Composing a Ballad – Communication Beyond Words

Sound and movement precede words, as does music.

Clarity

How to work with your team remotely while improving collaboration and accountability – Virtual Live Conference in VirBELA

Attended a one-hour remote work event held in VirBELA Open Campus.

Topic was “How to work with your team remotely while improving collaboration and accountability.”

Speaker was Glenn Sanford, CEO of eXp, a company whose employees work online in a VirBELA Business Campus.

There were 165 attending as VirBELA avatars and 56 watching on the YouTube stream.

Speaker, voice, slides, and sound were good. The audience asked questions via text chat and a new “Slido” web app that Glenn was testing. The audience interacted with each other in text and occasional voice.

VirBELA provides basic options for residents to personalize their avatars viz. skin color, hair color, formal attire or casual attire, and glasses or not. Each avatar has a viewable Profile with room to add bio and links as desired.

  • I asked if eXp is the same as VirBELA – response was eXp is a sibling company of VirBELA.
  • I asked what accessibilty features were available in VirBELA – response was eXp has staff who are physically handicapped working from home.
  • I asked what version of Unity 3D VirBELA runs on – response was Unity 2018. 
  • I asked what the largest actual event held in a VirBELA region was – response was 600 to date.

You can see the recorded conference at How to Work with Your Team Remotely with Glenn Sanford: Tools, Technologies & Accountability.

VirBELA info is at About VirBELA.

eXp info  is at About eXp World Holdings, Inc.

Slido info is at Slido.

Arrival Point – several virtual live conferences were occuring that day
YouTube Event Stream
Speaker’s Slide – eXp work meeting in the VirBELA business campus
Audience Interaction – VirBELA converts 3d avatar display to flat silhouette at over 135 attending

What is Online Presence and How Does It Apply To Traditional and Virtual Live Conferences?

THE CONCEPT:

  • Conferences provide shared presence. 
  • When shared physical presence is constrained, shared online presence is the alternative.
  • Shared online presence is tested and proven.

Traditional Live Conferences

  • Speakers and Listeners are physically present as their physical avatars.
  • Speakers and Listeners are in one physical location – Shared Physical World Venue.
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are fully physically present to each other.

Virtual Live Conferences

  • Speakers and Listeners are in multiple physical locations – Separated Physical World Venues.
  • Speakers and Listeners are online present as their online avatars – Shared Virtual World Venue.
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are audibly (voice), textually (chat), or visually () present to each other.

Virtual Option – Web 2.0: 

  • Speakers and Listeners are online present as their Web 2.0 avatars (e.g. Teams, Skype, FaceBook, LinkedIn)
  • Teleconference w. voice only OR Videoconference w. voice and image
  • One-Way w. Speaker-> Listener only OR Two-way w. Speaker ⇔ Listener
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are audibly and textually present to each other. 
  • If face cameras are used, participants will also be 2D visually present (a flat mosaic view as seen in, for example, the Hollywood Squares television game show).

Virtual Option – Web 3D: 

  • Speakers and Listeners are online present as their Web 3D avatars (e.g., Second Life, VirBELA).
  • Speakers and Listeners are present in one virtual world online region – Shared Virtual World Venue.
  • Perceptually, Listeners and Speakers are audibly, textually, and visually present to each other.
  • In particular, they will be 3D visually present to each other. This includes
    • 360 degree world view,
    • freedom to move around, change point of view,
    • live camera control of what they look at, see, hear, say to others.

What Are Mixed-Mode Live Conferences?

  • Mixed-Mode Conferences blend traditional and virtual live conference delivery to meet the goals, constraints, and needs of conference organizers and participants.
  • In particular, they provide both Web 2.0 and Web 3D options tailored to Listeners’ and Speakers’
    • equipment on hand, 
    • internet capabilities,
    • interest and comfort levels with using the technology.
  • Mixed-Mode Conferences are tested and proven. Common examples include:
    • Send conference main auditorium feed to overflow rooms – Speakers & Listeners are Physically Present in one room, Overflow Listeners are Online Present in another room down the hall.
    • Do the same virtually where Overflow Listeners are Online Present at their individual offices or homes in other cities and countries.
    • Do the same where Speakers are Online Present at their individual offices or homes in other cities and countries.
    • Do the same where some organizations might offer a small shared physical venue to simulcast the remote main conference feed to a local physically-present group of Listeners.

jn: 16-mar-2020

Moon Joins The Party (Grand Conjunction)

Moon Joins The Party (Grand Conjunction)
Jupiter & Moon 18-Mar-2020 5:50 AM CDT

Grand Conjunction

Grand Conjunction

Distributed Identity

We have more than one online audience.