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The Centre Cannot Hold:
A fundraising adventure event for Rockcliffe.
22 April 2015 – 30 July 2015
Rockcliffe University Consortium is a community supported not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of knowledge emergence and best practices. This adventure is a fundraising event to help support Rockcliffeâ€™s efforts to become the first virtual worlds accredited center for professional development. If our fundraising efforts are successful, Rockcliffe will be able to file an application for accreditation with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (iacet.org) in the Fall of 2015.
Our fundraising goal is $10,000 USD which will be used to cover the cost of the accreditation process (60%), help support additional website development required in advance of the application filing (30%), and administrative/processing fees (10%).
The cost to be part of this 6-week adventure is only $1 USD (~$250 Lindens) and you will be helping a wonderful cause.Â
Your adventure will begin as a hero out to save the world from destruction.Â In order to do so, you must save the center of the world by reconstructing its protective circles of earth, water, air, and fire!
Each circle will require the gathering of powerful resources before it can be rebuilt. However, there are forces out there that will try to prevent you from constructing each circle.Â These obstacles will need to be overcome in order for you to continue on your quest.
On your journey youÂ will receive blessings and glimmers of hope that you are on the right path.
But Beware! If tempted, you will falter.Â You are not immune to the evil that is destroying the world.
Mind the moments when you need renewal to fight your own inner demons before they consume you. If you win your inner battles, you will become stronger than ever before. All your strength will be needed to complete the final circle as it will be the most heavily contested and the most difficult to reconstruct.
Heed these words: the Centre cannot hold without your help!
How to Contribute to Rockcliffe:
Throughout the adventure, there will be opportunities to contribute to Rockcliffeâ€™s overall fundraising goals through a selection of voluntary carbon offsets. These offsets are used to allow individuals and organizations to reduce their carbon footprint and/or become carbon neutral in addition to contributing towards Rockcliffeâ€™s overall fundraising efforts.
Rockcliffe is a registered member of the Carbon Trade Exchange. We invest in renewable energy and forestry projects with a focus on innovation, CO2 reduction, ecological preservation, and sustainable technologies. Each carbon credit will offset 1 metric tonne of CO2 emissions while contributing $10 toward Rockcliffeâ€™s fundraising efforts.
|To contribute directly, please donate through PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Or, contribute through Voluntary Carbon CreditÂ offsets
by visitingÂ our research and development website at http://erdests.com/products
Rockcliffe University welcomes you to our 6th Open House Event as we continue into our 7th year of education in Virtual Worlds. Please join us and meet some of our wonderful faculty members who will present and then follow with question and answer sessions.
10:00 AM: Open House Keynote Address with Phelan Corrimal (Kevin Feenan), CEO of Rockcliffe University
Phelan Corrimal will open this event with a brief overview of Rockcliffe’s past and future and will share his view of the state of education in virtual worlds.Â Phelan’s insights always provide fertile ground for thought and discussion so please come to hear his views on where we are going and what to expect from Rockcliffe in the years to come.
11:00 AM: Virtual Philosophy with Pamala Clift
Pamala Clift is the host of “The Roadside Philosophers”, a group that she started in 2007 and the author of the book “The Roadside Philospher – A Novel, Maybe?”
We enter a virtual world and are suddenly thrown into a global community with vast cultural differences and expectations. Any entrance into a computer-mediated environment creates its own culture, expectations and philosophy. Topping that off with individual engagement levels (dissociative, immersive and augmentative) and the pot of emotions and conflicting perceptions can boil over.
Is there a â€˜Right and Wrongâ€™? Are we able to engage at each otherâ€™s level to observe and engage without pain? For over five years, The â€˜Roadside Philosophersâ€™ has been engaged in learning about global and virtual philosophy, and is still exploring its vast complexity.Â The key is letting go of control comfortably.
11:30 AM: TheÂ One Big Soup Project with Muze Ackland
We help advance cultural understanding using 3D web technology. Via education, we can bring balance into virtual worlds with mutual cultural respect. Balance restores harmony in ecology, economics, political power, spirituality … and extends to the physical world.
Just as in nature, if one seemingly insignificant element is missing, it can adversely affect an entire ecosystem.
Each culture has something to add to this â€˜One Big Soupâ€™ which we call the world. This project is building a diversity network/explorers game which celebrates these cultures through music, art, architecture, cuisine, fashion, legends, history and language.
12:00 â€“ 1:00 PM: Break
1:00 PM: How to Publicize Your Blog with Thinkerer Melville (Selby Evans)
Thinkerer has taught courses in psychological measurement, computer applications and systematic problem-solving. He has conducted research in pattern recognition and cognitive systems, and operated a consulting business for 25 years.
Are you writing a blog? Is there something important to you that you want to tell the world and are you publicizing it?
This presentation will help you learn how to get your story out, how to organize your thoughts and how to collaboratively blog on different social media venues.
1:30PM: Project Management with AgileBill Firehawk (Willam Krebs)
Join AgileBill on for this session of the Rockcliffe Open House where we discuss a variety of virtual world platforms. Â What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? Â When would you want to use each? Â Should a team just use one? Â Come follow our steps and we show scenes from many worlds including OpenSim, VenueGen, avayalive engage, 3D-VirtualEvents, Jibe, Sococo, and Terf.
2:00PM: Behind the Scenes of Rockcliffe University with Phelan and Dirk McKeenan
From simple beginnings in 2006 to sprawling virtual campuses in 2012, Rockcliffe University has been growing and expanding its borders.Â Come learn about how Rockcliffe’s partnerships have been forged through the years with organizations and our wonderful faculty.Â We will also discuss our courses and classes that have been developed as well as our current and future projects.
3:00PM: Virtual Library with Mel Krupinski
Mel is a law librarian who was introduced to Second Life by the dean of her law school in 2006. She helped build Cybrary City 2, Second Lifes’s first law library. She has now made the Rockcliffe Library into one of the largest and longest sustained research libraries in virtual worlds.
Mel continually updates our twelve-room library with current information about Second Life and first life resources with a huge wealth of information concerning business, marketing, law, the sciences, education.
The Rockcliffe Library maintains links to large freely accessible scholarly research databases and focuses on the idea of open source and open access to sources of information.
The Rockcliffe Open House on Oct. 27, 2012 also takes place during Open Access Week (Oct. 22-28, 2012) celebrated everywhere, including Second Life. After my presentation, we will be doing a tour of the library.
4:00PM: Closing Thoughts with Plelan, Founder of Rockcliffe
We will close this 6th Rockcliffe University Open House with with some positive thoughts about the future of education in virtual worlds.