Philanthropy in virtual worlds

Speaking of virtuality, The MacArthur Spotlight on Digital Learning and Media has posted a recap of the Second Life conversation between MacArthur Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale on philanthropy in virtual worlds.

The blog entry links to participant analysis of the meeting, here, here and here.

The New York Times had this to say prior to the meeting.

The discussion kicked off a year long effort in support of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School to explore what philanthropy means in virtual worlds. From the press release:

During the coming 12 months, the Center on Public Diplomacy will support a series of discussions in virtual worlds about the concept of philanthropy, help us share what we and the organizations that we fund know and are doing in areas such as affordable housing preservation, community and economic development and urban policy, global conservation and human rights, and provide awards for in-world innovations.