Transcript of August 24 Nonprofit Commons Meeting – Ethnography and Virtual Worlds with Tom Boellstorff and Celia Pearce

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
August 24, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements
8:45 AM “Ethnography and Virtual Worlds” with Tom Boellstorff and Celia Pearce
9:35 AM Mentors Central
9:45 AM Open Mic / Announcements


[08:30] Zinnia Zauber: Welcome everyone!

[08:31] Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): is it in voice ?

[08:31] Gentle Heron: All text, Ridvan.

[08:31] Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): i cannot hear

[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: I am Zinnia Zauber, your interim Community
Manager here at the Nonprofit Commons.

[08:31] Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): all right

[08:31] Buffy Beale: ok what is it with the front row vacancy? lol I’m
feeling lonely here…

[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a
community of social benefit organizations managed by a community of
volunteers and sponsored by the nonprofit organization TechSoup

[08:31] Buffy Beale: aww Pooky ty 🙂

[08:31] Pooky Amsterdam: S;-D

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: We like to to start our meeting with links on
how you can find us and then introductions.
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

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About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: AGENDA

8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM “Ethnography and Virtual Worlds” with Tom Boellstorff / Tom Bukowski

9:35 AM Mentors Central

9:45 AM Open Mic / Announcements

[08:32] Buffy Beale: yay Grizzia and RR brave souls we are

[08:32] Ronnie Rhode: We love you BB 🙂

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Yay!, People in the front!

[08:33] Buffy Beale: awwww!

[08:33] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Indeed!

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: So, let’s have some introductions. Please state
your real name, where you are at, your org, your website and twitter

[08:33] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida, @lovefoundation

[08:33] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:33] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1, Inc., Baltimore,
MD , , . @PY1US

[08:33] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21),
Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Our meeting transcripts are posted online.

[08:33] Buffy Beale: haha HB well done!

[08:33] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA
Health Care and Human Rights

[08:34] Chad Mikado: Chad Gobert; National Service Inclusion Project @
UMass Boston;

[08:34] HB Eternal: Silver is good too Buffy

[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities
and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:34] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online Community Director,
TechSoup, SF CA USA @suzboop @techsoup @npsl

[08:34] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA

[08:34] Pancha Enzyme: Marshall Dozier, University of Edinburgh, @mafrado

[08:34] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.

[08:34] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21),
Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:34] Par (parhelion.palou): Herbert Hoover, generic volunteer,
north of Baltimore, MD, no website, no twitter

[08:34] Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): Ridvan Ata, Sheffield, UK
,The University of Sheffield, PhD Candidate,

[08:34] Pooky Amsterdam: Pooky Amsterdam CEO Pookymedia – Machinima
studio par excelleance – – one video a million

[08:34] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Chris Robinson, Georgia Gwinnett
College, metro Atlanta

[08:34] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, Senior Manager Online Community and
Social Media, TechSoup Global,, @MichaelDeLongSF
@TechSoup, San Francisco, USA

[08:35] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org, tech outreach to
those who would not otherwise have access, Arizona, Mexico and On the
Road; @ozma, still trying to get the website back up (long story)

[08:35] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup,
SF, CA, @TechSoup,@alebez

[08:35] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): Ricky Davis San Antonio
@dyverse.steele facebook
Ricky.G.Davis Health advocate and DJ

[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Remember if you are ever late to the meeting,
still please introduce yourself to the group.

[08:35] Klara Otsuka: Clara O’Shea., University of Edinburgh, @claraoshea 🙂

[08:35] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): blog and website coming soon

[08:35] Katherine Cunningham (kcunning): Jodi Swicegood, RTI
International, RTP NC

[08:36] Peperi Franizzi: MacKenzie Stout, Owner/Operator Grid Wide

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Looks like we have a great group today!

[08:36] VesaV. (veilvali): Vesa Välimäki, student from Finland, no
twitter, no website!

[08:36] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare,
Kirksville, Missouri, @brenabenoir

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: How did you find out about the meeting today?

[08:36] Gentle Heron: Hooray for students!

[08:36] Pancha Enzyme: sled email

[08:36] Zotarah Shepherd: ooo 29 folks here!

[08:37] Aquiel Aero: sledu events announced this meeting

[08:37] Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): SLED

[08:37] Bear (bear.silvershade): Bear Silvershade, artist and
storyteller.. Artropolis (135,177,60) inwrold and online

[08:37] Klara Otsuka: Pancha told me 🙂

[08:37] Pooky Amsterdam: SLEd = the best

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: Wonderful! I am happy to hear that!

[08:37] Pancha Enzyme: 🙂 @Klara

[08:37] VesaV. (veilvali): From Second Life event listing.

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: Super!

[08:37] Buffy Beale: welcome veilvali!

[08:37] Bear (bear.silvershade): referral from Gentle through a mutual friend

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: Any more introductions?

[08:37] Buffy Beale: yay Bear welcome too

[08:38] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I found out from the inworld announcement

[08:38] Tom Bukowski: Tom, still rezzing, can say hello in a few when
I’m chatting with folks

[08:38] Tori Landau: Hi, just waiting for everyone and everything to rezz °͜°

[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: Super!

[08:38] Buffy Beale: good to hear Grizzla and welcome

[08:38] Riven Homewood: Riven Homewood – I run a roleplay library in
Steelhead – I found out via an email announcement

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: Remember our transcript will be posted online.

[08:39] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Yeah, I’m about to declare SLED
list bankruptcy, I’m so far behind in reading it

[08:39] Pancha Enzyme: Hey Riven 🙂

[08:39] Bear (bear.silvershade) waves to Riven

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: And, I know we all pick up new followers on
Twitter after the meeting, right?

[08:39] Riven Homewood: Hi Pancha 🙂 – Hi Bear – Hi Tom

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second
Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn
about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways
in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second
Life to achieve their missions.

[08:39] bulaklak: Yes.

[08:39] Pooky Amsterdam: okay you persuaded me – @pookymedia

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

TechSoup Announcements

[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: Now we have TechSoup Announcements!

[08:40] bulaklak: Thanks, Zinnia!

[08:40] Coughran Mayo: Dick Dillon, Innovaision, LLC St. Louis MO
@Coughran, @Innovaision

[08:40] bulaklak: Good day, folks!

[08:40] Glitteractica Cookie: good day

[08:40] Buffy Beale: yay bulaklak!

[08:41] bulaklak: Did anyone happen to attend this week’s OCTRIBE on
Wednesday, either in San Francisco or virtually by Adobe Connect?

[08:41] Buffy Beale: sorry to have missed it 🙁

[08:42] Adalace Jewell: sorry, i’m late. Adalace, RoSa Library
Brussels, @adalace

[08:42] bulaklak: I, unfortunately, had to miss it, as well. But lucky
me (and you) that our team blogger Susan Chavez took fantastic notes.
I heard it was just a terrific conversation about engaging online
communities. I am looking forward to the notes once they are live. I
will share them with you all next week.
[08:42] bulaklak: Glitter, anything to add real quick about that evening?
[08:42] bulaklak: Any quick highlight?

[08:42] Nany (nany.kayo): Nancy McDonald Miller, Virtual Native Lands

[08:43] Glitteractica Cookie: no, I think the recap will cover most of it

[08:43] bulaklak: Great.

[08:43] Pooky Amsterdam: YAy Nany!

[08:43] Lowri Mills: I apologize for being late. Lowri Mills,

[08:43] bulaklak: So next Wednesday we have another cool webinar
coming up on the topic of e-readers.

[08:43] Nany (nany.kayo): Hey, Pooky! I can’t see anyone yet : )

[08:44] Fleep Tuque: Chris Collins, University of Cincinnati and AvaCon (we just recently
officially got non-profit status, yay!)

[08:44] bulaklak: Librarian Brenda Hugh will talk all about how
libraries are adapting to this quickly growing technology.

[08:44] bulaklak: Great, congrats, Chris, and welcome!

[08:44] Fleep Tuque: Thanks!

[08:44] Riven Homewood waves to Fleep

[08:44] Bear (bear.silvershade) waves to Fleep

[08:44] bulaklak: At any rate, that webinar on e-readers is Wednesday,
August 29 at 11am Pacific time
[08:44] bulaklak: And you can register here
[08:45] bulaklak:

[08:45] Pooky Amsterdam: Woah Fleep! Ahoy!

[08:45] Fleep Tuque: =)

[08:46] Buffy Beale: yay Fleep!

[08:46] Zinnia Zauber: Please introduce yourself as you join us at the
meeting. Real name, location, org, website, and twitter handle.

[08:46] bulaklak: Lastly, I just want to mention that we have
re-organized our discussion forum categories on As many
of you probably know, our forums are a fantastic place to get your
tech questions answered, and also to share your own expertise while
connecting with others.

[08:46] Oronoque Westland: Roberta Kilkenny, Hunter College, City
University of New York. Sorry to be late.

[08:46] bulaklak: We’ve trimmed down to 15 categories and added some
brand new things, such as a place to post all of your events, classes,
trainings, and workshops that are tech and social good related.
[08:47] bulaklak: Here is the link to the discussion forums
[08:47] bulaklak: That’s what I’ve got for today. Thanks for coming
and enjoy the meeting, and your weekends!

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: the forums are a great place to get your
tech questions answered from a trustworthy panel of experts

[08:48] Delia Lake: oops, Linda Kelley, Pittsfield MA, Transitioning
to Green Foundation and here in sl the Center for Water Studies

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Great!

[08:50] Buffy Beale: sure is nice to see everyone today and an
invitation to join us every Friday at 8:30 AM 🙂

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!

[08:50] Ethelred Weatherwax: Sorry I’m late. Dave Dexter. Neenah
Historical Society, Wisconsin USA

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: is it time for our speaker now?

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Next week we will have Ruthe Farmer Director of
Strategic Initiatives a the National Center for Women & IT,

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!

“Ethnography and Virtual Worlds” with Tom Boellstorff and Celia Pearce

[08:51] Tom Bukowski twiddles his thumbs

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: It is time!

[08:51] Tom Bukowski: But there are two of us hwere, which is great!
[08:51] Tom Bukowski: In fact, the woman on the cover of the book is
next to me here!
[08:51] Tom Bukowski: lol

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Please join us up front!

[08:51] Artemesia Sandgrain waves

[08:51] Pooky Amsterdam: Applauds!

[08:51] Buffy Beale: cheers!

[08:51] Riven Homewood: claps

[08:51] Klara Otsuka claps

[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Yay!

[08:51] Tom Bukowski: Hey Pooky, Riven, so many friends

[08:52] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): yayyy

[08:52] Fleep Tuque applauds!

[08:52] Artemesia Sandgrain: Hi everyone…thank you for having us!

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you for joining us!
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: “Ethnography and Virtual Worlds” is the only
book of its kind – a concise, comprehensive, and practical guide for
students, teachers, designers, and scholars interested in using
ethnographic methods to study online virtual worlds, including both
game and nongame environments. Written by leading ethnographers of
virtual worlds, and focusing on the key method of participant
observation, the book provides invaluable advice, tips, guidelines,
and principles to aid researchers through every stage of a project,
from choosing an online fieldsite to writing and publishing the

[08:52] Riven Homewood: Yes, thanks

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Tom and Celia thank you!

[08:52] Tom Bukowski knows Zinnia typed *every* letter of that by hand

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[08:52] Gentle Heron: /ne applauds for Tom and his respectful
pioneering work in virtual worlds.

[08:52] Tom Bukowski: aww Thank you Gentle, you are the best…

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: We are thrilled to have you guys here!

[08:53] Artemesia Sandgrain: We’re really excited to be here and
amazed by the turnout!

[08:53] Tom Bukowski: Aww ty. We have never done this before – you are
our first audience talking about this handbook!

[08:53] Artemesia Sandgrain: Thank you to everyone for coming!

[08:53] Tom Bukowski: So we’ll try not to trip up lol

[08:53] Eliza (eliza.madrigal): 🙂

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: Go for it!

[08:53] Tom Bukowski: So… Celia and I can maybe just talk a bit
about us and the handbook and then we just have a mellow Q&A?
[08:54] Tom Bukowski: Because you all are researchers too so this will be fun

[08:54] Riven Homewood: Will you be staying in text? Or using voice?

[08:54] Tom Bukowski: I believe they want us to stay in text – doesn’t
matter to me tho

[08:54] Riven Homewood: I prefer text, personally 🙂

[08:54] Gentle Heron: All text here, Riven

[08:54] Artemesia Sandgrain: Text

[08:54] Tom Bukowski: yep, np

[08:54] Riven Homewood: Cool

[08:54] bulaklak: Yes, we are all text. =)

[08:55] Tom Bukowski: btw if you click on the big box with the book
cover, you can get a free inworld copy of the first chapter

[08:55] Glitteractica Cookie: for a number of reasons, we remain a
text-based meeting

[08:55] Pancha Enzyme: oooh!

[08:55] Tom Bukowski: the book will be out for real in the next week
or so, maybe already is out lol

[08:55] Artemesia Sandgrain: Tom why don’t I start by talking a little
bit about what motivated us to do the book…

[08:55] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): If you want to hear their lovely
voices, come to the VWER meeting next week <- shameless plug :0)

[08:55] Bear (bear.silvershade): 500 clicks at once…

[08:55] Gentle Heron chuckles at Grizzla!

[08:55] Tom Bukowski: Please do… (starts humming the Brady Bunch
theme… it’s a story…)

[08:55] Artemesia Sandgrain: hehe

[08:55] Coughran Mayo:…

[08:56] Artemesia Sandgrain: Well one of the impetus’ for the book was
a special interest group that was called at DiGRA in 2007…DiGRA is
the Digital Games Research Association….
[08:56] Artemesia Sandgrain: TL was involved in calling a group on
ethnography for games and virtual worlds
[08:56] Artemesia Sandgrain: the room was completely packed….and
most of the people came because they wanted to know how to do it!
[08:57] Artemesia Sandgrain: Then Tom and Bonnie had organized an
event at UC Irvine, where they both work….
[08:57] Artemesia Sandgrain: and we kept noticing that people were
describing as “ethnography”
[08:57] Artemesia Sandgrain: methods…or in some case a lack of method…
[08:57] Riven Homewood: 🙂
[08:57] Artemesia Sandgrain: it was kind of being used as a catch-up
for just coming in world and watching people

[08:58] Tom Bukowski: *catch-all

[08:58] Artemesia Sandgrain laughs yes

[08:58] Riven Homewood: catch up works too 🙂

[08:58] Coughran Mayo: ketchup?

[08:58] Pooky Amsterdam: Must ward almost makes it

[08:58] Artemesia Sandgrain: It people were using it as an excuse to
do strange things such as deceive subjects or create inworld

[08:58] Riven Homewood: Some of those folks were pretty scary,
especially to a new avatar

[08:59] Artemesia Sandgrain: …so the four of us got together and
decided to do something about it!

[08:59] Artemesia Sandgrain: 🙂

[08:59] Tom Bukowski: Shall I say a bit about the writing of the handbpok?

[08:59] Artemesia Sandgrain nods

[08:59] Tom Bukowski: So as Celia noted, we realized this was a needed thing
[08:59] Tom Bukowski: that just calling something “ethnography”
doesn’t make it so
[08:59] Tom Bukowski: and people were in some cases doing unethical stuff, etc.
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: but also that some of the quantiative folks who
were less friendly to ethngoraphic stuff
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: were pointing a tthe random people claiming to
do ethnogrpahy
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: and saying “THAT is all qualitative methods get you”
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: So every writing project
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: involves all kinds of choices, limitationg
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: because you can’t do everything
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: and we made two BIG ones
[09:00] Tom Bukowski: that I think worked great.
[09:01] Tom Bukowski: First, the idea of a handbook on ethnographic
methods for viws
[09:01] Tom Bukowski: We actually went back to the original definition
of handbook
[09:01] Tom Bukowski: something you carry with you, into the field

[09:01] Gentle Heron: perfect!

[09:01] Tom Bukowski: so gotta be able to lift it with a hand, even an
avie hand lol
[09:01] Tom Bukowski: so we worked hard to keep it short
[09:01] Tom Bukowski: not like some of those “handbooks” that are 800 pages long
[09:01] Tom Bukowski: and try to be evrything to everyone
[09:02] Tom Bukowski: so to keep it short, we focused on ethnographic methods
[09:02] Tom Bukowski: even though some of us to quantiative reseach
too (Celia’s very good at that and is doing a cool vw survey right now
[09:02] Tom Bukowski: also fhte focus on vws
[09:02] Tom Bukowski: so sl, WoW, etc
[09:02] Tom Bukowski: but not Facebook, not email, not mobile phones, etc.
[09:02] Tom Bukowski: All very interesting, but we had ot make choices.

[09:02] Artemesia Sandgrain: …also not single players games….

[09:02] Tom Bukowski: So that focus was the first big decision
[09:02] Tom Bukowski: yes, Thank you Celia
[09:03] Tom Bukowski: Second one, which was REALLY cool, is the form
[09:03] Tom Bukowski: we started off thinking maybe an edited volume
[09:03] Tom Bukowski: but we realized wouldn’t work because we 4
really wanted to draw from our fieldwork experiences
[09:03] Tom Bukowski: (If you haven’ tread Celias book Communities of
Play you should it is awesome)
[09:03] Tom Bukowski: And you can check out my book Coming of Age in SL too
[09:03] Tom Bukowski: so anyway, we wanted to draw on all that
[09:04] Tom Bukowski: so decided it would be the 4 of us as authors
[09:04] Tom Bukowski: and started wthinking we’d each do chapters, etc.
[09:04] Tom Bukowski: but started writing together more and more
[09:04] Tom Bukowski: and made the HUGE decision
[09:04] Tom Bukowski: that the book, the whole thing, is collectively authored
[09:04] Tom Bukowski: we wrote the whole thing on google docs, and it
is in one voice
[09:04] Tom Bukowski: there is no Celia chapter or Tom chapter, etc

[09:04] Eliza (eliza.madrigal): neat

[09:04] Tom Bukowski: it was an incredible experience and I think the
flow works really well as a result
[09:05] Tom Bukowski: So now maybe Celia can talk about some of the
themese in the chapters real quick and then Q&A?

[09:05] Artemesia Sandgrain: Sure…
[09:05] Artemesia Sandgrain scratches head…let’s see if I can remember
[09:05] Artemesia Sandgrain: Haha

[09:05] Tom Bukowski: lol

[09:05] Artemesia Sandgrain: Well we start off talking about the
history of both ethnography and virtual worlds
[09:06] Artemesia Sandgrain: We all felt this was important because
ethnography has a very rich history…
[09:06] Artemesia Sandgrain: it’s been around for more than a century
as a scientific method
[09:06] Artemesia Sandgrain: or set of methods rather
[09:06] Artemesia Sandgrain: …and also we find that the newness of
virtual worlds tends to create this historical amnesia
[09:07] Artemesia Sandgrain: so we wanted people to be aware that
these things have been around for two decades
[09:07] Artemesia Sandgrain: and also point to some of the early
writing and research that was done
[09:07] Artemesia Sandgrain: We also attempt early on to tackle “Myths
about Ethnography”

[09:07] Tom Bukowski notes if you’ve never read Celia’s earlier book
“The Interactive Book,” it’s just wonderful

[09:07] Artemesia Sandgrain: 🙂
[09:07] Artemesia Sandgrain: (thank you Tom)
[09:08] Artemesia Sandgrain: As Tom mentioned, we noticed a lot of
quantitative researchers were making somewhat disparaging remarks
about ethnography
[09:08] Artemesia Sandgrain: and there are a lot of myths and
misconceptions about it that we wanted to refute

[09:08] Tom Bukowski ethnography = talking about yourself (for instance)

[09:08] Artemesia Sandgrain: So for those of you who have been doing
ethnographic research, you have something to defend yourselves with

[09:08] Gentle Heron: That would make a book in itself!

[09:08] Artemesia Sandgrain: 🙂
[09:08] Artemesia Sandgrain: One of the most egregious is that
Ethongraphy is unscientific

[09:09] Maerian Dagger: (now we can be told to get a life in yet
another context, lol)

[09:09] Pooky Amsterdam: hahaha

[09:09] Tom Bukowski: lol

[09:09] Gentle Heron: Good one Maerian.

[09:09] Artemesia Sandgrain: Anyway I won’t go into details about that
but it’s a useful section.
[09:09] Artemesia Sandgrain: Tom why don’t you talk about the specific
methods chapters…

[09:09] Tom Bukowski: Can’t remember the order for sure lol
[09:09] Tom Bukowski: but briefly so we can get ot the Q&A…

[09:09] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes…

[09:09] Tom Bukowski: We wanted to offer advice on the whole process
[09:10] Tom Bukowski: So we start with research design
[09:10] Tom Bukowski: You can’t do everything – what will you focus on?
[09:10] Tom Bukowski: How will you decide?
[09:10] Tom Bukowski: Then we talk about participant observation
[09:10] Tom Bukowski: Which note is not the same thing as just
leveling to 60 in WoW lol
[09:10] Tom Bukowski: and then interviews, focus groups,
[09:10] Tom Bukowski: archival work, when you might or might not want
to meet some interlocututors offline, etc

[09:11] Artemesia Sandgrain: One thing we focus on heavily is data collection
[09:11] Tom Bukowski: Then sections – two chapters – on ethics and
human subjects
[09:11] Artemesia Sandgrain: what kind of datat you actually want to collect
[09:11] Tom Bukowski: then some chapters on how to write up the
results of your research,

[09:11] Tom Bukowski: and particularly the issue of generalization

[09:11] Artemesia Sandgrain: Oh yes! Very important the human subjets stuff!

[09:11] Tom Bukowski: “So you just talked to these 50 or 100 people,
how do you know that it applies more broadly?”
[09:11] Tom Bukowski: That kind of thing, how to address that and
think about scope of claims
[09:12] Tom Bukowski: So you do’t overgenerlizat,

[09:12] Artemesia Sandgrain: …and also drawing in other researchers’ work.

[09:12] Tom Bukowski: *overgeneralize
[09:12] Tom Bukowski: But also don’t sell yourself short
[09:12] Tom Bukowski: and yes as Celia said, the importance of
colleagues and collaboration

[09:12] Gentle Heron: That’s a balance.

[09:12] Tom Bukowski: So we really had fun doing it and hope that
others will find it useful
[09:12] Tom Bukowski: It was certainly a great experience for the 4 of
us and something very different than what we usually get to do

[09:12] Artemesia Sandgrain: It’s really meant to be a very practical
guide…very nuts and bolts on how to do it.
[09:13] Artemesia Sandgrain: Shall we take questions?

[09:13] Tom Bukowski: Yep, looks like we have 15-20 mins for questions

[09:13] Artemesia Sandgrain: Perfect.

[09:13] Gentle Heron: Q- What can you learn from virtual worlds that
you can’t learn in the physical world?

[09:13] Tom Bukowski wonders if Gentle ever does *not* ask challenging
and profound questions lol

[09:14] Artemesia Sandgrain: 🙂

[09:14] Gentle Heron: Should I?

[09:14] Maerian Dagger: hehe

[09:14] Tom Bukowski: what’s your favorite color lol?
[09:14] Tom Bukowski: Okay, I’ll make a quick attempt

[09:14] Artemesia Sandgrain: Well one of the points of the book is
that the method itself is not that different between the real and the
virtual world….
[09:14] Artemesia Sandgrain: 🙂

[09:14] Tom Bukowski: oh good Celia first

[09:14] Gentle Heron: (even that second question was meant to be
challenging, Tom!)

[09:14] Zinnia Zauber: That color means a lot ot me!

[09:14] Pooky Amsterdam: blue

[09:14] Coughran Mayo: If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

[09:14] Artemesia Sandgrain: Tom…

[09:14] Pooky Amsterdam: artichoke

[09:14] Buffy Beale: lol Pooky of course!

[09:15] Tom Bukowski: Did “Tom…” mean I’m supposed to say something lol?

[09:15] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes
[09:15] Artemesia Sandgrain: lol

[09:15] Pooky Amsterdam: *its the Question thing*

[09:15] Tom Bukowski: k lol
[09:15] Tom Bukowski: So Gentle’s question was:

[09:15] Gentle Heron: True, Celia, the methods aren’t that
different… but why bother with us in virtual worlds?

[09:15] Tom Bukowski: Q- What can you learn from virtual worlds that
you can’t learn in the physical world?
[09:15] Tom Bukowski: So one big thing is that – you can learn about
vws themselves!
[09:15] Tom Bukowski: What happens in vws matters
[09:15] Tom Bukowski: They are not going to take over our lives, but
they are here to stay
[09:15] Tom Bukowski: we’ll engage with them with mobile devices,
[09:16] Tom Bukowski: computers, in education, medical, gaming
[09:16] Tom Bukowski: and ethnographers – we have to follow the culture
[09:16] Tom Bukowski: so if people are doing stuff online, we gotta
learn how to study that
[09:16] Tom Bukowski: and then also because we can learn about human
nature, human culture, so many things through vws

[09:16] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes and if I can add something…

[09:16] Tom Bukowski: just one quick thing
[09:16] Tom Bukowski: just was gonna add quickly

[09:17] Artemesia Sandgrain nods

[09:17] Tom Bukowski: so for instance, how people talk about but also
do gender in a vw, when you can change gender easily in many ways,

[09:17] Pooky Amsterdam: or species

[09:17] Tom Bukowski: that can tell us something about how people
think about gender in the physical world, because those ideas are
getting brought into the vw context and played with, transofrmed

[09:17] Artemesia Sandgrain: hehe

[09:17] Tom Bukowski: done for now

[09:17] Maerian Dagger: (meaningless of racism)

[09:17] Artemesia Sandgrain: I wanted to answer from a different angle…

[09:18] Maerian Dagger: (meaninglessness*)

[09:18] Artemesia Sandgrain: Much of what we do is driven by specific
research questions and these differ

[09:18] Tom Bukowski: isosoles?

[09:18] Artemesia Sandgrain: Acute!

[09:18] Gentle Heron chuckles

[09:18] Pooky Amsterdam: Right on right on

[09:18] Tom Bukowski: so long as not obtuse lol

[09:18] Artemesia Sandgrain: Tom comes from a traditional anthropology
[09:18] Artemesia Sandgrain: he has a framework for understanding how
cultures work and is interested in how they work in simulated
environments such as this
[09:18] Artemesia Sandgrain: Whereas my background is as a game designer

[09:18] Gentle Heron: Maerian, I’m not sure there isn’t overt and
covert racism in virtual worlds, much like in the physical world.

[09:18] Artemesia Sandgrain: so my research questions tend to revolve
around the software design
[09:19] Artemesia Sandgrain: I’m interested in how people’s behavior
in groups intersects with the software design

[09:19] Riven Homewood: Sometimes racism takes different forms here
too – like discrimination against tinies or furries

[09:19] Artemesia Sandgrain: I’ve done a lot of comparative work
between Second Life and for instance

[09:19] Maerian Dagger: true, different expressions and ultimately
meaningless. l

[09:19] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes Riven let’s get to that in a minute!

[09:19] Maerian Dagger: fluidity is what I was refering to in context of gender.

[09:19] Artemesia Sandgrain: So what’s important is driven often by
our own research interests and areas of inquiry.

[09:20] Oronoque Westland: @Maerian…would you elaborate please…I
hear many claim that race has no meaning in VWs…I wonder how we can
explore that claim from an ethnographic perspective in a VW to test
its validity?

[09:20] Tom Bukowski nods

[09:20] Artemesia Sandgrain: I would like to tackle that question of
“racsim” as well
[09:20] Artemesia Sandgrain: One of the areas that I’ve researched is
“fictive ethnicity”
[09:20] Artemesia Sandgrain: I define this as an ethnic identity that
people adopt

[09:20] Nany (nany.kayo): lol, mee too, Artemesia

[09:20] Artemesia Sandgrain: in a fictional or fantasy context

[09:20] Maerian Dagger: there we go Artemisa. very interesting

[09:20] Fleep Tuque: (Love that term)

[09:20] Artemesia Sandgrain: So this started with Uru refugees

[09:20] Gentle Heron: Nany knows ALL about that!

[09:20] Maerian Dagger: love the term, too

[09:21] Artemesia Sandgrain: who were discriminated against when they
came to
[09:21] Artemesia Sandgrain: just as real world refugees are often
descriminated against
[09:21] Artemesia Sandgrain: And there we can see an issue for
instance with shared resource…
[09:21] Artemesia Sandgrain: they were were a large group and caused a
lot of lag
[09:21] Artemesia Sandgrain: and this created some hostility from
their neighbors
[09:21] Artemesia Sandgrain: Tom and I have both noticed that furries
hare discriminated against in here.

[09:22] Tom Bukowski: yep…

[09:22] Artemesia Sandgrain: Tom maybe you can talk a little bit about
this as well…

[09:22] Tom Bukowski: Sure – just one quick thing
[09:22] Tom Bukowski: Many people who study race in the physical
[09:22] Tom Bukowski: world

[09:22] Lowri Mills: I have found that a global community of all
ethnic groups is more harmonious in a virtual world. Countries that
war, have individuals that work together, without politics of their

[09:22] Tom Bukowski whispers: Have talked about the idea of “racism
without race
[09:22] Tom Bukowski: That at a genetic level, we are on clines, there
are not distinct races, but racism is nonetheless real as are racial

[09:23] Gentle Heron nods to Lowri…. and encourages her to share her
background and why she can speak to that.

[09:23] Tom Bukowski: and looking at what happens with race in a place
like sl, and as people noted how it can link up to even things like
speciies, gender…
[09:23] Tom Bukowski: that tells us something about the range of human
possibilities for discrmination that could be illuminating for both
vws and the physical world….

[09:23] Lowri Mills: I manage a school that has over 69 countries
represented and have for over 5 years.

[09:23] Tom Bukowski: stopping for now, Celia add more if you want and
also I think we ahve time for a couple moe questions…

[09:23] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes and some of the research on community
talks about the fact that communities are by definition
exclusionary…to have an in-group you always have to have out-groups.

[09:24] Tom Bukowski: But how that “in and out” works can varyt

[09:24] Maerian Dagger: have you done some work about age and virtual

[09:24] Tom Bukowski: some groups are more porous then others – why?

[09:24] Pooky Amsterdam: when people say everyone is beautiful here –
I htink well it just means a level playing field & then its not about
beauty anymore but WHO you are inside

[09:24] Gentle Heron: Although we humans clearly see and distinguish
among and discriminate against physical characteristics of other
humans, and although most humans can not distinguish one orangutan
from another orangutan, there is far less genetic variability in the
human genome than among the genomes of the great ape species.

[09:24] Artemesia Sandgrain: I’d like to address the question about age
[09:25] Artemesia Sandgrain: since that’s an area I’ve done quite a
bit of work in
[09:25] Artemesia Sandgrain: I’ve done several studies of players
primarily in the Baby Boomer demographic
[09:25] Artemesia Sandgrain: and found that this is a major population
in virtual worlds
[09:25] Artemesia Sandgrain: In fact I”m doing a demographic study right now!

[09:25] Gentle Heron hopes you are looking at disability status, Celia.

[09:26] Riven Homewood: LL won’t like that 🙂 – They work very hard
not to portray SL as an old folks world

[09:26] barbarathelibrarian Magic: (62 year old boomer here – very active in VW)

[09:26] Artemesia Sandgrain: 🙂

[09:26] Maerian Dagger: and issues of obesity. som many fat avis in here. 🙂

[09:26] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes of course Gentle!

[09:26] Riven Homewood: 66 here 🙂

[09:26] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes so I’ve found that there are quite a
lot of Baby Boomers playing games and in virtual worlds

[09:26] Gentle Heron: Hooray! Finally!

[09:26] Artemesia Sandgrain: many of them have disabilities of various
types which have a major role in why they are here.

[09:26] Oronoque Westland: yes, I am a boom boom boomer

[09:26] Maerian Dagger: <–55

[09:26] Artemesia Sandgrain: But also…my recent research shows that
older players are contributing to creative production here at a much
higher level than younger playres.

[09:27] Maerian Dagger: (I look just like this, really)

[09:27] Artemesia Sandgrain: Older players are more likely to be creative.

[09:27] Gentle Heron: We have so much more to draw from, Celia!

[09:27] Fleep Tuque: Question: Do you find that acceptance of virtual
ethnographies is growing, or as virtual worlds have sort of faded as a
fad, do you find it more challenging (in academia and elsewhere) to
have this kind of work published?

[09:27] Tom Bukowski: I can answer that

[09:27] Fleep Tuque: (Sorry have to go afk for a min, wantd to get it
out there in case missed the chance)

[09:27] Tom Bukowski: and then Celia can chime in

[09:27] Artemesia Sandgrain nods

[09:27] Tom Bukowski: np it will be in the chat
[09:28] Tom Bukowski: So first of all – it’s that hype cycle thing –
we are going through the trough of disappointment lol

[09:28] Artemesia Sandgrain: Haha….

[09:28] Tom Bukowski: As I think John Norton said – people always
overestimetae the short term impact of new technologies and
underestimate the long term impact

[09:28] Nany (nany.kayo): Actually, I learned at the recent Serious
Games conference that we have emerged from that phase, according to

[09:28] Tom Bukowski: so I don’t think vws will be a fad, in various
forms they are around and growning

[09:28] Nany (nany.kayo): Serious Play conference, I mean

[09:28] Tom Bukowski: And it’s precisely when we get past the fad
stage we can start asking interesting questions

[09:28] Coughran Mayo: according to the newest version, we are just
beginning to emerge into the Slope of Enlightenment!!

[09:28] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes and they’ve been a fad before…

[09:29] Coughran Mayo: at last

[09:29] Tom Bukowski: my first two books are about Indonesia

[09:29] Nany (nany.kayo): yep

[09:29] Oronoque Westland: I wonder if VWs are fading, or are they
just taking on new forms?

[09:29] barbarathelibrarian Magic: Kzero indicates we are on the
upswing from that

[09:29] Tom Bukowski: no one ever tells me – people have studied
Indonesia for 50 yhears now so why still do it? lol
[09:29] Tom Bukowski: So in terms of the acceptance and publishing, it
is still a big issue

[09:29] Eliza (eliza.madrigal): 🙂

[09:29] Tom Bukowski: for 5 years, until July 1 of this year
[09:29] Tom Bukowski: I was Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist

[09:29] Maerian Dagger: (some people acused Anthropology of being a fad…)

[09:29] Tom Bukowski: the flagship journal of the American
Anthropological Association
[09:30] Tom Bukowski: so I saw this up close
[09:30] Tom Bukowski: lol
[09:30] Tom Bukowski: Mariean

[09:30] Gentle Heron: Every session we hold where researchers report
on their findings to the Virtual Ability community, we pose more
questions than they offer answers. We’re not done yet!

[09:30] Oronoque Westland: interesting phrase – “Slope of
Enlightenment”- suggests an uphill climb

[09:30] Tom Bukowski: but anyway, there are lots of people in
anthropology still a bit afriad of technology, or just see people in
vws as losers lol

[09:30] Pooky Amsterdam: Parabola ofenlightment is scarier

[09:30] Tom Bukowski: and then with the rise of “big data,” which is
great for some stuff

[09:30] Gentle Heron: @Oro- it’s all about psychic entropy

[09:30] Tom Bukowski: some people claiming that the future is all numbers
[09:30] Tom Bukowski: but that said, I think there is more acceptance
[09:30] Tom Bukowski: that we need a broad RANGE of methods

[09:30] Pooky Amsterdam: 0 & 1? or are there others?

[09:31] Tom Bukowski: of questions and topics

[09:31] Nany (nany.kayo): Expected to be a long and not very steep
climb to leveling off.

[09:31] Artemesia Sandgrain: I want to chime in here when you’re done Tom.

[09:31] Tom Bukowski: there is so much to study and things change so
fast, but ALSO not everything is changing and we have to underrstand
that too.
[09:31] Tom Bukowski: stopping for now

[09:31] Artemesia Sandgrain: Two things.
[09:31] Artemesia Sandgrain: First about the research acceptability
[09:31] Artemesia Sandgrain: From my perspective it’s gotten A LOT better.

[09:31] Buffy Beale: that’s so great to hear!

[09:31] Artemesia Sandgrain: When I started doing this work there was
really only one or two journals to publish in
[09:32] Artemesia Sandgrain: Now there are multiple journals including
some specializing in virtual worlds

[09:32] Tom Bukowski nods, particularly when colleagues see how it
gets students interested…

[09:32] Artemesia Sandgrain: and also OTHER types of publications are
more open to what we do….

[09:32] Fleep Tuque: (I need a list of those journals!) 😉

[09:32] Dancers Yao: social science research methods have always been
part philosophy…virtual worlds offers more possible ways to explore

[09:32] Artemesia Sandgrain: So for instance we’re doing a panel on
the book at the Association of Itnernet Researchers conference
[09:32] Artemesia Sandgrain: SECOND…and this is about the virtual
world so-called “fad”
[09:32] Artemesia Sandgrain: Let me say one very simple thing: Don’t
believe the hype.
[09:33] Artemesia Sandgrain: For instance…
[09:33] Artemesia Sandgrain: Second Life was never as popular as
Linden’s PR machine mad it out to be
[09:33] Artemesia Sandgrain: and it’s certainly not unpopular now.

[09:33] Riven Homewood: Do you find that students actually are
interested? I hear so much about how young people hate SL

[09:33] Artemesia Sandgrain: Second Life is not the only virtual world
[09:33] Artemesia Sandgrain: 🙂
[09:33] Artemesia Sandgrain: They are also interested in games, and
worlds like Habbo

[09:33] Tom Bukowski: Yep, they don’t always find sl interesting but
it’s the general topic.

[09:33] Artemesia Sandgrain: I do a lot of research in
[09:34] Artemesia Sandgrain: But I have students who are very
interested in SL as well.

[09:34] Riven Homewood: Is There still here?

[09:34] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes it reopened a few months ago.

[09:34] Riven Homewood: Cool

[09:34] Tom Bukowski: Anthropologists spend years studying say a small
community in the mountains of Laos, and not everyone cases about Laos,
but the lessons learned from the research can have broader

[09:34] barbarathelibrarian Magic: <—is member of group in WOW –
Cognitive Dissonance

[09:34] Artemesia Sandgrain: Another myth….everyone thought it was
closed for months before it actually closed
[09:34] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes and Tom makes a very good point

[09:34] Glitteractica Cookie: they say there were hundreds of VW at
one point (that conference about VWs quoted that stat, but I’d be
nterested to know how many are active now. Mnay in kids/toy realm are

[09:34] Artemesia Sandgrain: Just because a place is popular doesn’t
mean we should study it and vice versa.

[09:34] Riven Homewood: Me too, Barbara 🙂

[09:34] Nany (nany.kayo): SL is a fairly good platform for gaming. It
has some useful features.

[09:35] Maerian Dagger: <–first time in SL in over two years, spends
all her time in nonprofit in Inworldz

[09:35] Artemesia Sandgrain: Also SL is diverse….I’m doing some
research on RP now which is a new aera for me.

[09:35] Glitteractica Cookie: inworldz?

[09:35] Artemesia Sandgrain: Also can I add one thing about this place
as well???

[09:35] Nany (nany.kayo): SL is very good for roleplay games

[09:35] Tom Bukowski: arrrr

[09:35] Artemesia Sandgrain: One of my recent studies turned out this
finding that there is a lot of nonprofit work going on in Second Life.
[09:36] Artemesia Sandgrain: In fact some of our subjects for one
study were regulars here.
[09:36] Artemesia Sandgrain: Okay…I think we may be out of
time…Tom did you have anything else?

[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, we are all nonprofits here,
artemisia. Not sure of that much in terms of Nonprofit work outside of
the NPC in SL these days, but there used to be a lot

[09:36] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes there is

[09:36] Tom Bukowski: I think time is about up. But thank you so much
for coming, Celia and I are so flattered by all this interest, and
would be happy to come back anywtime!

[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: This has been so wonderful!

[09:37] Artemesia Sandgrain: We had a pub for instance where all their
income went to a nonprofit.
[09:37] Artemesia Sandgrain: Yes! Really great to see so many people here!

[09:37] Riven Homewood: West of Ireland did that

[09:37] barbarathelibrarian Magic: I want to thank you for writing
this book, I quoted you in your passage about culture and changing
societies – in my dissertation

[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you guys! And, I hope that people know
that you will be speaking again soon!

[09:37] Tom Bukowski: Please do get the free copy of the first chapter
of our book by clicking on the box, or you can download it as a free
PDF from the princeton website

[09:37] Eliza (eliza.madrigal): great talk and questions, thanks Tom,
Artemesia, everyone

[09:37] Tom Bukowski:

[09:37] Gentle Heron: Thank you Tom and Celia for presenting today.

[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: I have some info on your next inworld gig.

[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Yes, thanks very much

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: SPECIAL MEETING: An Interview with Tom
Boellstorff (Tom Bukowski) and Celia Pearce (Artemesia Sandgrain). Tom

[09:38] Riven Homewood: Thanks so much – really interesting and informative

[09:38] Buffy Beale: Always great to see you Tom and thanks again to
you and Artemesia for coming!

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: AJ Kelton (AJ Brooks) will conduct this voice
interview in the VWER Formal Amphitheater.

[09:38] Artemesia Sandgrain: Thank you!

[09:38] Tom Bukowski: Thank you Buffy

[09:38] Peperi Franizzi: Thank you!

[09:38] Fleep Tuque APPLAUDS!!!

[09:38] Gentle Heron: darn, VOICE??????

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Where: BGSU Community 54/85/25
When: Thursday, 8/30/12, 11:30 AM SLT

[09:38] Tom Bukowski: oh yes, that will be fun too!

[09:38] VesaV. (veilvali): Very interesting indeed, thanks!

[09:38] Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): thanks Tom and Artemesia
look forward to read it

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber:

[09:38] Delia Lake: Thank you, Tom and Artemesia. this was great!

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you guys!

[09:38] Bear (bear.silvershade): Thank you, this was an excellent presentation

[09:38] Zotarah Shepherd: Thank you both

[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: agreed

[09:38] Artemesia Sandgrain: Thank you and thanks for coming eveyrone!

[09:39] Tom Bukowski: yw, thanks for much for this!

[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: Awesomesauce!

[09:39] Maerian Dagger: yes thanks so much. I am SO sorry I was late!

[09:39] Fleep Tuque: Thanks again Tom always great to see you in world. 🙂

[09:39] Tom Bukowski: Please im me, friend me, whatever anytime, hope
to have time to catch up with all of you more

[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: Please be sure to get your chapter of the book!

[09:39] Gentle Heron: Remember, latecomers, NPC posts transcripts of
their text meetings:

[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: It has been super having you guys join us!

[09:39] Artemesia Sandgrain: (Excuse me I have to scoot for a rw appointment)

[09:39] Tom Bukowski: it’s easier to read inworld if you rez it on
something, but you can also wear it as a HUD

[09:39] Artemesia Sandgrain: Thanks for having us Zinnia!

[09:40] Tom Bukowski: I gotta go too, but hope to talk to all of you soon!!!!

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: A pleasure!

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Please take care!

[09:40] Tom Bukowski waves warmly and poofs

Open Mic / Announcements

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Okay!

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Before we continue on our agenda…
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: I wanted to remind our guests to the Nonprofit Commons..
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: We meet regularly on Fridays at 8:30 – 10:00 AM
SLT at the Plush Amphitheater. We believe that Second Life is a
wonderful place to educate, inspire, and work together to assist our
fellow nonprofit supporters. You do not have to be a tenant of the
Nonprofit Commons to get involved with our community. We welcome all
who wish to join us as partners, collaborators, and supporters.
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Just sharing about our community!

[09:41] Buffy Beale: Pass on the word… free office space for Nonprofits too 🙂

[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!

[09:41] Klara Otsuka: (Many thanks all, I have to leave now – but
thanks for letting me come along!) 🙂

[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Buffy!
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[09:42] Buffy Beale: bye Klara 🙂

[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, so I am mixing it up a little today.
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Does anyone have any Open Mic Announcements. I
know Tank is first.

[09:42] Riven Homewood: I need to go too – thanks so much for doing
this – it was great to see you all again and be reminded of what an
active group you are

[09:43] Buffy Beale: nice to see you Riven thanks for coming

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Riven!

[09:43] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): nods

[09:43] Fleep Tuque: (Bye Riven!)

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Tank, please share!

[09:43] Pooky Amsterdam: Thisis the <3 & soul of so much
[09:43] Pooky Amsterdam: bye Riven!

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Pooky!

[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: We have four islands, not just this
amphitheater too, so check out our archipelago after the meeting

[09:44] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): I just started my radio
station and looking to share what the non profits both inworld and
real life so if you have any psa’s or any other type of recorded audio
that you would like to share such as poems etc
[09:44] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): please let me know
[09:44] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): also if you would to have
stream for your place let me know

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: If you have every attended CommonGround, you
know how amazing Tank is as a DJ and sharing important info.
[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: Please show your support for his efforts!
[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: Anymore with that, Tank?

[09:46] Buffy Beale: cheering for Tank!

[09:46] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau):
[09:46] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): that is the online page

[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: Super!
[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[09:47] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): right now i have a psa
from chayen for protect yoursself1
[09:47] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): thats all

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Great!!! Gentle has some announcements.

[09:47] Gentle Heron: The transcript of Tom’s presentation at Virtual
Ability’s IDRAC2012 conference, titled “A Discussion about Virtual
Communities of Persons with Disabilities” is posted here:

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Gentle, please.

[09:47] Gentle Heron: And a report of research done in Second Life!
MON Aug 27, 10am PDT/SLT
[09:47] Gentle Heron: “Benefits of Virtual Worlds for People with
Lifelong Disability”
PRESENTER: Kenyon Serenity, Researcher, Molde University College, Norway

[09:47] Buffy Beale: good one Gentle!

[09:47] Gentle Heron: Please join us at Sojourner Auditorium on Monday
to hear her report on her research study.
Virtual Ability (53,172,23)

[09:48] Zinnia Zauber: Great!

[09:48] Gentle Heron: (that’s all this week)

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Gentle!
[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: Other announcements?

[09:49] Buffy Beale: one little one
[09:49] Buffy Beale: 🙂

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: Go for it Buffy!

[09:49] Buffy Beale: Today I’m 6 yrs old and it seems so long ago I
dropped that note on Glitters mailbox
[09:49] Buffy Beale: which led to her inviting me here 🙂

[09:50] Gentle Heron: Happy Birthday, Buffy

[09:50] Maerian Dagger: happy rez day Buffy

[09:50] Buffy Beale: for Bridges and I just wanted to thank you again
Glitter that day changed my life

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Happy Rez Day Buffy!

[09:50] Buffy Beale: in a good way
[09:50] Buffy Beale: and for Bridges too 🙂

[09:50] Nany (nany.kayo): Happy Rez Day!

[09:50] Zotarah Shepherd: Happy Rezday Buffy!!!

[09:50] Buffy Beale: long live TechSoup

[09:50] Glitteractica Cookie: Wow- I’m certainly glad I received that
note and invited you!

[09:50] Fleep Tuque: Happy rezday indeed!

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: That is so amazing!

[09:50] Buffy Beale: lol hard enough to track RL birthdays so thanks

[09:50] Fleep Tuque: 🙂

[09:50] VesaV. (veilvali): Happy Birthday!

[09:50] Buffy Beale: you rock it Glitter

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Buffy! Buffy! Buffy!

[09:50] Glitteractica Cookie: Buffy is one of our biggest evangelists
and supporters across all of our activities

[09:50] Fleep Tuque: Oldbies unite!
[09:50] Fleep Tuque: 😉

[09:50] Buffy Beale: lol Z

[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: her name comes up as a model online
citizen, a super user, when I’m describing one in meetings

[09:51] Buffy Beale: that’s it 🙂
[09:51] Buffy Beale: ohh Glitter ty

[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: really… ask Bulaklak, I invoke yr name
all the time

[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: 🙂

[09:51] Buffy Beale: this place is run by people who care and it’s the
best group I’ve ever been in
[09:52] Buffy Beale: in either life 🙂

[09:52] yumm group hug: Click while in use to get position setup dialog.

[09:52] Buffy Beale: ok that’s it thanks

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Well!

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: awww

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: We need a group Hug for that!

[09:52] Maerian Dagger: I have found it very well organized and great
longevity. So I echo Buffy’s praise

[09:52] Buffy Beale: hahah yes!

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks all

[09:52] Maerian Dagger: EVen though I am never around here. lol

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Join me up front for the hug!

[09:52] Maerian Dagger: I read the transcripts usually

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: a community is only as good as its
members and volunteers

[09:53] Buffy Beale: oooo ok and that’s great you’re here today Maerian

[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: so thanks to all of you newbies and oldbies

[09:53] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): WOOOOOTASTIC

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: if you click on the white disk below me you can hug us!

[09:53] Buffy Beale: yayy a group hug

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Come on!

[09:53] Buffy Beale: come click on the disk everyone 🙂

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Group Hug!!!

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Yay!

[09:53] Zotarah Shepherd: Yay

[09:53] Buffy Beale: haha an NPC first

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: This has been amazing meeting!

[09:54] Buffy Beale: Z you might have to edit the disk and move it
aside to others can get it

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: NPC Mentors Meeting: Fridays, 10:10 – 11 AM SLT
Want to learn new virtual world skills or find out how you can
volunteer at NPC, visit with the Mentors and they can help!

[09:54] Tori Landau: hugs and ty for great meeting °͜°

[09:54] Maerian Dagger: hugs to all and thanks.

[09:54] Tilly-Floss (hjeidi): ty all

[09:54] Pancha Enzyme: thanks all 🙂 see you again!

[09:54] Fleep Tuque: Great to see everyone and thanks again for the
reminder Gentle!

[09:54] VesaV. (veilvali): Oh, that meeting is soon!

[09:54] Gentle Heron: Someone lift your feet so folks can see the white disk!

[09:54] Maerian Dagger: I am going to poof off to the wild frontiers
of the grid….

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: I think I messed it up

[09:54] Fleep Tuque waves!

[09:54] Pooky Amsterdam: Hugging you all

[09:54] Tori Landau: got to go, rl calls °͜° See you all on Mon!

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: let me try again

[09:54] Buffy Beale: yayyy for the group hug

[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: bye all

[09:54] Maerian Dagger: Thanks to you all for this.

[09:54] Pooky Amsterdam: will talk soon and ty so much for this amazing meeting

[09:55] Buffy Beale: bye Tori thanks for coming

[09:55] Fleep Tuque: (Hugs back Pooky!)

[09:55] Peperi Franizzi: Thanks everyone, I’m gonna head out too! 🙂

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you everyone!

[09:55] Zotarah Shepherd: I think the SL group hug record is 40 so I
know this will hold all of us

[09:55] Peperi Franizzi: Looking forward to seeing you soon! 🙂

[09:55] Buffy Beale: see you Pep keep on writing 🙂

[09:55] Pooky Amsterdam: see you soon!

[09:55] Peperi Franizzi: thank you!

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Sorry!

[09:55] Gentle Heron: You just have to look between the feet to find
the white disk to click on then SIT

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: I meses it up

[09:55] Fleep Tuque: lol, I’m in the middle!

[09:55] Fleep Tuque feels loves.

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[09:55] Buffy Beale: hehe yay Fleep feel the loveee

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Hugs hugs!

[09:55] Fleep Tuque: 😉

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: See you guys next week!

[09:56] Zotarah Shepherd: Hugging is good for health too.

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: lol

[09:56] Brena Benoir: lol

[09:56] Fleep Tuque: laugh tc all, have a great weekend! *poofs*

– End of Line –

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

Transcript of August 10 Nonprofit Commons Meeting – Behind the Scenes at IDRAC2012 with Gentle Heron of Virtual Ability, Inc.

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
August 10, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements
8:45 AM Mentors Central
9:55 “Behind the Scenes at IDRAC2012” with Gentle Heron and iSkye Silverweb Bond of Virtual Ability, Inc.
9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements

– Unabridged Transcript –


[08:28] Zinnia Zauber: Good morning!

[08:28] Gentle Heron waves at all those brave pioneers who managed to
get in this morning.

[08:29] Zinnia Zauber: Good to see everyone!
[08:29] Zinnia Zauber: Folks are having trouble getting inworld.
[08:29] Zinnia Zauber: So we are happy you made it!

[08:29] bulaklak: Thanks, Zinnia. I got bumped out.

[08:29] Zinnia Zauber: yeah
[08:29] Zinnia Zauber: it happens to the best of us.

[08:29] bulaklak: Seeing the egg bodies again hehe

[08:30] Buffy Beale: must be my lucky day today

[08:30] Zinnia Zauber: I am trying out my new mesh dress I made.
[08:30] Zinnia Zauber: So, I might be a mess to some people.

[08:30] Sister Abeyante: A mess or a mesh to some people. hehe

[08:30] Bathsheba Vizenor (bathsheba.darkfold): Does Firestorm show Mesh Ok?

[08:31] Gentle Heron: Firestorm should.

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Welcome to the Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
sponsored by TechSoup!

[08:32] Gentle Heron: iSkye still can’t log in, but it looks like we
hve an audience!

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: I am Zinnia Zauber and thrilled to have you here today!

[08:32] Oronoque Westland: iSkye was here for a mere second than offline again

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Let me share the agenda for today.
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: AGENDA

8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM Mentors Central

9:55 “Behind the Scenes at IDRAC2012” with Gentle Heron and iSkye
Silverweb Bond of Virtual Ability, Inc.

9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements
[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Hopefully iSkye will make it in.
[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Let’s start with Introductions!
[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Our transcripts are made public, just so you know.

[08:33] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida, @lovefoundation

[08:33] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Please type into the text chat your real life
name, organization, physical location, URL , and twitter handle.

[08:33] Sister Abeyante: Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS Milwaukee, WI
*** @SisterAbeyante ***
@TechTips4Usds *** as well as a
volunteer with Virtual Ability, Inc.

[08:33] Buffy Beale: heh heh HB

[08:34] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA

[08:34] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.
Blog about IDRAC
Pictures from IDRAC

[08:34] Bathsheba Vizenor (bathsheba.darkfold): Katie Vizenor,
Washington DC, PhD student Anthropology and Senior Researcher American
Foundation for the Blind PUblic Policy Office

[08:34] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA
Health Care and Human Rights

[08:34] Oronoque Westland: Roberta Kilkenny, Hunter College, City
University of New York (still not a good twitterer or is it not a

[08:34] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, TechSoup Global, SF, Ca, @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:34] Bathsheba Vizenor (bathsheba.darkfold): @kvizenor

[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities
and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:34] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, TechSoup Global, San Francisco, CA,, @MichaelDeLongSF @TechSoup

[08:35] Adalace Jewell: Corine Van Hellemont, RoSa Library Brussels,
Belgium @adalace

[08:35] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org, tech outreach in AZ,
Mexico and On the Road, @ozma

[08:35] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online Community and Social
Media Director, TechSoup Global SF, CA USA @suzboop @techsoup @npsl

[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Great!
[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Let me share some links too.
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Remember, you are welcome to introduce yourself
throughout the meeting.
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Please don’t be shy.
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

Google Calendar:
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Join us inworld:

NPC Weekly Meeting on Fridays, 8:30 – 10 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

NPC Mentors Meeting: Fridays, 10:10 – 11 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

Wharf Ratz Tuesday Night Extraordinary Dance Extravaganza, Every
Tuesday 7 – 9 PM SLT Preferred Family Healthcare on Aloft, Aloft
Nonprofit Commons (168,223,22)

CommonGround – Color Themed Monthly Networking Event on 3rd Thursday,
5 – 7 PM SLT CommonGround on Aloft, Aloft Nonprofit Commons (59,68,25)

[08:36] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Magic Pathfinder
(any1.gynoid), Faculty at New Citizens Inc (NCI), Teaching hands-on
Artificial Intelligence and Pathfinding in Second Life – More Info: – FYI Pathfinding is EVERYWHERE in
SL! Now!

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Super!

[08:37] Sister Abeyante: @Zinnia- are all those links on a poster
someplace here at NPC? Those are great resources.

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: I am working on a new notecard with them.

[08:37] Buffy Beale: nice one a1 🙂

[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: They are listed on the board behind me.

[08:38] Sister Abeyante: Ah- ha… so much for rezzing well. hehe Sorry

[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: I will pass out the notecard I have via the
group notices. Great idea Sister.

[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: So, it sounds like some of our NPC Peeps are
struggling to get inworld.

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: And, we are happy you all are with us!
[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: You made it!
[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: Yay!

TechSoup Announcements

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: Okay TechSoup Announcements!

[08:40] bulaklak: Hello, folks!

[08:40] Buffy Beale: yay bulaklak!

[08:40] bulaklak: So first up I want to call attention to a recent
article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review by our very own
Shettal Singh
[08:40] bulaklak: Oops, Sheetal
[08:41] bulaklak: She looks at the movement around hackathons and
other direct action, civic oriented problem solving methods and how
traditionally structured nonprofits might benefit from adopting some
of those models
[08:42] bulaklak: It’s an interesting read, and there is a great
conversation happening in the comments section. Please feel free to
add to it if you have something to say about the topic.
[08:42] bulaklak:
[08:43] bulaklak: And speaking of nonprofits working with these types
of movements, TechSoup hosted the MozillaIgnite Idea Jam last night
and it was a pretty fantastic event
[08:43] bulaklak: They teamed up with ZeroDivide to ask “What if the
internet had no limits?”
[08:43] bulaklak: You can see some of the action on the hashtag #usignite
[08:44] bulaklak: And please check out the blog on TechSoup for some
updates later today from our blogger Susan Chavez
[08:44] bulaklak:

[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: there will be more real-time updates on
our team wiki

[08:44] bulaklak: There were five teams separated along different
verticals such as health and green tech.
[08:45] bulaklak: And some of the solutions they came up with were
quite interesting.
[08:45] bulaklak: Susan Chavez will link the wiki notes from the blog
entry I posted upthread and a full recap with video from Alebez will
come by some time next week so stay tuned!
[08:46] bulaklak: Lastly, we have two excellent events next week
[08:46] bulaklak: On Wednesday, August 15 we are producing the next
episode of NPLIVE around the topic of social media policy and
workiplace online privacy
[08:46] bulaklak: That is at 11am PT and you can register for that here
[08:47] bulaklak:

[08:47] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): <– dreads this part of the
meeting… because I can never make these times… Suggestion: Could
you announce newly posted content of the webinars we just missed>>>

[08:47] bulaklak: And then on Thursday, August 16 we have a webinar
with our partner Acteva that will teach you how to manage events with
ease — everything from registration lists to logistics
[08:48] bulaklak: Great point, Magic. All of these events are recapped
and archived.

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: That is a great suggestion and we
archive all of our webinars

[08:48] bulaklak: And going forward I will make sure to post the
archive links the following week.
[08:48] bulaklak: Thanks for the suggestion!

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: I have an update
[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: I’m hiring
[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: We (our team) are looking for another team member)

[08:49] Buffy Beale: do they have to live in San Francisco?

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: This is an online/offline/on-the-ground
events producer

[08:49] Sarvana Haalan: Hello, Sally S Cherry, Baltimore, Md is back
in town . 🙂

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, it’s a local position to SF, due to
the local in-house events part

[08:49] Buffy Beale: ok thanks

[08:49] Coughran Mayo: how retro!

[08:49] bulaklak: Let me just post the link to the events webinar real
quick and add that if you would like this event to be live
transcribed, please request that 72 hours in advance. More info at the

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: but if you knw anyone in the SF bay
area, plz tell them to go to and look for the
events producer job

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Great!
[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: More Techsoup news?

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: coughran… there are online and
in-house events, so NOT retro

[08:50] alebez: yes me!

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: the person would be responsible for
doing mixed reality, for example
[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: we need someone with ability to run
things like speakers and ability to stream, but also is comfortable
producing and hosting webinars

[08:51] Coughran Mayo offfers Glitter a sense of humor

[08:51] Eme Capalini laughs

[08:51] Glitteractica Cookie: Glitter accepts and counters with a HUGE WINK

[08:51] BELOVEDROX: NSIP has a webinar on n Accessible Transportation
on 8.15.2012

[08:52] Glitteractica Cookie: (ahem)

[08:52] bulaklak: lolz

[08:52] Glitteractica Cookie: Alebez, go for it

[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Please

[08:52] alebez: thanks
[08:53] alebez: i’d just like to remind everyone here at the NPC to
share stories of impact into the community. my colleague trichetriche
and team are working hard at collecting amazing stories from all
around the world to put up on TechSoup Global Local Impact Map. We
would truly love to represent all the wonderful, innovative work done
here and in your orgs. Share your story with

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you alebez!

[08:54] alebez: of course
[08:54] alebez: we’d love for more

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: That is a perfect lead into our next part of the meeting!

Mentor Central

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: Mentor Central!
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: So, we have a few things to share today!
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: As ale mentioned, stories….
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: We have been creating stories here at NPC.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Nonprofit Commons – “Wishes Granted: Stories of
Positive Impact” These huge books tell real life fairy tales.
[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: The stories are about how nonprofit
organizations have had an encouraging and constructive influence on
the lives of others. Inside the “fairy tale” books are insightful
notecards, landmarks, and gifts from the unique nonprofits.
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Discover there is an opportunity, as
individuals and as a community, to impact the lives of people who join
us in the virtual world and those we support in the physical world
every day, many of whom do not even log in to Second Life.
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: How many of you had a book created to be part
of Wishes Granted?

[08:56] Dancers Yao: Elder Voices has appreciated sharing this story
of Kasuku Magic..thanks to Zinnia

[08:57] Buffy Beale: Bridges for Woman have

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: You are more than welcome, Dancers!
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: This is an ongoing project to share our stories.
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: They could be for the local impact map

[08:58] Eme Capalini: Is this what you had at the SL Birthday celebration?

[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Please think about sharing them there.
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Yes, Eme!
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: And, that is the perfect lead into the next bit!

[08:58] Eme Capalini: Oh wonderful

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Eme!

[08:59] Eme Capalini: I saw the VAI one, any chance we can update it?

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: We are going to celebrate the Nonprofit Commons Birthday!

[08:59] Sarvana Haalan: I talked about the exitence of “Stories of
Positive Impact” at a recent conference

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: We have picked Sept 21 as a day to celebrate!

[08:59] Sarvana Haalan: *existence

[08:59] Zinnia Zauber: And, we want to create more books for the event!
[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: So, please contact me directly about having a
book made for your org or group.

[09:00] Sarvana Haalan: awesome way to share the stories

[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: I bet you have a wonderful fairy tale to tell.
[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Sar!

[09:00] Sarvana Haalan: 🙂

[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: Also, if you want to be on the team for the
birthday celebration please contact the Mentors.
[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: Anyone want to add to this?

[09:01] Sarvana Haalan: Is this news time? 🙂

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: (we need teams of volunteers from all timezones)
[09:01] Sarvana Haalan: I will volunteer to help

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: no, not open mic
[09:02] Zinnia Zauber: Buffy is taking names!

[09:02] Buffy Beale: yes please let me know if you’d like to be part
of this exciting team

[09:02] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, more on this later and please Stories of
Positive Impact!
[09:02] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you everyone for your support!

[09:03] Buffy Beale: thanks Sar you’re on the list 🙂

[09:03] Sarvana Haalan: cool

[09:03] Zinnia Zauber: Okay

[09:03] Sarvana Haalan: missed u guys… RL has been busy

“Behind the Scenes at IDRAC2012” with Gentle Heron and iSkye Silverweb Bond of Virtual Ability, Inc
[09:03] Zinnia Zauber: Gentle, please join me up front.
[09:04] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[09:04] Gentle Heron: Hi everybody.
[09:04] Gentle Heron: I had planned to present today with my colleague
iSkye Silverweb.
[09:04] Gentle Heron: She’s still having trouble signing in, so I’ll
do my best to move ahead through our presentation. Please forgive me
if this isn’t as smooth as we had planned it to be.
[09:04] Gentle Heron: Can everyone see the slides, or do we need to
ask Zinnia to move the books?

[09:04] Buffy Beale: yay Gentle and aww too bad about iSky

[09:04] Zinnia Zauber: can you see?

[09:04] Sarvana Haalan: Woot, woot for Gentle!!

[09:04] Namaara MacMoragh: (applause) Yay Gentle!!

[09:04] Eme Capalini: She’s trying

[09:04] Buffy Beale: I can see ok yes

[09:05] Gentle Heron: Thank you all…. can everyone see the slides?
[09:05] Gentle Heron: Today we’re going to take you behind the scenes
of our recent IDRAC2012 Conference, that we held last weekend, August
3 and 4.
[09:05] Gentle Heron: We’ve had several other conferences at Virtual
Ability, so putting on a conference was not new to us, but last year
was the first year for something bigger.
[09:05] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability’s corporate mission is to “to
enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a
supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual
[09:06] Gentle Heron: Within that mission, we provide lots of
information and advocacy for our community members, as well as doing
outreach on the importance of disability issues to the general
population in virtual worlds.
[09:06] Gentle Heron: For several years, we put on an annual ADA Day
celebration of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act,
which is landmark legislation in the history of accessibility and
disability rights. This yearly event was our large production as a
[09:07] Gentle Heron: But after a few years of celebrating ADA Day, we
finally realized that in SL we live in an international environment,
and we decided to broaden our perspective. Last year was our first
International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, IDRAC2011.
[09:07] Gentle Heron: In 2011, we had panelists from all over the
world, and speakers from countries in Europe and Asia. It was an
international effort among the presenters, but the behind the scenes
work was mainly Gentle and iSkye. Boy did we learn!

[09:07] old memories (oldmemories): hi
[09:07] old memories (oldmemories): iam sam from egypt

[09:07] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:07] Gentle Heron: We found out that scheduling presenters back to
back was NOT a good idea. We really need time between, for takedown
and setup, and generally making sure that each presenter has time to
get ready.

[09:07] Zinnia Zauber: Old memories, could you please sit with us not
in the front.

[09:08] Gentle Heron: (hello Sam from Egypt. Please take a seat)

[09:08] old memories (oldmemories): ok iam sorry

[09:08] Gentle Heron: And best of all, we realized that if we
delegated tasks, things actually went better than if we tried to do
all the work ourselves. Since we’re here to talk about how this year’s
conference came about, let’s begin at the beginning, which was
choosing a date.

[09:08] old memories (oldmemories): but were i can sit

[09:08] Zinnia Zauber: You are welcome to join us, just that Gentle is

[09:08] Gentle Heron: When it was an ADA Day Celebration, it was easy!
The ADA was signed on July 26, 1990.

[09:08] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!

[09:08] Gentle Heron: So we put the ADA Day Celebration on the weekend
nearest to July 26.

[09:09] old memories (oldmemories): ok

[09:09] Gentle Heron: Why did we choose a weekend? It worked best both
for our presenters and our audiences, who we drew from folks already
in Second Life.
[09:09] Gentle Heron: But now, detaching the event from that specific
date gave us a little freedom, but only a little.
[09:09] Gentle Heron: Now we had to determine dates that did not
conflict with other major SL events, or with our VAI officers’
combined personal schedules.
[09:09] Gentle Heron: What’s more, as we opened up our thinking to
having presenters from outside Second Life, we realized that many
would only be available on a weekday.
[09:09] Gentle Heron: That meant we were scheduling now for Friday and
Saturday. We also realized we would need some time before the
conference to provide orientation for these presenters, as it would be
their first time in Second Life, let alone giving a presentation.
[09:10] Gentle Heron: Inworld presentations are done differently to
those in RL, as I’m sure many of you know.
[09:10] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:10] Gentle Heron: I think I was the one who figured we ought to
have a theme.

[09:10] old memories (oldmemories): iam just escaped from my life my
country is not in stability case these days

[09:10] Gentle Heron: Themes need to be narrow enough to give
direction as to which presenters to invite, yet also broad enough to
allow us to invite the presenters we are interested in hearing from.
[09:10] Gentle Heron: The first year of the new expanded conference,
our theme, more or less, was about the conference title: International
Disability Rights. That one was easy and obvious. But what to do for
our second year?
[09:10] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:11] Gentle Heron: I had recently attended the annual conference of
the Society for Disability Studies and had been impressed by a couple
of presenters who talked about how people with disabilities integrated
into their local communities.
[09:11] Gentle Heron: I knew that was an interest area of our inworld
community members.
[09:11] Gentle Heron: So I suggested that our theme for this year be:
A Community of Communities, recognizing that we all are members of
numerous interlocking communities. That worked out well, as we began
to invite presenters.
[09:11] Second Life: Items successfully shared.
[09:11] Gentle Heron: We knew that if we wanted to expand our audience
to not only be wider within Second Life, but potentially also bring in
audience members from outside, we needed to also broaden our list of
[09:11] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:12] Gentle Heron: We knew it was unlikely that all the presenters
we invited would accept our invitation, so we invited more than we
[09:12] Gentle Heron: I don’t know what we would do if they all
accepted – I guess we would have to expand the conference!

[09:12] Zinnia Zauber: 🙂

[09:12] Gentle Heron: Inviting and scheduling involves a lot of record
keeping. We used Google Documents to create a spreadsheet and kept
track of the presenters we invited, who accepted, who said no (and
those who said, “No, but please invite me next year”).
[09:12] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:12] Gentle Heron: We included entries for keeping track of the
presenters who needed orientation and training in basic inworld
presentation skills and the use of presentation materials.
[09:13] Gentle Heron: We’re truly pleased to say that nearly half of
the presenters at IDRAC 2012 were newcomers to Second Life, and we’re
gratified that they had a very positive experience, despite some
[09:13] Gentle Heron: We created another spreadsheet to include
specific information about the presenters – blurbs, bios, and so

[09:13] Namaara MacMoragh: wow! That’s great!

[09:13] Gentle Heron: These were used on VAI’s website, blog, and on
notecards for our introducers.
[09:13] Gentle Heron: Gentle helped the newcomer presenters set up
their Second Life accounts, and as soon as she knew their names, she
added them to our spreadsheet in Google Documents.
[09:13] Gentle Heron: We both made sure to friend them, and one or
both of us were on hand to welcome them and start training them.
[09:13] Gentle Heron: I really believe, as many mentors do, that the
personal approach is the best. One-on-one or even two-on one contact
is so crucial to a good first experience in SL.
[09:14] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:14] Gentle Heron: I had notecards inworld to keep track of the
progress of each new presenter I was working with, and I kept the
Google spreadsheet updated with each one’s progress.
[09:14] Gentle Heron: We wanted to balance presenters with a specific
disability or Second Life focus with those who had a broader
perspective on community involvement for people with disabilities.
[09:14] Gentle Heron: We also wanted to involve academic researchers
as well as people with practical experiences of being disabled.
[09:15] Gentle Heron: And we wanted a variety of formats for the
presentations. Having all “talking heads” would have been too boring!
[09:15] Gentle Heron: Accessibility is important to our community as well.
[09:15] Gentle Heron: That’s why we always have transcriptionists.
[09:15] Gentle Heron: Two kinds of transcriptionists, actually: the
more common V2T, and the easier T2V.
[09:15] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:15] Gentle Heron: V2T or voice-to-text allows presenters to use
Voice. Some of our presenters who voice can put out their own text
simultaneously (using SpeakEasy or a similar tool) and the best ones
can also advance their own slides. But many speakers prefer to just …
[09:16] Gentle Heron: However, some presenters use only text.
[09:16] Gentle Heron: For them, T2V text-to-voice transcriptionists
read the text aloud so that our dyslexic, visually impaired, or blind
members can access it.
[09:16] Gentle Heron: We can always use transcriptionists, especially
those who do V2T. Please refer them to us! We pay for their work at
our presentations.
[09:16] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:17] Gentle Heron: Greeters are also important for accessibility,
as well as for establishing a sense of joining the community of the
[09:17] Gentle Heron: They welcome people by name, offer assistance
with voice or vision issues, explain the day’s schedule, and help
solve problems that may come up during the presentation. More on that
[09:17] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:17] Gentle Heron: Walking the Talk: Including the Virtual Ability
community in this conference was really a no-brainer for us.
[09:17] Gentle Heron: After all, the theme was about community, and it
was a team effort. No one person had to carry the full load. We
learned first-hand the benefits of delegating, not the least of which
was getting enough sleep at night! Here’s a partial list:
[09:17] Gentle Heron: · Gentle – identified and initially contacted
presenters, trained presenters on voice, introduced, opened and closed
conference, scheduled transcriptionists
[09:18] Gentle Heron: · iSkye – scheduled, trained and prepared
presenters, received and converted presentation materials, held hands
[09:18] Gentle Heron: · Eme Capalini – sim management, created
posters, created at least three different ‘sets’ for the stage for
different presenters, worked with inworld media
[09:18] Gentle Heron: · Pecos Kidd- website, social media
[09:18] Gentle Heron: · Ladyslipper Constantine – organised the Greeters group
[09:18] Gentle Heron: · Sister Abeyante – prepared PowerPoint for Tom
[09:19] Gentle Heron: · Introducers – VAI community members who
volunteered to introduce presenters:
o Jesse Lefevre
o Roxie Marten
o Treasure Ballinger
o Pecos Kidd
o Vulcan Viper
o Carla Broek (she was also a presenter)
[09:19] Gentle Heron: Reaching out to a broader community means
contacting and inviting partner groups across Second Life and
encouraging their members to celebrate disability rights with us.
[09:19] Gentle Heron: Our event was open to everyone, because everyone
benefits when we all have equal access to community.
[09:19] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:19] Gentle Heron: Involving the audience in a presentation is
community development. We tend to have very interactive audiences. We
encourage that!
[09:20] Gentle Heron: However we recognize that not all our presenters
can deal with presenting plus watching the local chat fly by.
[09:20] Gentle Heron: So we often ask our audiences to hold comments
and questions to the end. It’s not ideal, but it respects the
presenters’ needs.
[09:20] Gentle Heron: Inviting new members into the community is
important to us as well.
[09:20] Gentle Heron: We hope our presenters will become Virtual
Ability members, if they were not already.
[09:20] Gentle Heron: We know there is a steep learning curve entering SL.
[09:20] Gentle Heron: We try to make that less onerous for our new
presenters by coaching them through the entire sign in process,
creating a professional looking avatar, and learning minimal skills.
[09:21] Gentle Heron: Presenters don’t need to learn how to buy things
or organize inventory.
[09:21] Gentle Heron: They need to know how to:
· “sit” to look as if they are standing at the podium or sitting on the bench
· ensure their Voice is working
· look at the slide projector while their avatar is facing the audience
· advance slides on the projector
[09:21] Gentle Heron: That’s about it! iSkye trains them well.
[09:21] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:21] Gentle Heron: We shared news and information about the
conference in a variety of ways.
[09:21] Gentle Heron: Some of these are:
· distributing group notices
· listing on the SL Event Calendar
· sharing information with partner groups in Second Life
· using social media to spread the word about the event in the metaverse
[09:22] Gentle Heron: iSkye used Facebook to announce the conference,
and people like Zinnia picked up on it and shared it (THANK you for
that, every one of you!).
[09:22] Gentle Heron: We sent updates on Twitter before and during the
conference, and we uploaded snapshots to our Flickr photostream – it’s
still there, at
[09:22] Gentle Heron: We had displays set up nearby with interesting
history tidbits about disability rights.
[09:22] Gentle Heron: We didn’t stop there. We encouraged people to
leave comments and share their impressions of different topics during
and after conference.
[09:22] Gentle Heron: If you attended the conference, it’s not too
late to drop us a note at .
[09:22] Gentle Heron: We want to make next year’s conference even
better, and you can help!
[09:23] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:23] Gentle Heron: During the sessions, issues do come up, of
course, that require special handling.

For instance, when Philip Linden rezzed in, he had connection issues
and couldn’t see or speak. He had to relog several times (causing much
mirth in the audience, I’m sure) in order to get SL Voice to work.
[09:23] Gentle Heron: Behind the scenes, we were also working to get
him connected through Skype to the Metaverse TV folks, so that they
could record his sound. Always a challenge when connecting two
different systems, but we managed it in time.
[09:23] Gentle Heron: During our last research presentation, right at
the end when the speaker was beginning to answer questions, incredible
lag hit the entire sim.
[09:23] Gentle Heron: Several people including the transcriptionists
crashed hard. Others of us could not move or type. What did we do?
[09:24] Gentle Heron: We moved to a nearby island!
[09:24] Gentle Heron: Our greeters and other staff volunteers assisted
the presenter and everyone in the audience to move over, with LMs and
SLURLs for those who could TP and walking across with those who could
not TP.
[09:24] Gentle Heron: The presenter finished up at the other venue,
answering remaining questions almost as if nothing had happened.
[09:24] Buffy Beale: nice going!
[09:24] Gentle Heron: Meanwhile, our sim manager rebooted the
conference sim, where we reconvened for the final comedy show. (Maybe
the lag burst was a prelude for comedy?)

[09:24] Sister Abeyante: (We called it a “field trip”)

[09:24] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:24] Gentle Heron: One thing I should mention is Linden Lab support
for the event.

We had asked for and been assigned a “contact Linden.”
[09:25] Gentle Heron: When we got one of those pesky “Your sim is
scheduled for roll back” messages, we simply contacted “our” Linden
and she made that go away.
[09:25] Gentle Heron: With her support internally, our venue was
removed from the list of sims to be rolled on that day.
[09:25] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:25] Gentle Heron: After the conference, we took a day to recuperate.
[09:25] Gentle Heron: Then we started on follow-up tasks:
· feedback notecards from greeters, introducers, other volunteers
· sending conference certificates to presenters
[09:25] Gentle Heron: We also held a debriefing session to discuss the
lessons we’d learned:
· Half hour between was IMPORTANT
[09:26] Gentle Heron: · How to improve on preparing:
o Greeters
o Introducers
o Panelists
o presenters
· The importance of involving community
o Delegating tasks!
o Set a deadline for submitting presentation materials
o Get social media links of presenters
o Should presenters’ slides to be uploaded to SlideShare? Check with
presenters, get permission or links to their sharing sites
[09:26] Gentle Heron: Records of the event were created in several ways:
· Virtual Ability’s Flickr Photostream – iSkye took snapshots of each
presentation, and even a few before the event
[09:26] Gentle Heron: · Metaverse TV recordings of two presentations –
When Metaverse TV learned that we had invited Philip Rosedale, creator
of Second Life, and Tom Boellstorff, researcher, author and
anthropologist, to present at IDRAC, they asked to film these two
presentations. It was a privilege to have them there!
[09:26] Gentle Heron: · Slidesets and transcripts of the presentations
– iSkye handled the receipt and conversion of the images and
PowerPoint presentation images into SL-ready format and loaded them
into inworld projectors, then taught the presenters how to advance
their slides during their talks; transcripts of the talks were saved
as transcriptionists created them
[09:27] Gentle Heron: · Virtual Ability’s blog – details of the
conference and speakers were given, and visitors encouraged to leave
comments with their impressions
[09:27] Gentle Heron: ****
[09:27] Gentle Heron: Zinnia asked us to end today with some
information about how we measure the success of our conference.
[09:27] Gentle Heron: Of course, it’s easy to say something generic
like “if it inspired people, then the conference has been successful.”
That’s true of course, but a little difficult to measure.
[09:27] Gentle Heron: So we look at things like attendance numbers,
comments from the audience, and comments from the presenters…

[09:27] Zinnia Zauber: Check out the interview with Gentle and

[09:28] Gentle Heron: (that was a LOT of fun!)
[09:28] Gentle Heron: But we also ask people in the audience how they
came to hear about the sessions.
[09:28] Gentle Heron: It is important to us when we find out that
someone read about it in a group notice that we didn’t post, or got a
twitter message that we didn’t send.
[09:28] Gentle Heron: We know that as these messages spread outside
our own immediate contacts, we’ve raised awareness in our broader
audience as we impact other communities.
[09:28] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:28] Gentle Heron: I want to conclude by telling a story from one
of our early presentations on Friday.
[09:28] Gentle Heron: Nola Nash is from the Atlantis Community, an
Independent Living Center in Colorado.
[09:28] Gentle Heron: When I recruited her to present the history of
this community of support for people with disabilities in the physical
world, she was totally unfamiliar with the concept of virtual worlds.
[09:29] Gentle Heron: Her boss asked “Do you mean you are going to
present to The Sims?”
[09:29] Gentle Heron: By the time iSkye and I were done working with
Nola, Virtual Ability’s IDRAC conference had a moving presentation
about what is possible in an urban community where people with severe
disabilities are integrated;
[09:29] Gentle Heron: Nola and her boss had enough of a vision of the
potential benefits and uses of virtual worlds for their clients;
[09:29] Gentle Heron: And the NonProfit Commons will most likely have
a future tenant when the Atlantis Community enters Second Life.

[09:30] Sarvana Haalan: awesome

[09:30] Gentle Heron: I call that a win-win-win for the IDRAC
conference and all our communities.

[09:30] Zinnia Zauber: wonderful!

[09:30] Gentle Heron: Thank you. Any questions?

[09:30] Oronoque Westland: I was able to attend for a few hours. Aside
from it being an EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT conference on the topic, it was
a FANTASTIC model on how to run a conference in SL. I would suggest
that this presentation and slides be made available as a “how-to
guide” for others who are planning in-world conferences.
[09:30] Gentle Heron: (Sorry iSkye is still trying to enter SL)
[09:30] Buffy Beale: excellent as always Gentle, thanks!
[09:30] Gentle Heron: (she has other slides, but I couldn’t get to
them, I’m so sorry!)

[09:30] Bathsheba Vizenor (bathsheba.darkfold): Awesome!

[09:30] Zinnia Zauber: We sure are thankful for iSkye and the whole VAI team!

[09:30] Sarvana Haalan: Kudos to Gentle!!!

[09:30] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Did your core team have
regular meetings? or even every day meetings? how did you organize and

[09:30] Gentle Heron: Teamwork, it’s all teamwork.

[09:31] Sarvana Haalan: and her team

[09:31] Dancers Yao: just wanted to add how great it was..excellent
work as always Gentle

[09:31] Ozma Malibu: Thanks so much for this wrap-up.

[09:31] Namaara MacMoragh: great presentation…. great job on the conference

[09:31] Gentle Heron: iSkye and I met daily. The task leaders we met
with as needed.
[09:31] Gentle Heron: iSkye and I used Google docs a LOT to coordinate
[09:31] Gentle Heron: spreadsheets and docs

[09:31] Zinnia Zauber: Excellent!

[09:32] Oronoque Westland: I would suggest that this presentation and
slides be made available as a “how-to guide” for others who are
planning in-world conferences.

[09:32] Zinnia Zauber: Your hard, I mean smart, work showed.

[09:32] Ozma Malibu: You show how important good organization is. You
must have spent all day on this for many days.

[09:32] Gentle Heron: Yes Zinnia, you have to work both hard and smart.

[09:32] Zinnia Zauber: That is a great idea Oronoque!

[09:32] Gentle Heron: Ozma, actually, I got more sleep the 2 days
prior to the conference than I usually do! People cut me slack on my
‘regular’ duties, so I went to bed early.
[09:33] Gentle Heron: Thanks Oro. I’ll see if I can get the rest of
the slideset.
[09:33] Gentle Heron: Thanks everyone.

[09:33] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Gentle!

[09:33] Buffy Beale: QUESTION: How hard was it to get Philip to present Gentle?

[09:33] Zinnia Zauber: This was super

[09:33] Ozma Malibu: Love the idea of only taking one day off after
the conference, and then scheduling meetings on the day after to make
sure that everything does happen. It’s so easy to fall into exhaustion
after something big and forget the final details now that the audience
is gone.

[09:33] Oronoque Westland: Truly an EXCELLENT conference.

[09:34] Zinnia Zauber: That is a good question to end on.

[09:34] Zotarah Shepherd: Thank you Gentle It was a great conference.

[09:34] Ozma Malibu: Yes, the conference was great.

[09:34] Gentle Heron: Right Ozma, we had a checklist of things to do
AFTER the conference.

[09:34] Gentle Heron: and we knew everyone deserved a break

[09:34] Buffy Beale: the Conference was great and lot’s of good info

[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: I learned a lot and thrilled to have Philip
talk about awesomeness!

[09:35] Gentle Heron: It really was fun to chat with Philip.

[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: Gentle, did you see Buffy wanted to know how
you landed him.

[09:35] Buffy Beale: heheh nice way to put it Z 🙂

[09:35] Gentle Heron: That was easy, Buffy. I asked if he would be
willing to participate.

[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: hehe
[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: That is great! He is so cool!

[09:35] Buffy Beale: That’s great he did Gentle nice going, and to get Tom too

[09:36] Sarvana Haalan: you never know unless you ask… Nice going Buffy

[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: yes! We must have Tom speak with his team soon!
[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, thank you Gentle! This was super!

Open Mic / Announcements

[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: Open Mic / Announcements

[09:36] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Congratulations on a very
successful conference! Ty for sharing lessons learned too! Great job!

[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: Who has one?
[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: Gentle – you do.

[09:37] Gentle Heron: actually I do, since amazingly we have an event
this weekend too
[09:37] Gentle Heron: Continuing Virtual Ability’s “Waiting for the
World to Change” year-long series of presentations, tomorrow SATURDAY
morning, August 11:

[09:37] Sarvana Haalan: cool

[09:37] Gentle Heron: Disability in Europe 2012: Is There One European
(reprise of her IDRAC2012 presentation of August 4)
PRESENTER: Carla Broek
SAT Aug 11, 9:30am PDT/SLT

[09:37] Bathsheba Vizenor (bathsheba.darkfold): Thanks, again! I have
to run. Great Talk!

[09:37] Gentle Heron: and
Ratification Status Update of the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities in the United States
PRESENTER: Kara Spengler
SAT Aug 11, 11am PDT/SLT
[09:37] Gentle Heron: Both held in the Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual
Ability Island

[09:37] Sarvana Haalan: LM?

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Super!

[09:38] Gentle Heron: Anyone else want a landmark to the auditorium?

[09:38] Oronoque Westland: Virtual Ability (54,170,23)

[09:38] Sarvana Haalan: Thanks!!

[09:38] Gentle Heron: Thanks for the SLURL Oro.

[09:39] Oronoque Westland: your welcome

[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: Great!
[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: Other Annoucements?

[09:39] Gentle Heron has a busy events team!

[09:39] Sarvana Haalan: I have one

[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: I am sending out that notecard for everyone –
please look for the notice.

[09:40] Gentle Heron sees Zinnia’s notecard

[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Go for it Sar!

[09:40] Sarvana Haalan: ok… I just attended CDC’s National Conference on
Health Communication, Marketing, and Media in
Atlanta. (smiles) I am still in Atlanta… time
to relax a bit. In my abstract presentation, I
shared information about capacity building
through social media and virtual worlds for
“Sexual Health in a Digital Age”. Many attendees
(nonprofits) did not know of TechSoup and its
various services. The ones that knew about
TechSoup were not aware of the NPSL community
and the benefits of being part of the community.
A link ( was
provided with an invitation to visit and join our virtual community.
[09:41] Sarvana Haalan: Much interest was expressed for virtual world

[09:42] Glitteractica Cookie: Sarava, Bulaklak and Alebez are looking
into making it easier for our ambassadors like you to help us share
the work of techsoup and our programs and services

[09:43] Buffy Beale: good idea Glitter

[09:43] Sarvana Haalan: I am compiling a Follow-up resource list per
session attendees request. I will be adding links to TechSoup, and
other sites of topics expressed
[09:44] Sarvana Haalan: great… I always ask if the audience know of
TechSoup… with a note that Nonprofits should be aware of TS

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Great, looks like we have more connections to make!

[09:44] bulaklak: This makes me think that part of the ambassador
program needs to be a way our community can keep us in the loop about
conferences they are attending.

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Yes!

[09:45] Sarvana Haalan: great idea

[09:45] bulaklak: I will put it in our “idea bank” and maybe we can
brainstorm a system some time in the future

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Any other announcements?

[09:46] Sarvana Haalan: can we email links to conference info to Bulaklak?
[09:46] Sarvana Haalan: if so, email please?

[09:47] bulaklak: is the best way to get it to us

[09:47] Sarvana Haalan: Thanks

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Super!

[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie:
[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: (not sure if works too. it proly does)

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: lots of ways to connect!

[09:48] Sarvana Haalan: please send me any info on your “ambassdor”

[09:48] Zinnia Zauber: Did you guys get my notecard through the group notices?

[09:48] Gentle Heron: yes Zinnia

[09:49] Sarvana Haalan: I need it again… lost it when I crashed

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you! Remember Group is an open group.

[09:49] Ozma Malibu: mine disappeared as well

[09:49] Gentle Heron: It will stay in group notices for a couple of
seeks, Sarvana

[09:49] Gentle Heron: you can pick it up again any time

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: You can check the past notices there.

[09:49] Ozma Malibu: oh of course Gentle

[09:49] Sarvana Haalan: great

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Any other open mic items?

[09:50] Gentle Heron: *any time in the next couple of weeks, before SL
deletes it

[09:50] Sarvana Haalan: will be part of my Netwrk update today… I
have been unconnected for a while

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, then I am sharing those links again!
[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

Google Calendar:
[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Join us inworld:

NPC Weekly Meeting on Fridays, 8:30 – 10 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

NPC Mentors Meeting: Fridays, 10:10 – 11 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

Wharf Ratz Tuesday Night Extraordinary Dance Extravaganza, Every
Tuesday 7 – 9 PM SLT Preferred Family Healthcare on Aloft, Aloft
Nonprofit Commons (168,223,22)

CommonGround – Color Themed Monthly Networking Event on 3rd Thursday,
5 – 7 PM SLT CommonGround on Aloft, Aloft Nonprofit Commons (59,68,25)

[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: This has been a wonderful meeting! Thank you
Gentle and iSkye for all the work on this talk today!

[09:51] Buffy Beale: cheering!

[09:52] Gentle Heron feels bad iSkye isn’t here.

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you all for attending and please join the
Mentors for help and brainstorming at 10.

[09:52] Eme Capalini: me too….so sorry iSkye couldn’t get in

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks all

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Please share with here we missed her.

[09:52] Buffy Beale: yes sure did!

[09:52] Gentle Heron: will do, Zinnia and Buffy

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: thank you!

[09:53] Gentle Heron: She sounds awful frustrated at the moment.

[09:53] Sarvana Haalan: Great job!

[09:53] Buffy Beale: thanks everyone and have a beautiful week

[09:53] alebez: thank you everyone! have a good one.

[09:53] Buffy Beale: see you at 10 🙂

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Looking forward to seeing you all next week!
[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Please take care!

[09:57] Dancers Yao: have a good week end….if you have a chance
please look at Kasuku Magic’s story…she loved being here, and was a
wonderful doctor. bye thx

[09:58] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Dancers for sharing
[09:58] Zinnia Zauber: we miss her

[09:59] Dancers Yao: thx,.I know people didn’t really have a chance to
know her ….but she was a volunteer physician who saved many lives…

[09:59] Zinnia Zauber: yes, wonderful.

[10:00] Dancers Yao: I would also like to thank Gentle for her
personal support to us…she has been very kind…

[10:00] Buffy Beale: back

[10:00] Gentle Heron: (((Dancers)))

[10:00] Dancers Yao: bye for now

[10:00] Zinnia Zauber: take care!

– End of Line –

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

Transcript for July 20 Nonprofit Commons Meeting- Universal Design for Learning Spaces in VW with Blu Heron

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
July 20, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements
8:45 AM Mentors Central
9:55 Universal Design for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds with Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy of the International Society for Technology (ISTE)
9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements

Thank you Ozma for the chatlog!

– Unabridged Transcript –


[08:31] Glitteractica Cookie: Good morning all

[08:32] CarmenLittleFawn: GM everybody 🙂

[08:32] Zotarah Shepherd: Good morning

[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Zinnia is not here today, so we are going to lead the meeting

[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Let’s get started in the usual fashion.

[08:32] Glitteractica Cookie: Welcome to the nonprofit commons in Second Life meeting, brought to you by us, TechSoup Global!

[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: Please say your real name, nonprofit affiliation, location that you are sitting in the physical world, URL, twitter handle (if ou tweet) and anything else you’d like to add

[08:33] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:33] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida, @lovefoundation

[08:33] Jen: Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,

[08:33] Chad Mikado: Chad Mikado; National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP); UMass Boston;

[08:33] HB Eternal: Buffy Rocks!

[08:33] Buffy Beale: lol HB caught you napping 🙂

[08:33] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA

[08:33] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA Health Care and Human Rights

[08:33] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21), Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:34] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. (Corporate offices in Aurora CO but all are safe today)

[08:34] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, San Francisco, CA, United States, Online Community Manager, TechSoup Global,, @MichaelDeLongSF @TechSoup

[08:34] Jerry Buchko: Jerry Buchko | Counseling, Coaching, & Tutoring in Personal Finances via Telepresence (Private Practice) | Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA | | @jerrybuchko

[08:34] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online Community and social media director, TechSoup Global, San Francisco, CA USA @suzboop @techsoup @npsl

[08:34] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA

[08:34] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri,, @brenabenoir

[08:34] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org, technology outreach to those without access. Arizona, Mexico and On the Road. @ozma

[08:35] Angelbell: University Professor in electronics.IUSF.Venezuela

[08:35] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup, SF, CA @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:35] Gentle Heron: Ohhhhh Angelbell may win the prize for most distant participant today!

[08:35] Angelbell: yes I am 🙂

[08:35] CarmenLittleFawn: Lorna Hawkins, Los Angeles, CA Drive By Agony/keeping kids safe,, a work still in progress

[08:35] Jerry Buchko: yes 😀

[08:36] Jen: Jacque might show up

[08:36] Glitteractica Cookie: any more introductions?

[08:36] Glitteractica Cookie: If you haven’t already introduced yourself, please do so now

[08:36] Blu Heron: I’m here…Blu Heron from Sacramento, CA

[08:36] Blu Heron: I’m presenting UDL today for you

[08:36] Buffy Beale: yay Blu!

[08:37] Jerry Buchko: hi Blue 😀

[08:37] Gentle Heron: Yay BLU!

[08:37] Blu Heron: waves to all

[08:37] Angelbell: 🙂

[08:37] Glitteractica Cookie: If you haven’t already done so, last call to Please say your real name, nonprofit affiliation, location that you are sitting in the physical world, URL, twitter handle (if ou tweet) and anything else you’d like to add

TechSoup Announcements

[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, then it’s time to pass the mic to Bulaklak, our fearless Senior Manager of Online Community and Social Media

[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Bulaklak, can you share some updates with the group?

[08:38] bulaklak: Surely.

[08:38] bulaklak: I think I probably have a fear or two but thanks for the nice intro.

[08:38] Glitteractica Cookie: 😉

[08:38] Buffy Beale: you rock bulaklak

[08:39] bulaklak: First, here are the many ways you all can stay connected with the Nonprofit Commons

[08:39] Jerry Buchko: 😉

[08:39] bulaklak: Here are the many ways to can get involved with
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:
Nonprofit Commons blog:

Google Group:

NPC Video


Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft,
Tuesdays, 7pm SLT
Aloft Nonprofit Commons (168,223,23)

Monthly Networking Event (3rd Thursday):
Common Ground, Plush, 5PM SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons (128,229,26)


[08:39] Glitteractica Cookie: all of our chat logs and links and all this stuff is located on our wiki
[08:39] Glitteractica Cookie:

[08:40] bulaklak: Next, I want to talk about an upcoming webinar at TechSoup I think y’all will be particularly excited about.
[08:40] bulaklak: We talk a lot about virtual learning here so it’s my pleasure to announce a webinar on how to give excellent online tutorials
[08:40] bulaklak: And, this is with none other than a very good friend of TechSoup, Janet Fouts
[08:41] bulaklak: I’ve been to her webinars before and she is a VERY good trainer
[08:41] bulaklak: That is coming up on July 26 at 11am PT
[08:41] bulaklak: And you can register for that and learn more about it here
[08:41] bulaklak:

[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: more on janet @jfouts on twitter or

[08:42] Jen: Just use it here

[08:42] Jerry Buchko: sounds intriguing 😀

[08:43] bulaklak: I also want to talk to you very briefly about our TechSoup discussion forums. We’re in the middle of a bit of a reorganization of our categories, and we’re on the lookout for smart, helpful folks who like to answer questions and share their tech expertise with the social benefit community
[08:43] bulaklak: We call these folks Stars, Gems, and Hosts on the forums
[08:43] bulaklak: And they are a bit like the Mentors are here
[08:44] bulaklak: I won’t say a ton about it today, but sometime in the next month or so, we will have our Forums Manager Jayne Cravens come and give a short talk about our forums and the path to Stardom there
[08:44] bulaklak: Jayne is a consummate volunteer manager and all around amazing person

[08:44] Jerry Buchko: when you say forums, do you mean your Google Group(s)?

[08:44] bulaklak: Oh good question Jerry
[08:44] bulaklak: These are our discussion boards on TEchSoup
[08:45] bulaklak: let me get you the link
[08:45] bulaklak:
[08:45] bulaklak: There you go!

[08:45] Jerry Buchko: thanks

[08:45] bulaklak: We’ll set a date and time for Jayne to come
[08:46] bulaklak: And in the meantime you can check out the forums and look for Jayne on Twitter at @jcravens42
[08:46] bulaklak: and online her blog is Coyote Communications
[08:46] bulaklak: She’s always on about something good
[08:46] bulaklak:
[08:46] bulaklak: Okie doke, folks! Those are my updates for today.
[08:47] bulaklak: Enjoy the talk and your weekends!

[08:47] Jen: Thanks bulaklak

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: any updates from u, Alebez?

[08:47] alebez: 🙂 bulaklak has it covered as usual

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, good

Mentor Central

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: Now it’s time to give the stage over to our fabulous volunteer mentors! Mentors, welcome!

[08:48] JenJen waving to the crowd

[08:48] Buffy Beale: Yayyy Jen!

[08:48] Gentle Heron: YAY Jen! Your presentations are always excellent.

[08:48] CarmenLittleFawn: hey Jen

[08:48] Jen: Thank you

[08:48] Tiki4: wooohoooo go Jen

[08:48] Zotarah Shepherd: Yay Jen

[08:48] Jerry Buchko: woot! 😀

[08:49] Jen: Zinnia asked me to do something on the tools in the Techsoup toolbox

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: yes

[08:49] Jen: If you don’t have one, get on over to their office and pick one up

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: updating it is the goal

[08:49] Jen: So, today, I’m doing one on the Visitor Counter

[08:49] Jen: Something I use since our board sometimes asks what the impact of SL is for us

[08:50] Zotarah Shepherd: Good

[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: Created 120718
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: Created for Nonprofit Commons Mentor’s Corner
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: by Jenelle Levenque
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: A. Purpose
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: To introduce you to a useful tool the “NPC – Visitor Counter with email function” The description states it “Detects avatars and keeps time.
[08:50] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: B. Functions of the Visitor Counter
[08:50] Jen: BTW, I’m using another tool to do the presentation so I don’t have to cut and paste
[08:51] Jen: But thats another time

[08:51] Gentle HeronGentle Heron smiles

[08:51] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) Detect an avatar within a range set by the owner.
[08:51] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) Check for avatar presence on a time interval set by owner.
[08:51] Jen: If you look between Oama and Zotarah you will see a little gizmo
[08:51] Jen: This is a visitor counter
[08:52] Jen: You set the range for detection and how often it checks
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 3) Record the name of the avatar and the time, SLT.
[08:52] Jen: It records the name of the visitor
[08:52] Jen: I use this to get back to them later if I’m not iin the office
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 4) Record the name only one time. If an avatar leaves and returns, the name is recorded one time.
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 5) Maintain the “name” of the location.
[08:52] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 6) Send the list to an email address at an appropriate interval. When list is emailed, the list will be reset.
[08:53] Jen: If you have more than one location, you can name the counter
[08:53] Jen: You can arrange for an email with the current list of names
[08:53] Jen: This is optional
[08:53] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: C. Commands
[08:53] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) “say list”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) If you are in chat range, the script will say the list to local chat. This will let you see who has been in your office.
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) “reset list”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) clears the list and starts over.
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 3) “email list”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) to send the list via email and clear the list.
[08:54] Jen: This forces an email otherwise the email is sent on a schedule that you set in the script
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) The email address must be in the script.
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 4) “help”
[08:54] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) will give you a list of the commands.
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) Only the owner may use the Counter commands.
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: D. Notes
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) Remember it searches a radius
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) The office may have “blind spots”.

[08:55] Gentle Heron: be sure you include the door

[08:55] Jen: since the offices are square and the search is a radius, you may not reach the corners
[08:55] Jen: Make sure it covers your doors
[08:55] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) may record avatars outside your office.
[08:56] Jen: if the radius is too large, you might get people who don’t actually walk in
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) There are other tools that may provide this functionality, but this one is first, free.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 3) The script is full perms so you can modify it to suit yourself.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) You will have to edit the script to provide the necessary configuration information.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) Should you modify the script, please share with your neighbors at Nonprofit Commons.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 4) I use it to record the names of people who come by the office.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) The owner’s name will not be recorded.
[08:56] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 5) I look up the avatars
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) I send them a personal IM thanking them for stopping by.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) I give them our business card.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: c) If the avatar is less than 60 days, I also offer to help them with their Second Life questions.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: E) Summary
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 1) Make a record of your visitors and contact those who come by while no one is in the office.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: 2) You will find other very useful tools in the tool box.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: a) Take a look and find those that are useful to you,
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: b) Questions? Ask your local neighborhood mentor.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: c) Share your thoughts and ideas with us.
[08:57] Jenelle’s Presentation HUD: d) More on other tools later.
[08:57] Jen: Thank you

[08:58] Buffy Beale: cheering, great info Jen thanks!

[08:58] Jerry Buchko: Awesome! 😀

[08:58] Jen: Just be careful about going to Wharf Ratz on Tues

[08:58] Namaara MacMoragh: Yay! Thank you Jen!

[08:58] Gentle Heron: Thank YOU Jen. Very nice brief summary.

[08:58] Jen: That’s how I got this job

[08:58] Buffy Beale: lol

[08:58] Tiki4: you go girl

[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: ♥(`’•.¸(`’•.¸ * ¸.•’´)¸.•’´)♥
[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: Yayyyy!!! Well done!!!
[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: ♥(¸.•’´(¸.•’´ * `’•.¸)`’•.¸)♥

[08:58] Gentle Heron: HAHAHAHA now we know…. but Jen you are good at this.

[08:58] Angelbell: Thanks for your information Jen

[08:58] Jerry Buchko: Yes very good 🙂

[08:58] Chad Mikado: I agree

[08:58] Jen: There are a lot of tools

[08:58] Zotarah Shepherd: Thanks Jen

[08:58] Ozma Malibu: thank you!!!

[08:59] CarmenLittleFawn: Thank you 🙂

[08:59] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks

[08:59] Gentle HeronGentle Heron thinks Jen will be in this business a good long time

[08:59] JenJen stands up and bows
[09:00] Jen: Thank you, thank you, thank you

[09:00] Jerry Buchko: 😀

[09:00] Jen: No applause, just throw money

[09:00] bulaklak: lol

[09:00] Jerry Buchko: lol

Universal Design for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds with Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy of the International Society for Technology (ISTE)

[09:00] Glitteractica Cookie: And now, we have our featured guest!

[09:00] CarmenLittleFawn: hehehe

[09:00] Glitteractica Cookie: Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy will join us at the Nonprofit Commons to talk about Universal Design in Learning (UDL) and share the key points of a professional learning “package” that bundles Virtual World (VW) accessibility issues, resources, and workshop-style activities for engaging educators in collaborative solutions inworld.
It is impossible to create a virtual classroom that is usable by everyone, in all situations. It is possible to use an UDL process that results in products, environments, and experiences that are usable for the largest group of people in a VW and effects differentiated teaching and differentiated learning.

About Blu:
Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy earned her Masters of Education, Educational Technology, Sacramento State University, CA. Her involvement in education spans many years and includes: 16 years teaching high school sciences; 17 years as a community educator, web site developer, and software tester for an electrical utility; and volunteer mentor in Second Life (SL)
[09:01] Glitteractica Cookie: Give it up for Blu Heron!

[09:01] Zotarah Shepherd: Yay Blu!

[09:01] Buffy Beale: cheering!

[09:01] CarmenLittleFawn: yay

[09:01] Gentle HeronGentle Heron adds a note: Blu is my SL “cousin”, not my alt as was rumored recently at VWBPE.

[09:01] Glitteractica Cookie: Blu, please take the stage

[09:01] Jerry Buchko: lol

[09:01] Blu Heron: ty!..give me a sec to get my stuff rezzed out….

[09:01] Zotarah Shepherd: hehe

[09:01] CarmenLittleFawn: giggles

[09:01] Jen: ********APPPLLLAAAUUUSSSEEE********

[09:01] Zotarah Shepherd: 28 on the sim

[09:02] Blu Heron: Thank you, for inviting me.
And thanks to all of you for choosing to attend this session.
I hope you find something useful today.
[09:03] Blu Heron: I usually deliver this presentation in text chat, voice, and with graphics (to model my message of differentiated teaching and learning).

For this reason you will see descriptions for the slides in chat. For example,
[09:03] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Presentation date, time, location. Image of human finger touching virtual finger from laptop.
[09:03] Blu Heron: Often presenters will have others transcribe (either voice to text or text to voice) during the presentation. Voice is not activated on this sim, so that mode of content delivery is not available for this presentation today.

[09:03] Glitteractica Cookie: but are you doing this presentation in chat only

[09:03] Blu Heron: Presentation is available on Note Card today:

Click the box next to me to get a folder of information about today’s presentation.
Look in Recent Items for a folder named UDL Presentation.

[09:04] Glitteractica Cookie: today? We do this for accessibility reasons, and so we an keep a record of our meetings

[09:04] Gentle Heron: Thanks, Blu, for all the “stuff”

[09:04] UDL Presentation – Nonprofit Commons, July 20, 2012 owned by Blu Heron gave you ‘UDL Presentation – Nonprofit Commons, July 20, 2012’ ( Plush Nonprofit Commons (115,125,21) ).
[09:04] Blu Heron: I will try to keep my talking to 15 minutes, so there will be time at the end for your questions. Please keep questions out of chat until then. The reason I ask is because it can be confusing to sort out different threads of conversation in chat, especially for newcomers and for individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities.
[09:05] Blu Heron: I personally don’t like nc readers and don’t use them, so my chat will not be in green today.
[09:05] Blu Heron: ;D
[09:05] Blu Heron: A bit more about me.

SLIDE: Blu Heron image
January 28. 2007 – Blu Heron avatar created in SL.

I discovered virtual worlds and Second Life during coursework for my Masters in Educational Technology at California State University, Sacramento, California (CSUS).

[09:05] jacmacaire Humby: Hi everyone.. Sorry for the late.. Problem to connect from FranceHi everyone Sorrry for the late.. problem to connect from France

[09:05] Blu Heron: SLIDE: UDL cover screen
Wanda Hardy Masters project cover page: Universal Design Considerations for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds.
[09:06] Blu Heron: SLIDE: California map with California State University logo.
Today’s presentation is based on a project for my culminating experience that I completed in 2010, Universal Design Considerations for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds.
[09:06] Blu Heron: some here may be educators, and some not, but the information is of value to all who work in public and social spaces
[09:07] Blu Heron: My project was to create a professional learning “package” that bundles VW accessibility issues, key UDL principles, resources, and workshop-style activities for engaging educators in collaborative solutions in-world.
[09:07] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Illustration of Facilitator’s Guide and Workshop User’s Guide.

Two major documents evolved:
1. A workshop Facilitators Guide
2. A workshop User’s Guide
[09:07] Blu Heron: The Facilitator’s Guide suggests time frames and provides guidelines and checklists to help you plan, deliver, and follow up a professional learning experience for your staff.
[09:07] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sample checklist from Facilitator’s Guide Checklist

I included resources specific to workshop leader roles, tips for trouble-shooting workshop problems, and assessment. Pre-workshop and post workshop materials are included.
[09:07] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sample page from Facilitator’s Guide

Each section in the User’s Workshop Guide has a correlating section in the Facilitator’s guide:
Goals and objectives
Supplemental workshop content
Suggested time frame
Sample files and Worksheets
[09:08] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Action Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International @Humanbe
[09:08] Blu Heron: these materials were designed for an education district to provide teacher training for virtual world teaching, but could be useful to train any staff who works with groups in Sl
[09:08] Blu Heron: or other virtual worlds
[09:09] Blu Heron: sorry I think some were advancing my slides..let me find the slide again!
[09:10] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Suggested agenda for a workshop section.

Experienced educators in SL have indicated short workshops in a series are more desirable that extended sessions.

Workshop is delivered in a series of 1.5 – 3 hour sessions.
[09:10] Blu Heron: Workshop agendas are offered as outlines for you to customize to meet your needs.

The Workshop User’s Guide content can be approached sequentially or examined by topics that meet your staff training needs.
[09:11] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Excerpt from VW Viewers activity

I focused on areas of the virtual world experience where Universal Design principles can be used to enhance the experience for all users. Thus, the Workshop User’s Guide is organized into five major sections:
[09:11] Blu Heron: Introduction
Virtual World Viewers
Communication in VWs
Navigating VWs
Building Design in VWs
[09:11] Blu Heron: Each section has similar organization:

Presentation of the content
Suggested reading
Key ideas summary
Group Activity
Reflection and/or self-assessment
[09:11] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Universal Design Playground layout

[09:12] Blu Heron: I presented this project at the VWBPE 2012 conference in SL, and created an informational and interactive UDL Playground for the conference.
[09:12] Blu Heron: And I invite you to experience the UDL Playground this week at its temporary location: SLURL: Tranquility Station (205,143,1046)
You have the SLURL and LM in the session folder.
[09:12] Blu Heron: Although my original project was directed to the educational community, the principles are applicable to any build in a virtual world where people meet to learn and socialize.
[09:12] Blu Heron: For this presentation (and the UDL Playground), I selected key ideas and a sampling of the interactive vignettes that I think you can easily apply in your own virtual classrooms, meeting places, and other venues right now.
[09:13] Blu Heron: SLIDE: What is UDL?

It all begins with an understanding that Universal Design in Learning (UDL) is a process that identifies and develops instruction (differentiated teaching) to meet diversity in student learning (differentiated learning).
[09:13] Blu Heron: learning is not restricted in Sl to formal universities…
[09:13] Blu Heron: any social meeting where people interact, learning is happening
[09:14] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Why Use UDL?

It’s good pedagogy!
It’s the law for many educational entitites and other public spaces.
It results in a better shared experience for everyone; it’s more than disability accommodation.
[09:15] Blu Heron: so Universal Design makes the virtual expereince more enjoyable for’s not just about disability acces.
[09:15] Blu Heron: I think designing spaces in virtual worlds is not unlike the considerations you would take for good web design.
[09:16] Blu Heron: you consider diability acces, certainly, but also the users connection speed and client software, whether they have color blindness, ormaybe even use a non-graphical device…
[09:16] Blu Heron: Smartphones!
[09:16] Blu Heron: one more thing about differentiated learning…
[09:17] Blu Heron: Another explanation details the UDL process as follows:

A) provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and

(B) reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient (Edyburn, 2010).

[09:17] Glitteractica Cookie: i wonder when they’re gonna make an app for mobile phones and tablets that works with SL

[09:17] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sample activity

UDL principles are applicable to the virtual classroom (and other meeting spaces).

There is not time to go through an activity entirely in a short informational session.

So I have included the complete text for Activity #1 in the note card. I encourage you to get together and try the activity: read each scenario and discuss each presentation method.

[09:17] Glitteractica Cookie: Anshe Chung’s app doesn’t work

[09:18] Glitteractica Cookie: mobile design for virtual worlds seems far off

[09:18] Chad Mikado: @Glitteractica- I have a “Metaverse” app on my iphone that allows some access into SL

[09:18] Blu Heron: think about how the presentation of the contnet is different, how different users might use it or not be able to use it

[09:18] Glitteractica Cookie: really chad, i will check it out

[09:18] Blu Heron: the UDL playground has an exhibit on other connection devices…pleae visit and try it if you can

[09:19] Chad Mikado: cool. FYI, it’s just okay

[09:19] Blu Heron: it is hard to keep it all updated with the latest viewers and devices.
[09:19] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Excerpt from VW Viewers activity.

Another activity encourages workshop participants to log in with a text-based viewer and interact with various vignettes. You can experience for yourself at the UDL PLayground.
[09:19] Blu Heron: EXAMPLE:
View each scene in a graphical viewer. Then log in with a text-based viewer and revisit the mesh, media on a prim, and chairs in the vignette.
[09:20] Blu Heron: SLIDE: UDL Playground Example, Delivering Content

Voice, text, and graphics convey information in SL.
[09:20] Blu Heron: When graphics or text can’t be seen, then information needs to be given in descriptive audio recording or voice.

Presentations in voice need text (note card) alternatives or transcription to text chat. Plain text is best for non-graphical viewers.
[09:20] Blu Heron: That’s what I have attempted to do in this presentation!
[09:21] Blu Heron: Vocie is not available here and could be an issue for some.
[09:21] Blu Heron: I have thought about that.
[09:21] Blu Heron: Perhaps if some users in your virtual space nee dto have the content in voice, you could use Skype.
[09:21] Blu Heron: That would take some pre-planning for you nad your users.

[09:22] Carl Solutionary: Question: Is there a website where your UDL resources are posted? Thx

[09:22] Blu Heron: SLIDE: UDL Playground Example, Name Objects

Some non-graphical viewers allow additional functions such as taking objects into inventory or sitting on an object.
[09:22] Blu Heron: Default name of a prim is “Object.”
User actions can only be completed if objects have a useful name and can be distinguished from one another.

EASY FIX: Give your prim objects a descriptive name that can be understood by all users (in all viewers).
[09:22] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Avatar persona

For some people in Second Life the persona of their avatar is very significant.
The 3-d representation of the person helps define who they are.
For example some students choose to have their avatar in a wheelchair or blind students will use a virtual seeing-eye dog or cane to navigate.
[09:23] Blu Heron: Do you have seating for Tinies?
[09:23] Blu Heron: How will you accommodate diversity in the virtual space?

[09:23] Jerry Buchko: (Hmm.. but what about the language barrier?)

[09:23] Blu Heron: nods… that too.
[09:24] Blu Heron: the Translators available are not ideal for translating.
[09:24] Blu Heron: so this would be another time to consider transcribers if you know you will have a specific language need
[09:24] Jerry Buchko: Yes, was thinking also about naming of objects.
[09:25] Blu Heron: ahhh…yes!
[09:25] Blu Heron: that is something to think about a solution.

[09:25] Jerry BuchkoJerry Buchko nods.

[09:25] Blu Heron: think about that for a while and we can take some ideas at the end
[09:25] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Student perceptions and preferences for room design

Environmental surroundings, seating, floor and wall design, windows, and lighting contribute to suitability of learning spaces in VWs.
[09:25] Blu Heron: In one recent study both graduate and undergraduate students expressed a high satisfaction for rectangular room shape, circular seating, uncluttered walls and surroundings, and 50% window lighting (Saleeb & Dafoulas, 2010).
[09:26] Blu Heron: There are no design regulations for building a virtual classroom. It’s up to you!

Try out the model rooms in the UDL Playground.
You can click the ceilings, inside walls, and floors to change the textures.
[09:26] Blu Heron: I say classroom here, but it can refer to any social space
[09:26] Blu Heron: Notice the difference between doors. Phantom or non-phantom is a decision you need to consider for different areas of your building.
[09:27] Blu Heron: at teh UDL Playground room examples, you may have a copy of the chair rezzing tables in the rooms, but think about if there might be some drawback to using them.
[09:28] Blu Heron: another important thing to consider is motion or anything that causes a sense of motion to the users. Also, bright lights (glow) and flashing textures

[09:28] 01 Hifeng: you think about all details 🙂
[09:28] 01 Hifeng: so interesting

[09:28] Blu Heron: SLIDE: It is possible to follow a Universal Design (UD) process in your learning and social spaces in SL.

It‘s impossible to create a virtual classroom which is usable by everyone, in all situations.
[09:28] Blu Heron: However, it is possible to follow a Universal Design (UD) process that results in products, environments, and experiences that are usable for the largest group of people.
[09:28] Blu Heron: I hope this information is useful and encourages you to consider VW accessibility and usability issues when plan or redesign your social spaces in SL and other VWs.

I encourage you to take the responsibility for making your virtual world spaces accessible and usable for all – don’t leave it all to the users!
[09:29] Blu Heron: SLIDE: Sojourner Auditorium at VAI

Virtual Ability Island is an exemplar for UDL.

Kudos to Nonprofit Commons for your meeting space! It is uncluttered, open, and includes ramps in the building design.

[09:29] Jerry Buchko: Yes, very useful! 😀

[09:29] Chad Mikado: props to Sojourner and VAI!

[09:29] Blu Heron: That is enough from me! Any quick questions or comments?

[09:30] Ozma Malibu: Beautifully done, Blue. This is so exciting & I will visit & maybe sometime we can have a field trip to the playground
[09:30] Ozma Malibu: Is it still true that the cal state system cannot, by law, use any new technologies that are not accessible? I remember meeting the CTO in RL, at a conference in Florida. I had a very small presentation on accessibility (8 participants, mostly special ed teachers, who reviewed SL for accessibility issues and possible directions in which we might help drive the technology. (ha.) Then later I met him in SL as well! But that was years ago.

[09:30] Dallas Trefoil: Very good presentation. Thank you!

[09:30] Blu Heron: yes, please do! If you want me to be there I am happy to do so, or you are welcome to visit on your own

[09:30] Ozma Malibu: thanks!

[09:30] Gentle Heron: Thank you Blu for explaining what is “universal” about “univeral design.”

[09:31] CarmenLittleFawn: OM Goodness yes Blu this is most valuable information as I think at contemplate what has happen this morning in Aurora, Colorado this is very valuable information and I thank you so very much for taking the time to create and present this to us today 🙂

[09:31] Angelbell: good information…love it

[09:31] Blu Heron: this is a temporary location (probably for about three weeks)

[09:31] bulaklak: I had not heard of Universal Design but now I am very curious to know more!

[09:31] Blu Heron: you can always IM me and I can let you know the location

[09:31] CarmenLittleFawn: I see great possibilities in usage

[09:31] Blu Heron: great!

[09:31] Chad Mikado: do you have UD guidelines for all kinds of “virtual” presentations (conference call, webinar, etc.), more than just SL

[09:32] Ozma Malibu: Is it still true that the cal state system cannot, by law, use any new technologies that are not accessible?

[09:32] Chad Mikado: I really like these guidelines you spell out and would like to apply to this to other kinds of online intereaction

[09:32] Blu Heron: after researching…and I need to continue to research…I would say the best guideslines are to make your material avaialble in as many media modes as possible
[09:32] Blu Heron: what ever the type of event or space

[09:32] CarmenLittleFawn: yes 🙂

[09:33] Blu Heron: know your users.

[09:33] Ozma Malibu: Great, thorough guidelines.

[09:33] Dallas Trefoil: with clear directions to each mode (as you say, label objects).

[09:33] CarmenLittleFawn: you are awesome Blu 🙂 again ty

[09:33] Blu Heron: I teach building classes at Builders Brewery in Sl…some of my students have indicated to me they have problems reading and/or have dyslexia
[09:33] Blu Heron: when they request it, I teach using voice too

[09:34] Zotarah Shepherd: I have also heard that Qzma

[09:34] Blu Heron: ty for having me!

[09:34] CarmenLittleFawn: very nice

[09:34] Blu Heron: It was fun and I appreciate the opportunity to share my information

[09:34] Buffy Beale: that was fantastic thanks!

[09:34] Blu Heron: did everyone get a folder with the session materials?
[09:34] Blu Heron: in the yellow box bedise me

[09:34] Buffy Beale: yes thanks

[09:34] Namaara MacMoragh: thank you Blu… great presentation… and thank you for the materials.

[09:34] Glitteractica Cookie: maybe you could do some accessibility audits for spaces in the NPC

[09:34] Chad Mikado: yes

[09:35] Zotarah Shepherd: Yep

[09:35] CarmenLittleFawn: Yes

[09:35] Angelbell: yes

[09:35] Dancers Yao: yes thank you

[09:35] Blu Heron: lol….I think Gentle Heron and othe VAI residents could help youon htat

[09:35] Zotarah Shepherd: Great idea to do audits

[09:35] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, thanks for the presentation

[09:35] Ozma Malibu: seems like this work would go far in allowing people to show that SL can be accessible.

[09:35] Blu Heron: Gentel was helpful with suggestions when I built a conference sim a coupkle of years ago.
[09:36] Blu Heron: There is a lot to think about and so much can be assumed or overlooked

[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, any final questions for Blu?

[09:36] Chad Mikado: That’s why Gentle is the best 🙂

Open Mic / Announcements

[09:36] Glitteractica Cookie: if not, it’s time for open mic
[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: Does anyone have any announcements for the larger group?
[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: (thanks again Blu)

[09:37] Zotarah ShepherdZotarah Shepherd applaudes Blu. Great presentation!

[09:37] Glitteractica Cookie: indeed!

[09:37] Blu Heron: yw..ty for having me!
[09:38] Blu Heron: I must go now…another appointment in Rl. I will come agin to your meetings.

[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: please do join us

[09:38] Brena Benoir: Thank you Blu!

[09:38] Buffy Beale: that’s great Blu you’re always welcome

[09:38] CarmenLittleFawn: bye have a great day

[09:38] Tiki4: waves biiii

[09:38] Zotarah Shepherd: Bye Blu

[09:38] Tiki4: byeeee even

[09:38] Glitteractica Cookie: Does anyone have anything to say to the larger group in open mic format?
[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: anyone?

[09:39] HB Eternal: i do

[09:39] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, go for it/ HB

[09:39] Tiki4: I would like to invite any military persons to please contact me

[09:39] HB Eternal: We are collaborating with an org in Costa Rica the reforests
[09:40] HB Eternal: some of our volunteers recently built a small sim for them

[09:40] Glitteractica Cookie: HB…which nonprofit? URL?

[09:40] HB Eternal: La Reserva Foundation
[09:40] HB Eternal: let me get the LM
[09:40] HB Eternal: Gemini (138,134,801)
[09:41] HB Eternal: We welcome you to check it out – a great experience of two nonprofits working together in SL
[09:41] HB Eternal: And La Reserva had never heard of SL before

[09:41] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks for letting us know

[09:41] CarmenLittleFawn: 🙂

[09:41] Glitteractica Cookie: Next up Gentle heron has an announcement

[09:41] Brena Benoir: Yay for collaboration!

[09:42] Jerry Buchko: 😀

[09:42] Gentle Heron: Save the dates! International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, August 3/4 at Virtual Ability Island.
[09:42] Gentle Heron: One of the presentations will be about how to evaluate the impact of your work in the community. Chad Mikado will be running that presentation, with assistance from our friends at JAN.
[09:42] Gentle Heron: Please put these two dates on your calendar and watch the Virtual Ability website for announcements. Thanks.

[09:43] CarmenLittleFawn: ty

[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: thank u gentle
[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: anyone else?

[09:43] HB Eternal: the new Google Nexus 7 rocks – got ours this week

[09:44] Glitteractica Cookie: any final announcements for the larger group?

[09:45] Jerry Buchko: @HB, Good to know 🙂 I’ve been following it.

[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: OK, then I guess we are ending early today
[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks all and I guess that’s a wrap

[09:45] Namaara MacMoragh: Thanks for another great meeting.

[09:45] Chad Mikado: have a good weekend all

[09:45] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile: It was very interesting.
[09:45] Brique Topaz – Feed a Smile: Thank you.

[09:45] CarmenLittleFawn: Thank you and everyone have a great day and week end 🙂

[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: I won’t be here for the next two weeks b/c I will be on a vacation! in Mexico! but Bulaklak and Alebez will hold down the sim

[09:45] CarmenLittleFawn: yes it was and valuable information

[09:46] Buffy Beale: another great meeting thanks all
[09:46] Buffy Beale: ooo have fun Glitter

[09:46] CarmenLittleFawn: have fun Glitter

[09:46] fate Paule: take care and thanks for the information

[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: thnaks

[09:46] alebez: thanks everyone!

[09:46] Angelbell: thanks for all the information 🙂

[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: bye!!

[09:46] Ozma Malibu: wonderful, both parts of the meeting today.

[09:46] Jerry Buchko: excellent! take care all 😀

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Written by: Zinnia Zauber

Field Trip to International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference at Virtual Ability for August 3 Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Field Trip to the 2012 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference at Virtual Ability, Inc. Island for August 3 Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting – Field Trip to VAI
August 3, 2012, Presentations Start at 7:00 AM SLT / PST
The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island

On Friday August 3, we are going on a special field trip to attend the Second Annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island. Please join our Nonprofit Commons partner Virtual Ability, Inc. for this event and receive valuable information about accessibility and building community from their many IDRAC presentations. Meet us any time during the scheduled IDRAC Presentations – Virtual Ability, Inc. is a US non-profit corporation with a mission to enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds. The 2012 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference will examine different perspectives about communities that are of interest to persons with disabilities. Presentations drawing from the history of the disability movement will provide background to an exploration of philosophical and technical considerations related to community formation.

Schedule of Presentations for August 3, 2012
The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island

7:00-8:00 AM SLT Documenting and Evaluating Impacts of Community Programs with Chad Gobert, and Melissa Rowan

8:00-9:00 AM SLT Interpreting Disability Rights Across Cultures: A Study of International Reporting on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with Kimberly O’Haver

9:30-10:30 AM SLT The Atlantis Community with Nola Nash

11:00-12:00 AM SLT A Discussion about Virtual Communities of Persons with Disabilities with Tom Boellstorff

12:30-1:30 PM SLT A Conversation about Virtual Communities with Philip Rosedale and Gentle Heron

2:00-3:00 PM SLT Useful and Happy: Politics, Experts, and Special Education at the Massachusetts School for Idiotic Children with Kathryn Irving

3:30-4:30 PM SLT Community Interaction of Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities with Preethy Samuel

5:00-6:00 PM SLT Welcoming New Members into a Community of Practice with Caren Levine

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

Universal Design for Learning Spaces in VW with Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy of ISTE for July 20 Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
July 20, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

This Friday, July 20, Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy will join us at the Nonprofit Commons to talk about Universal Design in Learning (UDL) and share the key points of a professional learning “package” that bundles Virtual World (VW) accessibility issues, resources, and workshop-style activities for engaging educators in collaborative solutions inworld. It is impossible to create a virtual classroom that is usable by everyone, in all situations. It is possible to use an UDL process that results in products, environments, and experiences that are usable for the largest group of people in a VW and effects differentiated teaching and differentiated learning.

About Blu:

Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy earned her Masters of Education, Educational Technology, Sacramento State University, CA. Her involvement in education spans many years and includes: 16 years teaching high school sciences; 17 years as a community educator, web site developer, and software tester for an electrical utility; and volunteer mentor in Second Life (SL) for the International Society for Technology (ISTE). Currently is teaching building classes for the Builders Brewery in SL.

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

July 20, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM Mentors Central

9:55 Universal Design for Learning Spaces in Virtual Worlds with Blu Heron / Wanda Hardy of the International Society for Technology (ISTE)

9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

Jolie Mason Presentation on June 11th and Helen Keller Day June 19th

On June 11th, after our weekly Friday meeting here at the NPC, we were honored to have Jolie Mason / Jolie1 Magic with us. Jolie Mason is known as the first blind person to enter Second Life, and she gave an amazing presentation about virtual worlds, accessibility, and why Helen Keller is a dangerous hero to have.

Her presentation wowed the audience, and you can read a summary by downloading this PDF file and click here to read the chat transcript of Jolie’s presentation.

On a personal note, Helen Keller is a hero of mine as well. When I was a child, the story fascinated me. The fact that she overcame so much and stood up for her independence gave me strength, and made me love and adore humanity. I used to sometimes fantasize that Helen Keller and Marie Curie were the same person, and wondered if Helen Keller would have been able to see herself glow in the dark after her many scientific experiments.

Helen Keller was an ideal person to have as a role model also because she was a strong independent woman, and I wanted to be as eager as she was to learn. Helen Keller’s story also lead to my extreme admiration for teachers, whose patience knows no limits. So here I am, older, wiser, and Helen Keller’s story continues to fascinate me.

It is her struggle that lead to my fascination with Max, the Guide Dog, a screen reading dog scripted for Second Life users who are blind. Max allows those who are blind to interact with Second Life in ways that were never imagined by any of us. I am a huge fan of Max the Guide Dog, you can read more about him here and follow him on Twitter here @VirtualGuideDog

Basically, Jolie stated that Helen Keller is a dangerous hero because she challenges use.

After Jolie’s presentation, she was asked a couple of questions:

Louise Later asked Jolie:
How did you heard about SL?

Jolie Answered:
I love technology — computers and science, I am a regular listener of radio, and in particular Science Friday. A couple of years ago they talked about SEcond Life and I loved the idea of community. It was interesting to see how the second life community participated in the political debates. How about a snowman asking about global warming? I suggested my nephew create diversity training in second life.

Glitteractica Cookie asked Jolie:
I would like to know how many other users with disabilities that you know of are using virtual worlds?

Louise commented:
Actually, about 1 out of 5 people in Second LifeÆ have a disability
Jolie answered:
I am very interested seeing more blind people in second life there are 6 that I know of.

Louise also shared a very memorable quote:

“Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained though self- gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Rik Xaris, a member of the audience, stated:

“I would just like to say that i think this is amazing and hope that more blind people will hear about the virtual world and join us thank you for enlightening me about the branch of sl that i knew nothing about.”

You can hear Jolie on her radio program called Access Unlimited by going to . According to Jolie, her program often features accessibility issues and technology for persons with disabilities. You can also email Jolie at jolie1magic[at]gmail[dot]com.

The event was a beautiful preview to today’s Helen Keller Day Events in Second Life, where our very own Brena Benoir will be presenting. You can find more information on the Second Life Helen Keller Day wiki page.

Many thanks to Saxet Uralia, Louise Later, and LoriVonne Lustre for making the presentation possible.

A great big thank you to Jolie for visiting us and doing this fantastic presentation!

11:00AM-12:00PM Co-Occurring Disorders in Adolescents Brenda Bryan aka Brena Benoir with Preferred Family Healthcare
Description: We will be examining the prevalence of substance abuse issues and mental health issues among the adolescent populations. We will look at symptoms of mental health issues among the adolescent population. We will examine the concept of self medication and how this relates directly to substance abuse. We will also be focusing on how to increase long-term stability for both substance abuse and mental health issues.

Image: Louise, Max, Jolie, and LoriVonne

Written by: Layal