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Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th January, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting the beautiful estate of Rosehaven, which has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Perhaps the name may be a little unfamiliar to you? That is because until recently, the estate was known as Winterfell, a name it took in 2016, long before a certain television programme had made the name widely known.

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We talk to the estate owner Selena Anansi about the reasons for the name change, and about why her voice sounds strangely familiar!

Rosehaven is a estate of mystery and romance, with some dark undertones. We take a look at builds old and new (including some new mews cottages), and discuss the different aspects of this lovely fantasy estate. We visit some of the residents in their homes – including Elizabeth, the Duchess of Trikassi, Mr Podruly Peccable and our very own Wildstar Beaumont who was one of the very earliest residents of the estate!

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take several tours of the waterways to see some of the magnificent castles and other builds.

As we go we talk about roleplay as opposed to lifestyle, and talk about the role that storytelling plays in Rosehaven.

We can promise you a really lovely show so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you would like to visit the Rosehaven Estate for yourself, the recommended starting point is Rosehaven Castle.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Rosehaven Estate, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Each year at One Billion Rising, as well as the art intallations around the edges of the region, and the 24 hours of music and dance that is taking place in the centre on the great stage, there are also poetry workshops, open mic sessions, dance performances and plays.

Last year saw a performance of The Lost Pleiads by Bhelanna Blaze and performed by The Cold Shot Ensemble.

Details of events taking place this year will appear on the One Billion Rising Events Schedule, closer to the date of February 14th

CAST
The Pleiads

Pleiad One, The teller of tales
Bhelanna Blaze

Pleaid Two, The sentinel
Adele Ward

Pleiad Three, The oracle
Grail Sangreal Arnica

Pleiad Four & Pleiad Five
Namaara McMoragh

Pleiad Six, The doubting one
Emma MacLeod Foehammer

Pleiad Seven, Sister of the Lost
Wisdomseeker (Lissena)

Maxine Wills
Wisdomseeker (Lissena)

Simone Bates
Grail Sangreal Arnica

Gemma Arroyo
Marita De Costa

Jess Dugan
Catori

Filmed and Edited By
Saffia Widdershins

Filmed At
One Billion Rising in Second Life 2016

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Read about planned events around the world here.

You can add your reasons for rising on our special page: Why I’m Rising.

If you would like to help with the event, please fill in the form here.

Additional links:
Our website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

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Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the a visit to Virtual Ability estate, a nonprofit that has created online community of support for people with physical, mental, sensory, developmental, and emotional disabilities and their families, friends, and caregivers – is now on the web!

And a full transcript of the programme is available here.

We hear from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

Supported Housing on Cape Heron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Supported Housing on Cape Heron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Additional Website mentioned on the show:
Universal Design website — ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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There are many, many reasons why we rise.

Because, in Russia, MPs have backed a bill reducing the punishment for some forms of domestic violence, despite protests from rights groups.

Because, in India, more than 34,000 cases of rape were reported in 2015 (and think how many will go unreported).

Because, in the United Kingdom, government support for charities supporting women has been slashed and prosecutors are failing to pursue cases involving domestic violence.

Because, in the US – and around the world – women’s rights are under threat under the new US government.

Because, all around the world, women are faced with violence, exploitation, discrimination and repression.

And that’s before we think about the individual reasons why we rise.

The teacher or priest or or boss whose hand brushed a little too intimately a little too often for comfort.  The uncle or stepfather or father who wanted his “special” kisses. The boyfriend who wanted to push us to places we didn’t want to go, and told us, “everyone does it” or accused us of being prudish. The man in the street who thought he could jeer or call out obscenities or just order us to look the way he wanted us to look – “Smile, darlin’!” The boss who paid us less and asked more. of us. The firms that demand we wear make up or short skirts or high heels because our ability to do our job professionally is not enough.

On 14th February, we will be Rising. Women and Men together, we’ll be Rising in Solidarity with women around the world.

Read about planned events around the world here.

You can add your reasons for rising on our special page: Why I’m Rising.

If you would like to help with the event, please fill in the form here.

Additional links:
Our website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

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Virtual Ability Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 23rd January, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – for the first show in the new season, when we’ll be paying a visit to Virtual Ability.

We’ll be hearing from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

Virtual Ability Induction Course, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Induction Course, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Art Gallery on Cape Able, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Art Gallery on Cape Able, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

It all makes for a really interesting start to our Designing Worlds season – so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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RISE! DISRUPT! CONNECT!
One Billion Rising first began in 2013 with the fierce struggle against sexual and physical violence – taking on the advocacy against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking that V-Day campaigns over 18 years have been at the forefront of. Over the last four years, as One Billion Rising has grown and the local campaigns deepened, it has also brought in economic violence and the violence of poverty, racial violence, gender violence, violence caused by corruption, occupation and aggression, violence caused by environmental disasters, climate change and environmental plunder, violence impacting women in the context of state sponsored wars, militarization, and the worsening internal and international displacement of millions of people, among so many others.

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms.

Read more here about the international campaign to Rise! Disrupt! Connect!

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One Billion Rising in Second Life 2017
For the fith year, on February 14, 2017, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Disrupt and Connect as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can come together to dance, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dramatic productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play over the 24-hour period and poetry and dramatic events will be held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate. Pictures are welcome on the event’s Flickr group.

If you would like to volunteer to support the event, go here to find out how you can join in.

If you would like to  contribute through art, poetry, music, or drama, contact our team inworld:

Music: Samantha Ohrberg
Art: Krystali Rabeni
Dance: Aelva
Poetry: Adele Ward

If you would like to report on the event as a member of the press, go here.

The objective of the event is to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations will be available for those wishing to donate.

We will be announcing the sponsors for One Billion Rising shortly.

Additional links:
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising page: www.onebillionrising.org/

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The main Prim Perfect blog has been infected by malware. While we work to bring it back, we are reverting to our old blog address here.

We have news about One Billion Rising, Designing Worlds and an upcoming event to help out a Second Life user (sponsored by eku Zhong of Culprit) so watch this blog for more details!

And we’ll keep you updated on the progress of reclaiming the main Prim Perfect blog. It looks as though we have malware in the database (just writing that gives me an itch) so it may be some time – and some serious money – before it can be sorted out. The blogs affected are Prim Perfect and The Blackened Mirror. Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting, and One Billion Rising are all fine!

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