ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.
Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.
And we here in Second Life can be part of this global movement.
ONE BILLION RISING 2018:SOLIDARITY AGAINST THE EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN
The event will feature a four region stage, art installations and there will be a variety of live performances during the 24 hour period. Hundreds of residents are expected to come together and raise awareness of violence against women around the world.
OBR 2017 Video
If you are interested in being featured in the OBR 2017 Video, fill out the registration form here. Here are the scheduled days and times for the OBR 2017 filming :
Tuesday 7th Feb > 1pm – 4pm SLT
Saturday 11th Feb > 9am – 12pm SLT
OBR 2017 Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the volunteer form here. Here are the training sessions scheduled. There are open positions for greeters and stage managers currently.
2016 was a really good year for events in Second Life and I loved attending almost all of them. 2017 is here so now it’s time to look forward to all those exciting events happening in the weeks and months ahead.
I think the annual and major events will be absolutely amazing during 2017. Don’t forget to mark these key events on your calendars today and spread the word.
2017 Annual Events Ahead
Bay City Annual Events 2017 – Mole Day, Fashion Week, Bay City 9th Anniversary, Hot Bay City Nights, Tree Lighting, Prim Drop expected to take place this year
BURN2 2017 – The Fire Moon Event starts 27th – 29th January 2017 (more annual BURN2 events will be happening during the course of 2017)
The Arcade 2017 – Next arcade event happening in 57 days (Opens March, June, September & December 2017)
This is my special year in review post looking back at the biggest news, events and more during 2016 in Second Life. There have been so many good memories and some not so good ones during 2016. See the bottom of this blog post for month by month highlights of 2016. 🙂
I do think communications between the lab and the Second Life community have greatly improved during 2016 through various channels like the official Second Life blog, on the Second Life status grid reports page, via Twitter and inworld.
The lab have already posted theirhighlights of 2016 here including raising the land prims limit for the mainland/private estates, introducing the new horizons experience, adding 360 snapshots, extending Bento, adding new community gateways and much more.
State of the grid in 2016
The amount of Main Grid regions and private estates have declined further during 2016 which is not good news but that’s what’s officially happening. I hope that in 2017 there will be some sort of region growth because that would be cool. The lab needs to work out and try to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening.
Back on 3rd January 2016
Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
Private Estates: 17, 775
Linden Owned: 7, 111
As of 25th December 2016
Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 975
Private Estates: 16, 792
Linden Owned: 7, 183
There have been many well known places that have closed down this year in Second Life because of various reasons and some places managed to be saved. Yay! 🙂
Amazing Events This Year
There have been so many enjoyable events that have happened during 2016 including the Second Life 13th birthday celebrations, One Billion Rising, Lab Chat events, the VWBPE conference, Relay For Life of Second Life events,
Don’t forget the incredible Bay City 8th anniversary, BURN2 events, the annual faires and the list goes on.
Thanks to all those that organised and volunteered these amazing events this year. 🙂
Sansar is almost ready
There was huge interest this year for Sansar with hundred’s signing up for the Creator Preview and testing it out. The lab have released various interesting Sansar photos, demos and updates during the course of 2016.
Sansar is due to open to the public sometime in January 2017.
Some shocks in 2016
The big shock of 2016 has to be when Donald Trump won the US Election 2016 and will become the next US president from mid January 2017.
Another big shock of 2016 has to be the terrible Orlando shootings earlier this year because that was really sad. In Second Life the community came together and raised L$ to support the victims.
We lost some great talent during 2016
Sadly a few well known residents that I knew in Second Life passed away during 2016. If anyone knew anyone else that passed away in Second Life during 2016 – please let me know so I can add it below!
Ladyslipper Constantine– Involved with Virtual Ability events, Virtual Worlds Best Practices education events, One Billion Rising, BURN2 events and she was involved in past Second Life birthday celebrations
Latif Khalifa – Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex Viewer
Here is a month by month highlights during 2016 on what happened in terms of big events and news. All links below are from my blog posts 🙂