Catching up on old emails, I found a press release about the new virtual home of the youth-oriented international non-profit TakingITGlobal. It seems that the Starwood owners of the Aloft Hotel in Second Life have decided to donate their sim, which has outlived its usefulness to Starwood. So instead of letting it lie fallow like other corporate builds in SL, they have decided to deed the land over to a worthy cause. Beginning in August, TakingITGlobal should be the new owners of the Aloft sim!
I’ve been a big fan of the work of TakingITGlobal for quite some time. TakingITGlobal empowers youth using technology to get involved in issues facing them, from global warming to HIV/AIDS to internet governance. TakingITGlobal activists were everywhere during the World Summit on the Information Society, writing reports, drafting statements, and lobbying governments. They have pioneered the use of the web as an organizing and educational tool, so it makes sense for them to move on to the virtual world. I’m excited to see what kind of innovate applications they come up with.
Kudos to Starwood for donating their sim to such a worthy cause. I’m sure it will be put to good use in short order.