Virtual Worlds for Social Good Net Tuesdays June 7, 2011
What is a Virtual World? <ul><li>a genre of  online community  that is a  computer-based simulated environment , where use...
Applications for Social Good <ul><li>Simulate  alternate tactile, three dimensional realities </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble &...
Watchouts! <ul><li>User Interface and controls are not intuitive. </li></ul><ul><li>Relative audience is small </li></ul><...
Case: American Cancer Society  Relay for Life <ul><li>ACS co-located their 1 st  world fund raiser on SL. That they have b...
Case: Center for Disease Control <ul><li>Created by CDC as health information & education space with host and advisors. </...
Case: Schizophrenia Zone <ul><li>Developed by various research orgs to simulate the experience of having schizophrenia. </...
Resources <ul><li>Search “virtual worlds” on  YouTube  &  Wikpedia </li></ul><ul><li>Books :  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Second...
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Net Tuesdays Virtual Worlds Social Web Sampler

  1. 1. Virtual Worlds for Social Good Net Tuesdays June 7, 2011
  2. 2. What is a Virtual World? <ul><li>a genre of online community that is a computer-based simulated environment , where users interact and use and create objects </li></ul><ul><li>there are several popular platforms: SecondLife & Whyville, & World of WarCraft </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_world
  3. 3. Applications for Social Good <ul><li>Simulate alternate tactile, three dimensional realities </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble & grow communities </li></ul><ul><li>Reach audiences with education & volunteer information, especially on topics of shame </li></ul><ul><li>Hold events , especially co-reality events </li></ul><ul><li>Transcend locational barriers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Watchouts! <ul><li>User Interface and controls are not intuitive. </li></ul><ul><li>Relative audience is small </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability is wanting </li></ul>
  5. 5. Case: American Cancer Society Relay for Life <ul><li>ACS co-located their 1 st world fund raiser on SL. That they have been running since </li></ul><ul><li>Avatars walked/ran/fly through virtual environment to raise funds </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H330iUlxKGk
  6. 6. Case: Center for Disease Control <ul><li>Created by CDC as health information & education space with host and advisors. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal to have presence for health info seekers as well as to learn about interactions in virtual space. </li></ul>http://www.cdc.gov/healthmarketing/ehm/virtual.html
  7. 7. Case: Schizophrenia Zone <ul><li>Developed by various research orgs to simulate the experience of having schizophrenia. </li></ul><ul><li>Goal to create awareness, empathy, education and action. </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WnnuEQObAU
  8. 8. Resources <ul><li>Search “virtual worlds” on YouTube & Wikpedia </li></ul><ul><li>Books : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Lives (Guest) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total Engagement (Reeves) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check out: Association of Virtual Worlds </li></ul><ul><li>My delicious lists: (sorry so messy) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.delicious.com/cadelarge/virtual_worlds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.delicious.com/cadelarge/secondlife </li></ul></ul>

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