They simulcasted their Global Agenda Talk from their physical - atomic based campus in Delaware, US to their virtual - pixel based campus in Second Life. This time the speaker was Marwan Muasher, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees the Endowment’s research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan.
The topic of the session was "View from the Arab World". He talked about various issues from democracy to desalination, from monarchy to education in Arab world. He mentioned about Indonesia (yay! my country ^^) as a moslem country that was successful in promoting democracy.
Why is Second Life simulcast is more interesting than video talk like www.ted.com or any LIVE streaming video technology? First of all, because unlike others, live simulcasting a video into Second Life allows us to be 'there' with other virtual/physical audience. The sense of presence is stronger in 3D technology. Then, this technology also allows live interaction between the virtual audience with the physical speaker who is being simulcasted.
I cannot wait to attend other Global Agenda Talk in Second Life. http://www.udel.edu/globalagenda/2011/Global_Agenda_2011/Home.html
It's great to be able to learn from the history maker him/herself in addition to other sources and it costs us no more than an internet connection. Love it!