I had an introductory chat with the SLCC 2011 In-world Construction Manager, Xavier Sockington (SL). The chat highlighted, for me, a dilemma and a design challenge. Please, read on…
SLCC is a mixed-modality conference, organized for Second Life residents by Second Life residents. Second Life® is the world’s leading 3D Web virtual environment and virtual goods economy. SLCC 2011 will occur, simultaneously, in the physical real world of Oakland, in the Marriott City Center, and in the virtual world of Second Life, in the SLCC Sims.
Xavier agreed to provide virtual build images and builder quotes for me to include in a sneak-preview article featuring the SLCC venue in Second Life. These I plan to publish with parallel images and material from the SLCC venue in the real-world Marriott. The goals are to:
- Acknowledge the conference virtual location, which is half-Boston and half-Oakland themed (reflecting the biannual alternate locations of SLCC);
- Acknowledge the conference physical location, which is Oakland / San Francisco this year (but will be Boston again next year); and
- Weave the material as part of a continuing series of persuasive articles to entice people to come to SLCC both live and remote.
- How do you make a case for Second Life Residents, who are leading advocates and practitioners of virtual human connections and commerce, to travel once a year to meet in person?
- Why attend or present, live, at SLCC, when you could watch or present remotely?
For those who’ve not attended a live conference, incentives and dis-incentives include:
Positives: Sightseeing, New Contacts, Energy
Negatives: Expense, Travel, Stress
I’ve attended many conferences over the years: enough to make me want to swear off of them each time… and yet… I’m attending live, I’m presenting live, and, as one of the SLCC track leaders, I’m faced with the dilemma of recruiting others to do the same.
What’s a modern-age person, who’s also an Avatar, to do?
Seeking Wisdom – The Design Challenge
- What would make the case for you to attend live to meet and hear others in person?
- What would make the case for you to present live to a combined live and remote audience?
- What hidden assumptions do we need to let go, to open this up?
The Bigger Picture
It’s not just SLCC, is it? It’s any kind of live conference, professional or community or other. We’re in the Information Age, the Technology Age, the Internet Age, the Creative Age (take your pick).
When we we have so many new ways to be remotely as well as physically connected, what is a good balance? How do you decide?
Resident Evil: Degeneration images courtesy projectumbrella.net