SLunionisland » second life http://www.slunionisland.org Union Island: International unions in Second Life Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:04:53 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 SL Earth Week is coming! http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/04/sl-earth-week-is-coming/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/04/sl-earth-week-is-coming/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2009 10:30:58 +0000 Johninnit Ni http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/04/sl-earth-week-is-coming/

A nicely made machinima trailer for Second Life’s Earth Week celebrations. Co-ordinated by a network of SL activists, 18th April to 25th April will see a programme of events, discussions, concerts, happening right across SL and right across timezones, but all aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues amongst Second Life users. Check out the organisers’ site at slearthweek.wordpress.com.

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Human Rights Network – new year, new beginnings http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/01/human-rights-network-new-year-new-beginnings/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/01/human-rights-network-new-year-new-beginnings/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2009 13:40:16 +0000 Johninnit Ni http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/01/human-rights-network-new-year-new-beginnings/ Human Rights group meeting

I attended a follow up meeting last night for the SL Human Rights Festival, held last December to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights. It was nice to meet a bunch of really great individuals, with a lot of performing and organising talent, as well as a solid commitment to further work on promoting human rights in the medium of SL.

Human Rights group meeting

And that’s just what they’re planning. The festival generated so much enthusiasm that the group have decided to keep it going – helping use their talents and networks to bring together the many disparate human rights projects and groups already taking place in Second Life throughout the year, and coming together several times a year for bigger, more co-ordinated events.

Human Rights group meeting

Here’s some more information from their site if you’d like to come to the next meeting, or get involved in this great initiative in other ways.

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Homo Sapiens V2.0 http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/10/homo-sapiens-v20/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/10/homo-sapiens-v20/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2008 08:39:25 +0000 Johninnit Ni http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/10/homo-sapiens-v20/ The Rings

“The Rings: Homo Sapiens V2.0″ is a virtual protest-rock-opera, currently being staged in Second Life. I went to check it out on Friday, and left suitably impressed by the huge amount of work that has obviously gone into this project. Musicians, builders and performers from all over the world have come together under the banner of the Cybernetic Art Research Project (C.A.R.P) for this exploration of some of our world’s most pressing social issues: poverty, homelessness, war and environmental degredation, through a series of spectacularly illustrated musical tableaux.

The idea is that faced with multiple crises, the cultural exchange of the metaverse (the international network open to all) represents a possible way to come together to develop shared solutions. As Junivers Stockholm, composer and director, says: “For a long time I have believed in the potential of the Metaverse to connect people in new and powerful ways: to take humanity to a future of cooperation instead of competition. Music has the power to draw people in to work on the answers to the major questions of our time.”

Go see for yourself if you can. The rapid scene and costume changes hammered my modest NVIDIA 8500GT and wireless connection down to the minimum graphics settings, but it was a very interesting and enjoyable experience nonetheless. You can catch it on Fridays and Sundays at 2pm SLT (10pm GMT or 11pm CET). After Sunday performances there will also be discussion circles available on some of the issues raised, with campaign groups active in Second Life.

The Rings is staged at Artspace Diabolus, NMC Labs. SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/NMC Labs/110/109/663/

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