Sunday, August 1, 2021

2021 Elder voices, an interview with Dr. Kara Bennett. Designing exhibits in a virtual museum setting. A story-telling community


Elder voices, an interview with Dr. Kara Bennett.  
Designing exhibits in a virtual museum setting.  
A story-telling community
Dr. Kara Bennett shares her work in virtual worlds with Lissena (Lynne Berrett) at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

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00:07
dancer xiao in second life who's
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co-founder of elder voices
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a non-profit that explores ways of
00:14
bringing human rights to health care
00:17
with projects in education prevention
00:30 could you tell us why you created elder
00:32
voices
00:33
the reasons for founding elder voices
00:37
began in the 1990s when i was a
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psychologist
00:41
working with my colleague a neurologist
00:44
in the san francisco bay area
00:47
we wanted to help prevent discrimination
00:50
against people who need
00:52
help for mental health
00:55
and brain injury by making sure
00:58
their human rights are respected
01:02
then when my father contracted lyme
01:04
disease
01:05
our work became both a professional
01:09
and personal journey
01:13
during this time the information
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technology revolution
01:18
was happening so we decided
01:21
to visit the san jose tech museum
01:26
and find if any of their computer
01:28
programs
01:29
might help him
01:33
but then in 1999 my father
01:36
was fatally injured by a nurse
01:40
and that's when we decided to begin
01:43
elder voices
01:44
to honor my father and others who
01:47
experienced
01:48
discrimination in their health care
01:55
so why did you decide to bring it into
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second life
01:59
elder voices joined second life
02:02
in 2007 when we learned that the tech
02:05
museum
02:06
was offering a chance to design exhibits
02:10
in a virtual museum setting
02:15
they wanted to show interactive examples
02:18
of their tech awards for technology that
02:22
benefits
02:23
humanity
02:27
we learn to design an exhibit for the
02:29
witness organization
02:32
they help people document their stories
02:36
about human rights abuse and then share
02:39
them
02:40
on their website this experience
02:44
encouraged us to discover how second
02:47
life could be a place to offer
02:50
our education projects
02:55
as avatars people can explore ways
02:58
to express themselves and make choices
03:02
about the kind of character one wants to
03:05
be
03:07
we wondered if people could learn
03:10
problem-solving abilities
03:13
that expressed the kind of person who
03:15
could respect
03:17
human rights
03:21
then after trying out their ideas in
03:24
second life
03:26
decide how they might transfer
03:29
to real life situations
03:34
dancers could you say what you've gotten
03:36
from being part of nonprofit commons
03:39
and what you want people to learn by
03:41
visiting your office here
03:44
in 2009 we found a home for elder voices
03:48
at the nonprofit commons when my
03:51
colleague
03:52
and then avatar kazuku magic
03:56
learned about npc when she visited one
04:00
of their
04:02
networking dances
04:05
to offer our education the design for
04:08
our virtual space
04:10
is based on the ancient tradition of
04:13
telling stories
04:14
around community drums
04:18
the avatar visitors are given questions
04:21
to explore
04:23
that engage their problem-solving
04:25
abilities for creating characters
04:27
who can respect human rights then
04:31
present their ideas
04:32
as stories to share with the global
04:35
community
04:37
for example you can play the role
04:40
of healthcare providers
04:43
and patients to help find better ways
04:46
to diagnose and treat lyme disease
04:50
this project also involves working with
04:53
the united nations
04:54
human rights health care division
04:57
because of the discrimination
04:59
against this illness
05:04
being at npc also gave us a chance
05:08
to collaborate with other non-profit
05:10
organizations
05:13
for example you can create a story
05:16
about being a digital citizen
05:19
pre-service teachers can create stories
05:22
about human rights for their students
05:26
you can join a science fiction quest
05:29
for the galaxy language
05:32
and share your stories with
05:35
extraterrestrials
05:36
who may appear as avatars
05:40
and our work became published as book
05:43
chapters
05:44
after meeting the writer of the book at
05:47
npc
05:49
our virtual office continues to offer
05:53
a very special place especially because
05:56
our co-founder
05:58
died of cancer there is a memorial for
06:01
her
06:02
at the nonprofit commons and now we
06:05
honor her commitment
06:07
for bringing human rights to health care
06:11
with what we have created together in
06:13
virtual worlds
06:16
well you've built the most beautiful
06:18
office here
06:19
and i hope many people will come and
06:20
visit and enjoy it
06:22
and learn from it thank you well thank
06:26
you
06:26
for the interview and i do hope people
06:30
will come and visit

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