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Videos, Podcasts, and Post-Event Analysis at MacArthur Foundation Blog Available!

On June 22, MacArthur Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale (a.k.a. Philip Linden) had an historic conversation about how virtual worlds could revolutionize philanthropy. At the event, Fanton also announced that the foundation would begin a year-long investigation into virtual worlds, including making some in-world grants through the USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy.

The MacArthur Foundation blog has recently posted the complete event documentation, including pointers to articles and blog posts, podcasts, and videos.

Community Member Profiles: Jackson Soderstrom/Dan Michel


Jackson Soderstrom
Dan Michel
http://www.secondharvest.org
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendi...

Goal for Second Life:
Increase awareness of hunger in America and our org, raise money and build a community both in RL and SL for the issue

Benefits to Organization

World Peace Display Needs a New Home

From Ken Hudson - Kenny Hubble :

I am writing on behalf of The Institute of Compassion and Peace located in Lunata. For the past couple of months I have been working with the creator of the inter-faith religious display to prepare it for official launch. Unfortunately, the party who had been funding the space is pulling out of the project just as we near completion.

Long Now Foundation Director interviewed in Kula tomorrow at 2:30PM

Cyrus Huffines sends out the news that on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:30 - 3PM PST there will be an informal interview with Long Now Foundation Executive Director Alexander Rose. This is in advance of the Long Now-sponsored opening of Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings.

At the Kula Sim (teleport SLURL).

An Invitation to Participate. Survey: Engagement of Second Life by Educational Institutions

An Invitation to Participate. Survey: Engagement of Second Life by Educational Institutions

All educational professionals currently using Second Life are invited to participate in a survey: Engagement of Second Life by Educational Institutions. The purpose of the survey is to identify and describe the extent to which educational organizations are engaging Second Life at an institutional level.

Virtual Worlds: The future or a fad?

Back in December after Clay Shirky's piece on Second Life, Stan who writes the PacificRim Exchange Blog took out his "I'm Sticking With DOS" buttons from the attic to make some points -- maybe something about keeping an eye on the future horizon.

Habeas Corpus Rally today at 12 noon EST in DC and Second Life!

I just got word that the American Civil Liberties Union is sponsoring a rally in Washington DC today to call for the restoration of habeas corpus and and end to torture in Guantanamo Bay.  For those who can't make it there, you can still participate by teleporting into the Second Life Capitol Hill and join other virtual demonstrators in a show of support for the rule of law and due process.  Entitled

International SL meetup today at 9AM PST on the crisis in Darfur

In Kenzo sends me news that there will be an international meetup on Better World Island  (teleport SLURL) to talk about the ongoing crisis in Darfur and what folks can do about it.  That's at 9AM PST / 12PM EST, 6PM CET today.

Virtual Worlds Are Platforms for Good!

I wanted to highlight a couple of observations that Lucy Bernholz makes in her analysis of yesterday's discussion about philanthropy in Second Life by the MacArthur Foundation.   She points out why this was such a groundbreaking event and suggests a compelling new metaphor for philanthropy:

Who wants to take a swing at this?

This gentleman is one of the voices of the anti-SL backlash, or at least he is very critical of what we are doing and questions its value. Beth, Creech and I have taken swings. He has volleyed back. Who is next on the list to take a swing?

Here's his blahhhhg:
White Courtesy Telephone

 

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