien invasion.