Yesterday, representatives of four very different nonprofits spoke in Second Life about the public good applications of virtual worlds based on a four-week training conducted by Global Kids. Entitled the "MacArthur Grantee Virtual Roundtable," the event featured:
- Katie Peterson (SL avatar: Katy Wetherby) of the Adler Planetarium of Chicago
- Joyce Fernandes (SL: Joyce Firehawk) of Archi-treasures
- Christina Cantrill (SL: See Haiku) of The National Writing Project
- Tina Chiu (SL: Jin cyberschreiber) of the Vera Institute of Justice
We had a tremendous turnout, with nearly 100 avatars cramming the MacArthur Island amphitheater. Lots of representatives of nonprofits that are already active in virtual worlds were present, as well as several complete newbies to Second Life.
I moderated the event with my colleague Amira Fouad (SL: Ludz Zapedski), who was the co-organizer of the trainings. More about the event after the jump....