Magnus Brody

MAGNUS BRODY - Thane of Urquhart

Married to Bondette Body, Countess of Urquhart

Winner of the 2015 and 2016 AVI CHOICE AWARD: Favorite Spoken Word / Performer / Actor Male.
Nominated for the 2016 AVI CHOICE AWARD for ARTS in 3 categories: Favorite Spoken Word / Performer / Actor Male, Favourite Formal DJ and Favourite Radio DJ.

I live in Brody Castle (designed to look like the rl Brodie Castle) and present every Sunday:

Sundays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm SLT:
Grand Highland Classical Ball, Caledonian Ballroom, Brody Castle

I sponsor the adjacent Urquhart, a residential area, on the banks of Loch Ness with lovely cottages for rent.

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Brody's Best
Viewer: NiranV Dean's Viewer
Places: I co-own the Highlands of Scotland, 3 sims comprising of Inverness, Urquhart and Beauly
Music: Skye Galaxy, Zachh Cale, Anidi Huet and Phemie Alcott
Marketplace: Luna Fatale Creations, Sweetbay Designs, Carbon Philter and Novatech
Stand-up Comedy: A Little Bit Kinky with Magnus Brody, Magnus Brody at Lauren and Friends Live and Magnus Brody Brainiac Jokes

Highlands of Scotland Calendar

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Communication, Communication, Communication

Much debate has been kicked-off by Wagner James Au's article which suggests the residents of Second Life are resistant to change.

Everyone is a little fearful of change: it's human nature and a long understood, natural reaction.

Where change in SL provokes rants across blogs and forums, is an indication not of the character of the resident (because fearful reaction should have been presumed) it is, rather, a failure to effectively communicate the reasons for, and the benefits of, change.  That's surely Change Management, Day 1, Opening Session?

It's stating the obvious to say that residents (or any user base, customers or workforce) is resistant to change.  Those introducing the change should be aware of the obvious and, effective introduction of change should involve communication and explanation.

Even negative explanation, or reasons why a change might be to the perceived detriment of all, can be acceptable.  Truth is best.

An example would be, a company struggling to make money during a recession, best for it to openly address its workforce and say, "sorry we must cut everyone's salary.  It's either that or redundancies and, potentially, the bankruptcy of the company as its wage bill exceeds its profit.  Until we make more money we either cannot afford to continue to pay you all at your current rate, or we need to pay all of you less."  This news is not going to be greeted happily, but mostly everyone will understand it to be preferable to a few, individual redundancies or, worse, no jobs at all because the company couldn't balance the books.

Right now, most especially with a new CEO in place, the Lab has an ideal opportunity to be frank about changes which, ultimately, may not benefit all residents.  There's nothing wrong with saying, "I know we always did it this way, but it's expensive and unsustainable, potentially risking the failure of the company and thereby the demise of SL."

What is wrong, is to sneak things in without communication or explanation and expect there to be no speculation (including completely wrong conjecture).  That's the way the Lab has seemed to do things during my 4+ years as a resident.

You see, in my opinion, the Lab must start to more openly communicate the changes it makes.  It would result in benefits to them if they did: blogs might rant disagreement, but at least they'd not be full of conjecture, conspiracy theory and people moaning about having a toy taken away because they don't understand why.  I mean, you can reason with a 4yo child they must give you their teddy bear, to free-up their hands to eat, so why ignore the unspoken "why?" from adults?

The Purple Gallery 2 - More Pics

I'm now arranging the artists for the Gallery which I think, other than exhibiting the art, is all built now.

The Purple Gallery

Friday, 11 March 2011

The Purple Gallery

As a completely new venture for me, never having involved myself with making money in sl, I've been building a little parcel centred around a gallery.

I bought two lovely buildings and have made a little city square which resembles an area of London I was always fond of.  There are no paintings yet, and that is part of the reason why I am writing, but if you'd like to pop over and check it out:

I'm lucky enough to rent a parcel in the historical sim, Purple.  I'm told it is one of the first 50 sims in sl.  Certainly it is rare that I have Linden ocean in front of my parcel; ocean which can be sailed or flown across to the other side.  Purple is also the end of the line of the Great Second Life Railway and Purple Station is right next to my gallery:

The Ferry also sails from Purple Station.

So I need some help, firstly some feedback and advice because I have not run a gallery before.  My idea is to let artists exhibit (there's room for sculptures, etc as well as paintings and the like) and not charge them rent, but set up a system of payment where I receive commission only.  Is this normal, workable?

The next step is to find some artists who would like to exhibit.  I will promote/advertise the gallery and would expect the artists to promote and advertise their work too.  If you are an artist, or you know one, who might like space to exhibit, please IM me inworld or email me.

I am hoping to have a Grand Opening Party as soon as possible, with live music.  I will host live music parties on an occasional basis thereafter, to generate interest and because it is fun.  The way the parcel is laid-out, it will be like attending a street party, which I thought might be fun too.

So - HELP!  Please comment here, IM or email me...  much appreciated :)