Happy Valentine’s Day from CPA Island in Second Life

Happy Valentine's Day from MACPA and the Second Life Association of CPAs!

We thought we would give you a break considering all the seriousness of the Tangible Propert Regs with a little light-hearted fun.

This is the first CPA music video that I know of and produced in the virtual world of Second Life on location on CPA Island.

Second Life? CPA Island?

Well CPA Island has been discontinued but not after some serious learning about learning, virtual worlds and CPAs. 

First, An Auditor's Love Story - our music video which was the brainchild of Edith Orenstein, formerly with Financial Executives International. 


Leaders are responsible for setting the innovation direction and for not taking themselves too seriously.

For us, Second Life was an innovation experiment into an emerging trend around learning, gamification, and deep immersive social experiences. Somebody had to take the first step, and it might as well be us. Here is what Gail Perry (then editor of AccountingWeb) wrote about us and innovation:

“Tom Hood and his colleagues at the Maryland Association of CPAs never fail to amaze and impress. Sometimes you can find them orchestrating a flash mob of accountants or putting down stakes in the virtual world of Second Life, but most recently the Association has gotten serious about XBRL and has undertaken a project to demonstrate XBRL's scope and versatility

What message can you learn from the MACPA's XBRL project? But the bigger message is, stop waiting for other people to tell you what works and what doesn't. Be proactive and experiment. That's what new technology is all about. Whether it's cloud technology, IFRS and XBRL, social media, or choreographing a dance – the leaders are the ones who take the first steps.”

What is your "Second Life" project?