Cajsa Lilliehook Launches Community Spirit Challenge for SL Bloggers

I will confess that I tend to miss many of the happenings, events and (thankfully) drama twists that take place in the many interactive social communities that make up Second Life.  One reason is because of the more important (yes, it is, as is yours) Real World — I have a husband and two children to look after and spend time with.  Another reason:  I have two children, one of them a teenage girl — ’nuff said (grin).  Third, I tend to hold aloof from virtual-world drama.  It’s an easy thing to do; find someplace else to roam, or turn off the group/page you’re reading where said drama is taking place.  It may make me seem a little superficial, but it keeps the peace.

Things do go on, though, such as rants and raves and, occasionally, the loss of some good person who gets burned by drama one too many times.  That has happened recently, according to my good friend Cajsa Lilliehook.  She points out in an excellent piece on her blog:

Disagreement is good, it’s how ideas are refined and improved. It’s how we make things better. We need disagreement to polish our thoughts, our ideas and our beliefs. The problem comes when people perceive disagreement as a character flaw. This is where the Michael Moore’s and Bill O’Reilly’s (sic) of the world fail us – because they daily demonstrate the falsehood that disagreement is a moral failing. It’s bad enough when these people who act so outrageous for money do it for the ratings, but it’s worse when we adopt their behavior when we interact with each other. It poisons the community….  Sadly, there’s been a few dramas pulling at the fabric lately – noisier and more widespread than my personal example. We have even lost one of my favorite bloggers to one of the dramas….

As an initiative to help emphasize the positive rather than the negative in the Grid and personal interactions thereon, Cajsa has issued a challenge to SL bloggers in her article:  write about a few avatars who you believe are making a positive contribution to the well-being of the Grid, “people who you believe make an effort to build community.”  Cajsa herself has already identified two in followup articles, specifically Stacie Pryor and Sasy Scarborough.  Cajsa’s co-blogger, Gidge Uriza, has also set out Winter Jefferson for us to consider.

I myself would suggest that Cajsa is one of those people, simply by her starting this initiative.  All communities need someone to remind us that we may disagree, but we can still do things together, and use that disagreement to build something greater, perhaps even a true synergy — something greater than the sum of its parts.  Therefore, my first pick for this challenge is Cajsa Lilliehook, for making the effort to help us find those who make the effort.

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