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Your workplace in 5 years…

Interesting reports of a report from Forrester Research. They’ve looked five years into the future and reckon that virtual worlds will be a natural environment for real everyday work for many people.

Despite the difficulties in using current technologies (SL included), they see virtual worlds as a pretty much inevitable development: Read more »

The bridges of Union County


Some pretty suspension bridges are new in our virtual building site, and things are really starting to look nice. Different functions for the island will be set in their own areas, and dedicated buildings are being made to make the most of the different type of interactions that will be going on in each.

Taking shape


Union Island is now starting to look a bit more like home! Matthaios Aquacade from in-world solution provider Citrus Virtual is helping us to terraform the island and design and build the buildings and features. So far Matthaios has been busy shaping the terrain and laying out foundations. We’ll show you more of the build in progress as it happens. Read more »

Join our gang!

If you’d like to be first with the news on Union Island, log in to Second Life and join the group Union Island User Group. Read more »

First look

Not a lot to see at the moment, but Union Island does actually (virtually) exist now. It’s closed to the public whilst we’re building (hey, building sites are dangerous – we wouldn’t want to drop a pile of virtual bricks on anyone!) ;) Read more »

Through the keyhole…


Have a look at this photo story on from earlier this year about some of the blue-chip companies with a presence in Second Life. Screengrabs from IBM, Dell, Intel, Toyota, AOL, Samsung and others. Read more »

Talk to us

What would you like to see from unions in Second Life? It could be events, campaigns, training, networking opportunities, or any of a hundred other activities.

If this project is to work, it will need to tap into the creativity and enthusiasm of Second Life residents and international union activists. Luckily those are two pretty resourceful groups, so we’re hoping to hear a lot of good ideas as we take this project forward.

Leave us blog comments, here or on other posts, use the contact form, or IM us in Second Life as Unionisland Republic. Hope to hear from you soon!

Business networking in SL

Interesting article in The Australian on blue chip companies’ plans to conduct internal networking in Second Life (hat tip: workblogging).

The companies mentioned, Westpac and Deloitte, seem to be impressed with the way that talking to an avatar of a colleague in another country can break down barriers for people who might otherwise not engage so fully, or who might not even get a chance to engage. Read more »

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