On Monday May 18, at 2pm PST , the MacArthur Foundation will be officially launching MacArthur Island in Second Life with a public forum featuring Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and co-creator of Second Life, Cory Ondrejka. Ondrejka and Fanton will be discussing the future of virtual worlds and philanthropy, and then taking questions from the virtual audience. An informal reception will follow.
All at the Foundations sim (click here to teleport.)
MacArthur Island in Virtual World to Open with Public Forum on May 18
On May 18, to mark the launch of MacArthur Island in the virtual world of Second Life, the Foundation will host an event featuring the avatars and live voices of Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and co-creator of Second Life, Cory Ondrejka. The discussion between Ondrejka and Fanton will consider the future of virtual worlds and philanthropy. This public forum also will be broadcast as a webcast to standard internet browsers.
For those with avatars, a visit to MacArthur Island will offer a way to understand MacArthur’s grantees and work, via interactive 3D exhibits on issues ranging from biodiversity to human rights and education. The island is also open to other foundations and nonprofits for events and activities in the public interest.
The investigation into virtual worlds and philanthropy is led by Global Kids and the Network Culture Project at the University of Southern California, with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
For more information:
Details on the webcast, the event, how to attend the event as an avatar, and how to visit the Island are available on MacArthur's Spotlight blog.
To learn more about MacArthur's digital media and learning initiative, visit our website.