Nonprofit Office in Second Life
In addition to our non-profit office, we
have a special meditation/contemplation land
called Loving Earth. The links, groups and information can be
found in our virtual office.
Meditation Space in Second Life
CNN iReport Articles about The Love
Foundation in Second Life:
iReport, GLD on Second Life April 30, 2010
iReport, Successful GLD May 5, 2010
iReport TLF Office Opens in SL July 20, 2010
iReport Loving Earth In Destination Guide October 5, 2010
iReport, GLD on Second Life April 30, 2011
iReport GLD May 1st Gathers a Global Audience in SL April 26, 2012
iReport It's GLD, I Joined the Celebration of Love May 1, 2012
Global Love Day on May 1,
Introduction for Second Life
Virtual Event on Global Love Day
we will host a virtual
Global Love Day event on May 1st 2013
in the extraordinary online world of Second Life.
Everyone in all time zones across the world are able to join
in and meet with others
celebrating Global Love Day from around the world - a global event in a
For those who are already members in Second Life:
For those who are not yet members in Second Life:
participate in this special event, it is necessary to go online into
It's all free and you can do it for the first time on the day itself,
although we recommend
you go into Second Life at least a few days beforehand to create your
We have a summary and
information below to help get you started.
About Second Life
Second Life is a 3D, multi-media, fully interactive and surprisingly
realistic simulated world where people 'live' through bodies called
'avatars' which they can design to their own liking to be human or
animal or more or less anything you can imagine!
The photos on this page show our site as it was in 2010, 2011, and
2012 with dancing
avatars, all of whom were actually real people interacting 'virtually'
with friends or people they'd met there at the beach and dancing
area where we were hosting our Global Love Day event!
was our first experience of Global Love Day in Second Life. One of
our supporters, whose Second Life avatar's name is Philip McGillivary,
together with one of his online friends Rick Zackerly, created a
wonderful tropical beach where there was dancing to the ever-popular 70s
music, sailing and jet-skiing, fireworks extravaganza, fully interactive
web-based media including recorded broadcasts by our TLF founder Harold
W. Becker and of course... love was all around!
Each year since we have
great success, enabling lots of people from around the world to
participate virtually in a Global Love Day event. Second Life really does give
the feeling of 'being there' and being part of a group enjoying an event
or other activity. So we're doing it again on May 1st, 2013 and we hope that anyone who wants to join an event but
doesn't have one nearby in real life will join the fun in Second Life!
Instructions/Guidelines for Participating in Second Life on Global Love
To participate in this Global Love Day event on May 1st, it is necessary
to go online into Second Life. It's all free and you can do it for the
first time on the day itself; although we recommend you to go into
Second Life at least a few days beforehand to acclimatize yourself to
the environment. Unless you are used to interactive online games, the
initial process may seem more than a bit perplexing! Don't worry
though, because Philip McGillivary and Rick Zackerly and some of their
friends will be there to help you.
Here is what to do:
1. Go online to Second Life at www.secondlife.com
2. Click the 'Join Now - it's fast, free and easy!' link
3. Choose a first name for your avatar and a password
4. Choose a 'starter' avatar appearance (you can change it later), male
or female human as appropriate
5. Complete the personal information boxes
6. Submit and await an email request for confirmation
7. Go to your email and click the confirmation link
8. Click 'Not Now' if you do not wish to become a Premium Member (which
costs money and which you can do later if you wish)
9. Choose to go to one of the reception areas, which is a place to start
10. Download the Second Life viewer software. To run Second Life you
will need an up-to-date computer or an older one with a fairly high
specification. Also you will need broadband download speeds of at least
2Mb/sec at peak periods. Without these, you may find the performance of
Second Life disappointing or even unavailable.
11. Follow the download process as illustrated, and click in 'Start
Second Life when install finishes'.
12. Enter your online name and password, and log in.
13. You will find yourself arriving at the reception place you can
choose from a list, probably at the same time as other new members ('newbies')
14. Wait for your surroundings to 'rez', that is, when your surroundings
and objects and avatars come clearly into view.
15. Take it easy if things seem very unfamiliar. No-one's going to make
you feel uncomfortable, and generally everyone is very helpful in Second
Life though if you're talking to other 'newbies' they may not be able to
help. Usually there are experienced helpers on hand there, so simply
ask whatever you want to know.
16. Do a 'search' (bottom of your screen) under the 'People' tab for
Philip McGillivary. Click on his name to open his profile where he has
written an introduction for you, together with a 'landmark' for where
the Global Love Day event is being held. Click on 'Add Friend' and when
he receives your request to be a Friend he will contact you and
introduce himself to you and give you whatever help you want or need.
17. And from that point on, enjoy yourself! We're sure you'll have a
Important Special Note: As
with any online activity or social network, discretion and prudent
practices are essential. Never give out any of your personal
information, credit card or any other identifiable information unless
you clearly know who you are interacting with. Likewise, only "friend"
people you know and recognize. This particular Global Love Day event
was created by volunteers, it is completely free to participate (no
Linden dollars necessary) and nowhere do they ask for additional
information beyond your initial signup with Second Life. Please contact
Philip McGillivary on Second Life if you have any questions.
Note about Native Language: If
English is not your language of choice to use in Second Life, you can
choose to have everything displayed in one of the other major languages when
you are first joining, and/or you can obtain a free translator
can ask Avatars Philip McGillivary or Fleur Feila or anyone at our site
to help you obtain one or you can use this link to go to where the
translator can be obtained at the following link:
Left-click on the box you'll see, and then click on 'FREE Copy' you'll
see on the blue menu that appears, and the translator will be placed
into your Inventory (the tab for
Inventory is at the right of your screen). Wait until you
find someone who can help you to install and use it, such as the
Avatars above. Even if English is your language of
choice, the translator may come in handy if you meet someone who does
not speak English, as could easily happen at our Global Love Day event
and elsewhere in Second Life! So 'Wear' the translator at all times,
and what you type into your chat bar will automatically be translated
into the language spoken by the person you're talking to, if their
chosen language is different from yours.