The riotous rustle has begun. I'm working like the mad woman that I am to finish up my dissertation and get down to the real work. Tentative date of defense is April 27, 2018. My goal is to defend in Second Life as well. You are my peers. There's not another group of people that can test my mettle like you can. I want 4B to be a power for peace and for community.
I have things in the works, little bits of definite support and big possibilities that I am working diligently to bring to our table. As I can, I will bring the information to you. Right now, it's still attached to my academic journey so, until I reach that passage, I'm gong to work riotously under the surface of things.
The survey has gone well. I didn't think that I'd have more than 200-300 respondents and, as of today, I have 1001. I haven't completed all of the interviews of Second Life(tm) activists, but I am hopeful that I'll finish those in January. I am excited to share the results with all of you. This is my first REAL study and I want to make sure that the research is done well so I may not release the results, all analysed and pretty, until after my defense. I'm going to be super busy over the next 100 and some days working on polishing my dissertation and making ready.
There's a lot happening in the world. Too much? Not enough of the "right" things? I don't know. I do know that I miss having all of you to share the conversation. I miss the art and the poetry, the music and coming together. Things are pulling at me in a big way. With major support from a donor that would like to remain anonymous, I've rented half a homestead to devote to getting Four Bridges back in the groove. The intent is to purchase at least one sim (hopefully prospects will allow for 4) in the early summer. (I'm thinking a solstice event!)
In the meantime, a spot for us to gather and talk and maybe hold some smaller events seems in order. Here's a preview of what I've put up so far...
Come see for yourselves! I know it's on an "Adult" rated sim. It was good pricing and a guarantee of the privacy that I need for my research. I wanted to make sure that I could control the sim settings and confidentiality. (No scoping in to see the avatars and such.)
The riotous rustle has begun! The Scattered Notes Project is back. For those of you unfamiliar, its intent is to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts, favorite quotes, ideas...anything! The instructions and everything that you'll need to leave your note can be found by clicking on the poster. I'm excited to see what you might leave!
While I'm going to be busy finishing things academically, I'd like to start thinking about what we can do in 2018 to make it a grand re-opening! I'd like for us to come up with a theme for the next iteration of 4B sims. We need to discuss builders, events, whether or not we'll house the same organizations, what our educational outreach will be and all sorts of fun things designed to raise awareness and purpose! I've been approached by a couple of people about connecting 4B with their existing sims or do we want to maintain our independence? Is it time to look at a formal structure or are we going to continue our organic approach to leadership? These are all important questions that we should discuss as a community.
After the first of the year, I'll post the date and time of our first community planning meeting as well as the agenda and proposed topics. I'll give us all plenty of time to suss out our own goals so we can come together prepared to get down to it.
Thank you, all for your support and patience while I've been doing graduate work. Four Bridges has never been far from my mind and heart during this time and I am chomping at the bit to get back into the throes of it. I hope that you are as well! Watch this spot and please do come check out the new digs.
I've kept the other half of the homestead for research pursuits which includes a private spot for interviews and such. The other side of the mountain range isn't available until I've completed my work. By then, I'm hoping that we'll just be waiting for our new, permanent home to be delivered!
I will continue to post updates as I can and will let everyone know as we go along what, if any, decisions have been made. So WATCH THIS SPOT!!!! Big things are on their way!!!! I can't wait to start working with all of you again! Enjoy the rest of your holidays and I'll see you in the new year!