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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 saigalas@gvsu.edu or in SL at 2020Vision Obviate. I'll try to respond to you as quickly as possible.

Thanks,

Ashima

Mollom Spam Filter -- An Update

Mollom has been doing its job pretty well. In the last month it has caught over 1100 potential spam comments on the site! Where I had been engaged in daily cleanup of of anywhere from 20-50 spam comments, I have only had to "pick off' a handful manually.

I guess the question is, have the members of this community found it easier or harder to use the site? Have you noticed any change?

Let me know.

Best,
Creech (Matthew)

Halloween Party Preparations - Ghoulishly Grand!

The NPC Halloween party is just around the corner and Mercedes and Anika are kicking butt and taking names! =) If your NPO wishes to participate in the party, please send Mercedes or Anika the following with full perms (copy mod and transfer):

  • a Landmark to your office in NPC
  • a LOGO
  • a notecard about your NPO
  • a full perm item for your treat bag
  • These need to be submitted by October 15!

    Dress up and get the word out about your organization and P-A-R-T-Y with us on October 25! Here are the details...

    October 25, 2008
    4PM-11:30PM SLT

    GRAND OPENING PARTY - ABLE (Association for Better Living & Education)

    Don't be left out!! JOIN us for the grand opening party for ABLE (the Association for Better Living & Education). There will be fireworks, dancing to a live DJ, games and refreshments, as well as networking opportunities and a seriously fun time!

    Columbus Day from a Native American Perspective - Oct. 12

    Many thanks to Nany Kayo for this great information...

    Virtual Native Lands will host an observation of the significance of Columbus' arrival in the Americas from a Native American perspective on Sunday, October 12, 2008, on the beach at Commonwealth.

    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.

     

    Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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