Five years of Second Life is a big milestone. Together, we’ve created a remarkable community, platform and collaborative world and there’s a lot to celebrate.
In recognition, Linden Lab is collaborating with Residents to expand the celebration to 2 weeks. The first week, June 23 to June 29, will be kicked off by speeches from Philip Linden and M Linden. Themes for that week will feature exhibits from cultures past and present, arts, fashion, machinima, and music. For these exhibits, we’ve extended the deadline to Thursday, June 5 at 6pm PDT. [Update: the deadline for week one is now closed. ]
The second week, from June 30 to July 7, will feature exhibits from business, education, health care and nonprofits. We’ll close with a ceremony including a special guest speaker with a very important announcement. The deadline for these exhibits this week is Tuesday, June 10 6pm PDT. [Update: the deadline for week two is now closed]
This also means that Linden Lab’s role is changing, and that change has raised both legitimate concerns and misinformation from some Residents. So, in the context of the new plans, I’ll respond and clarify where we are.
All exhibits, in substance and form, are PG on Linden Land. Any Resident can submit an application to exhibit. A team of Lindens and Resident organizers will review the applications, and if accepted, builders can be in any avatar form they choose (provided they are within PG guidelines).
Anyone who wants to participate in organizing is welcome to apply. Dusty Linden is the principal Linden organizer, and in collaboration with Resident organizers will make the appropriate assignments. In particular, we are really looking to expand international participation from previous years, so multilingual Residents are highly sought.
Why the change? Simply put, the increasing complexity of these events requires more staffing and infrastructure than an all-volunteer organizing team. Second, we are responding to calls by Residents to take a more active role in improving the quality of life on the Mainland. Our intent is always to keep SL growing, vibrant, safe, diverse, astonishing….and eventually even stable ;-).
On to celebrating the 5th Birthday of Second Life!