december, 2020

06dec2:00 pm3:00 pmFeaturedCrafting Gemeinschaft for Resiliency in Times of Social DissociationPanel Discussion2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Keynote Auditorium

Speakers for this event

  • Algernon Loire (rl: Elizabeth Stricker)

    Algernon Loire (rl: Elizabeth Stricker)

  • Delightful Doowangle (rl: Barbara Truman)

    Delightful Doowangle (rl: Barbara Truman)

    UCF Graduate Faculty & Simulation Researcher

    Dr. Barbara Truman serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in Instructional Systems Design, Human Performance Technology, and Computer Science, Emerging Media. Barbara has also served as the Community Manager for the US Army's Military Open Simulation Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) Project.

    UCF Graduate Faculty & Simulation Researcher

  • Frankie Antonelli (rl: Francisca Yonekura)

    Frankie Antonelli (rl: Francisca Yonekura)

  • JJ Drinkwater (rl: JJ Jacobson)

    JJ Drinkwater (rl: JJ Jacobson)

    Sci-Fi Librarian

    JJ Drinkwater is a Virtual Librarian in a Real World, or a Real Librarian in a Virtual World, or both, or neither. Curatorial experience includes the real & imaginary 19th c, American Culinary History, and Speculative Fiction. Current research is Interactive/Immersive/Improvisatory Narrative in Virtual Environments.

    Sci-Fi Librarian

  • Lyn Skylark (rl: Kathy Flitter)

    Lyn Skylark (rl: Kathy Flitter)

  • Lyr Lobo (rl: Cynthia Colongne)

    Lyr Lobo (rl: Cynthia Colongne)

    OSCC Co-Chair, Professor

    Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor at Colorado Technical University and CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes held in virtual worlds and conducts virtual world research at Virtual Harmony. As a software engineer, she worked with Air Force Space Command and with the U.S. Space Foundation during the Space Shuttle Challenger crash. A pioneer for 3D immersive education and games for change, she received the Thinkerer award at the 2017 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education, and her team won the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for their space simulation the Mars Expedition Strategy Challenge. Slides:


    OSCC Co-Chair, Professor

  • Spinoza Quinnell (rl: Andrew Stricker)

    Spinoza Quinnell (rl: Andrew Stricker)

    Dr. Andrew Stricker is an education innovation analyst with Air University’s LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education. In this position he conducts research in future concepts and advances in cognitive sciences and artificial intelligence for innovative applications in professional military education. His research addresses augmented cognition and developmental growth in reflective mindsets and contemplative practices. Andrew also engages in collaborative design of assistive immersive 3D virtual and augmented reality simulations for helping to improve complex problem-solving among teams. His graduate work was conducted at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the American Psychological Association. In 2020 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Board of Standards in Performance, Training and Instruction (IBSTPI).


Event Details

This panel will discuss the spontaneous social architecture and journey of the Virtual Harmony community. The Virtual Harmony community offers 12 Open Simulator grids supporting its work with small communities, immersive 3D courses, and learning simulations. Speakers will share their journey in the virtual community. Highlights will include an overview of Virtual Harmony’s Gemeinschaft framework for resiliency in times of dissociation. Five areas of the Gemeinschaft framework to be discussed by the panel are: kinship and fellowship, psychological and spiritual nourishment, creative ideation of art-of-the-possible, collaborative design and creation of virtual habitats for Gemeinschaft, and harmonious healing and resiliency from co-living in Gemeinschaft. The concept of social dissociation will be briefly described along with healing recommendations.