I've been part of and worked to develop and manage online communities for nearly 25 years. The two best communities I was ever part of were (1) a professional association, and (2) a multiplayer gaming community. I am an independent consultant based in the New York area, and active in both the knowledge management (KM) and virtual worlds spaces. My virtual worlds interests focus on how communities are evolving in 3D-immersive spaces, as well as business applications for virtual world technologies (avatar meetings, 3D conferences, virtual trade shows, etc.).