Transcript of the December 21st NPC Meeting: “NPC Community - 2013 and Beyond”

[08:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ok everyone - lets start what will be our last meeting for 2012!!!

[08:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Welcome everyone to this week's Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting!

[08:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is sponsored by TechSoup Global and is a program of the TechSoup Global Community & Social Media team

 

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today's Agenda:

 

- 8:30 am Introductions

- 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

- 8:50 am Mentors Central - Gentle Heron

- 9:00 am NPC Community - 2013 and Beyond

- 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: First a few links to start off the meeting.

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

 

- Nonprofit Commons Blog: http://nonprofitcommons.org

- Wiki: http://npsl.wikispaces.com

- Twitter: http://twitter.com/npsl

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nonprofitcommons

- G+ Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/114212078390326305687 

- Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/TechSoup-Second-Life

- Google Calendar: http://bit.ly/2tMEYh

- http://flavors.me/nonprofitcommons

 

About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:

 

- http://www.techsoup.org/stock/howtousetechsoup.asp

- http://flavors.me/techsoup

 

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: (notice the new G+ group)

[08:40] Orange Planer: G+?

[08:41] CarynTopia Silvercloud: oh great. I am starting to use G+ more

[08:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Google + Community group.. can chat more on that later

 

 

-- INTRODUCTIONS --

 

[08:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Hello everyone, let's start off with Introductions!

[08:41] bulaklak: Oooh, nice. It's on my break reading to catch up on the new Google+ communities

[08:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Please state your real name, location, org, and the ways we can find you online.

[08:41] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, http://www.bridgesforwomen.ca @bridges4women

[08:41] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. www.virtualability.org

[08:41] Orange Planer: OK, I've been promoting myself at my non-profit.

[08:41] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Caryn Heilman, Topia Arts Center in Adams, MA in the Berkshires of NW, MA, www.TopiaArts.org, @topiaartscenter

[08:41] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing featuring missing persons: http://www.gardenforthemissing.org/ and SLURL Remora (203,148,21), Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing, http://www.projectjason.org.

[08:41] Orange Planer: I am not the Network Manager for Home Owner Options for Massachusetts Elders.

[08:41] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. http://www.sequimartsalliance.org http://www.facebook.com/sequimartsalliance @renneemiko

[08:41] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online community and social media director, Techsoup, San Francisco, CA usa @suzboop @techsoup

[08:41] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, TechSoup Global, www.techsoup.org, @mmdelong @TechSoup, San Francisco, CA US

[08:41] Orange Planer: http://www.elderhomeowners.org, yes, I'm embarrased the page is that old.

[08:41] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA

[08:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir is Joyce Bettencourt, Boston MA area, Online Community Manager of NonProfit Commons in Second Life, http://joycebettencourt.com, http://twitter.com/RhiannonSL

[08:41] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1, Inc., protectyourself1.org, facebook.com/PY1US, @PY1US

[08:42] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, CA Health Care and Human Rights

[08:42] Andy Evans: Andy Mallon, First Opinions Panel in SL Social Research Foundation, NYC in RL http://www.socialresearchfoundation.orgAndy Mallon, First Opinions Panel in SL Social Research Foundation, NYC in RL http://www.socialresearchfoundation.org

[08:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other introductions :)

[08:43] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri, www.pfh.org, @brenabenoir

[08:43] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): Carl Solutionary (carlicann) http://carlicann.wordpress.com (Rockcliffe/Etopia) I am co-hosting a poetry / Rock Opera / Music event today.... starting 12noon SLT... World Transition Day Benvolio (103,139,2001)

[08:43] carlicann Resident: Solutionary Carl (carlicann) http://carlicann.wordpress.com (Rockcliffe / Etopia) sono co-ospitare una poesia / Rock Opera / evento musicale di oggi .... partenza ore 12 SLT ... Giornata Mondiale di transizione Benvolio (103,139,2001)

[08:43] Orange Planer: One milestone in my company: the purchase of corporate antivirus was approved and I've been busy installing/configuring it. :D

[08:43] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): omg Orange....

[08:43] carlicann Resident: omg arancione ....

[08:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: k, lets move on...

[08:44] Orange Planer: yeah, Carl.

[08:44] Orange Planer: I know.

[08:44] Orange Planer: Believe me, I KNOW.

[08:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ooo some lag on my end.. excuse me if my timing gets off

 

 

-- TECHSOUP ANNOUNCEMENTS --

 

[08:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It is time for TechSoup Announcements!

[08:44] bulaklak: Hello, folks! Thanks for being here today. Looks like some folks are already home for the holidays.

[08:44] ivandm Ilo: thanks

[08:44] ivandm Ilo: all

[08:45] Buffy Beale: yay bulaklak

[08:45] ivandm Ilo: for friendly

[08:45] bulaklak: Which is a great way to lead into the fact that we will not be around next week. In fact, TechSoup will be closed the 21st through the 1st

[08:45] bulaklak: You can still place a product donation and use our forums and watch our webinars

[08:46] bulaklak: But your product donation won't be filled until after the 1st

[08:46] bulaklak: More information here: http://bit.ly/TcWpL9

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[08:47] bulaklak: So 2012 had a lot of good tech for good stories. We saw the rise of the cloud and big stories about big data.

[08:47] bulaklak: Our Jim Lynch has wrapped up a number of the tops stories here

[08:47] bulaklak: http://bit.ly/TGxlMJ

[08:47] bulaklak: And our forums manager Jayne Cravens has rounded up the best of our forums discussions for 2012 here

[08:48] bulaklak: http://bit.ly/VEBSgI

[08:48] bulaklak: Please feel free to add in your comments in the forums or the blog

[08:48] bulaklak: And if you'd like to share the biggest tech hurdle you cleared in 2012, we're talking about that on our Facebook page here

[08:49] Orange Planer: Can I ask a question?

[08:49] bulaklak: http://bit.ly/VEBSgI

[08:49] bulaklak: Sure, Orange

[08:49] Orange Planer: Do you guys use TinyURL on every web page in your site?

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: tiny URL is a way to refer to links so we can track click thru. The URLs in the site are classic, normal ones

[08:50] bulaklak: I create short links for sharing anything on our site over social media or here in world

[08:50] Orange Planer: So that would be several thousand pages by now.

[08:50] bulaklak: As Glitter notes, it helps us track

[08:50] Orange Planer nods

[08:50] bulaklak: And I also like the way it looks

[08:50] bulaklak: =)

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: :-)

[08:50] bulaklak: I am a minimalist at heart

[08:50] bulaklak: So I like things nice and short and clean

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: and after all, it's all about you, bulaklak

[08:50] Glitteractica Cookie: ;-p

[08:50] bulaklak: Yes

[08:51] bulaklak: Although I do like big purple and green dragons, of course

[08:51] bulaklak: So, that's all I've got for today

[08:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: we can chat more maybe on that during open mic later

[08:51] bulaklak: Happy holidays, whatever that might mean to you!

[08:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks bulaklak

[08:51] Chayenn: To you too Bulaklak

[08:51] CarmenLittleFawn: thanks bulaklak, Merry Christmas to you :-)

 

 

-- MENTOR'S CORNER --

 

[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lets move on to our Featured part of the meeting

[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today we do not have a main speaker, I will be leading with a bit of an overview of 2012 here at NonProfit Commons and a discussion on what is to come for 2013.

[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I haven't timed out everything, but there should be plenty of time for questions and comments after.

[08:53] jacmacaire Humby: Sorry to be in late :(

[08:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and if you like, would be great for you to take some photos.. I will probably be doing a lot of typing

[08:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ;)

[08:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So I wanted to start off our reflection of NPC in 2012 with some numbers….

[08:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: A brief NPC 2012 in review:

[08:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We have had over four dozen featured speakers here from organizations such as: 

 

- the May Clinic

- Global Kids

- Games for Change

- SponOn3D

- Virtual Ability

- Federal Virtual Worlds Consortium 

- Noble VIrtual Worlds

[08:54] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques macaire HUMANBE http://www.humanbe.com Action Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International @Humanbe

[08:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and individuals like: 

 

- Tom Boellstorf

- John (Pathfinder) Lester

- Ruthe Farmer 

- and many more from TechSoup and our own community members!

 

[08:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: including all the numerous TechSoup NPC'ers and Mentor's Corner's presenting by sharing tips and wisdom on: time management, tips and tools, software and technology reviews and best practices for your nonprofits.

[08:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lots of time has been put forth from our Mentor's group for this and the presentations have all been amazing and helpful to your peers.

[08:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I want to give a thanks to the Mentor's and those who have presented

[08:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I encourage more to check out the weekly Mentor meetings that take place usually right after this meeting and get involved with this important NPC community group!

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you! We have a great team!

[08:56] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so .. I jumped the gun a bit.. but this is a good segway

[08:56] Rhiannon Chatnoir: For our last Mentor's Central of 2012

[08:56] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Gentle Heron, when you are ready

[08:56] Buffy Beale: cheering for Gentle!

[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Gentle!

[08:57] Andy Evans: (sound of Andy applauding Gentle)

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Yay Andy!

[08:58] Sarvana Haalan: Sally S. Cherry, Baltimore, MD, http://Twitter.com/CHAREproject

[08:58] Dancers Yao: Dancers applauding Gentle too!

[08:58] Gentle Heron: Hi all. I'm going to share with you today some information about careful charitable giving.

[08:58] Gentle Heron: Telephone solicitations increase during the holiday/end of year season. Be aware that there are scammers posing as charities.

[08:58] Gentle Heron: Please read and consider the following rules for safe charitable giving.

[08:58] Sarvana Haalan: awesome!!

[08:58] Gentle Heron: 1. Ask for the registration number of the solicitor and the charity.

[08:59] Gentle Heron: 2. Check the charity’s disclosure and financial statements on your Secretary of State’s website.

[08:59] Gentle Heron: 3. Ask the solicitor how much of the donation will go to the charity.

[08:59] Gentle Heron: 4. Call the charity to verify claims that local groups or individuals will benefit from your donation and make sure the charity is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name.

[08:59] Gentle Heron: 5. Be wary if the charity fails to provide information about finances upon request. Reputable charities will gladly provide the information requested.

[08:59] Gentle Heron: 6. Watch out for charities with names that sound similar to well-known organizations. These sound-alike names are often intended to confuse.

[09:00] Gentle Heron: 7. Do not pay in cash – donate by check made payable to the charity.

[09:00] Gentle Heron: 8. If solicited in person, ask to see the solicitor’s and charity’s identification.

[09:00] Gentle Heron: 9. Beware of unsolicited e-mail. Instead, go directly to the organization’s website or call to make donations.

[09:00] Gentle Heron: 10. Trust your instincts - and check your records if you have any doubt about whether you’ve previously made a pledge or a contribution. ...

[09:00] Gentle Heron: Solicitors may try to trick you by thanking you for a pledge you didn’t make. If you feel uncomfortable, simply say no.

[09:01] Gentle Heron: *** 

For more information, visit www.checkthecharity.com.

[09:01] Gentle Heron: (that's all for today)

[09:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thank you Gentle

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much Gentle!

[09:01] Zinnia Zauber: Perfect for the season!

[09:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

 

 

-- FEATURED PRESENTATION: NPC COMMUNITY, 2013 & BEYOND --

 

[09:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Again, sorry for breaking the flow.. and back to some numbers

[09:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Add to all of the amazing presenters and member contribution here in Second Life, all of our community's reach beyond Second Life with:

[09:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: - 124 blog posts to http://nonprofitcommons.org

[09:02] CarmenLittleFawn: thanks :-)

[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: - 630 fans on the NPC community Facebook page

[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: - 140 edits to our NPC wiki by our amazing community wiki gardeners!

[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: - and even in our newly created G+ community page, which is within only a couple of weeks old and a new experiment for us, we already have 50 members

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I also wanted to show you a few interesting charts on where our Facebook fans come from

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[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: the slide behind me shows a breakdown of fans by country

[09:05] Glitteractica Cookie: And don't forget the length of average visits. Impressive by any standard

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes! Do not have any graphics for that.. but at least you can get a sense of who we are all our and our reach :)

[09:06] Glitteractica Cookie: Can you share these stats in a blog on the nonprofitcommons.org blog and tweet about them. I want to make sure i share them with my network

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: the US is larger, but still a good portion of other countries.. and this is just Facebook.. but we are diverse in location

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and that next one is some top cities...

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: with San Francisco making up the largest single one

[09:07] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and lastly, this one that shows those commenting/talking on posts and NPC and where they come from

[09:07] Rhiannon Chatnoir: just in the last month

[09:07] Rhiannon Chatnoir: am sure the yearly would be very interesting and with more countries

[09:08] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Just proves you are an amazing community!

[09:08] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Would love to see even more contribution to all of these places, and branching out to things like the TechSoup Forums, etc. I look forward to all the increases of those numbers in 2013!

[09:08] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I also wanted to follow up on the conversation that was started at the beginning of the summer when Rik led a discussion on the Future of NonProfit Commons.

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I brought the presentation in world for today again

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You can find the presentation slides of 2012 NonProfit Commons Member Survey here: http://www.slideshare.net/TechSoupGlobal/npc-survey-2012

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: During that meeting Rik went over the findings of the NPC survey, including what were some of most essential activities for those engaging with NPC.

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: oops.. didnt lock it

[09:10] Rhiannon Chatnoir: this slide speaks to this

[09:10] Rhiannon Chatnoir: These were things such as the trainings and workshops, virtual office spaces, weekly meetings and networking events/opportunities held here at NPC.

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You were also asked in the survey: "What would you like to learn or develop in the coming year, related to your nonprofit?"

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and those responses are up behind me

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: And I wanted to paste some of your responses below, I think they are interesting to go over and maybe reflect on for 2013. They were:

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: 1. How to build successful games.

2. In-world workshops and building.

3. Time management tools; better fundraising techniques for small, nonprofits; how to find and retain good volunteers.

4. More real world publicity.

5. I want to make more international connections.

6. I’m still trying to figure out what draws people to venues over and over even when there’s not an event going on. No matter how attractive we make our charity venue, people only come for the events.

7. Additional tools to present to audiences in SL and build in interactive tools.

8. We have upgraded our mission and re-targeted toward a larger audience. We would like to know more about Board issues.

9. Mobile apps and badges.

10. Would like to better understand how to create a community.

11. I would like to learn what it takes to set up shop in the virtual world.

12. Mixed reality broadcasting, podcasting, wiki development.

13. More about creating public events, machinima, building virtual objects and experiences.

[09:11] Doug (maccus.mccullough): The most common question I get is "what are the most appropriate uses of SL/OS?" How would you answer that?

[09:12] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I think we can chat on that too once I go through the rest of this

[09:12] Rhiannon Chatnoir: it has come up often in Mentor's meetings

[09:12] Doug (maccus.mccullough): I am interested in different perspectives.

[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: not sure if Zinnia, Buffy or Gentle have a quick response, otherwise we can go forward for now and at the end discuss

[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: or if anyone else has a quick respons eto that

[09:13] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): that's a fascinating list Rhiannon... I bet we can nail 95% with short courses

[09:13] carlicann Resident: questa è una lista di Rhiannon affascinante ... Scommetto che può inchiodare 95% con corsi brevi

[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: as for our survey list, I think we have been working on adding/featuring some of these things at our weekly meetings and will continue to.

[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: And, there is certainly a lot of interest in looking into games, mobile apps, badges and media focused topics such as mixed-reality, podcasting, machinima, events, etc.

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you know of a presenter, or, you yourself would like to present or lead a workshop or Mentor's corner to delve into some of these things - reach out to me or the Mentor's group.

[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so lets move now to some things for 2013

[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You have also heard Glitteractica speak of how she founded the community with the intent of having an innovative space for nonprofits to engage and network about nonprofit and technology issues and help answer tech questions. 

[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We have found over time, that unless there are community wide events going on, the activity areas within the sim that tend to get the most usage are our meeting and networking areas along with the percentage of offices of those member orgs that are actively engaging.

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[09:15] Glitteractica Cookie: And to create a framwork for nonprofits who are innovators to connect with each other

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Through the excellent work of Parhelion, who went through all of the statistics data that has been getting collected here at NPC, we can see which members and members organizations are key contributors and those offices that have been lying dormant. 

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I didnt bring in a slide for that, but You can see one of his reports at: https://docs.google.com/open?id=1LmaSwVvJEEX8V2rAT4t3f9XueEMUfh4xCn4VlQI...

[09:17] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I will be adding this to our wiki as well

[09:17] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and, lots of thanks to Parhelion who has put in lots of work on this and other NPC tasks essential to keeping things running virtually

[09:18] CarmenLittleFawn: Yes :-)

[09:18] Rhiannon Chatnoir: WIth these things in mind, we are going to do some restructuring of the NPC estate. 

[09:18] Gentle Heron: Thank you Par for looking at all that data.

[09:18] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We will still be continuing to hold our weekly events, host our regular networking and mentor events and continue to offer shared community spaces like our Resource Library to further co-working and collaboration. 

[09:18] Doug (maccus.mccullough): This is very good work

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thank you

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We will be downsizing and tiering down. This will mean keeping and focusing on our core engagement sims of Plush NonProfit Commons, where we hold these meetings and have offices. along with Aloft NonProfit Commons where we have a lot of the shared community spaces and where additional offices are.

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We will then say goodbye to Eco and Health Commons, with all NPC members in good standing in those sims being moved, as well as any key shared resources.

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We had explored the ideas of fundraisers but that is not a long--term sustainable plan to keep Eco & Health Commons sims.

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It makes more sense, and we would prefer to focus on fewer sims with more engagement!

[09:20] Doug (maccus.mccullough): Have you considered an open simulator hosting alternative? Would that be too disruptive to your community?

[09:20] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So nothing will change with what we do here or our mission or those who engage in it :)

[09:20] Gentle Heron: Maccus, some of our nonprofits work IN SL as our primary mission, so that wouldn't really work for us.

[09:20] Glitteractica Cookie: OPen sim would be hard for us to pull off. We'd have to build ervything from scratch and it's very difficult to move a community to a new platform

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: probably thought for a future talk ... but for now, we are very strong here and the greatest advantage of being here in the Second Life grid is that we do have access to the community at large

[09:21] Doug (maccus.mccullough): I understand

[09:21] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, for now, we are committed to staying here

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: which is bigger and broader for all of us than open sim is at this point

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and yes, to the building everything up from scratch

[09:21] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): There is a way to simulcast to open sim... btw... my friends on 3rd Rock Grid.. have it all figured out

[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: on that note, if you or your org are interested in taking ownership of either of those sims, please IM me after the meeting and we will work on trying to transfer them, rather then return them to LL if possible.

[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: The timeframe for all of this is such that we hope to have any member office movements and sim transfers done by Jan/Feb of the new year.

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: it shouldnt impact the majority of those who are active engaging members, and again, anyone on those sims we will find a new space here or in Aloft

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: which we hopefully soon will just start calling NonProfit Commons :)

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I will be sending out emails to active NPC members detailing some of this info, as well as the new Memo of Understanding (MoU) for you to sign.

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You can find the new NPC MoU here: http://npsl.wiki.techsoup.org/How+to+Become+a+NPC+Member if you want to get a head start on filling it out!

[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and the full info on how to become a member of NPC at http://npsl.wiki.techsoup.org/How+to+Become+a+NPC+Member

[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: if you want to refer to :)

[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: In the Memo of Understanding, One change you will find throughout, is we changed the language to refer to those who are part of the community as "members" instead of "tenants".

[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We all come together as a community and contribute to the success the NPC, so members was more fitting. :)

[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: On the MoU, you will also see a new 'level' of member participation you can choose, that will allow you to choose to have an interactive poster sign for your org, instead of an office.

[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: This is a great option if you know you aren't as in need of a virtual office space or know your time level spent here at NPC is less and have no need to have office hours, etc. 

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We also have had a lot of new to NPC avatars who have come to meetings - so this might also be a good option if you are new to NPC and now sure you need an office yet

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: All community members still can take part and contribute to events, have opportunities for networking and to present at meetings, have access to any common spaces in the NPC community to host events, collaborate and co-work in, as well as have the ability to send notices.

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You also have access and ability to contribute to all of the NPC social channels online, our wiki, google group, facebook group, etc.

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Regardless of which level makes sense to you, whether you choose to have an office or an interactive poster board for your org, Techsoup and the NPC community will still be here to support you.

[09:27] Doug (maccus.mccullough): May I ask a question regarding the MOU?

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: sure

[09:27] Doug (maccus.mccullough): or should I hold for a different time?

[09:28] Doug (maccus.mccullough): Have you any member of the gov't (local, state or federal) sign up?

[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: we have had some government orgs, I would have to check our member database to answer that specifically though

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: but that type of org/group is welcome to be a NPC member if you want to apply

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: :)

[09:29] Doug (maccus.mccullough): I'd need to see your charter, but I believe there may be a good fit

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: we also have some groups who do outreach/activism/social good here in SL who arent yet real life orgs.. so there is room if the missions are aligned with our overall

[09:30] Glitteractica Cookie: we are a very open community. any social benefit org is qualified to join

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: All of These changes will help us focus on our core community, those who help lead and add immense value to the NPC community-at-large, while maintaining a nurturing environment for visitors and new, incoming members.

[09:30] Glitteractica Cookie: rik did some documentation of how to join and what kind of orgs are welcome. i believe it's on the wiki

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: http://npsl.wiki.techsoup.org/

[09:31] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Tiering down will also allow TechSoup to continue to financially support the NPC as a free service for nonprofits. 

[09:31] Rhiannon Chatnoir: :)

[09:31] Buffy Beale: It's sad to see the sims go but understandable

[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: hopefully it is as minimal a disruption as possible

[09:32] Dancers Yao: when will we know what is possible for our org on Health Commons?

[09:33] Dancers Yao: For Elder Voices...

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: well I will be reaching out to all of you with the new MoU's

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I would say, fill out the new one on the wiki now if you can, will help speed that up

[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and then, working with Par, and those who need to move (like Elder Voices, Humanbe, etc), we will work through finding you a new office space

[09:35] Dancers Yao: ok...but it won't actually be shut down over the holidays?

[09:35] Glitteractica Cookie: no

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: we can also offer some rebuilding help, and probably will have to do a bit of reparceling and relandscaping in Aloft... we might loose a bit of our park area if needed, but there are some vacant or offices by orgs that have not been in Sl for a long while

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: no, don't worry on that

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: we will give everyone time to fill out the MoUs and send them back before we start any of that

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: again, will detail more when we email

[09:36] Doug (maccus.mccullough): I like your wiki

[09:37] Chayenn: PY1 has a MOU Version 1.8 – September 2012 is that the right one ?

[09:37] Andy Evans: Where do we send the signed MOU?

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and am always happy to answer questions - you can even email me: joyce@techousp.org

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: the directions are at: http://npsl.wiki.techsoup.org/How+to+Become+a+NPC+Member

[09:37] Dancers Yao: We often use the office space to show people in real life, using a projector....as they are not always able to be Avatars....was going to be doing this for a few weeks...

[09:37] Andy Evans: Joyce, I think you spelled your email address wrong

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: though Andy you are our newest member, so you have signed the new one already

[09:38] Andy Evans: duh

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ooops joyce@techsoup.org

[09:38] Gentle Heron: Hey congrats Andy! The newest NPC member? Way cool!

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes - the last of 2012

[09:38] Sarvana Haalan: Welcome Andy

[09:38] Andy Evans: (Andy blushes)

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We are also working on additional opportunities to strengthen the connection between the NPC and the larger networks and nonprofits that TechSoup works with.

[09:39] CarmenLittleFawn: :-)

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: TechSoup is creating a new Ambassador Program to recognize some of our deeper engagers, those that generously donate time, energy, and technology know-how, and we will be carrying this initiative through to NPC members too.

[09:39] Gentle Heron: So realistically, how many orgs on the list that Par provided will not be considered members in 2013?

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: not sure off the of my head Gentle.. I think we are more talking those who have been errant for months or some over a year

[09:40] Orange Planer: That's a big range.

[09:40] Orange Planer: How many months?

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: NPC hasn't really done yearly pushes of the Memo's .. so starting that will also help make sure the community stays vibrant

[09:40] Gentle Heron: There's a big break point between 30% and 10% of MOU, I was noticing.

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: again, peek at Par's report.. I can't remember that off top of my head

[09:41] Doug (maccus.mccullough): What is the purpose of the MOU?

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: TechSoup is creating a new Ambassador Program to recognize some of our deeper engagers, those that generously donate time, energy, and technology know-how, and we will be carrying this initiative through to NPC members too.

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: lag

[09:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: TechSoup is creating a new Ambassador Program to recognize some of our deeper engagers, those that generously donate time, energy, and technology know-how, and we will be carrying this initiative through to NPC members too.

[09:42] Glitteractica Cookie: yes, i am taking the lead on that project and am eager to hear any great examples you may know of that creatively and innovatively use loyalty and ambassadir programs for member evangelists

[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: if you know of any good ones, tweet at me or email me susan@techsoup and @suzboop

[09:43] Glitteractica Cookie: did joyce crash?

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: ues

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: yes

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: I have the script of want she was going to say.

[09:44] Sarvana Haalan: must be the weather... a bit stormy today... smiles

[09:44] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, well why we are waiting for her to return, i can also fill you in a little more on the new direction that my work is going at techsoup

[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Would you like me to state it?

[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: I will do this update, then you can continue, after, zinnia

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: okay

[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: b/c i was gonna update anyway..

[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: so, i will be presenting more about this in the new year, but in shorthand, i am joining a new division of techsoup that will focus on apps for nonprofits. i will still be working alongside the community team as i always have, but also taking on this new initiative

[09:46] Doug (maccus.mccullough): My apologies if my questions are not appropriate for this meeting.

[09:46] Glitteractica Cookie: and one of the new projects has to do with hackathons for nonprofit apps

[09:47] Sarvana Haalan: wooot... I enjoy hackathons!!!!

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: got lost in the internets there for a bit

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: sorry

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: crashed

[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: and i somehow knew this was the right community to tap into for this division of techsoup

[09:47] CarmenLittleFawn: wb

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: wb

[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: it's ok. i am doing my update, rhiannon

 

[09:37] Dancers Yao: We often use the office space to show people in real life, using a projector....as they are not always able to be Avatars....was going to be doing this for a few weeks...

[09:37] Andy Evans: Joyce, I think you spelled your email address wrong

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: though Andy you are our newest member, so you have signed the new one already

[09:38] Andy Evans: duh

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ooops joyce@techsoup.org

[09:38] Gentle Heron: Hey congrats Andy! The newest NPC member? Way cool!

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes - the last of 2012

[09:38] Sarvana Haalan: Welcome Andy

[09:38] Andy Evans: (Andy blushes)

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: We are also working on additional opportunities to strengthen the connection between the NPC and the larger networks and nonprofits that TechSoup works with.

[09:39] CarmenLittleFawn: :-)

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: TechSoup is creating a new Ambassador Program to recognize some of our deeper engagers, those that generously donate time, energy, and technology know-how, and we will be carrying this initiative through to NPC members too.

[09:39] Gentle Heron: So realistically, how many orgs on the list that Par provided will not be considered members in 2013?

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: not sure off the of my head Gentle.. I think we are more talking those who have been errant for months or some over a year

[09:40] Orange Planer: That's a big range.

[09:40] Orange Planer: How many months?

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: NPC hasn't really done yearly pushes of the Memo's .. so starting that will also help make sure the community stays vibrant

[09:40] Gentle Heron: There's a big break point between 30% and 10% of MOU, I was noticing.

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: again, peek at Par's report.. I can't remember that off top of my head

[09:47] Sarvana HaalanSarvana Haalanwooot... I enjoy hackathons!!!!

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: got lost in the internets there for a bit

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: sorry

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: crashed

[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: and i somehow knew this was the right community to tap into for this division of techsoup

[09:47] CarmenLittleFawn: wb

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: wb

[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: it's ok. i am doing my update, rhiannon

[09:48] Glitteractica Cookie: anyway, if you go to hackerhelper.wikispaces.com you will see what we are prepping, so developers can focus on the issue specific development of these apps without having to do the desktop research

[09:48] Andy Evans: Apps for non profits sounds great... is there a directory of these apps?

[09:48] Glitteractica Cookie: not yet, andy... we are just getting started

[09:49] Glitteractica Cookie: but as a first step, i'd love to engage this community to help me populate the hacker helper wiki

[09:49] Glitteractica Cookie: so, if you are interested, please go there and take a pass at filling out an issue area that speaks to yr passions

[09:49] Andy Evans: How can we help the hacker helper wiki?

[09:50] Gentle Heron: say that five times fast, Andy!

[09:50] Andy Evans: hahahaha

[09:50] Glitteractica Cookie: we have to fill out the desktop research for the developers, as i mentioned

[09:50] Sarvana Haalan: haha

[09:50] Glitteractica Cookie: so, we started with food, youth issues, domestic violence and gender

[09:50] Glitteractica Cookie: we are also open to having new issue areas.

[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: So, take a peek and LMK if you are interested in joining us on this exciting project

[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: and, if you are an app developer... we want you to develop an app using Win8 and maybe win $40,000 USD

[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: please Bulaklak, or alebez, could you grab the link?

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: anyway, that's all i got for now. Please get in touch if you want to

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: happy holidays!

[09:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Susan

[09:52] Andy Evans: Great, thanks

[09:52] alebez: glitter, can community members add to the wiki in the future?

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: That's Glitter!

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: ;-)

[09:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: for all of that and filling in my crash-gap :)

[09:52] Buffy Beale: Thanks Glitter, will you remain involved in NPC still?

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: yes

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: yes

[09:52] Buffy Beale: ok

[09:52] Buffy Beale: great

[09:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: cheers for Glitteractica

[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: yes to buffy's and alebez's questions

[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: more on the new project in the new year

[09:53] alebez: great, andy did you catch that?

[09:53] CarmenLittleFawn: :-)

[09:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So all of this NPC restructure should make things more focused, the NPC community more awesome and ensure that TechSoup is meeting their mission and goals while still being able to support our NPC member causes and orgs that do such amazing work here and beyond!

[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: and maybe Bulaklak or Alebez can post the links to the win8 contest

[09:53] bulaklak: yes

[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: thx

[09:53] bulaklak: one jiffy

[09:54] Sarvana Haalan: do you have to be a nonprofit for the app development?

[09:54] bulaklak: Here's the contest pages: http://bit.ly/QKexib

[09:54] bulaklak: And here is what makes a good submission:

[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: no, you do not have to be a nonprofit to enter the contest or develop apps

[09:54] bulaklak: http://bit.ly/TSmeid

 

 

-- OPEN MIC & ANNOUNCEMENTS --

 

[09:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lets move to Open Mic - But Thank you all for being fabulous members of TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life community.

[09:55] Glitteractica Cookie: Ys

[09:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Does anyone have any announcements today? or questions

[09:55] Sarvana Haalan: Wooot, woot!!!

[09:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Gentle, you can go

[09:56] Doug (maccus.mccullough): Do you have to sign the MOU to participate in the NPC in SL?

[09:56] Gentle Heron: Thanks Glitter and Rhi (and I know a lot of Zinnia's and Par's work is in there too) for being honest about the future.

[09:56] Gentle Heron: I have a little mini class I am giving later today

[09:56] Orange Planer: No, Doug. Only if you want space.

[09:56] Gentle Heron: Adding Picks to Your Profile.... at 1pm SLT...... Virtual Ability (128,128,27)

[09:56] Orange Planer: I'll be there.

[09:56] Gentle Heron: When you read other people's profiles, you may see a list of places they find interesting, or stores they shop at, or even personal messages and information. This list is called Picks.

 

Maybe you'd like to add a Pick or two to your own profile.

 

How do Picks get into a profile? What should you know about putting things in your Picks?

[09:56] Gentle Heron: (done_

[09:56] Glitteractica Cookie: no, you do not have to sign an MOU to join us here

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: Excellent topic, Gentle!

[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: A must have!

[09:57] Doug (maccus.mccullough): Do you have a showcase of members and their activities posted anywhere?

[09:57] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes - good one.. you can add NPC to your picks :)

[09:58] Sarvana Haalan: heheh... I am all "Pick" out... Why do they have a limit? :-)

[09:58] Rhiannon Chatnoir: there is info on our wiki, but we are also updating that, and you can see all of our meeting posts on our blog: http://nonprofitcommons.org

[09:58] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and I will be posting all of our links at the end of this to explore

[09:58] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other announcements

[09:58] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): Cheers Tori and Gentle.. and everyone... umm I have to run and organize today's events.. but here's what's up... I am co-hosting a poetry / Rock Opera / Music event today.... starting 12noon SLT... World Transition Day Benvolio (103,139,2001)

[09:58] CarmenLittleFawn: just a comments I know you have heard about the children murdered in a elementary school in America lately and as a mother of murdered son, I felt the need to ask if other praying people here could do the same

[09:58] CarmenLittleFawn: Energy of loving prayers to all the parents, relatives and friends. I think it is important to send your energy of prayers to help uplift their spirit it's a rough life. It is a bumpy with many bruises that they must face. I really wish I could say it will get easier, but just when you think it might, well. A parent of a murdered child knows, it does not. Peace to them and you!

[09:59] Gentle Heron: Carmen, the state of Colorado held a moment of silence for elementary school victims right at the time the NPC meeting was to begin, which is why I was late.

[09:59] Tori Landau: Sounds fun Carl, bye °͜°

[09:59] Sarvana Haalan: me

[09:59] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other announcements?

[09:59] Andy Evans: I have two questions

[09:59] CarmenLittleFawn: very good they need all the prayers they can get

[09:59] Glitteractica Cookie: i gotta fly. literally going to the airport now

[09:59] Andy Evans: To cut down on prim use and lag at our new NPC office, I want to make a HUD with multiple pages, e.g. click on a link on the first page and second page appears. I gather this needs a special script. There is also a Thinc magazine (not book) system for sale that does this, but it costs L$15,000! Any suggestions?

[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: happy new year

[10:00] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I will be co-hosting a mixed reality music performance later at 7PM in the Vesuvius sim as a btw

[10:00] Chayenn: Happy Holidays Gli

[10:00] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): We love you Carmen... Drive By Agony is a very important cause.. and I would urge everyone to read this... http://www.cpact.org/

[10:00] Doug (maccus.mccullough): I also have some contribution questions.

[10:00] Sarvana Haalan: I will be posting pics from Common Ground later today on NPC page. It was a fun and entertaining evening. Kudos to the planning and decorating team!!!

[10:00] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I would maybe talk to Par after this.. or reach out to Frans Charming or Opal Lei who both spoke to us about scripting

[10:00] CarmenLittleFawn: ty Carl :-)

[10:00] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Sar!

[10:00] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so lets wrap things up then

[10:00] Rhiannon Chatnoir: And again, here are the many ways to can get involved with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

 

- Nonprofit Commons Blog: http://nonprofitcommons.org

- Wiki: http://npsl.wikispaces.com

- Twitter: http://twitter.com/npsl

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nonprofitcommons

- G+ Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/114212078390326305687 

- Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/TechSoup-Second-Life

- Google Calendar: http://bit.ly/2tMEYh

- http://flavors.me/nonprofitcommons

 

About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:

 

- http://www.techsoup.org/stock/howtousetechsoup.asp

- http://flavors.me/techsoup

 

[10:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Here is to a great 2013 at NPC!

[10:01] Zinnia Zauber: We have a great team for CommonGround! I am grateful to them and all who attend!

[10:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes ... time to fill in all of your thanks!

[10:01] Sarvana Haalan: Had a skating good time!!!!

[10:01] Andy Evans: Great meeting and looking forward to a great 2013 with you Joyce

[10:01] Brena Benoir: )

[10:01] Chayenn: great music last night DJ Steel was awesome

[10:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: for my part - thank you all for helping me when I needed in my transition to leading the meetings here - much appreciated and love collaborating more in the coming year

[10:02] CarmenLittleFawn: wonderful meeting looking forward to new beginnings and collaborations in 2013 Merry Christmas to all

[10:02] Zinnia Zauber: Best DJ in all of SL!

[10:02] Zinnia Zauber: We will have a mini Mentors Meeting in three minutes for a couple minutes.

[10:02] Sarvana Haalan: it all about "community" in NPC!!!

[10:03] Brena Benoir: Merry Christmas and safe travels to everyone

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