Press Release: Mental Health Symposium – 26th April from 7am-5 pm SLT


Press Release: Mental Health Symposium 2014

Virtual World Conference Supports Quality of Life in Mental Health.

Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.”

The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, standards and concerns.”

Quality of life is important to us all, but may be more difficult to attain for those with mental health issues. Overall quality of life is affected by psychological state, physical health, level of independence, social relationships, personal values and beliefs, and the relationship of all of these to the person’s environment.

Symposium presentations include (in alphabetical order):
• Hillary Bogner, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will offer insights from her research on depression among older adults.
• Colleen Crary, Executive Director of Fearless Nation, Inc., will share lessons from adversity for creating a vibrant life.
• Dick Dillon, CEO of Innovaision, LLC, shares surprising information about why some recovering addicts become “weller than well.”
• Teresa Goddard, Senior Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network, will inform us about attaining employment equality through accommodation and self-advocacy.
• Dr. Christine Karper and Michelle Stone, members of the American Counseling Association’s Cyber Task Force, will talk about the role of counseling and virtual service delivery.
• Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, University of Southern California, will describe the use of virtual worlds as healing spaces for veterans.
• Dr. Nicolas Rüsch, of the University of Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, will explain the results of his research on well-being among persons at risk of psychosis, focusing particularly on shame and stigma.

Alice Krueger, president of Virtual Ability, Inc., stated: “I am pleased to see an increasing focus on quality of life in mental health care in recent years, since many persons with mental health diagnoses struggle with these issues. The Symposium’s international presenters are acknowledged experts in their fields. I will be interested to hear what they have to say on these important topics. Please join us on April 26 to learn more from a variety of exciting speakers!”

All sessions, done in voice and text simultaneously, will take place at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island within Second Life®:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/53/172/23

The full schedule of presentations is posted at http://www.virtualability.org/conferences/mh-symposium/mh-symposium-2014/.

About Virtual Ability, Inc.
Virtual Ability, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to enabling people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in on-line virtual worlds like Second Life®.

For more information on Virtual Ability, Inc., including the benefits of virtual worlds for people with disabilities, please see www.VirtualAbility.org.

For further information, please contact:
Alice Krueger, President
Virtual Ability, Inc.
Office: (303) 400-3306
akrueger@VirtualAbility.org

 

Fantasy Faire 2014 starts in 15 days time


Fantasy Faire 2014

There are 15 days until the grand opening of Fantasy Faire 2014 in Second Life from Thursday 1st to Sunday 11th May 2014. This year the Fantasy Faire is celebrating it’s sixth year and it’s the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in Second Life. 

This year the blogger early access day is set for Wednesday 30th April 2014. If you are a blogger then submit your application today. I am really looking forward to Fantasy Faire 2014 and I can’t wait to share my adventures on my blog.

Last year new records were set and there was great support from the Second Life community. See my Fantasy Faire blog coverage here from previous years. I believe this year new milestones will be reached with more support than ever before.

Full Press Release

* * Fantasy Faire 2014, May 1-11* *
A Benefit for the American Cancer Society

Celebrating its sixth year, Fantasy Faire 2014 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, May 1 to Sunday May 11, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, auctions, hunts and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

Avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets and exclusive items are available from more than 150 of SL’s top Fantasy Creators across eleven stunning sims designed by some of the visionary artists behind many of the hottest spots on the SL destination guide.

The Fantasy Faire 2014 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Creators of Fantasy, Curious Kitties, Dark Goddess Designs, Death Row Designs, Dwarfins, Epic, {Fae’d} Club, Fallen Gods Inc., The Looking Glass, L’Uomo, .Luminary., Neo Victoria, Roawenwood, Solarium, Spyralle and Tiny Inc.*

Fantasy Faire 2014 will be open to the public May 1-11 and accessible from the American Cancer Society sim. We welcome you to come and join the story.

For more information please contact:

Elizabeth Tinsley or Sonya Marmurek in world
or via email @: fantasyfairesl@gmail.com

Are you or a loved one battling cancer? Find out how many ways the American Cancer Society is there to help. Visit cancer.org or call (US) 800-ACS-2345.

Email: FantasyFaireSL@gmail.com
Plurk: http://www.plurk.com/FantasyFaireSL
Website: http://fantasyfaireSL.wordpress.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/fantasyfairesl/
RFL in SL: http://www.relayforlife.org/secondlife

American Cancer Society SLurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/127/103/21

VWBPE 2014 – Day 4 Schedule


Time (SLT)

Location Event
12 Apr 7AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Design Implications of Game-Based Analyses
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life University of Idaho “Virtual World Design” – A New Book about Creating Immersive Virtual Spaces
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life Rockcliffe Rotunda 3d Virtual Immersive Environments as Enabler for Blended Gamified Learning Experiences
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium CAMELOT Symposium
12 Apr 9AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Connecting the Past, Present, and Future of Second Life
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop B A Hope and a Plan
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop C Connections to the Past: the Motown Museum & Hitsville USA
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop A The Programmer & the Nurse – Using Second Life for Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration and Learning
12 Apr 1PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium “‘There’s always room for a virtual zipline’, and other lessons from SciEthics Interactive”
12 Apr 2:05PM Second Life Rockcliffe Rotunda Creating an Entertaining Learning Environment: Game-like Environment in Virtual World for Education
12 Apr 2:05PM Second Life University of Idaho MachinEVO Symposium
12 Apr 4PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium The Freedom Project: How Artistic Expression Transcends Real Life Challenges
12 Apr 6PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Closing Ceremony
12 Apr 7:50PM

Second Life VWBPE Quadrivium

Closing Party

Ebbe Linden keynotes today at 1pm SLT at VWBPE 2014


VWBPE 2014

The owl at the VWBPE Central Auditorium

Ebbe Linden the new CEO of Linden Lab will be giving his keynotes speech today at 1pm SLT at the VWBPE Central Auditorium. Ebbe Linden joined Linden Lab in early February 2014 and already there have been many positive changes made to Second Life since then. 

Ebbe Linden will be sharing his thoughts on supporting educational uses of Second Life, improving connections, and plans the future of Second Life. Apparently Ebbe Linden will be quite brief in the keynotes speech today but there will be a longer Q&A session so that will be most interesting.

Ebbe Linden did make a special appearance during Philip Rosedale opening keynotes speech on Wednesday 9th April 2014 where over 200 avatars attended. The best advice is to arrive early today and enjoy. :)

Ebbe Linden

Ebbe Linden at the opening of VWBPE 2014

I can’t wait and please spread the word! :)

Sneak preview of the VWBPE 2014 venues


There is less than 24 hours to go until the grand opening of VWBPE 2014 and the final preparations are happening now. The grand opening of VWBPE 2014 starts at the new look VWBPE Central Auditorium in Second Life with an opening keynote speech by Philip Rosedale at 1pm SLT.

Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden) the CEO of Linden Lab will be giving his keynote speech at 1pm SLT on Friday 11th April 2014 at the VWBPE Central Auditorium in Second Life. The speech will be brief so there is more time for Q&A and discussion apparently. Please note that the regions will be fully packed so best advice is to arrive early or watch it live online. 

This year marks the 7th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference in Second Life and on the OSgrid. The excitement is gearing up and it’s almost time to make new connections.

New VWBPE 2014 Trailer

Check out these new sneak preview snapshots below of the new VWBPE 2014 venues. I really do love the builds and sims layout for this year’s conference. I’m sure you will agree too.

Sneak preview of the VWBPE Main Auditorium 2014

Sneak preview of the VWBPE Main Auditorium 2014

Sneak preview of the bridge and the Main Auditorium area

Sneak preview of the bridge and the Main Auditorium area

Sneak preview of VWBPE Poster Welcome Station

Sneak preview of VWBPE Poster Welcome Station

Sneak preview of the VWBPE Gateway

Sneak preview of the VWBPE Gateway

VWBPE 2014 is almost here

VWBPE 2014 is almost here

VWBPE Teleports 2014

VWBPE Teleports 2014

VWBPE Map 2014

VWBPE Map 2014

Check out my SL Flickr stream for more VWBPE 2014 snapshots. Special blog coverage in the coming days so stay tuned for that. Will you be attending this year ?

 

Dirk Talamasca memorial service in Second Life, 4pm SLT on Saturday 5th April 2014


Update: Hundreds of avatars attended the memorial service on 5th April and due to the high demand region crashes occurred. Thanks for the support for Dirk! 

As you have no doubt heard, Dirk Talamasca passed away in real life last Sunday 30th March 2014 which is really sad news for the grid and I received word today that there will be a special memorial service held in Second Life to remember him.

The plan is to gather at the Linden Memorial Park this Saturday, April 5 at 4:00 PM SLT to remember the wonderful times, help, and laughter that Dirk so freely gave to all who had the good fortune to meet him in his nine years in Second Life.

Please spread the word in SL and via social media. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Linden Memorial Park, Pinechapel

Linden Memorial Park, Pinechapel

 

Virtual Ability Mental Health Symposium 2014


Virtual Ability will be hosting Virtual Ability Mental Health Symposium 2014 on Saturday 26th April 2014 from 7am to 5pm SLT featuring a variety of speakers and topics. This year it’s main focus is on the mental health care and the quality of life. The debate will take place at the Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability island in Second Life. SLURL

Main Topics this year 

  • Well-being
  • Aging & a Healthy Life
  • Insights from Research
  • Current Authors 

There will be speaker details and topical sessions posted soon on the Virtual Ability blog. More information please contact Gentle Heron or Sister Abeyante via IM, or email sister@virtualability.org.