SLCC 2010

Come join GimpGirl Community at the Second Life Community Convention in person or online! Katherine Mancuso (SL: Muse Carmona) will be representing GimpGirl Community in the following SLCC 2010 events:

GimpGirl: Weaving a Virtual Support Network for Women With Disabilities
Saturday, 6:30 to 7:30am Pacific – Thoreau
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GimpGirl’s mission is to connect women with disabilities through social technologies to support each other’s lives. We believe the lessons we have learned about how universal design and accessibility apply to facilitating conversations about healthcare and support across platforms are translatable to other community building, education, and collaboration efforts in Second Life.

Virtual Worlds Standards: Why You Should Care
David Levine (SL: Zha Ewry), Katherine Mancuso (SL: Muse Carmona), Jeanne Spellman (SL: Jeanne Solo)
Sunday, 8:00 to 9:00am Pacific – St. James
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As virtual worlds evolve, standards will be part of the dialogue shaping the growth of their technical architectures and social ecosystems. Topics will include: standards for Second Life-Like worlds, compatibility with existing Internet technologies, accessibility for persons with disabilities, and standards for meshes and graphics.

Utilizing Virtual Worlds for Real Life Good
Joyce Bettencourt (SL: Rhiannon Chatnoir), Henry Allen (SL: Jaywick Forcella), Kathey Fatica (SL: Katydid Something), Katherine Mancuso (SL: Muse Carmona), Janyth Ussery (SL: Saxet Uralia)
Sunday, 11:30am to 12:30pm Pacific – St. James
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Can a virtual world manifest real life good? This presentation will be an overview and panel discussion of best practices and learned experiences of five people working formally and informally on social good, nonprofit and philanthropic projects within Second Life. Topics such as using virtual simulation for support and awareness, fundraising, community outreach, and event planning along with the opportunity to askquestions, and pick the collective brains of the panelists.

All events can be viewed from Second Life at the SLCC sim (SLurl: ) in the room listed, or on the Ustream address in each event listing above!

GimpGirl Community at 2009 IEEE Accessing the Future Conference in Boston


We pleased to share that GimpGirl Community Liaison Katherine Mancuso will be presenting on our behalf at the 2009 IEEE Accessing the Future Conference, which takes place in Boston, MA from July 20-21.

You can also read the PDF of the abstract. Are you attending IEEE? Say hello! What are your thoughts on accessible community in virtual worlds? Let us know…

GimpGirl Community at The San Francisco Online Community Report August Meetup

Tomorrow, August 26th at 7pm Pacific is the free monthly gathering of online community managers, enthusiasts, and innovators to meet and discuss tools and strategies for building and managing effective communities.

Liz Henry will be representing GimpGirl Community as the August guest speaker. GimpGirl has been doing online community since 1998 as a means to connect, support, and make positive impact in the lives of women with disabilities with an active presence on a number of social media platforms including the virtual world of Second Life. Liz will discuss the process of building and sustaining a growing community, meeting the needs of users, and strategies for managing community on multiple sites. Her talk will kick-off an informal discussion on managing and supporting online communities in all forms.

Speaker Bio: Liz Henry is a producer and developer at BlogHer, the award-winning aggregation, syndication and advertising network for women bloggers, and is on the advisory board of GimpGirl. She has been writing online since 1990, drafted the Common Public Attribution License for SocialText, and has been a key figure in organizing BarCampBlock, WoolfCamp, the Tiptree Awards and Wiki Wednesday. She has been a wheelchair user on and off for fifteen years, and is a proud member of the Secret Feminist Cabal.

Hope to see you there! They will also be streaming the event live on and you can also follow the action on Twitter #ocrsf .

You can RSVP for this event here:

Radio interview about GimpGirl Community (listen online, live or archived)


GimpGirl Community Representative Alejandra Ospina will speak with radio host Dan Windheim (based in Rockland County, New York) on his show, “Dialogues With Dan”, which focuses on issues that affect people with disabilities. They will talk about the history and focus, and future of our community, and what makes us who we are.

The interview will take place on Tuesday, May 19th, at 6:30 PM EDT/3:30 PM PDT (if you are in another time zone, check here to find out the time in your area).

Tune in online at:

If you’re not able to tune into the live broadcast, the interview will be available for later listening, in the show’s online archive.

Thanks for listening!