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Barry Pousman is an award-winning creative producer focused on the future of media, art, education, and social change. Barry is currently the COO and Lead Producer at LightShed.io, an immersive production company unparalleled in the social impact space. Barry is also a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Immersive Storytelling and Emerging Technologies lab where he leads creative workshops, develops new courses, and advises on student projects. Before moving to Seattle, Barry worked with the Institute for the Future, the world's leading strategic foresight think tank to develop and implement digital strategies, content initiatives, and global events. Barry is formerly a Chief Digital Strategist at the UN where he helped implement effective new media initiatives around the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In his work with the UN, Barry created seminal Virtual Reality experiences (Clouds Over Sidra, My Mother's Wing, etc) and viral video campaigns, organized UN General Assembly exhibitions, and facilitated international summits and workshops. His work has created measured real-world impact and has screened at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the White House, Sundance, won the Interactive Award at Sheffield Doc Fest and been written about in The New York Times, Vice, the BBC, and beyond.
Barry was also the Director of Digital Programming at Discovery Communications and a founding member of Discovery VR, where his focus was on science, education and global awareness. He oversaw multiple production teams, four digital video networks, and a handful of podcasts all of which garnered millions of views each week. He formed partnerships with NASA on monthly live streams, Vice Media on news breakdowns, and the Office of the White House for national STEM education standards.
Barry is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston where he studied Visual Media and was awarded an Alumni Award for his work in digital media. He went on to serve with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, receiving two Fulbright-Hays grants from the U.S. Embassy in Dakar for his impact work.