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NPC Halloween Party - A Howling Success!

October 25 hosted all sorts of ghouls, goblins and other odd entities at the NPC Halloween party. DJ Ricken Flow rocked the dance floor while party goers went trick-or-treating from office to office. All in attendance had a devilishly delightful time and are looking forward to the next big NPC event. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this event a huge success!

Out with the Old and In with the New

You've probably noticed a change to the Commons' Web site.

  • It has a bit of a new look
  • Site elements have moved some.
  • The site has been upgraded from Drupal 5.x to 6.x
  • You'll see that URLs are now human friendly
  • An XML sitemap has been added for URL spiders
  • Meta-tags can be added to each post

As you look around, if you see anything that is out of place or not working correctly--please let me know!

Creech Antwerp (Matthew Saunders)

Excellent Videos - Public Good Challenge

At the Friday meeting, Draxtor Despres gave us a great presentation on the public good challenge, produced for the Network
Culture Project at USC. Drax is working on a three part video series to represent the project and parts 1 and 2 are now complete. I took some time to watch them this morning and I have to say that they are VERY well done and incredibly informative. I would encourage everyone to take a look.

Network Culture Project - Public Good Challenge Part 1

How Do I Get My Volunteers Involved in SL?

As a relative newbie in SL and NPC, I am still learning pretty much everything. I would love for my NP organization to have a presence in SL, however, I am relatively sure that I am the only member of my nonprofit that has an account. And while I am happy to do what I can to help out my org, I simply can't be the only person supporting our presence. We are an all volunteer NP which adds to the challenge.

New Report! Nonprofits in Second Life: Promoting Causes Inside Second Life for Real World Impact has just published the latest study on the benefits, impact, challenges and opportunities of nonprofits in Second Life at:

Written by Anika Pastorelli (Sandy Bettger) of GCN, this report represents a collaborative effort among 12 nonprofits, TechSoup and NPC volunteers in capturing, analyzing and presenting the benefits and impact of nonprofits in a virtual world. We hope the study will help all nonprofits in SL to strengthen their rationale and strategy, promote their causes and achieve greater impact.

Peggy Weil and Nonny de la Peña Discuss Using Art for Political Activism at Justice Center October 24

Can virtual art stimulate real-world political action? Find out on Friday, October 24, as digital media artists Peggy Weil (Ping Rau in SL) and Nonny de la Peña (Nonny Writer) discuss how they are using 3D artwork as a form of political expression and civic engagement. At the Justice Center (click here to teleport ) from 10-11am PST on October 24.

Peggy and Nonny have been involved in a number of ground-breaking digital media projects that explore the intersections of art and politics, from "The Redistricting Game" that Peggy designed to "Unconstitutional" a documentary of civil liberties in America post 9/11 produced by Nonny. They will talk about their latest explorations of political artwork in SL, from the "Gone Gitmo" project to the "Mauerkrankheit/Wallsickness" installation that was an Annenberg Public Good Merit Award winner. Then we will teleport over to their exhibits to get a guided tour from them!

Promoting Causes Inside Second Life – For Real-World Impact

There is a fantastic, comprehensive report on the WIKI compiled and delivered by Anika Pastorelli (aka Sandra Bettger) called Nonprofits and Second Life: Promoting Causes Inside Second Life – For Real-World Impact.

An Open Source Grant Making System

Grant-making isn't a cheap venture. Even if you are a re-granting agency (you are given money to give away), the overhead involved in running a grants program is significant. I want to help that change.

SL-BaSE - the Second Life Business and Social Expo

From Eschatos Graves...

As was noted this week in the Metaverse Messenger, we've started
up a new division, Metaverse Conference Management, to develop a new series of meetings. The first of these is SL-BaSE, the Second Life Business and Social Expo, which is (obviously) going to focus specifically on Second Life.

What: ..... SL-BaSE
When: .... June 4-7, 2009
Where: ... Portland, OR
Web: ......

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Hi there... just wanted to let you all know we're on hiatus until November. We're taking the information we've gathered thus far and will share the results with you all via this blog.

Also, we are hoping to expand the hours and services we offer to nonprofits in the Commons. We'll keep you posted.

Please, if you should have any questions, contact me at or in SL at 2020Vision Obviate. I'll try to respond to you as quickly as possible.




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