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Will Someone? for the August 28th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 28th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Chris Heuer, and a presentation on his latest project: Will Someone?

Will Someone is a better way to ask for help to accomplish your objectives. Taking collaboration beyond simple conversation, Will Someone provides a socialized "ask" list, which enables you and your community members to easily see what needs to be done and get more done together. In this way we create accountability and recognition for contributions by facilitating connections between those who have a need and those who have the ability and availability. Now you can easily share all those things on your 'someday we will get to it list' with your community, making that someday come a lot sooner by asking Will Someone? If you are interested in starting a pilot with your advisory board or volunteers by tweeting to @WillSomeone_ 

About Chris Heuer:

While serving as a leader of Deloitte Consulting's Social Business efforts, he recognized the fundamental need to change the way we collaborate. So in 2013 he set out to build a technology solution that was inherently social, instilled with mutual respect and enabled people to work smarter together. As the founder and Chairman of non-profit Social Media Club, he saw the challenges faced by community organizations firsthand. The resulting solution, Will Someone, is now being offered to select non-profit communities, coworking spaces and advisory boards to enable them to maximize the passion and contributions of their volunteers.

Since he was young, Chris Heuer has had a talent to see how things could be instead of how they are. This vision, plus his mother's belief that he could do anything, lead him to a life of social entrepreneurship, going after some of the biggest opportunities to arise in the past 20 years. He is a consultant, a keynote speaker, a trained facilitator and a well regarded 'futurist'. He serves on several advisory boards, including the American Heart Association Stroke Advisory Board and those of numerous startups through his work as a mentor at Wearable World.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, August 28th, 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 - Chris Heuer, Will Someone
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements 

This week’s featured presentation will be in voice, with accompanying rough transcribing.

 

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 August 21st NonProfit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, August 21stTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will have an open forum that will give us a chance to ask deeper questions from our past week's topics, discuss upcoming Nonprofit Commons events and other projects. 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, August 21st, 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

 

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.

Exploring Windows 10 for the August 14th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 14th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL), and a presentation on Windows 10. Windows 10 is here! For many organizations, the upgrade is free. Learn about it’s features, how to go through the process of upgrading, troubleshooting any security concerns, and share resources.

Jeroen Frans is a creative producer, virtual world technologist, and co-founder and CEO of the Vesuvius Group, LLC. As a futurist, he is always looking forward to how innovative technology can be used and enhanced. This drives him to try his hand in many technologies, and his early adoption has resulted in a wide skill set in programing, 3D, Web and game design, machinima and animation.

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, August 14th, 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 - Exploring Windows 10
  • 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.

 

image: Some rights reserved by morrisonbrett 

Giving Day Playbook for the August 7th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 7th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on giving campaigns. Knight Foundation has recently launched a playbook and series of webinars for foundations interested in launching a Giving Day. We will share some of the key points of their Giving Day Playbook that are just as useful for nonprofits, community organizations, libraries and others interested in best practices of giving, sponsorships, and donor relations. 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, August 7th, 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 - Giving Day Playbook
  • 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.

The Power of Visual Art for Social Good for the July 31 Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 31st, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Michelle Morton presenting on using social photo sharing sites like Pinterest. And how creative images and video can visually tell the story of your org’s mission, challenge perceptions, and is a powerful tool for initiating change.

VIRTUALVillage Media will also share info on their recently launched social good Visual Art Contest, whose theme is “Art Changes the World”.  The contest invites people to share their vision, in five categories, on how art can change the world. Open to ALL visual mediums and artists including: 3D and motion graphics, machinima, short films, digital art, fine art, photographers, designers, architects, and other creatives. More details at: http://virtualvillagemedia.com/about-us/visual-art-contest-2015/.

Michelle Morton is the President and Co-Founder of VIRTUALVillage Media, a digital media and communications agency based in National Harbor, MD. With over 15 years experience in digital media and integrated marketing, Michelle has managed projects for clients such as the Department of Defense, Motorola, Kodak International, DennysBadia Spices, Leadership Laboratory, CRECGroup and OneWellnessPlace.com. Michelle also maintains a PMP Certification, Inbound Certification, HubSpot Certification and Digital Signage Certifications. Michelle loves building brands and working side by side with organizations to reach their communication and outreach goals. Her specialties include digital media, integrated marketing, creative design, event marketing, project management and information technology.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 31st, 8:30 AM PDT / 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 - Michelle Morton (Faith Aljon 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. 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act for the July 24th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 24th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This week is the 25th anniversary of the ADA (#ADA25), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Come learn and discuss how the ADA effects education, employment, communication, community participation, and more. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, July 24th, 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 - Americans with Disabilities Act, iSkye Silverweb & Rhiannon Chatnoir
  • 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.

 

/photos by Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs

 

Relay for Life of Second Life for the July 17th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 17th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a panel presentation of the Relay for Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) activities, community, and main virtual fundraising event that kicks off this weekend. Panelists will include Tee Aster, the mission lead, along with Gem Sunkiller, and Catalina Stahile, who will share some of the history, events and important mission work RFL of SL does, including the “Why I Relay” project which illustrates the passion that drives not only the organizers, but many of those who run teams, and give. 

About the 2015 RFL of SL: The Future Is Now 

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 11 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. Five years later, in 2010 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over $220,000. The 1 MILLIONTH US dollar was raised in 2011 when more than 2000 volunteers raised over $375,000. In 2012 we passed the 1.5 million dollar mark. In 2014, we passed the 2 million US dollar mark and we are approaching the 2.5 million dollar mark quickly.

Relay Weekend, Jul 18–19, is a fun-filled, overnight event that unites SL individuals throughout the world to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. For more information about RFL in SL please visit the American Cancer Society Region anytime, day or night, all year long. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Relay%20For%20Life/134/63/21   

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, July 17th, 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 - Relay for Life of 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.

Digital Stories and NMC Conference Observations for July 10th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 10th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL) of Peninsula College and Nonprofit Commons Mentor Chair who will share her experiences and observations from the DC New Media Consortium Summer Conference. She presented her coursework, “Courage to Encourage – Superhero Origin Story Lessons”, during the Idea Lab that included her Second Life classroom, exploring superpowers, teamwork, and her coloring books. In the Fall of 2015, Peninsula College will launch their new Digital Storytelling courses taught by Zinnia / Renne that include Infographics & Data Visualization, Intro to 3D Design, and Immersive Engagement.

Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond is an artist, instructor, and superhero empowering people to be their best virtual and tangible self by advancing excellence, exceptional pursuits, and individualism through creative expression and encouraging instruction with inspired results. She is an instructor and the Multimedia Communications Department Coordinator at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. Renne has actively taught college level fine art and digital media for over twenty-two years, and her company, unique as you, specializes in color perception, intention, and utilization to create motivating, engaging experiences with innovative identity development, transmedia marketing, social media, events, and immersive environments for businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, organizations, and communities.

Focused on the evolution of intelligence, role models, and superheroes, Renne earned her Bachelors of Science in Art at Lewis & Clark College and her Masters of Fine Art in Visual Art at Vermont College at Norwich University. In 2009, she graduated from the first pioneering class of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Worlds Program and a team leader of the Avalumni graduate collaborators. Renne is working toward her PhD in Education utilizing art and expression in immersive environments. 

Renne has been teaching virtual world use since 2008 with University of Washington, Peninsula College, Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference at the National Defense University, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conferences, New Media Consortium, TechSoup Global, Nonprofit Commons, Virtual Ability, Rockcliffe University Consortium, Second Life Community Conferences, GeekGirlCon, and Arizona State University. She is the Chair of the Nonprofit Commons Mentors and applies virtual networking, fundraising, exhibition and education creation as the President of Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance and the Vice President of The Museum Collective, Inc. Renne creates art, apparel, and virtual goods embracing the power of brilliant hues, uniqueness, and acceptance. She is an award winning artist, educator, nonprofit establisher, board member, and Arts advocate who only uses her superpowers for good.

About Peninsula College:

Peninsula College is located on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington delivering innovative and exceptional classes on campus and online with baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and certificate programs that provide professional opportunities and personal enrichment. http://pencol.edu

About NMC:

The NMC (New Media Consortium) is an international community of experts in educational technology — from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the advisory boards and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research. http://www.nmc.org

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, July 10th, 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 - Zinnia Zauber
  • 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.

Celebrating the 4th with NPC at SL12B Nonprofit Videos - no meeting July3rd

Nonprofit Commons in Second Life will not be hosting a weekly meeting this week, since our usual meeting day of Friday July 3rd, falls during the 4th of July holiday observances in the US. Though we won't be meeting, let's celebrate this 4th by enjoying some of the videos captured during last week's Second Life 12th birthday (#SL12B). As part of SL12B celebrations, Nonprofit Commons in Second Life had a week long series of presentations and performances focused on nonprofit uses of virtual worlds such as Second Life. 

Please enjoy some of the amazing people and projects that make up NPC! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBbCCN1eQ2t5Ewfk5OgkMHNnoY8Xx0gAh

Sorry for sound loss in some of the videos. You can find more information on these panels, including speaker bios for all presenters throughout the week at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AlPl9q3YjUyo0MoKbUuALXjownlMEbPrIGlofcaaexI/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you to everyone who presented last week at SL12B, all those who attend our NPC weekly meetings and other events, and the nonprofit, social-good community of folks who inhabit these virtual spaces. Happy 4th all!

 

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. Nonprofit Commons is sponsored by TechSoup Global's Caravan Studios.

Nonprofit Commons Community Panel at the SL12B for the 6/26 NPC Meeting

This Friday, June 26th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a presentation on the Nonprofit Commons community at this year's Second Life 12th birthday (SL12B). The panel will include NPC members Buffy Bye (Buffy Beale), Dick Dillon (Coughran Mayo), Susan Tenby (Glitteractica Cookie), Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir), and Renne Brock Richmond (Zinnia Zauber.)
 
Join us in Second Life!
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, June 26th, 8:30 AM PDT / 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 Head to SL12B main auditorium: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL12B%20Astound/217/194/22  
• 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Nonprofit Commons Community panel at  SL12B
 
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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