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Creating Virtual Training Scenarios in Minutes for the April 3rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 3rd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Rameshsharma Ramloll (Ramesh Ramloll in Second Life), of DeepSemaphore LLC. The need to match rapidly and precisely unanticipated changes in learning requirements is well established by virtual exercise designers and facilitators. RezMela™ allows subject matter experts create, tailor and manage avatar based interactive 3D virtual training environments in minutes without any programming or 3D modeling skills. The approach enables intuitive and deep control and monitoring of virtual content components from their growing library.

 

Rameshsharma Ramloll, PhD Computer Science (Lancaster University UK), BTech Computer Science & Engineering (IIT Kanpur, India) has been developing immersive virtual learning environments for diverse user groups during the past seven years on platforms that include Second Life and OpenSim. He is currently the CEO/CTO of DeepSemaphore LLC, an E-Learning and Simulation Solutions company. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, April 3rd, 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 - Rameshsharma Ramloll (Ramesh Ramloll in SL)
  • 9:45 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.

One Billion Rising for the March 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Saffia Widdershins, one of the lead organizers of the virtual version of the violence against women activism focused event One Billion Rising. 

 

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Walk, Dance, and Rise as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change. The objective of the event is to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations will be available for those wishing to donate.

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, March 27th, 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 - Saffia Widdershins, One Billion Rising 
  • 9:45 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.

NPC goes to VWBPE for the March 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 20th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a visit to the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education virtual conference (http://vwbpe.org). VWBPE is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments, including research, health and nonprofit presentations. We will meet as usual, and then after introductions, and a chance to share announcements, we will travel to the panel focused around the Virtual Ability disability support community. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, March 20th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT) 

 

In addition to the Virtual Ability panel, there are many nonprofit topic focused panels happening, and NPC community members presenting this year, and we encourage community members to check them out. You can view the full schedule at: http://vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2015-calendar, and check out the NPC member presentations below.

  • March 19th, 9:00 AM PT - Learning by Leading – Discover Your Destiny, Renne Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL)
  • March 20th, 7:00 AM PT - Creating Dinosaurs & Earning Badges, Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL)
  • March 20th, 3:00 PM PT - Content Curation Through Virtual World Communities
  • March 21st, 9:00 AM PT - NonProfit Commons Community panel

 

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.

Looking Back at NTC and FCVW, Looking Forward to VWBPE for the March 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 13th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a recap on the recent #NTC15 Nonprofit Technology Conference and the Federal Consortium for VIrtual Worlds, as well as a looking forward to the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. We will touch on relevant panels, and brief overview of how to create an account and hypergrid if you are planning on attending VWBPE OpenSimulator events.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, March 13th, 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 - Looking Back at NTC, Looking Forward to VWBPE
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

Our regular Mentor’s meeting will follow the regular meeting, which is a chance for any questions, help, and this week, a special opportunity to check in for VWBPE if you are a presenter this year. 

 

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.

Using Data for Storytelling for the March 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 6th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Nika Aleksejeva, from Infogr.am, and a discussion on how you can use data as a compelling way of telling social good stories. 

 

Nika is a passionate data storyteller currently working at Infogr.am, a popular data visualization service.  She is in charge of Infogram.org, the company's non-profit arm which aims to enhance data literacy while bringing the power of data visualization to local communities worldwide. Nika comes from a journalism background - her work involved writing on business topics and making data-driven stories about energy, global economic trends and education. Seeing the future in digital journalism, she continues to work and share the knowledge that helps to develop new communication forms. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, March 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 - Using Data for Storytelling 
  • 9:45 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.

A Discussion on Online Privacy and Identity for February 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Kathleen Watkins (Serene Jewell in SL) who will present on online identity and privacy. You might use Facebook to log in to other online services, or have heard about #nymwars that focused on online identity, come learn and discuss these topics and how they relate to how you interact (and login) online.

About Kathleen / Serene:

Kathleen Watkins left a job as a nonprofit administrator in 1995 to become a trainer and developer in the emerging phenomenon known as the world wide web. Two years later she formed Nitecat Media, a San Francisco video and website production company with her partner Scott Wiseman. For more than a decade they created multimedia productions for corporate and nonprofit clients including Google, Consumers Union, Zeiss Humphrey and Toyota. Kathleen joined Second Life in 2006 and is now creating projects in Opensim. She recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Anthropology. Her coursework included an academic internship with Virtual Ability, Inc. As her avatar Serene Jewell, she also created the Metaverse Tours group that leads regular hypergrid excursion trips - https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101358455712632179919.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 27th, 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 - A Discussion on Online Privacy and Identity (Serene Jewell)
  • 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.

Data 101 - Open Data Day for the February 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 20th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature an intro to data to celebrate Open Data Day that takes place world-wide on February 21st. Big data, open data, civic data, data visualizations…join us for a discussion on these and other important data concepts.

 

More info on Open Data Day at: http://opendataday.org

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, February 20th, 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 Mentor’s Central
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Data 101 - Open Data Day
  • 9:45 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.

Open Forum for the February 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 13th, TechSoup'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 topic of curation tools, 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, February 13th, 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. 

Content Curation Tools for the February 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 6th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Renne Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL). With lots of interest on using Pinterest during recent Mentor Central presentation, Zinnia will be leading a discussion on content curation tools, like Pinterest, Scoop.it, storify, IFTTT and others. Bring your questions and ready to share how you share content online. 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, February 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
  • 8:50 am Featured Presentation - Content Curation Tools
  • 9:45 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.

 

Securing Nonprofit Sponsors and Business Donations for the January 30th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 30th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Lisa Maqsud (Hope4Satobs Resident in Second Life) presenting on how nonprofits and groups can get donated goods and services from both real world businesses, and creators within Second Life. This will include discussing the different parts of a sponsor letter and why each plays an important part in securing donations. 

 

Lisa Maqsud is the Founder & Chair of the nonprofit charity HOPE 4 SATOBS, Inc., and has been active with nonprofit organizations since college. She has a Master’s Degree in the Management of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to getting sick, she was the Associate Regional Director for Habitat For Humanity International, Midwest Division where she was in charge of helping new Habitat organizations set up and perform bi-annual reviews and trainings for existing Habitat organizations.  As part of this, she also was a professional trainer in the areas of board development, leadership, time management, conflict management, effective meetings and team building. Prior to this, she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Cleveland Foodbank where she was in charge of managing over 5,000 volunteers seen each year there. For the last five years she has developed HOPE 4 SATOBS from a small group in Second Life into a full 501c3 charitable organization. She loves working with her charity as well as working with other groups in Second Life who are doing charitable work. Lisa believes in working together instead of competing to bring about more awareness and for the good of all people.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 30th, 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 - Continuing with Pinterest, Zinnia Zauber
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Lisa Maqsud (Hope4Satobs Resident in Second Life)
  • 9:45 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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