Wed Sept 28, 4:30PM SL/PST Inside the Avatar’s Studio: Architecting the Future

This week, Kevin Feenan and our guest Terry Beaubois (aka Tab Scott) will discuss the challenges of architecting the future and its potential for effecting social dissonance.

Simultaneous live broadcast at

Frank Lloyd Wright was once quoted as saying “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines”. If God is truly in the details, as suggested by Ludwig Mies, then the next generation of avatars involved with virtual business, government, and education are going to have their work cut out for them. The balancing act between architecting the future, while at the same time having a wide variety of ‘horticultural tools’ to draw the eye away from a lack of attention to detail, has the potential to lead to social dissonance.

About Terry Beaubois

Terry (aka Tab Scott) is the Director of the Creative Research Lab in the College of Arts & Architecture, at Montana State University

Terry Beaubois (SL: Tab Scott) is an architect with over 35 years of professional practice. He is also a University teacher and researcher. Starting out in Second life in 2005, Terry designed a “Digital Collaboration for Architects” class in the College of Arts & Architecture at Montana State University. The success of the class gained international notoriety when Popular Science magazine wrote “…..a version of Beaubois’ classroom could become the standard for distance learning.” (Sept, 2006).

Recently, Terry has demonstrated a new After School Partnership technology for use by MSU Dept. of Education and Montana K-12 schools, for Homework help, Math-Science, Mentoring, and Book Clubs. One part of the demo featured an educator from the Northern Cheyenne Tribal area in Montana talking to pre-service teacher instructors at MSU-Bozeman.

Learn more about the REHAU-Montana ecoSMART House Project:

His Creative Research Lab was selected by the Montana Governor’s office as the lead agency for statewide education grants. Terry is a Montana Ambassador representing “Business-Government-Education” efforts in the state. He is also a member of The Triple Helix Association, an international organization headquartered in Turin, Italy, which promotes the study of the interactions between the academic, industrial and institutional (governmental) systems as means to foster technological innovation and economic growth.

On October 27, 2011, Terry will be appearing in SL at the in-world Second Life event called “Virtual Learning or Learning in Virtual?” – an international midnight-to-noon
conference exploring the promises and pitfalls of virtual space in the context of learning and education. Tab Scott will be conducting a workshop and be on a panel at the conference. Conference hosts are: Kim Holmberg, Isto Huvila and Olle Sköld and the host institution is Department of Information Studies, School of Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University, ÅBO, Finland.

Upcoming Show

October 19: Draxtor Despres (Bernard Drax) and Daniel Moshel will speak about the movie Login2Life.

Wed Sept 7, 4:30 PM SL/PST Inside The Avatar’s Studio with Doug Thompson/Dusan Writer: The Art of the Story

In Conversation with Doug Thompson (Dusan Writer): The Art of the Story

Wednesday, September 7 – 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

One of the most prolific writers on the subject of the metaverse, Doug Thompson has had a hand in a lot of the aspects that make virtual worlds tic including storytelling, transmedia, mobile media, social media, web development, advertising and more. Through his company Remedy Communications, Doug has helped to bring new perspectives to the virtual frontier.

This week Kevin and Dusan explore the role of narratives, how technology both enables social change, and the challenges still left to come.

About Doug Thompson

Doug Thompson (Dusan Writer) has over 20 years of brand strategy, market research, advertising, and digital media experience. He is CEO of Remedy Communications, a founding partner at Startled Cat (a studio for immersive storytelling) and has presented at conferences throughout North America on virtual worlds and the impact of technology on business and culture.

His work in virtual worlds has spanned the creation of community (Metanomics), blogging (Dusan Writer’s Metaverse), health (the creation of virtual environments for nursing and war veterans) and storytelling.

Currently, Dusan is working on projects that bridge mobile, virtual and social media; an initiative that is exploring the role of technology in improving the cognitive function of children; the use of robotic wheel chairs connected to Second Life; and the launch of immersive storytelling projects that build intergenerational community.

Upcoming Shows

September 28: Terry Beaubois (aka Tab Scott) Director of the Creative Research Lab in the College of Arts & Architecture, at Montana State University

October 19: Draxtor Despres and Daniel Moshel will speak about the movie Login2Life.