This beautiful passage from the Tao Te Ching has been on my mind a lot.
“Learn from the people
Plan with the people
Begin with what they have
Build on what they know
Of the best leaders
When the task is accomplished
The people will remark
We have done it ourselves.”
“I can’t believe he’s actually doing it.”
“RICKY, GO FOR THE FLOWERS! THE FLOWERS!”
“Shut up! They’re going to hear us!”
“Just stay in the grass and be quiet, you morons.”
“I can’t see. What’s he doing? Did he make it to the table?
“This is insane. I told you not to dare him. This is stupid, stupid, stupid.”
“He’s a grown squirrel and can make his own decisions.”
“I THINK THE CAKE IS FULL OF NUTS! DIG A HOLE IN IT, RICKY!”
“Oh for crying out loud, do you want to get him killed?”
“If Ricky doesn’t make it back, I call dibs on his nest.”
“You guys suck, you know that?”
“This seems like a really bad idea.”
“I’m not listening. Look at my face. This is my ‘I’m not listening’ face.”
“I’m serious, Steve. I have a really bad feeling about this.”
“You’d rather be sitting in the snow? I swear, all you do is complain and–“
“But Steve, I just mean–“
“‘Boohoo, my paws are frozen! I can’t feel my toes! Steve, help me I’m so cold!’ Your exact words just 10 freaking minutes ago, Ralph. Am I right?”
“I know, but–“
“And I dealt with the situation, didn’t I? I found a solution, right? I took action.”
“I know you did, Steve. It’s just–“
“I am a cat of action. What have you done today besides complaining? Anything, Ralph?”
“OK. It’s just, well… You realize we’re sitting on a dog, right?”
“It’s called a ‘calculated risk.’ Look it up.”
“Like that time you decided we should try sitting on the sleeping wolverine last winter? Was that a ‘calculated risk?’ Because I still have calculated bite marks on my you-know-where from that swell idea.”
“If you don’t shut up, I’m going to give you a calculated slap in the face.”
Mitch Wagner recently posted a piece on his blog titled “Why I hardly ever go on Second Life anymore.”
I respect and value Mitch’s perspective a lot. He’s been exploring virtual worlds for years, and it’s clear that he loves their potential. But he’s frustrated by their lack of broad adoption and the multitude of barriers to entry for new users.
Those are sentiments shared by many. But I have a slightly different perspective of the future.
“It’s a valid strategy!” screamed a voice from around the corner.
Those were the last words Jeff heard as red mist seeped into his vision. Headshot.
Here’s a neat device that can help you communicate between them all.
It’s called RADIONNE.
It contains resources for new avatars including a freebie area, a Gallery of Prims for new builders, and Hypergates to various places to explore.
For today’s two meetings we visited Tinsel’s region and had a great discussion about best practices for helping new users in virtual worlds.