I finally got around to attending a Business Communicators of Second Life (BCSL) session. Smiddy Smails played host to a Kuurian Expedition (KE) talk by Gregor Kondo on Text 100 island. If you have never heard of the KE it was an initiative originally conceived by Edward Castronova to assist researchers explore virtual worlds. Gwyneth Llewelyn has more on the KE in SL.
Gregor gave a good albeit one sided presentation – note to Gregor – next time you talk about New Publics I would recommend also talking about how it is remaking New Corporations – more than happy to give you some constructive feedback if interested. Much of the follow on Q&A session revolved around questioning that very relationship.
Znetlady Isbell is usually pretty good at putting up the transcript which I shall link to when it appears. Despite chat history and IM repeatedly packing up requiring reboots and the psychedelic Thomas the Tank Engine experience I highly recommend joining BCSL if you have not already done so.