Wed July 27, 5PM SL/PST Inside the Avatar’s Studio with Dick Dillon/Coughran Mayo: NGOs

In Conversation with Dick Dillon/Coughran Mayo: NG(ut-Ohs)

July 27 – 5:00 PM SL/PST (8:00 PM EST)

Simultaneous live broadcast at

Host: Kevin Feenan (SL: Phelan Corrimal), President of Rockcliffe University Consortium

Rockcliffe Rotunda (Second Life), Rockcliffe University Consortium

If there is to be a brave new virtual world, non-governmental organizationals (NGOs) and non-profits are going to have the hardest time living in it. NGOs and non-profits typically focus on individual services which are very selective and individualistic. While virtual environments provide the opportunity to expand social networking, they also profit a potentially difficult environment to engage in services which are focused in the physical world.

This week Kevin and Dick Dillon discuss the challenges and benefits on leveraging virtual environments for social outreach within a non-profit environment.

Dick Dillon (SL: Coughran Mayo)
Senior VP, Planning and Development (non profit mental health)

PFH is a comprehensive behavioral health non-profit organization established in 1979 providing substance abuse treatment/prevention and mental health services throughout Missouri.

Wed July 6, 4:30PM SL/PST Inside the Avatar’s Studio with Chestnet Rau: Social Artistry

In Conversation with Chestnet Rau: Social Artistry

Wednesday, July 6 – 4:30 PM SL/PST (7:30 PM EST)
Simultaneous live broadcast at

Host: Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), CEO of Rockcliffe University

Rockcliffe Rotunda (Second Life), Rockcliffe University Consortium

Virtual environments allow us to push the envelope of understanding who we are at multiple levels. Such self-examination can be an exercise of fear in action where we want to reach out with one hand while pushing away with another. Establishing a balance between the two is a mix of social artistry and grace.

This week Kevin and Chestnut Rau ( discuss various social perspectives on social artistry and how the development of relationships push the boundaries of understanding ourselves and the world around us.

Chestnut rezzed into Second Life on June 16, 2007 and had little experience in virtual worlds or gaming at the time. Like many newcomers she was utterly amazed by what she saw and quickly developed interests in innovative virtual art, the vibrant live music scene, and photographing the wonders of the virtual world.

In 2009 and 2010, Chestnut was the events writer for the popular blog New World Notes. In that capacity she sought out and wrote about the most interesting and innovative events that were happening in Second Life every week. More recently, Chestnut has concentrated her creative efforts on her personal blog where she makes observations about living a virtual life, highlights fun places to visit and shares RL and SL photographs.

Chestnut recently joined musician and art patron Zachh Cale and Amase Levasseur, the curator of the amazing art sim Originalia, to work on a new project called Art Screamers. They will be inviting some of Second Life’s top artist to create innovative installations using the resources of a full sim. They are in the planning stages of the project and look forward to opening Art Screamers to the public at the end of July.