Diplomacy Island is the next step in over a decade of research and development in the field of Virtual Diplomacy. Through Second Life, Diplo will explore new possibilities for diplomatic representation and interaction. Diplomacy Island will also be another channel for Diplo’s main mission of assisting small and developing countries in participating meaningfully in international relations. At the Island, Diplo will also promote development issues among Second Life citizens.
What is Second Life?
Second Life ( SL) is an Internet-based virtual world which has substantially developed over the past year. More than five million users worldwide have registered to become part of this virtual world developed by Linden Lab.
The users, or Residents, interact with each other through mobile avatars, providing an advanced level of social network services. They can explore, meet other Residents, socialise, participate in educational and social activities both individually and in groups, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.
The stated goal of Linden Lab was to create a world like the Metaverse described by Neal Stephenson in his novel Snow Crash. The Residents define Second Life – they create a world in which to communicate, interact, play and do business.
Second Life’s virtual currency is the Linden Dollar (Linden, or L$) and is exchangeable for US Dollars in the marketplace operated by/driven by residents, Linden Lab and real life companies.
More than 60 universities have established campuses in Second Life, alongsidemany companies and media houses. Some of these are Aarhus Business College of Denmark, Harvard University, Leeds Metropolitan University, New York University, Newcastle University, Sheffield Hallam University, Stanford University, the University of Edinburgh and Virginia Tech.
How to find us in Second Life
Your computer must meet these REQUIREMENTS or you may not be able to successfully participate in Second Life.
Address of Diplomacy Island in Second Life:
- from the Net: Diplomacy Island
- our SL “latitude/longitude” (if you are in SL) is: 150,191,26
Second Life Official Blog
A Clockwork Spiral - Steampunk Event to Benefit National Kidney Foundation
“A Clockwork Spiral” by Sonya Rothmanay
If you love steampunk be sure to stop by A Clockwork Spiral - a shopping event that benefits the National Kidney Foundation and happens to be set on a dark Victorian setting complete with gears, planes, and all things steampunk. Designers have set out themed items marked with either 50% or 100% so you know how much of your purchase will be donated to the organization.
Take in the sights and sounds and delve into an atmosphere of a world filled with steam-powered machinery and mechanical majesty. A few have already shared their clockwork adventures on our Official Flickr page - why not share yours?
The event only lasts until October 1st, so plan to visit before it’s gone!
“Steampowered Broomsticks” by Gia Nikai Juliesse
Remembering Joe Miller
We're saddened to share the news that former Linden Lab executive Joe Miller recently passed away. Joe was our VP of Platform and Technology Development from 2006 to 2010, and long-time Second Life Residents may fondly remember encountering his avatar, Joe Linden, as a friendly robot inworld.
Joe's work in his time at Linden Lab helped to dramatically improve Second Life and contributed to making the virtual world what it is today. Among his many contributions, Joe played a major role in the introduction of 3D voice to Second Life in 2007 - an incredibly powerful advancement that revolutionized how we can communicate inworld.
Those of us who had the good fortune to work with Joe during his time at Linden Lab remember his wonderful combination of fierce intelligence, tremendous warmth, and great caring for his fellow Lindens, for Second Life, and for its Residents.
We will miss him, and our thoughts and condolences are with Joe's family and friends in this time of great loss.
Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 9/12/2014
Second Life is home to all sorts of wild and fun entertainment. Role-playing, zombie survival, night clubs, and more are all waiting just the other side of the login screen. The Second Life Destination Guide is always happy to show you some of the best places to spend your virtual time, and this time, it’s all about dancing your worries away at some of Second Life’s music clubs.
The look and mood of a club can be as distinct as an artist’s sound - and there are plenty of places to get your musical kicks inworld. There’s an intimate blues experience, loud tunes in the great wide open, an island retro amphitheater, and a gothic underground cathedral. To top it off, in this installment of the Destination Guide Highlights, we have clubs built in a futuristic glass pyramid, a chic chrome island, and a good ol’ fashion main street nightclub.
Go on and get dancing, then show off those moves on the Official Second Life Flickr Page. If none of these places whet your obscure musical tastes, and you know some you think we should check out, be sure to share it for consideration in the Destination Guide.
Highlights from the Second Life Destination Guide 9/5/2014
As we roll into the weekend, you might be looking for something new to explore in Second Life. Where else would you find a variety of selections to suit your tastes but the Second Life Destination Guide and the latest installment of Highlights.
This time around, choose to dive through a day-glo mind-bender of an art installation, get chilled and thrilled in a wildly dark biker carnival, or take in some tunes at a cancer charity event. There’s time to cover them all if you’re up for it.
As many people may know, the Arcade is back with tons of new gacha goodies to collect, trade, and enjoy. This time around they’ve provided off-region shopping to accommodate more gacha enthusiasts - so your chances of getting in earlier are much better than past Arcade events.
Whatever you decide, why not show it off on the Official Second Life Flickr Page? Or join the fun and create something new? There’s no lack of fun finds in Second Life, but we hope you enjoy this small sample of some of the best things going on inworld right now.
Stand Up 2 Cancer 2014: Second Life Musicians Take a Stand with 4 Days of Fundraising
Stand Up 2 Cancer is a non-profit organization established to raise funds for cancer research and to help fund groundbreaking new treatment development. Inara Pey has written a very informative blog post about the organization and the event.
While the entertainment industry plans to help raise awareness and funds by hosting a prime time event, Second Life musicians, venues, and artists are planning an inworld festival of music and fundraising in support of Stand Up 2 Cancer.
SL Music Race for a Cure (an official Stand Up 2 Cancer fundraising team) kicks off today, and a full list of venues, performers and information is available at The Shore.
Enjoy some live music and dancing, and contribute to a great cause.