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One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Tillie Ariantho

I just want to let everyone know something.

There’s an awesome team of people on Prim Perfect. “Sure!” they said. “We’ll put together the February issue of Prim Perfect AND the One Billion Rising Event too.”

There’s an awesome bunch of people who will enable events in Second Life. “Sure!” they said. “We’ll give you the money so that you can have the regions. And we’ll give you gifts, plants, information, people to help you research – and a bunch of other things you need as well. Including a dance and a music strea, We’ll be your sponsors.”

You can see who they were here … and I’m going to add a special thanks to Lilith Heart here, who as well as sponsoring a quarter region, basically allowed us to drive a pantechnicon up to the Heart Garden Centre, load it with plants – and then plant them all out to create a beautiful park around the four-region main stage.

One of our sponsor booths at One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Tillie Ariantho

There’s an awesome group of artists in Second Life. “Sure,” they said. “We’ll create amazing artworks that can be placed all around the edges of the regions. Sure, we can do breathtaking, beautiful, moving – and all in two weeks.”

And you can see who they were here …

There’s some awesome performers in Second Life. “Sure,” they said. “We’ll come along and mix and spin tunes and sing and play. We’ll give you beautiful, quirky, familiar, unique music, music to sing along to, music to inspire you, music to lift you up and bounce you around, music to dance to.”

Check out our performers here …

There’s some awesome dancers out there in Second Life. “Sure,” they said. “We’ll create you a fantastic dance for a video. And we’ll come along and dance it, over and over again, in different locations, in different clothes, until you have it just right.”

There’s an awesome team of video-makers and designers out there. “Sure,” they said. “We’ll film & then edit through the long nights till we get it right. And we’ll take bare empty regions and make them bloom.”

There’s some awesome camera people out there in Second Life. “Sure,” they said, “we’ll film the event. We’ll set up a studio and a small band of us will Livestream it all day long – a full 24 hours, calmly, professionally.”

There’s some awesome volunteers out there in Second Life. “Sure,” they said. “We’ll come along and help out. We’ll organise or take special training courses. We’ll be there to welcome the visitors, to encourage the newbies, to confront (firmly but politely) the griefers. We’ll be your security. We’ll be your greeters. We’ll take time off work and be there for you to depend on.”

There are some awesome researchers in Second Life. “Sure,” they said. “We’ll find out the information that you need to put in your kiosks. We’ll make sure that there’s details of good places and organisations trhat people can donate to. We’ll point them to places where we can find out more. We’ll draft advice and reassurance for those in a bad situation.”

The four-region stage at One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The four-region stage at One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There’s an awesome Victor1st Mornington out there in Second Life. “Sure,” he said. “I’ll build your four-region stage and make sure that it’s strong and stable and infinitely danceable.”

There’s some awesome bloggers and photographers out there. “Sure,” they said. “Give us the details and we will give the pictures and the words that will bring people to this event.”

There’s many, many awesome people out there. “Sure,” they said. “We’ll be there at this event. Or if we can’t, we make sure that the issue is still talked about, that the issues are raised and discussed – in Second Life, in the real world, on the net and in the streets.”

You are all, as the song says, beautiful, beautiful people. And petites, dragons, tinies and mermaids. And other creatures great and small.

Thank you. Thank you all.

One Billion Rising in Second Life - photograph by Victor1st Mornington

One Billion Rising in Second Life – photograph by Victor1st Mornington

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