by Alphaville Herald on 17/01/09 at 10:41 am
Authentic dialogue in a synthetic world
by Alessandra Narayan
Tired of contests, free sex, acoustic live music, poor roleplay… one of those days or nights when everything seems to go wrong? Ok, there might be a solution if you’re into philosophy. Check out Socrates Cafe and you might end up in an intense debate that will keep you endlessly pounding your keyboard.
In this interview, Socrates Cafe owner Parrot Ferrer, tells us not only how Socrates Cafe got started but reveals other “alternative” plans for the future. Besides his art gallery, an event area covering Open Space Technology will be rising soon.
Alessandra Narayan (AN) – You have a quite suggestive name. Are you half human half parrot?
Parrot Ferrer (PF) – Yeah! I used to raise and show parrots in RL for a hobby, sold nationally and when I came in-world I saw furries but no birds. So I searched and found Grendal’s children. Got the Parrot AV.
AN – What about Socrates Cafe? A drop in SL's ocean?
PF – One of my first mentors was Verum Vicirca, she and I started Socrates Café two years ago. It was originally centered to be a writers discussion area but folks veered to more current events and reasonings/debate. Verum ended up departing SL due to medical reasons and she gave all the properties for 1$L.
AN – What about these two last years?
PF – It has been a great event. Most of my friends I meet have, met them through here, running the event twice a week Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 PM SLT, usually almost full.
AN – Do you think SL needs more original spaces like this one?
PF – I believe anytime we can engage in “authentic dialogue” then we, as people, get a greater sense of ourselves and of the world.
AN – How do you support tiers for land?
PF – I pay them. It’s my fun money. This land area is 3072sqm.
AN – What can you tell me about the art gallery?
PF – Well I got a new RL job and to keep my mind creative for that (day job) I started making stuff to keep mind creative. Had to put it somewhere so I built the gallery.
AN – Does it have many visitors?
PF – I don't track numbers but it has its share. I sell a good bit of stuff but that selling is an afterthought. Like Socrates Cafe the biggest value is that it enhances the community good and culture.
AN – Do you have more projects?
PF – I did my Masters research on Open Space Technology and am making an event area for that endeavor.