About two weeks ago, I came to a very painful decision: I had to shut down the Mixed Reality for All project. I really, really didn’t want to do it. But to run a tricky project like, you need to be able to put in a lot more face time than I’d anticipated. It’s been almost seven years since I messed up my knees, and I thought I was finally at the point where I could sit as well as stand for long enough to be able to pull off an organizing project. That turned out not to be the case.
There’s a lot you can do remotely, through video chat, etc., but there are real limits. For example, if you’re trying to convince partners who aren’t sure what you’re proposing is feasible, you can do a lot online, but at the end of the day there’s no substitute for spending time face to face — especially for building the bonds of trust needed to be folks to take a leap of faith. Maybe a better organizer than I am could’ve figured out how; I couldn’t.
I’m still reeling from the decision. I got to work with some fabulous people, and the online community around A-Frame is just wonderful. And it’s hard in a situation like this not to feel like I’m letting some people down. But I’ve been running projects for long enough to know when it’s time to face reality and pull the plug.
That said, I learned a lot from working on Mixed Reality for All. In the next few weeks I hope to blog about some of the lessons I learned. But for now, it’s time to lick my wounds and decompress.