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Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 19th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we discuss the problem of Second Life retention.

The problems for Second Life surrounding attracting and retaining new residents is an issue that has been much discussed on blogs recently – and we will be joined by some of the people who’ve been involved in that discussion – Carl Metropolitan Chancellor Emeritus at Caledon Oxbridge, Caledon Oxbridge Chancellor, 2009 to 2012; Executive Director of NCI/New Citizens Incorporated, 2005 to 2009, and Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin and the Drax Radio Files, together with two people who are working on the production side of this at Linden Lab – Brooke Linden and DaveR Linden.

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Retention Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ll be discussing three aspects of the retention problem – how Second Life is marketed, how the initial experience is managed and how to embed new residents so that they remain and become integrated. We’ll be sharing ideas – and learning more about developments at the Lab – including the introduction of the new avatars.

Join us at 2pm for a fascinating show – and it will be followed by a discussion where you will have the opportunity to share your views in a session that will be recorded for later viewing.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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When Designing Worlds visited the virtual model of the City of Birmingham Library, they discovered a fascinating use for virtual worlds – and worrying reasons why Second Life might not be the best virtual environment for this type of project any more.

Back in 2009, the City of Birmingham in England wanted to create an immersive online version of their planned city centre library. They turned to the company Daden Limited to realise their concept.  This became a valuable tool in the creation of what is now a magnificent building in the heart of the real life city.

Together with David Burden of Daden, we will be exploring the library, the interactive tools that were created for discovering people’s responses, the training processes that were created – and learning how the librarians and other people responded to this.

City of Birmingham Library - exterior: photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

City of Birmingham Library – exterior: photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll also be talking to David about why he feels that Second Life is no longer the best environment for creating such projects.  He makes some serious and very valid points – you won’t want to miss this!

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we explore a new region with a decidedly Vintage Retro theme.

The name of the region is Old Time Prims (as the owner of the region, Mila Edelman, is also the owner of that well known vintage store), but it is also known as Vintage Retro. It is drawing together a wealth of vintage and retro commercial ventures – and some that actually cross boundaries into real life, as we discover on the show.

Vintage Retro - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Vintage Retro – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Modelled on a bustling vintage European city, with echoes of Munich, Vienna and Budapest, it provides an intriguing home for a number of stores and vintage locations.  Mila will be giving us a guided tour and an insight into how smaller stores with a strong theme can help one another – and themselves too!

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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th February, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit Old Time Prims, the home of Vintage Retro, a new region next door to 1920s Berlin, but covering a far wider time period, and featuring some interesting real life crossovers.

Vintage Retro - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Vintage Retro – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The name of the region is Old Time Prims (as the owner of the region, Mila Edelman, is also the owner of that well known vintage store), but it is also known as Vintage Retro. It is drawing together a wealth of vintage and retro commercial ventures – and some that actually cross boundaries into real life.

Modelled on a bustling vintage European city, with echoes of Munich, Vienna and Budapest, it provides an intriguing home for a number of stores and vintage locations.  Mila will be giving us a guided tour and an insight into how smaller stores with a strong theme can help one another – and themselves too!

It makes for a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm.

Vintage Retro - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Vintage Retro – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 21st January, for the first show in the new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we tackle an important issue that is affecting a growing number of businesses within Second Life – griefing used to run an extortion racket.

The guests with Saffia and Elrik

The guests with Saffia and Elrik

The griefing issue was tackled in a number of blogs – including Prim Perfect (When will we get to grips with griefing?), and we decided to follow up some of the stories we heard as a result on that.

We’ll be talking to Kiff Clutterbuck and Dina Petty, the owners of Junkyard Blues – whose notecard to group members about the extortion they were facing triggered a widespread concern; to Frolic Mills, of Best of Second Life, who encountered a particularly appalling griefer who attacked (and continues to attack) the fashion industry; to Robert Galland, owner of Galland Homes, Member of the Second Life Bar Association and real life attorney, who gives a legal perspective of what has been happening,; and to Rails Bailey, volunteer mentor and head of security at events like SL9B, who talks about ongoing security problems in Second Life.

Junkyard Blues, site of griefing attacks

Junkyard Blues, site of griefing attacks

This is a very important show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Our guests on the show: from left to right - Rails Bailey, Robert Galland, Frolic Mills, Fina Petty and Kiff Clutterbuck

Our guests on the show: from left to right – Rails Bailey, Robert Galland, Frolic Mills, Dina Petty and Kiff Clutterbuck

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Join us at 2pm today, Monday 28th May, for a episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams which looks at two businesses that are planning to transition from virtual to real worlds – and we also look at how such projects can be funded through Kickstarters.

The White Armory

The White Armory

The first of these is The White Armory – a well known store that specialises in medieval weaponry and beautiful costumes created by Colton Drechster and Bee Dumpling respectively.

The second is Jazzpaws, the initiative by Zayn Till and Wynx Whiplash of the tinies of Raglanshire, whose recent Kickstarter project garnered a great amount of interest across the grid.

Art Trail in Raglanshire, home of the Tinies

Art Trail in Raglanshire, home of the Tinies

We’ll be discussing these projects, and talking with Maria Korolov of Hypergrid Business about this new style of business transfer and the use of Kickstarter (and similar) funding.

It makes for a striking and very unusual show – so do come and join us at 2pm!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Today, Tuesday 15th May, we shall be recording a special edition of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams.

The show will be broadcast on May 28th, but you can watch the taping, and participate by putting questions to our guests.

The theme of the show is looking at two Second Life businesses which – in different ways – are planning to transition into the real world.

The White Armory

The White Armory

The first of these is The White Armory – a well known store that specialises in medieval weaponry and beautiful costumes created by Colton Drechster and Bee Dumpling respectively.

The second is Jazzpaws, the initiative by Zayn Till and Wynx Whiplash of the tinies of Raglanshire, whose recent Kickstarter project garnered a great amount of interest across the grid.

Art Trail in Raglanshire, home of the Tinies

Art Trail in Raglanshire, home of the Tinies

We’ll be discussing these projects, and talking with Maria Korolov of Hypergrid Business about this new style of business transfer and the use of Kickstarter (and similar) funding. And you will have a chance to join the discussion and put your questions to our guests.

Filming will start at around 1.30pm, but you should arrive by 1pm to make sure of a seat.

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