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Mixed Reality Learning Lab & more at the NCVS Conference in NYC next week

From Evonne Heyning with Claire Sale @techsoup:

The 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) is June 28-30 in New York City. The NCVS conference is an opportunity for volunteer and service leaders to get together for in-person networking and learning. If you're going to be there we'd love for you to get in touch -- or if you cannot attend, join us in Second Life or on the web!

Here's a listing of live sessions and spaces hosted by TechSoup:

Mixed Reality Learning Lab
Susan Tenby from TechSoup Global along with Nonprofits in Second Life team members Evonne Heyning and Josephine Dorado

Jolie Mason Presentation on June 11th and Helen Keller Day June 19th

On June 11th, after our weekly Friday meeting here at the NPC, we were honored to have Jolie Mason / Jolie1 Magic with us. Jolie Mason is known as the first blind person to enter Second Life, and she gave an amazing presentation about virtual worlds, accessibility, and why Helen Keller is a dangerous hero to have.

How Does SL Help the Blind?

Interested in accessibility and disability issues? Ever wonder how Second Life can assist people with disabilities?

Join us this Friday, June 11th at 9:30AM SLT for a special presentation by Jolie Mason, the first blind person to ever join Second Life.

Nonprofit Games Brainstorm Bash Revisited

On Sunday, 05.23.2010 the Nonprofit Commons held a brainstorming session in New York City that was streamed into Second Life. This mixed reality event brought interested people from all types of disciplines together to share their ideas and imagine what an NPCGame would look like. Here is my breakdown of the chat transcript, organized for clarity for your viewing pleasure. If I left anything off, feel free to discuss this in the NPCGames Google Group

Our Goals

We're a Finalist for the 2010 Linden Prize!

UPDATE:: The winner of the 2010 Linden Prize is the Tech Virtual Museum, set to receive an award of $10,000 USD. Check out the Winner's Announcement!

Nonprofit Commons in Second Life was recently chosen as one of ten finalists for this year's Linden Prize, which recognizes outstanding innovation in improving the lives of people both inside and outside the virtual world of SL.

Candlelight Vigil for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

The ALS Association’s SL Candlelight Vigil, held Sunday night in the Plush Amphitheater, was a success! I had approximately 35 visitors throughout the night, and raised 10,000L for ALS. Considering this was my 1st ever Second Life event, I am very pleased with the outcome. During the vigil I displayed a slide show of photos from The Association’s RL vigil held in Washington, DC. The slide show, along with all the virtual candles lit, gave the amphitheater a very peaceful, serene feeling. The highlight of my night was meeting a couple who is currently dealing with ALS.

Nonprofits, Gaming & Virtual Worlds Brainstorm Bash

Nonprofits, Gaming & Virtual Worlds Brainstorm Bash

A brainstorm session for nonprofits, gamers and virtual world enthusiasts

A project of TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life

Ever combined the Web, World of Warcraft, Real Life, Second Life, Google Earth, Nintendo, Facebook, Moore's Law and the unfolding human experience into a single thought (which, perhaps, you then Twittered over your iPhone)? Do you dream of saving the world in 8-bit superhero style?

Candlelight Vigil for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Candlelight Vigil for ALS
Sunday, May 16
5 - 7 p.m. SLT

Please join The ALS Association in a candlelight vigil to mark ALS Awareness Month. This virtual vigil will follow the RL vigil in Washington DC, so that people who are not able to attend in DC can still be involved.

Webinar: Using Second Life to Collaborate and Connect

Date: Thu, May 13, 2010
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Time: 11:00 AM PDT

Some of you may have heard of Second Life before, while others may have not. Join us for an upcoming webinar that discusses the 3-D interactive environment of Second Life.

Basically, this webinar will demystify the use of Second Life for social good, and allow you to explore the benefits of using Second Life for nonprofits and libraries.

From the registration page:

Hear from Susan Tenby, Jessica Dally, and Renne Brock-Richmond who will:
• discuss best practices,

NPC CommonGround Networking Party May 6th, 5-7PM SLT

What: CommonGround Networking
When: Thursday, May 6 at 5:00PM SLT
Where: slurl to Nonprofit Commons

On May 6th, join us for our Splash Soiree water-themed party and costume contest (winner gets to pick the nonprofit that gets the evening’s donations). Our event sponsor is the ALS Association and our DJ is LilTank.

Did you know that May is ALS Awareness month? The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.


Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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