Both heart and mind together, the tree in progress here will be completed for the upcoming NTEN grassroots tech awards to be handed out next week in Washington DC.
Amoration is THREE YEARS OLD TODAY! A great big thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, advisors, organizers,creative talent and volunteer teams! Here's just a few of the people who make AMO work:
* Omidyar Network: Two tremendous community favorites awards purchased our studio equipment
* Grassroots.org: Commissioned the Grassroots Love Tree as a part of their Dingman Social Ventures Program
* Dr. Andrew Anselmo: A tireless AMO Advisor from day one
* Sue Braiden: Amazing better world scout and Ubuntu Social Network founder in Second Life
* Camp Darfur Team including Gabriel Stauring, Pam Omidyar, Meron Moroz and the Better World Scouts.
* Lars Hasselblad Torres @ PeaceTiles and MixedMedia.us
* Jean Russell and Michael Maranda cultivating Nurture.biz
* Techsoup/CompuMentor (vote for us in the NetSquared Social Venture Awards starting 4/6!)
....when you play with scripters. No wonder they have more virtual friends than real ones!
In so much of our immersive play in worlds like Second Life we learn to interact in relation to space, script and experience. Violence plays a big role in this, the violences we do to others as well as to ourselves.
A recent discussion on the Second Life Educators SLED listserv asked where to draw the line on provocative team experiments in an educational setting. When do our actions become griefing and how do we best encourage interactive explorations when the provocation may be akin to an attack?
The Second Front performance troupe delicately walks this line in their performances. During February's NMConnect show on the New Media Consortium campus this group tested the boundaries by actively scripting cleverly hidden attacks, causing confusion and frustration with the participants.
It was pretty funny to see myself in that light and I thank Second Front for those little virtual violences. There's so much room to play in these spaces that we often forget to look at our interactions through a larger scope....the meta gets lost in the micro. Within worlds like Second Life it's easy to get completely immersed in content creation and forget all about social networking, or vice versa. Both can be deeply creative activities that move us beyond the little virtual violences created in most gaming platforms.
One of the most amazing social groups I've seen over the last few years is LiA in Uganda. Life in Africa participants create more than just community crafts in their spaces; they learn computers, business and microfinance and recently hosted a large gathering with Omidyar Network of social venture leaders seeking to do more.
You can help LiA do a LOT by sharing this link with your friends. If you have a favorite store or market for gifts suggest that they pick up a LiA Store Package and directly help dozens of men and women get on their feet through every purchase.
There are very easy things we can do.
Visit the wiki from NMConnect, the largest arts symposium ever held in Second Life, hosted by the New Media Consortium and curated by me, In Kenzo, for AMO Studio. Enjoy the photo galleries at Fotki; graphic novel release of NMConnect coming soon.
Thanks for tuning in and staying connected! AMO Advisors are welcome to join the Amoration group in Second Life for continued discussions or amoration.googlegroups.com for email discussion guides for educational new media.
.inKenzo. for AMO Studio
Took this picture while blindfolded (that's me, with the shoulder and magenta wrap). Handsome husband stuck his tongue out!
This was one of our Seeing Beyond Sight challenge photos; we went for a walk up to the botanical gardens on Catalina Island, Christmas Day of 2006....a beautiful day for a walk. This was right after I was blindfolded, still unsure of what to take pictures of. I heard something in the tree, then decided to turn the camera on us instead. This photo feels most like my marriage!
Visit Camp Darfur or tell a friend about what's going down. It only takes a minute to speak up.