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Lecture Main Stage Justin Hall FRGS

For 35 years the EXPLORE weekend at the Royal Geographical Society has been an incubator and supporter of exploration. Across the years, 1000s of expeditions undertaken by the young and intrepid have taken shape, found support and set off from what is often described as the epee-center of global exploration…. The Royal Geographical Society.

I’m proud to say have been a Fellow of the society for almost 16 years now. In my mind the EXPLORE weekend is my favorite date in the calendar. Its as if the event imagesacts like a people magnet, drawing in the intrepid. Strolling the oak paneled corridors of this iconic venue is a wonder in itself… but brushing shoulders with those who view the world with wonder and want to know more is is the real joy of Explore…  In a strange way, everyone who attends has, or is about to, put a pin in a map, set themselves on a path  towards something extraordinary. Standing on stage, as I started my lecture, I couldn’t help imaging those pathway, fanning out from the crowded Ondaatje Theatre  across the globe. A multitude of journeys yet to be…Inquisitive minds heading out across mountains, jungles, deserts, oceans and icy landscapes…. It was a wonderful vision in my minds eye… if only i could have articulated it!


High Tech Exploration:

My talk: a high speed introduction to High-Tech, Low Cost Expeditions and how today, more than ever, I feel technology can be used to dramatic enhance your en-devours, help communicate  discoveries and enrich your story.

Here is the screens that accompanied the talk. Here also is the audio a friend grabbed on their phone (rubbish quality obviously but offers context). Just play and click through.




About the author

National Geographic correspondent for the 2016, globally distributed, prime-time series of EXPLORER, Justin Hall is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, broadcaster and journalist. He is also a Fellow of the UK’s Royal Geographical Society, specializing in hi-tech digital storytelling technologies. In the course of reporting on issues across the board from illegal wildlife trade, deforestation, gold mining, cocaine production, child slavery, piracy on the high seas and more, Justin has covered a lot of ground: From helicopter raids on cocaine factories in Bolivia to tracking down arms dealers in Moscow, he’s hitchhiked a ride on a rusty Russian jetfighter and was one of the first to use tech to champion the rights of tribal peoples back in 2000. His passion for environmental, cultural and tribal issues was cultivated through his early work with Academy Award-nominated anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Pierre Dutilleux on the series ‘Tribal Journeys’. An avid storyteller in all its forms, Justin continues to crisscross the globe, with recent investigations taking him to Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Belize, Borneo, Somalia, Colombia, Congo DRC and three visits to Libya. Armed with a smile and nothing but good intentions, Hall is not your standard correspondent.

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