Last night I had the privilege of presenting my work and experience in the first ever Second Life Future Salon hosted by the Acceleration Studies Foundation. I presented right after Babbage Linden, and Linden Labs employee who tele-works from the UK. He made a very powerful case for SL and other virtual spaces to become the new locale of work and value creation. I found his work environment and schedule particularly interesting and I believe that he is on the cutting edge of a new phenomenon regarding the location of the workplace.
The meat of my presentation was on the challenges of taking an organization with little virtual world experience and getting them move forward. My notes are here and at the end of the talk I fielded some great questions. Most important in my mind was what will happen when more charities wake up and flood the virtual community? Will it saturate the market and ruin ti for everyone and my answer is; maybe.
Like the material world everything has a tendency to normalize and settle into a comfortable level. My short term prediction is that there will be dozens and dozens of SL charity events in the ext year, and the community will get fed up and reject. After a period of adjustment there will be an acceptable number of events that the community will self produce and the process will become normalized. Who will prevail is unknown, but it will be the organization that has better than average community support form users.