Research & Development

Barbara TrumanGreetings. I’m Barbara, a scholar, and researcher exploring innovative ways to facilitate networks of people and organizations across education, government, military, and industry. My quest is to promote inclusivity and accessibility using virtual reality, specifically virtual worlds to create smart, enabled, and sustainable communities.

I study topics that result in advocacy for creating an avatar and participating in open source, virtual world communities. My research has found that cultivating an avatar persona creates attachment, building a personal identity as a mirror to ‘self’. When the avatar attachment is strong, enhanced collaboration with other avatars can result in attachment to the virtual world milieu.  When the virtual world milieu attachment is strong, community activism results in empowerment that often extends locally to society. Some people become empowered to use their avatar-identity across their physical and virtual environments blending the best of worlds.

Photo taken at the Red Geranium, New Harmony, Indiana, the town modeled in Virtual Harmony.

Appreciative Reality is the practice of inquiry into what factors contribute to the development of avatar identity that leads to constructive, leadership activities used across virtual-physical communities for the benefit of society and sustainability. Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society book

Experience has led me to be a champion of The Metaverse committed to building strength-based leaders, citizens, researchers, educators, and most of all collaborators.

My research into collaboration using immersive, virtual environments seeks to model interactions that promote Transdisciplinarity, a skill and philosophy needed to deal with complexity and to thrive. In 2017 I co-edited the IGI Global book, Integrating an Awareness of Selfhood and Society into Virtual Learning. Check it out! Drax Files interview podcast from February 2017.

This site provides information about my experience, current studies, and future goals. If you are a researcher interested in these topics, please contact me about collaborating. First name.Last name at Gmail. Thank you!



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