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Open Forum for May 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 6thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature an open forum and is a chance to chat on relevant tech, upcoming events, and a roundup happenings and updates on what other NPC community members are working on.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, May 6th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Open Forum 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Game Development: Knowing Your Audience for April 29th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 29th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature David Fliesen (SL: Joey Aboma) presenting on knowing your user when developing games. Knowing your game audience will help understand how to best reach "the player" by better understanding WHO they are and WHAT motivates them to play. This session will explore Jesse Schell's Art of Game Design, and include opportunities for learning your own player type, the taxonomy of game pleasures, personality types, and explore everything from psychographics to demographics and geographics to better know the players of games.
David Fliesen (SL: Joey Aboma/OpenSim: Sun Tzu) is a 3D Content Developer at AvaCon, where he also helps as a community manager for the Free Virtual Land for Social Good Organizations (https://www.avacon.org/blog/events/free-virtual-land-for-social-good-organizations/). He graduated last month with a BFA in media arts & animation from the Art Institute of Virginia Beach and has a broad range of virtual worlds and serious gaming experience -- developing courses for Rasmussen College in Engineering Virtual Worlds and the MEDATAR serious medical game proof of concept for the U.S. Air Force's Surgeon General. 
 
This week will also feature a Mentor Central presentation Power of Surprise on the importance of creative thinking and serendipity, by Lynne Berrett (Lissena Wisdomseeker) of http://agelessmindproject.org.
 
Join us in Second Life! 
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, April 29th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central - Power of Surprise
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Game Development: Knowing Your Audience 
  • 9:50 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 
 

Celebrating Earth Day with Etopia for April 22nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 22ndTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Gloria Kraegel (Namaara MacMoragh in SL) who will present on the Etopia EcoVillage and Sustainable Community

Open Forum for April 15th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 15th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature an open forum and is a chance to chat on relevant tech, upcoming events, and a roundup happenings and updates on what other NPC community members are working on.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, April 15th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Open Forum 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

Digital Storytelling for Good for the April 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

 

This Friday, April 8th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will focus on digital storytelling, and talk on the #Storymakers2016  digital storytelling campaign which is focused on building capacity for NGOs to use storytelling to create assets for fundraising and advocacy. This week, TechSoup launched it’s annual competition, including new educational how-to’s, webinars, and resources, and we encourage everyone to consider submitting photos or a video. 

 

We also will have Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres) to update us on the short digital story about Nonprofit Commons, that he is creating for his World Makers series. He will be filming some during our meeting, so come with your avatar ready to be part of this! - https://www.youtube.com/user/draxtordespres

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, April 8th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Digital Storytelling for Good
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Memes for Social Good 2: Revenge of the GIF for the April 1st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 1stTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a presentation on using memes for social good. Last year we explored memes as elements of culture that often get passed on from person to person, and virally propagate around the internet. They can be images, videos, audio files and even sayings or bits of text. This time, we will focus on animated GIFs and short video memes, how you can use them for social good, and go through some of the online tools you can use to create them.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, April 1st, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Memes for Social Good 2: Revenge of the GIF
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Life Integration Using Arts Processes for March 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 25th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Marly Milena (Niela Miller) who will share how she created a Life Integration exhibit to help make meaning of her experiences and pursuits, and will give you ideas of how you might go about making one for yourself. She will demonstrate using a drawing board and building tools to symbolize different aspects of a life. Time will be provided at the end for Q&A and contributions from participants.

 

BIO: Marly Milena aka Niela Miller, M.S. Education/Communications, brings her rich background  and training in the arts, Gestalt psychology, Jungian process work, organization development, group dynamics and education to whatever she does. She has been in SL since 2007 and has one group called Octagon:Creative Exploration and shares leadership (with Wisdomseeker Lissena) of another group on her sim called Adventures in Lifelong Learning. See her website for publications, articles, an integration exhibit under Projects, Second Life machinima videos of  some of her sessions, samples of her programs in SL, her music, and other yummies. http://www.peoplesystemspotential.com

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, March 25th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Life Integration Using Arts Processes 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Recapping VWBPE-Looking Forward to NTC for the March 18th Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, March 18thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will get a chance to go over highlights of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices conference, and the upcoming Nonprofit Technology Conference taking place in San Jose next week. We will also have a Mentors Central presentation on remote work tools, and Draxtor will join us to discuss the NPC video he is making as part of the World Maker Series and film some of our meeting.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 18th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central - Remote Work Tools
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Draxtor Despres discussing and filming a short NPC video
  • 9:20 am Recapping VWBPE, looking foward to NTC
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements 

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.org. The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Nonprofit Commons at VWBPE: Creating Impact Through a Community of Practice

This week's Nonprofit Commons meeting will take place at the VWBPE Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 Conference.


TechSoup's NonProfit Commons (NPC) was designed to create a community of practice for nonprofit professionals, librarians, and social good focused technologists to explore and learn about virtual worlds such as Second Life, and to investigate the many ways in which organizations might utilize these unique environments. Through this community, NPC provides space to qualifying groups, holds regular meetings and network events, offers peer mentoring, and has created a cooperative, social-civic good focused learning environment that fosters outreach, education, fundraising, and impactful mission building, all in a virtual space.


Panelists:

 

NPC Panel: March 11, 2016 @ 08:00 AM – 09:50 AM Pacific

 
In this panel presentation, members of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life community will share peer-based learning strategies, community development best practices, and stories of how using a virtual environment as part of this collaborative community of practice have impacted their work and individual organization missions.



Session Objectives

Members of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life community will share community development best practices, peer-based learning strategies, and stories of how using a virtual environment as part of this community of practice has impacted the work and missions of the cross-disciplined group made up of nonprofits, librarians, social-good focused technologists and educators. This will include members of Nonprofit Commons’ community management team and mentors, as well as those from the various NPC member organizations that are part of the community.



Join us for this special panel virtually! More info at: http://vwbpe.org/event/nonprofit-commons-creating-impact-through-a-community-of-practice?instance_id=41

Open Forum for the March 4th Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, March 4thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will have an open forum that will give us a chance to ask deeper question from our past week's topics, discuss upcoming Nonprofit Commons events and others like the Virtual Worlds Best Practices conference. It will also be an opportunity to ask any burning tech or community questions you might have. 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 4th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Open Forum
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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