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We’ve been talking on this blog recently about the importance of communities in growing Second Life here and here – and it was an issue on the Designing Worlds show about Second Life retention.

We will be exploring the issue further with an interactive installation at the Second Life 11th Birthday Celebration – we are putting it together now!

Prim Perfect build at SL11B CC

Prim Perfect build at SL11B CC

What is important about Second Life? What keeps you logging in?

And we want to ask people … How should Second Life be advertised? What sort of demographic should it be reaching out to? What sort of training should Second Life offer? Should training be outsourced to resident groups?

And above all we want to ask – what does community mean to you? What type of a community would you like to live in? What does a community need to keep it vibrant?

You can help us frame the questions we will be asking by filling in the form below.

Don’t miss the recent Designing Worlds show exploring the phenomenon of the most popular viewer for Second Life – Firestorm.

How and why has Firestorm achieved its pre-eminence? What is the relationship between Firestorm and Linden Lab, makers of Second Life?

We talk to Jessica Lyon, the overall Project Manager, Lette Ponnier, the English Support Lead. and Ed Merryman, Support Manager and teacher as we trace Firestorm from the early, rocky days of the Emerald browser through its rebirth as Phoenix to its present huge popularity as the most used viewer on the Second Life grid.

Firestorm - symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm – symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we look at how the team develop the features that make it so popular – and above all its famous training and support – including their own training path for newcomers to Second Life. Does this offer a model for Linden Lab as they move forward?

People who want to learn more about Firestorm (or download the viewer for themselves) should visit the Firestorm website.

SL11B CC

SL11B CC

If you would like to have a early sneak preview of the 11 SL11B sims, then join us for SL11B Community Celebration Press Day Events on Saturday 21st June 2014.

Opens to press at 12pm SLT on Saturday
Closes to press at midnight on Saturday

There will be special guided Press Tours (starting at the Welcome Area) at:
2pm
4pm
6pm
All times SLT.

Press Packs will be given out to all people taking the tour, full of goodies donated by exhibitors. There will also be information on the Long Walk (the special Hunt we are organising) and a list of very useful landmarks.

Press members are welcome to take snapshots, videos and blog on the SL11B Community Celebration sims. Press Tours include visiting the main attractions of SL11B and fantastic resident created builds. It’s recommended to ride the pod tour around the SL11B sims to see many amazing builds.

All members of the Press who have signed up for our Press Group are very welcome to attend although – to help us organise numbers – it would very much help us if you could also complete the form here.

 

HH #60 C&R

Happy Hunting’s Host and Hunt Reporter Cinders Vale offers a variety of gifts from the Let the Sparks Fly Hunt. You can watch it right here at the Happy Hunting TV channel at YouTube.

In the Hunt Buzz Rosamoo Mendelsohn examines some of what it takes to be a good hunter.

 

Firestorm - symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm – symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 2nd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode. This week, we’re not visiting a place so much as we’re looking at a phenomenon – the Firestorm Viewer.

We’ll be talking to Jessica Lyon, the overall Project Manager, Lette Ponnier, the English Support Lead. and Ed Merryman, Support Manager and teacher. And we’ll be tracing Firestorm from the early, rocky days of the Emerald browser through its rebrth as Phoenix to its present huge popularity as the most used viewer on the Second Life grid.

Firestorm training path, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm training path, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll be looking at how the team develop the features that make it so popular – and above all its famous training and support – including their own training path for newcomers to Second Life. Does this offer a model for Linden Lab as they move forward?

Join us at 2pm for the story of Firestorm, a really fascinating show.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, 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 Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Firestorm auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Don’t miss the recent Designing Worlds show visit to the fantastic Art Walk in the tinies’ communiity of Raglan Shire, now on the web.

There was an amazing number of pieces on display, some by well-known artists … and others by artists at the starting of their careers. We explore the 2D and 3D art on display, spread over four different sims, in part from the back of the splendid hedgepillar (a cross between a caterpillar and topiary) created by Xavian Starsider, who joins us for part of the show. Our hosts and tour guides for the show were Teal Freenote and Kaydge (Kage Stratten), who told us not just about the art and the Art Walk, but also give us a fascinating insight into tiny culture.

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Raglan Shire Artwalk 2014, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, of course, no event with tinies would be complete without a party, so the amazing tiny elephant that is Ganjo Mokeev playedus out with his band at the end of the show (which acquired an extra and possibly unexpected dinkie dancer!).

Hope Ball Poster

Hope Ball Poster

Hope Haven Heroes and Two Moon Paradise are delighted to invite you to the Hope Ball  in the Zen Garden, Two Moon Paradise, to celebrate survivors and caregivers on National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday June 1st.

The Hope Ball will feature music chosen by DJ Aryon Dagger who is herself a two-time cancer survivor. Aryon will spin the discs from 1.30pm-3pm, and then there will be a live performance from SL musician Voodoo Shilton from 3pm to 4pm.

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, cancer survivors across the globe will unite to show the world what life after cancer looks like. This unique celebration will mark the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and abroad – and in Second Life – will hold celebrations on this day to honour cancer survivors and to show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s something to celebrate.

Hope Haven at the American Cancer Society Island

Hope Haven at the American Cancer Society Island

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life. It is the one day each year that we come together to honour everyone who is living with a history of cancer. A ‘survivor’ is defined by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

NCSD provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones, and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way. It is a day for cancer survivors to stand together and show the world what life after cancer looks like.

NCSD is recognized by the American Cancer Society. See here for more information. And you can also visit the American Cancer Society island, which has been especially decorated for the day.

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