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Join the Nonprofit Commons Track at the SLCC09

With the Second Life Community Convention (SLCC) fast approaching, August 13-16, we're excited to roll-out the schedule for the Nonprofit Track to everyone! The Nonprofit Track is a set of workshops and presentations provided by nonprofits. Information provided will benefit not only nonprofits, but other organizations as well.

The official hash tags for the event are #NPSL and #SLCC09, so please be sure to use them in your tweets and blog posts to make it a little easier to track.

The SCHEDULE for the Nonprofit Commons Track is as follows:

Is Measuring Business Success Different in Second Life Than in the Real World?

While I always consider Second Life such a different realm when it comes to business, I'm quickly learning that it's not that different from real-life and can be assessed by real-life standards.

A recent blog post, "Measuring business success in virtual worlds is not different from business as usual" does a great job of comparing Second Life business assessment to real-life and even introduces the principle of the "balanced scoreboard" which has been a business analysis strategy for years.

First FCC Workshop on E-Gov / Civic Engagement to be Simulcast into Second Life this Thursday, August 6

This Thursday, August 6, at 6:30am PST / 9:30am EST, there will be a Second Life simulcast of an FCC Workshop on the subject of "E-Gov/Civic Engagement." The goal of this workshop is to evaluate how broadband can improve the performance of government specifically in terms of transparency and citizen participation and more generally in terms of effectiveness and efficiency. The workshop will consider various ways all levels of government, as well as governments in other countries, have used broadband to improve its performance in these ways and how those lessons might apply for purposes of developing the national broadband plan. The workshop will also consider the potential benefits of universal broadband in enabling various government operations to move to a digital platform in terms of improved performance, cost savings, and strategic benefits to the communications infrastructure.

Hosted on MacArthur Island in Second Life ( click here to teleport ), this video simulcast of the workshop is open to the general public to attend. Key constituents of particular interest to the FCC include service providers, equipment providers, applications providers, community groups, and other groups that have a stake in the future of broadband. Virtual event hosting, moderation and technical support provided by Global Kids.

Purdue is Getting to "Business" in Second Life

This is a great article about how Purdue chose to embrace social networking within Second Life to assist students not only with connecting but also with learning.

Rape Crisis Scotland campaign site at NPC

Rape Crisis Scotland – a voluntary organisation working to raise awareness of issues relating to sexual violence – has launched a site on Second Life - within Non-Profit Commons, to raise awareness of its campaign to Second Life dwellers.

With Second Life now having over 19 million registered users, there is potential to reach an international audience, with campaigning organisations such as Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) increasingly making use of new technology to reach wider audiences.

Announcing Betterverse.org: chronicling the public good sector in the virtual world

Betterverse.org screenshotIt is with great excitement that I announce a project I have been wanting to launch for some time now: Betterverse.org. The site is dedicated to covering and aggregating the most exciting experiments in nonprofit and public good applications of virtual world technology from across the metaverse.

Job Accommodation Network Office Grand Opening!

Cool news and exciting grand opening!!!

The Job Accommodation Network will be hosting a grand opening event at our office on Health Commons on Monday, July 27 for the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

JAN will offer two scheduled tours of the office with a 10 minute overview of who JAN is, what JAN does, and what technical assistance JAN can provide related to the ADA. After the tours, a representative will be available to answer questions and provide follow-up materials.

Holding Corporate Meetings in Second Life

While impromptu meetings can be held in a public park or amphitheater in Second Life, Corporate meetings require a lot more planning and of course, the right venue.

The Second Life community blogs recently published a great post on conducting corporate meetings called Corporate Events and Meetings in Second Life which not only breaks down the process for organizing a meeting but also gives some folks who can help you pull it together.

New Group for Alumni Who Want to Help Nonprofits Virtually

From Donna Johnson '94 UIUC (aka Tuty Inkpen):

I am the founder of "Alumni in NPSL" which is a group for Second Life members who are now or plan to plug into the rich Nonprofit community of Second Life.

Second Life, and other virtual worlds, truly takes networking to a deeper level because it provides real-time chat and interactions.
Examples of those who are taking advantage of the wealth of opportunity afforded by SL include:

*major universities, including the UI's Global Campus

Beth Noveck talks about Wiki Government in Second Life on July 20th!

Please join a Second Life simulcast, from the Markle Foundation, of Beth Simone Noveck, now the deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House responsible for Open Government, presenting her new book, WIKI GOVERNMENT: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A, in which participants from both Second Life and in person can ask questions of the author.

In the digital age our lives are constantly being transformed by the way in which we connect and collaborate with one another, affecting the way we make decisions - on a personal level, an institutional level, and a national level. Drawing on her expertise, and more directly her experience in creating Peer-to-Patent, the federal government's first social networking initiative, Ms. Noveck's Wiki Government insightfully demonstrates how technology, along with citizen participation, can help the government become more open and effective at solving the complex social and economic problems we face today.

The event will begin at 12:00pm EST/9:00am PST on Monday, July 20, 2009 and will take place in Second Life on MacArthur Island (click here to teleport http://slurl.com/secondlife/Foundations/109/231/34).

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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