The New York Times makes a passing mention of how Second Life has been used to promote veteran-civilian dialogues, along with face-to-face gatherings sponsored by the group Intersections International. The purpose of these dialogues is to “to empower veterans to fully re-integrate into civilian society and educate civilians about the unique needs and strengths of returning military personnel.” Here is a link to a more complete machinima video showing how the first such virtual dialogue went on September 17, 2010.
Produced by Intersections International and Startled Cat, Inc, the video shows how virtual environments can be used to replicate the kinds of therapeutic and consensus-building techniques used in real world gatherings. Kudos to Intersections International and Startled Cat for making this happen.
Written by: rikomatic