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Addictions Treatment in VR

"Are services in the virtual world near?" is an article in this months Addiction Professional Magazine, highlighting Preferred Family Healthcare's work in Second Life. Addiction Professional is the addiction treatment and prevention field’s premier trade journal.

The article focuses on Dick Dillon's (Coughran Mayo) work at NPC and his organization's plans for delivering behavioral healthcare and substance abuse treatment in world. It's a positive article that will reach lots of healthcare leaders and professionals. Click here to read or here http://tinyurl.com/4r3pyt

Thanks Coughran for mentioning the National Council! That helps us put a shining light on Second Life and NPC for our members, and helps us all. Yay to the power of networking!

New York teens wanted for Second Life machinima project!

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I'm excited to announce that Global Kids is starting up again its youth machinima initiative called the "Virtual Video Project."  If you know of a teenager in the New York area who is interested in global issues,  politics, digital media and having fun, then send them our way! Applications are due by October 17.

Students get training in how to use Second Life as a filmmaking platform, decide among themselves a particular social issue they would like to make a machinima about, and then do all of the work to create the film. Our past machinima have won a number of awards and been featured at various film festivals and conferences around the world.

The program runs from October 30 until late June, so it's a big commitment. The sessions are facilitated by my fabulous colleagues Tabitha and Shawna.

For more information or to receive the application contact shawna@globalkids.org or call 212-226-0130 ext. 143.

Draxtor's report on the USC Public Good Challenge

Here's another great machinima news report from my buddy Draxtor Dupres.  This time he covers the USC Network Culture Project's Public Good Challenge in Second Life.  It's a nice frame for looking at the potential of virtual worlds for more than just commerce and entertainment.

I was honored to serve as one of the selection panel members for the Public Good Challenge.  You can even see a bit of my avatar sitting besides my hero Howard Rheingold.

Good stuff, Drax!

Who Can Use the Calendar?

The event calendar belongs to this community! However, if you'd like to add events to the calendar, you need to have special permissions. You can ask Glitteratica, Penguin, or me to set you up! After you have "the keys", pop on over to the EVENT PAGE. There is a tutorial if you'd need some HELP.

$1000 USD seed funding for youth-led social entrepreneurial ventures in Second Life

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Beginning this Fall, Global Kids is excited to announce opportunities for a group of young people to receive $1000 USD in seed funding and social entrepreneurial training through the "Dream It. Do It." Initiative in Second Life.

The D.I.D.I. Initiative is an exciting partnership between Global Kids and Ashoka's Youth Venture. Through January of 2009, the D.I.D.I. Initiative is supporting up to 40 teams of young people with up to $1000 USD and tools and training to launch ventures that benefit their communities, either within or outside the virtual world of Second Life.

Kelly Jolkowski (SL: Kellyj Shepherd) to speak about missing persons issues, and how YOU can make an ID kit for your family.

When: September 28, 2 SL time
Roughly 45 minutes in length
Where: NCI -- specific NCI campus TDB but probably Caledon

Kelly and her husband have lived for seven years not knowing what became of their son. After Jason disappeared, the Jolkowski’s found what other families had found and something that is always found out the hard way – that there are few resources for families of missing adults.

The Jolkowski’s vowed in founding Project Jason ithat no family should have to be left alone and without resources in a heartbreaking situation where time is so critical.

Mollom Spam Filter

The NPC site was getting a fair bit of spam--mostly dealing with World of Warcraft gold--so we've decided to install Mollom to the site. Mollom is a spam catching service that will try and determine if your comment is a) spam, b) could be spam, or c) is spam and it takes appropriate action ranging from nothing, to a captcha challenge, to blocking the content.

Let me know at matthew [at] dogstar [dot] org if you see anything strange. Otherwise, happy posting!

If you are interested in how to install Mollom on a Drupal website, I have put together a short tutorial on my Nonprofits and Web 2.0 Site.

Thanks!
Creech Antwerp / Matthew Saunders

How to apply for Linden Labs' Showcase

Hi everybody! Today I’m going to tell you about my experience with Linden Lab’s Showcase section.

About two months ago, Mercedes Ochs suggested I try to get my Garden for the Missing on Remora into the Showcase. I wasn’t even sure what Showcase was, so I poked around and found it.

When you go to that page on the SL website (and I will give you the URLs at the end of this little talk), you will see there are four SL venues spotlighted on the top right of that main page and sublistings of categories on the left.

So, I applied, having no idea what was about to happen.

Nonprofit Participation in NPC: How a Little Strategy Goes a Long Way

In response to a special request for a BLOG post, below are some suggestions made on the WIKI for enhancing your nonprofit's participation in the NPC community. These are some small, yet strategic ways to help your nonprofit maintain its presence and take advantage of community-wide events that promote your nonprofit in SL and IRL.

Below are some very easy and positive ways, aside from coming to weekly
meetings and your requisite 2 hrs/week, that everyone can help become
"active" as community members:

* Special Community Events:

Notes from my talk on "Beyond Best Practices: Taking Non-profits to the Next Level in Second Life" at SLCC

SL Curriculum Workshop

For those that weren't able to be there, here's a quick rundown of what I spoke about at the Non-profit Commons mini-track at the Second Life Community Convention this past weekend in Tampa, Florida. While this year's non-profit track had less folks participating than last year, we had some great exchanges with non-profit innovators like Master Quatro, Sheva Nerad, folks from the American Library Association, USC's Network Culture Project, Native Lands, and several other groups in attendance physically or via SL.

Thanks to Coughran Mayo for inviting me to speak and doing an admirable job moderating the entire mini-track.  And shout-outs to Rhiannon Chatnoir, In Kenzo and Amulius Lioncourt for bootlegging an audio stream in the Plush Nonprofit Commons in record time.  And I can't forget my colleague Meghan Deana (Coreina Grace in SL) for stepping in at the 11th hour to help me present and facilitate the session.

[Note this is cross-posted from my blog rikomatic.com]

My talk notes follow...

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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