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Summary of Nonprofit Commons meeting on SOPA/ PIPA

Rhiannon at NPC meeting SOPA 0112Last Friday, January 20, at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, we had a great conversation about the proposed SOPA / PIPA legislation that would impose stiff penalties on websites and internet services that posted links to alleged copyrighted content. About 45 avatars crowded into the NPC amphitheater to share their views on bills before the US Congress, and the potential impact on the internet, free expression, and virtual worlds.

Thanks to the 45 avatars who came to participate!

Here's a summary of the some of the key points and links for further information and commentary.

SOPA/PIPA Discussion at the Nonprofit Commons this Friday, Jan 20, 8:30am!

This Friday January 20, at 8:30am PT, we are hosting a special Nonprofit Commons meeting. We are inviting the our community and all residents of Second Life to join us to talk about the proposed SOPA / PIPA bills before the US Congress, and their larger implications for the internet, virtual worlds, nonprofits and education. Join us this Friday at the Plush Nonprofit Commons at this teleport link.

For those that don't know, here SOPA stands for "stop online piracy act" and is designed to go after websites and services that provide links to copyrighted material. Here are a couple of links to detailed descriptions of SOPA:

Here's Hamlet Au's reporting on how SOPA might threaten Second Life and other virtual worlds:


Also this week our Mentors continue their overview of different third-party viewers for Second Life, the pros and cons, and what alternatives are out there. Really useful for both newbies and old timers to Second Life. And we close as always with open mic announcements from the community.

Chatlog from Nonprofit Commons Meeting January 13 featuring Live and Learn in Kenya

Nonprofit Commons Meeting
January 13, 2012, 8:30am PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


8:30am Introductions
8:40am TechSoup Announcements
8:45am Mentors Corner
8:55am Brique Topaz, Live and Learn in Kenya
9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements


[08:31] Glitteractica Cookie: Good Morning everyone (good evening for some). Please say your RL name, NOnprofit afiliation, location in the physical world, URL/Twitter handle, and anything else u care to add

Live and Learn in Kenya at the Nonprofit Commons this Friday, January 13

This Friday January 13, the Nonprofit Commons welcomes Brique Topaz, founder of Live and Learn in Kenya, Intl, a registered charity in Germany and Kenya. Brique will be talking to us about her work to improve the lives of poor children in Africa. In the past months , she has been using Second Life as a means of raising funds for meals for poor students in Kenya with remarkable success. Learn how she does it and what their plans for the future are.

As always, we feature news from TechSoup.org, we learn something new from our wonderful Mentors, and close with open mic announcements from anyone in the community. Join us on Friday morning at the Nonprofit Commons amphitheater. See you then!

TSDigs 2012 Kicks Off at the Nonprofit Commons: Get Your Digital Stories Ready!

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On January 6, 2012, Kristy Graves, Susan Tenby, and Michael DeLong of TechSoup spoke to the Nonprofit Commons community about the launch of the 2012 TSDIGS initiative. TSDIGS stands for the "TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge," a fun, friendly competition to encourage nonprofits to share their story using different digital media tools.  There are great prizes and its a great way to get your nonprofit's message to a wider audience.

Several members of the Nonprofit Commons community were active participants last year. We'd love to see at least 10-15 submissions this year.  The challenge is in February, so start thinking of what story you want to tell, and what medium you want to use now!

The full transcript of their talk is below. Thanks for speaking at the NPC, Kristy Susan, and Michael!

Join Global Kids' Youth-run Talk Show on Sustainability on January 13

Daria at Global Kids sents out an invitation to join a group of teen leaders in Second Life who are creating their own talk show in environmental sustainability issues on Friday January 13. "Let's Talk Sustainability" supports teens to develop expertise regarding sustainability, online broadcasting, and virtual world construction. Global Kids youth in New York City combined this expertise to produce talk shows that will feature interviews with STEM-related professionals, pre-produced videos, and audience activities. Each show is designed to introduce audiences to what they can do to live in a more sustainable world. 
The next and last two shows of this season: 
  • 5pm ET Climate Change - What is the science of climate change?  Are there solutions to climate change that we can take action on now, or is it too late?
  • 5:30pm ET Electronic Waste - What is e-waste and why is it the United States' biggest export?  What are the global consequences of e-waste, particularly for developing countries?

To be a part of the audience, head to the New Media Consortium Convention Center at this teleport link.  And before you go, fill out this form http://tinyurl.com/68ozchq.  

TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge at next Nonprofit Commons Meeting this Friday January 6

This Friday, for the Nonprofit Commons first meetup of 2012, we feature Kristy Graves and Michael deLong of TechSoup, talking aboutTSDigs: the 2012 TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge! TSDigs is TechSoup's annual digital storytelling challenge that combines instruction and friendly competition into a hands-on media making project. Organizations submit digital stories that they keep as a vital resource for promoting their work and connecting to their constituents. A panel of judges select the very best entries to win terrific prizes consisting of tools and resources to take their digital storytelling to the next level.
The Next Digital Storytelling Challenge is set for February 2012. Several NPC nonprofits participated in "TSDigs" last year, so we hope many more of you will submit your digital story this year. See the TSDigs page for more information. As always we will have a check-in with our Mentors and announcements from our community.
See you this Friday at the Plush Nonprofit Commons amphitheater.

2011 Year in Review for Nonprofits in Virtual Worlds

NPC 4th anniversary crowd

At the final Nonprofit Commons meeting for 2011, I gave my own personal recap of the last year for nonprofits in the virtual world.  Here are my full remarks below.

2011: A Year in Review for Nonprofits in the Virtual World

Here's my own personal recap of some of the major virtual world developments that I thought were relevant for nonprofits and education in 2011.


The year 2011 got off to strange start with Linden Lab rescinding the long-standing discount on virtual land for educators and nonprofits. Worthwhile efforts like virtual PTSD therapy and the SL Shakespeare company had to de-rez due to increased land costs they could not afford. Another sea-change was the merger of the "teen grid" of Second Life with the main grid. For many teens, this meant the loss of their own separate space where they could play, explore, build, create businesses and learn. Since the merger, we have not heard much about teens in Second Life, which is worriesome, since teens are typically not very silent!

Wishing You a Very Happy New Year!

techsoup team in SL_001

From all of us on the team at TechSoup , we wish all of our tenants, members, supporters and friends of the Nonprofit Commons community a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

We are looking forward to making 2012 the best year yet at the Nonprofit Commons!

2011 Year in Review at the Nonprofit Commons this Friday December 30

Rik toasts in the New Year at the NPC

Join us this Friday December 30 for the final Nonprofit Commons meetup of 2011! For this meeting, I, Rik Riel, your ever faithful community manager, will be giving my 2011 Year in Virtual Worlds Wrapup . Afterwards we'll share each of our own highlights from our nonprofits over the year, and wishes for the new year. And we'll pass around fizzy drinks to toast 2012 together!

So join us on Friday December 30, starting at 8:30am PT at the Plush Nonprofit Commons amphitheater. See you then!


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