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September Planning Workshops

 

Due to a change in schedule, we have to change the time and date for the event that was scheduled for Sat., Sept 15th  – we'll update you with the future date when we get it set up. Meanwhile, we have an agenda in place for the NPC event and hope to see everyone there!

Virtual State Fair

We have two planning workshops scheduled for this month thanks to the generous offer by two organizations to host the events. The first will be Saturday, September 15, at 7pm PDT at the Virtual Fair event (SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morrill/32/50/24).  The Virtual Fair is an annual event organized by the Cooperative Extension System. According to the Extension's website, "the fifth Annual Virtual State Fair week in Second Life is an online celebration of everything Cooperative Extension with educational exhibits, live music, rides, games and contests. The fair runs from Monday, September 10 to Sunday, September 16 from noon to 10 p.m. ET." The planning workshop will take place in the barn after the last live music event on Saturday. We also encourage you to check out their other events.

The other workshop will be held on Friday, September 21, at 8:30 pm PDT at the Nonprofit Commons (SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plush%20Nonprofit%20Commons/91/129/26). 

Nonprofit Commons

This workshop will take place during the Nonprofit Commons 5th Anniversary celebration. There are also other events held this day as part of the celebrations that you might want to visit – you can find out more at the SLURL above.

 

Both organizations are great community builders in Second Life so it's a wonderful opportunity to partner with them on a community plan. The Nonprofit Commons has embraced community building and support of Second Life as part of their mission. And community planning is a core service area for the Extension. You can find out more about each organization through the links below:

Extension – Community planning resources

Nonprofit Commons in Second Life

 

 

 

Sharing Virtual Vision 2020 at the Non-Profit Commons

Last Friday, I had a tremendous opportunity to share information about the Virtual Vision 2020 effort at the Non-profit Commons weekly meeing. And I want to very much thank Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL) for asking and arranging for me to speak.  The group was outstanding and had come great questions and information to share. I don't believe the presentation was videotaped. But I uploaded the slides to Slideshare and attached an audio file so anyone who is interested in viewing it can do so.

A Glimpse into the Development of Second Life

Part of the purpose of a community plan is to take time to reflect and capture how and why a community formed and discover the early visions driving its development. By exploring these questions, we better understand how we got to where we are today. Recently there was an amazing opportunity to hear Philip Rosedale, the creator of Second Life, provide the answers to some of these questions at the 2012 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference. Gentle Heron, who interviewed Philip, asked some great questions, and Philip's answers were thoughtful and informative. The video of the interview has been embedded below:

 

What is the Second Life Community’s Message?

In the process of developing a community plan, we explore the core values of its members. This can be determined by answering questions like:

  • What is important to the community?
  • What does the community want to accomplish?
  • What does the community care about?
  • Where does the community want to concentrate their time and money?

 Today I read some interesting thoughts in Paul Graham's essay called Cities and Ambition that made me think there is another important question to ask:

What is the community's message? If you are a new person joining Second Life and beginning your exploration of that world, what is the initial message you receive? What is the message you receive from the community if you're an older resident?

Graham has given this some thought as it relates to offline cities where he has lived or spent time. He said the messages he has picked up from cities have been ones of "wealth, style, hipness, physical attractiveness, fame, political power, economic power, intelligence, social class, and quality of life." Which of these messages are the ones sent by the Second Life community? And which one do we as a community want to send?

And why is this important? One reason it's important is because the community will be most successful when the message matches the values. For example, if art is the most important value, but visitors or residents do not get that message, then the community will not be as successful in its pursuit and enjoyment of art.

To get an idea of the impression Second Life is sending, we set up a quick poll with Graham's categories in the right sidebar on the main page – if you get a chance, please add your vote for the message you think is the one sent by Second Life.

 

A Collection of Reflections

Because many of you are already discussion the different aspects of community, it's beneficial to collect and highlight those discussions here. The ideas found in those posts and related comments offer insight into how the community thinks and feels about their experience in Second Life. Below under the different categories, I've listed several of the recent posts I've read discussion issues related to that aspect of Second Life. Be sure to add in the comments any other posts that you've found or think are relevant. It would also be great to hear your opinion regarding the ideas presented in these posts. I'll also update this post as I locate more articles:

General Discussions

Metareality Podcast: weekly discussion about many topics related to community in Second Life

Living in the Modem World: regular posts covering many topics related to community in Second Life

Land Use:

Tyche Shepherd's Mainland Census June 2012 (Her main site is at: Second Life Grid Survey)

Great general discussion of land use and its implications: THINKERS JUNE 12 2012: DECLINE OF PRIVATE SIMS

Shed Me No Tiers blog post by Tateru Nino discussing cost of land

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Vision 2020 Begins!

 

Virtual Vision 2020 is a community plan for Second Life. 

Virtual Vision 2020 is an attempt to capture the community's thoughts, ideas, opinions, and goals for Second Life. Modeled off the community planning process that takes place in communities all across the world, this virtual plan can help the Second Life community define itself, set goals for its future, and offer a roadmap for success. If you are a member of that community, your input is important to help make the plan a reality and a success!

This is only the first phase of the process – gathering feedback. So if you've ever wanted to share your ideas and thoughts about what makes Second Life great, what makes it frustrating,  what can make it better for you, and where you think it needs to be in 2020, here's your chance – the community needs to hear from you!

But shouting it from the nearest rooftop is not a good idea, or even safe. And we all know shouting in Second Life doesn't travel nearly far enough for everyone to hear. So instead, you can share what you'd like to say or shout or even whisper using one or all of seven surveys – one general and six specific – where you can share anonymously.

You are also welcome to post comments below or on the blog – over the next few weeks, you'll find several topics discussed here covering many of the aspects of Second Life. Just keep any comments clean, try to be constructive in criticism, and rated G. If you've got some strong opinions and would like to write a post here, just send an email to virtualplanner@virtualvision2020.com so you can get access to post. Many of you already have blogs of your own and have already been posting over the years your thoughts and ideas about many of these issues. If we know about your posts, we'll highlight them here because the best plan will come from the most feedback.

Virtual Vision 2020 will also be at the SL9B so make sure to stop by and share your thoughts there.