March 14-16, 2024

Nominating 2024 Thinkerer Candidates

Help recognize the best and brightest of our community
by nominating those people who have given so much
and asked for so little in return.

In recognition for his long-term leadership and dedication to furthering education, building communities, and inspiring collaborative development in virtual environments, VWBPE conferred the first annual Thinkerer Award upon its namesake, Thinkerer Melville (Selby Evans).

Since then, we have proudly honored nine individuals as Thinkerers.

Thinkerer Melville/Selby Evans, 2014

Selby Evans
(SL: Thinkerer Melville)

Barbara Truman/Delightful Doowangle, 2019

Barbara Truman
(SL: Delightful Doowangle)

Gentle Heron/Alice Krueger, 2015

Alice Krueger
(SL: Gentle Heron)

Renne Emiko Brock/Zinnia Zauber, 2020

Renne Emiko Brock
(SL: Zinnia Zauber)

Spiff Whitfield/Andrew Wheelock, 2016

Andrew Wheelock
(SL: Spiff Whitfield)

Lynn Berrett/Wisdomseeker, 2021

Lynne Berrett
(SL: Wisdomseeker)

Cynthia Calongne/Lyr Lobo, 2017

Cynthia Calongne
(SL: Lyr Lobo)

Doris Molero/Pionia Destiny, 2022

Doris Molero
(SL: Pionia Destiny)

Valerie Hill/VALbrarian Gregg, 2018

Valerie Hill
(SL: VALibrarian Gregg)

SheilaWebber/SheilaYoshikawa, 2023

Sheila Webber
(SL: Sheila Yoshikawa)

To identify an honouree, we gather input from you, members of the education community. We are seeking nominations of those individuals who exemplify the best qualities of leadership, consistent selfless service towards the promotion of learning, community, and educational practices, and the spirit of cooperative development within immersive environments.
Only individuals may be nominated. You may nominate as many individuals as you like. Fill out the form once for each person. Nominees need not be Second Life or OpenSimulator account holders.

Final selection of the award recipient will be conducted by the VWBPE Organizational Committee by mid-February, and will be announced publicly during the conference closing ceremonies on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

Nominations will open Friday, December 15, 2023, closing Thursday, February 15, 2024.

Nomination Criteria

  • The award is for lifetime achievement in community development and leadership rather than for a single contribution.
  • Nominees should have a minimum of 10 years of distinguished service to education and/or a specific community of practice. Nominees need not currently hold a professional position and may be retired.
  • Nominee will have made significant contributions to one or more of VWBPE’s primary goals of
    • helping build community through extension of learning best practices to practical application of those ideas and techniques;
    • providing networking opportunities for educators and the communities that help support education; and/or
    • providing access to current innovations, trends, ideas, case studies, and other best practices for educators and the communities that help support education.
  • An active commitment to educational excellence;
  • An active commitment to the service of others;
  • An active commitment to advising or mentoring of others in the same community; and
  • An active commitment to the ongoing promotion and development of best practices in their community of practice.


Individuals are ineligible for nomination if they fit any of the criteria below:

  • The individual has not been engaged with their community of practice for more than 2 years;
  • The individual has been a past award recipient; and
  • The individual is only identifiable as their avatar personae (i.e. we must be able to identify the person by their current legal name and contact information).


Thinkerer Award 2024 Nomination Form

This form will be accepting nominations December 15, 2023 to February 15, 2024.

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