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Memes for Social Good for the October 31st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 31st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a presentation on using memes for social good. Memes are elements of culture that often get passed on from person to person, and virally propagate around the internet. They can be images, videos, audio files and even sayings or bits of text.

To celebrate this week's meeting falling on Halloween, feel free to dress your avatar in PG-friendly costumes

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 31st, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Memes for Social Good
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Storymakers2014 - The Power of Telling Stories for the October 24th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 24thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion and recap of this year's Storymakers digital storytelling competition, along with a viewing of some of this year's winners, including submissions from some of our NPC community members. 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 24th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation 
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Storymakers 2014 Awards Gala

Are you a techie or do-gooder interested in digital storytelling, online community, emerging technologies, or all of the above? You definitely won't want to miss TechSoup's 5th annual Storymakers Gala and Awards Party. 

The event will feature a screening of top story submissions with an awards ceremony for the winners! Digital Storytelling videos came in from all around the world and even some from NPC community members. 

Join us virtually at NonProfit Commons in Second Life, where we will get together for a mixed reality drive-in event, complete with our own red carpet and pixel popcorn!

Bring your favorite virtual vehicle or grab a seat in one of our's, dress red-carpet snazzy and come ready to chat storytelling, have fun and network! 

We will be streaming live the event from San Francisco and our virtual event and avatars will be up on the screen at the real event. And, If you will be in San Francisco, you can register to attend in person the SOMArts Cultural Center red carpet event at https://storymakers2014.eventbrite.com 

You can also watch the awards ceremony live streamed online (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/techsoup) and follow the action on Twitter, hashtag#tsdigs

Come Celebrate Community Storytelling!

Twitter and Facebook and G+ - Oh My! A Forum on Social Media for the October 17th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 17th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a forum on using social media and other ways to get the word out about the great nonprofit and educational projects and work being done in virtual worlds. Come with questions, stories or best practices to share on blogging, social media, wikis and other tools.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 17th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

The Community Cultural Teleportation Hub for the October 10th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 10thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Scott P. Anstadt (Ewan Bonham in SL), with a presentation on the Community Cultural Hub (CCH) located on the Whole Brain Health Fairgrounds in Second Life.

VIBE - Virtual Islands for Better Education for the October 3rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 3rdTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Stephen Gasior (Stephen Xootfly in SL), Stephen will present a short history and overview of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) project and provide some perspective on what features are advantageous for educators running their own OpenSim grid. Stephen will then present ways to run OpenSim grids featuring their prepackaged virtual machines developed by Wizardry and Steamworks. Finally a tour of one of their grids will commence after the meeting. The tour will also be livestreamed via Google Hangouts on Air.

About our Featured Presenter:

Stephen Gasior is by profession a biology instructor but with a passion for technology especially when it can be used to enhance student learning. After teaching college biology immersed in Second Life, he formed a collaborative in response to an OpenSimulator Land Grant progam. From first introduction he has seen the advantages of OpenSim for schools and colleges. Extending beyond the initial land grant, Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) has built several independent grids with self-developed content and has been used to instruct over 200 students from 4th graders to postgraduates.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 3rd, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Stephen Gasior (Stephen Xootfly in SL)
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

Following the meeting, we will tour the VIBE OpenSimulator grid. To access the grid you can register for a VIBE grid account at: http://vibe.bio-se.info, or if you have a hypergrid enabled OpenSimulator account, go to http://vibe.bio-se.info:9000. For more help on accessing the VIBE grid: http://bit.ly/1yykZ0s

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Using Second Life to Present Virtual Professional Conferences for the September 26th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 26thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature iSkye Silverweb and Sister Abeyante, both of Virtual Ability. Leading up to this year's IDRAC (International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference) on Oct. 3-4, they will share best practices, and take us on a behind the scenes look at the "how tos" behind organizing a successful multi national virtual conference.

iSkye Silverweb wears a few hats in the Virtual Ability community: Virtual Ability community events scheduler, Community calendar keeper, Virtual Ability Flickr maven, and a Virtual Ability Mentor. She helps plan the two annual conferences hosted by Virtual Ability: Mental Health Symposium and International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, and is also a member of several mentor groups besides the Virtual Ability Mentors. She enjoys helping new residents get a good start in their Second Life experience. For fun, iSkye does grid hunts, explores art installations, goes shopping, and participates in activities with BURN2 and the Lamplighters. 

Sister Abeyante is also active in the Virtual Ability community, including serving as the project manager for the organization's healthcare research project, "Mrs. A. and Mr. B.", which looks at healthcare equity in the US for persons with disabilities. She has helped now with two VAI in-world conferences and learns more each time she does it. She is an educator and nonprofit leader by professional background and bets that you'll notice those skills in SL, even if you are simultaneously dodging her dangerous stunt-airplane flying, courageous motorcycle underwater driving, and/or her accidental lemming invasions.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September  26th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - iSkye Silverweb and Sister Abeyante
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Recreating Cretaceous Sea Creatures in Second Life for the September 19th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 19thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL), virtual world specialist and founder of The Vesuvius Group. This summer, The American Museum of Natural History hosted a summer camp for teens where they studied Cretaceous Era fish and then learned to scientifically model them. As part of this project, The Vesuvius Group created a tool in Second Life to help the youth easily create models of the creatures they were studying, and release them into an interactive underwater environment. Jeroen will discuss the project, talk about the tool, what they learned, the hurdles they had to overcome, and finally we will get the opportunity to try the creation tool out.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 19th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL)
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

Immediately following the meeting, we will tour the Cretaceous Era virtual learning environment (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sudo/222/146/26.)

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

 

#Storymakers2014: Tips and Tools for the September 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 12th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on TechSoup's  Storymakers 2014 contest and tips and tools that can be used for digital storytelling. From YouTube tips, to super short video and other tools, come learn and share.

Info on Storymakers 2014: http://www.techsoup.org/community/community-initiatives/storymakers

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 12th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Creations for Parkinson's for the September 5th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 5th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Barbara Richards (Barbie Alchemi in SL) and Fran Swenson (Fran Seranade in SL) of Creations for Parkinson's. Barbie introduced her 87 year old mother Fran to Second Life, where she has been able to run, swim, and dance freely again, as well as finding friends and a support community that is part of their Creations Park sim
Fran Swenson with her avatar (in the blue gown) Fran Serenade, and her daughter’s avatar, Barbi Alchemi – image courtesy of San Diego Union-Tribune / Bill Wechter
Through their Creations for Parkinson's, Team Fox group events, sales and fundraisers, they have also raised thousands of dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation to go towards Parkinson's research. 

Team FOX is The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. It is made up of thousands of people worldwide who raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to further its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson's disease.
Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, September 5th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
 
AGENDA (all times below PT)
8:30 am Introductions
8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
8:45 am Mentors Central 
9:00 am Featured Presentation: Barbara Richards (Barbie Alchemi in SL) and Fran Swenson (Fran Seranade in SL) - this part of the meeting will be in voice.
9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

 

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