Next week sees the meeting of the G20 in London and we have the opportunity to use the unique power of virtual worlds to have a voice.
[edit 29 March 09] There.com are supporting we20 by setting aside a meeting space where all Thereians can we20, see over the fold for details.
The summit is usually highly exclusive event however for this meeting the UK Government attempting to reach out in all kinds of interesting digital partnerships. For example G20Voice is a collaboration between 50 bloggers (chosen by the internets) and organizations such as Oxfam and a number of other organizations.
we20 is a grassroots volunteer organization that has the simple aim of encouraging people to get together in groups of 3 to 20 to create and vote on plans to be put to the G20. The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be reviewing plans on the we20 site and there is already a we20 page on the London Summit site.
So where do virtual worlds come into this?
Easy – where better to have we20 meetings?
Virtual meetings save on CO2 outputs, they easy to organize and great places to gather views from around the globe in one place.
So, Dwarves and Hobbits, Draenei and Tauren, Gallente and Caldari, Furries and Vampires, put down your swords (or whatever furries hold) – meet, plan and vote!
All the details you need are at we20.org which even has a way of posting meetings and I’ve set up a we20 group in Second Life. Though I’m sure the TNe community will be interested in feedback about how virtual worlds contributed to the we20 efforts so feel free to post here.
If you have a blog - blog it, do it :)
[edit 28 March 09, adapted from we20.org...]
The G20 London Summit is on 2 April 2009 - but don't worry if you can't meet before then, there will be more G20 Summits and we20 is here to support the creation and voting on action plans.
Here is we20 in several easy steps:
1. To go we20.org
2. Register & read to understand a little more about we20.
3. Think of a challenge which you want to fix. It might be a local, national or global challenge or involve individual people.
4. Create your we20 meeting on we20.org and invite people to come up with an action plan.
5. Meet, discuss and agree a plan to solve the challenge you identified.
6. Post your we20 plan to we20.org for the we20 community to read. You can embed YouTube, Flickr and Slideshare by pasting URL into the description field.
7. Read debate and vote for or against we20 plans. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be looking at your plans to decide if any can go on the Official London Summit website (http://www.londonsummit.gov.uk/en/join-the-debate/your-debate/we20). After the Summit we will see where we20 is and talk to you about how you would like to to take things forward.
[edit 29 March 09]
Info can be found here: http://www.therefuntimes.com/there_fun_times/2009/03/have-a-we20-meeting-in-there.html
The group is: we20
You can meet anywhere but if you want a site, feel free to use one of the follow plots:
- The Feeding Edge: http://slurl.com/secondlife/IQ/67/104/49
- the Virtual Policy Network: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Hyperborea/75/179/23
The hash tag is: #we20