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A Discussion with Ebbe Altberg and Peter Gray for the July 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 25thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a community discussion with Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden), CEO of Linden Lab, and Peter Gray (Pete Linden), Director of Global Communications. 

Linden Lab has been engaging with educational, nonprofit and other communities recently by Ebbe holding community conversations with groups in Second Life. Join us for a discussion with Ebbe Altberg at this week's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting.

We will be hosting this week's meeting in voice, with a special live transcriptioning accessible at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=nonprofitcommons 



Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

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

Aloft Nonprofit Commons

SLurl:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aloft%20Nonprofit%20Commons/90/56/23  



AGENDA (all times below PT / SLT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:35 am A Short History of NonProfit Commons
  • 8:45 am Community Discussion with Ebbe Altberg & Peter Gray 



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. 

Community Discussion for the July 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 18th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a community discussion on nonprofit and educational uses of Second Life. In anticipation of an upcoming meeting where NPC will be host to Linden Lab's CEO, Ebbe Altberg, come share your projects, ideas and ways you have been using virtual spaces in your organization. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 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 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation 
  • 9:40 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. 

Apps for Good for the July 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 11th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on mobile apps for good. Mobile phones have become ubiquitous and even in areas with poor access to internet, smartphone usage has grown tremendously. There are millions of apps, focused on things like gaming, social sharing, music, messaging, work productivity and more. But what if you want to help change the world? Well, there's an app for that too! 

Come learn about how some apps are using things like checking in, taking photos, and game play to drive social actions, encourage donations, and solve problems. 

 

OpenSimulator 101 & Hypergrid Tour for the June 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, June 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Kathleen Watkins (Serene Jewell in SL) who will present an introduction to OpenSimulator, followed by a Hypergrid tour of several OpenSimulator grids and Kitely.

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. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 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 - OpenSimulator 101 (Serene Jewell)
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 9:50 am OpenSImulator Tour - immediately following the meeting, we will do a Hypergrid tour of several grids. We will begin our tour on the AvaCon grid. If you already have an OpenSimulator account that is Hypergrid enabled, you can jump to http://grid.avacon.org:8002, or you can create one on the AvaCon grid at https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/. Please make sure you also have an OpenSimulator capable viewer installed!

 

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. 

Behind the Scenes at Virtual Ability's New Resident Orientation for the June 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

 NonThis Friday, June 20th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion with Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron in SL). Virtual Ability's New Resident Orientation Center was designed to help people with disabilities learn basic Second Life skills. Yet it also works well for newcomers without disabilities. It was built on specific theoretical principles and input from customers that significantly affect the design and operation of the orientation. Gentle will offer explanations of the design background in non-technical language, and then we will tour the instructional facilities on Virtual Ability island.

 

Before she became a person with a disability, Gentle was a classroom teacher, a researcher, and a professional developer. Now she is head of the SL Virtual Ability cross-disability peer support community and the real life (RL) non-profit Virtual Ability®, Inc. which supports the Second Life community.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 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 Mentors Central - Serene Jewell
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Gentle Heron
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 10:00 am Behind the Scenes Tour of Virtual Ability's New Resident Orientation

 

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 Conversation on the Sharing Economy for the June 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

SHARE!This Friday, June 13th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on the sharing economy. The concept of sharing goods and services isn’t new, but with the use of new networked, often mobile, information technology to share goods and services offers new possibilities for businesses and nonprofits alike. 
 
Join us in Second Life! 
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, June 13th, 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 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation 
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
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. 

An Intro to Brain Controlled Interfaces for the June 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Emotiv data fed into Opensim - image by John Lester (Pathfinder Lester in SL)This Friday, June 6th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Unai Makua (Starlab in SL) who will present an introduction to Brain Controlled Interface (BCI), a way to use your brain to control a device or computer and basically 'think' your input. BCI combined with assistive technology can allow users with mobility impairments to interact with a computer without using a standard mouse or keyboard.

About Unai Makua:

His primary research interests are the development and application of new techniques to study brain function using signals recorded from the surface of the brain (electrocorticography (ECoG)), and these discoveries then applied to understanding important clinical problems. His company, Techmed BCI laboratory works in the fields of neuroscience investigating the neural basis of motor, language, and cognitive function. As well as neuroengineering research including statistical signal processing, machine learning, and real-time system design and implementation.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 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 - Gentle Heron
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - an Intro to BCI, Unai Makua (Starlab in SL) 
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

image by John Lester (Pathfinder Lester in SL) - Emotiv data fed into Opensim

 

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. 

Mental Health Awareness Month for the May 30th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 30th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Joshuan Banx, founder of the mental health support group Inspirational Mental Health. May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Joshuan will present on using virtual worlds for support, outreach and raising awareness for those living with mental health issues.

Joshuan Banx is the founder of Inspirational Mental Health, once known as Mental Health Awareness Retreat. After a long battle with his own mental health issues, he saw a need to provide resources and information to others in Second Life, a place where peers could meet and know they are not alone and raise awareness for mental health as there is still much stigma surrounding the subject. Along with others, he has created hunts, parties, and other events that have helped inform people in SL about mental health. Seeing how many people were reached; this year he has decided to expand the work to real life. He is currently working in trying to register Inspirational Mental Health as a real life nonprofit. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, May 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 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Joshuan Banx
  • 9:40 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 International Spaceflight Museum for the May 23rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 23rd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Katherine Prawl (Kat Lemieux in Second Life), founder of the International Spaceflight Museum, who will present on this unique virtual museum, that since 2005, has been dedicated to exploring and preserving some of space travels most historic spacecraft and rockets.

Kat has had a nearly life-long interest in spaceflight. Her father was a chief engineer at Cape Canaveral in the early manned spaceflight era (Mercury, Gemini & Apollo programs), so she grew up in the shadow of rockets. For a couple of years in the late 1980s she was a second-generation space worker as an employee at Boeing in Huntsville, AL, where she worked in the International Space Station design program.

Katherine's academic background includes a BA in Linguistics from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and several starts on Masters degrees, at Florida Tech (Systems Management) and the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.

Presently retired, Kat is deeply involved in obtaining 501c3 tax-exempt status for ISMuseum, the Texas nonprofit corporation that runs the International Spaceflight Museum. In her spare time she enjoys all kinds of fiber arts and xeriscape gardening at her home in the Texas Hill Country.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, May 23rd, 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 - a tribute to Michael Delong (bulaklak)
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Katherine Prawl (Kat Lemieux in Second Life) We will head direct to the International Spaceflight Museum (ISM) for this presentation, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Spaceport%20Alpha/112/144/23
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • Tour of ISM 


 

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. 

Silicon Valley Virtual Reality conference comes to Second Life

The Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference and Expo 2014, on May 19th and 20th, will be streamed into numerous community locations throughout Second Life (and OpenSImulator), including NonProfit Commons! The various virtual audiences will also be captured and shown on screen to the physical conference attendees in Silicon Valley.
 
 
Schedule to be streamed:
 
Monday, 5/19, 2pm SLT keynote speaker Philip Rosedale
 
Tuesday, 5/20, 3 pm SLT - Panel: Creating the VR Metaverse
  • One global metaverse or many?
  • Identity and privacy
  • Virtual World Governance: democracies, the greek god model, or benevolent dictators
  • Intellectual property and legal jurisdictions
  • Avatar portability and standards

Panelists: 

  • Philip Rosedale, Co-founder, High Fidelity
  • Stefano Corazza, CEO, Mixamo
  • Ebbe Altberg, CEO, Linden Lab
  • Tony Parisi, Founder, Vizi
  • Moderator: Bernhard Drax, Founder, draxtor…and media for all
 
For more info about the sessions, goto:  http://svvr.com/schedule/
 
Join us in Second Life! 
 
Monday May 19th at 2PM PT/SLT  &  Tuesday, May 20th at 3PM PT/SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
 
 
This event will be streamed to numerous virtual communities including Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA),  NonProfit CommonsRockcliffeBuilders BreweryDitko University, and others in Second Life, as well as the AvaCon Grid in OpenSimulator. 
 
Huge thanks to Cynthia Stagner (Cindy Bolero in SL) of Silicon Valley Media Group for setting this all up and doing the on site streaming of the SVVR conference!

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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