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Recapping VWBPE-Looking Forward to NTC for the March 18th Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, March 18thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will get a chance to go over highlights of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices conference, and the upcoming Nonprofit Technology Conference taking place in San Jose next week. We will also have a Mentors Central presentation on remote work tools, and Draxtor will join us to discuss the NPC video he is making as part of the World Maker Series and film some of our meeting.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 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 - Remote Work Tools
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Draxtor Despres discussing and filming a short NPC video
  • 9:20 am Recapping VWBPE, looking foward to NTC
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements 

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.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.

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Nonprofit Commons at VWBPE: Creating Impact Through a Community of Practice

This week's Nonprofit Commons meeting will take place at the VWBPE Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2016 Conference.


TechSoup's NonProfit Commons (NPC) was designed to create a community of practice for nonprofit professionals, librarians, and social good focused technologists to explore and learn about virtual worlds such as Second Life, and to investigate the many ways in which organizations might utilize these unique environments. Through this community, NPC provides space to qualifying groups, holds regular meetings and network events, offers peer mentoring, and has created a cooperative, social-civic good focused learning environment that fosters outreach, education, fundraising, and impactful mission building, all in a virtual space.


Panelists:

 

NPC Panel: March 11, 2016 @ 08:00 AM – 09:50 AM Pacific

 
In this panel presentation, members of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life community will share peer-based learning strategies, community development best practices, and stories of how using a virtual environment as part of this collaborative community of practice have impacted their work and individual organization missions.



Session Objectives

Members of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life community will share community development best practices, peer-based learning strategies, and stories of how using a virtual environment as part of this community of practice has impacted the work and missions of the cross-disciplined group made up of nonprofits, librarians, social-good focused technologists and educators. This will include members of Nonprofit Commons’ community management team and mentors, as well as those from the various NPC member organizations that are part of the community.



Join us for this special panel virtually! More info at: http://vwbpe.org/event/nonprofit-commons-creating-impact-through-a-community-of-practice?instance_id=41

Open Forum for the March 4th Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, March 4thTechSoup'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 topics, 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, March 4th, 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. 

Are Mrs. A and Mr B Getting Better for the February 26th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 26th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Gentle Heron who will review progress on Virtual Ability's research project with the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Now starting the third and final year, this project establishes reasons for healthcare disparities for persons with disabilities. Virtual Ability community members in Second Life have been trained and hired as research staff for the project.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, February 26th, 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: Are Mrs. A and Mr B Getting Better - Gentle Heron
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.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. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Media, Community and Social Justice for the February 19th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 19th, for our weekly TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting, we will be taking a special field trip to the Virtual Ability community for a mixed reality panel presentation. Panelists Courtney Steele, Ellen Lundwell, Alice Krueger will each describe their organizations and how their work addresses the intersection of media, community, and social justice.
 
The panel will be hosted by Dr. Susan Sci, assistant professor of communication at Regis University, Denver, CO, and include: 
  • Courtney Steele, of The Open Media Foundation
  • Ellen Lundwell, of World Affairs Challenge
  • Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron), of Virtual Ability, Inc. 
The voices of the non-Second Life panelists will be broadcast into Second Life, with Alice/Gentle being projected live into the physical venue.
 
Join us in Second Life!
 
A Special Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, February 19h, 8:00 AM PT / SLT
This week, taking place in the Sojourner Auditorium, Virtual Ability island at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23
 
AGENDA (all times below PT) 
  • 8:00 am Special panel: Media, Community and Social Justice (taking place in the Sojourner Auditorium) 
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements (this will take place back at our Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater: http://bit.ly/NPCinSL
 
The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.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: Revolution for the February 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 12th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Saffia Widdershins of the One Billion Rising team in Second Life. On February 14th 2013, one billion people from 207 countries around the world rose up to demand an end to violence against women and girls. The event continue yearly with this year’s theme “Revolution” focusing on the most marginalized women and girls to bring about true, long lasting change. The One Billion Rising in SL group will be marking the occasion with a twenty-four hour, one day virtual event that will allow women and men from around the world, to gather, and feature storytelling, performance, and art, along with information on organizations dedicated to promoting justice for women across the globe. 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, February 12th, 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 - One Billion Rising: Revolution 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.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. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

Open Forum for the February 5th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 5th, TechSoup​'s NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature an open forum and is a chance to chat on relevant tech, upcoming events and a roundup happenings and updates on what other NPC community members are working on.

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, February 5, 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 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.

Assistive Technology for Computer Access by People with Disabilities for the January 29th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 29thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Edmund LoPresti PhD (Edmondo Barbosa in Second Life) from AT Sciences, LLC , who will take us through a tour of various assistive technologies. Standard keyboards, mice, and monitors are not always the most effective ways to control computers. This talk will cover some of the alternative hardware and software available for people with physical or visual disabilities, or just for better ergonomics.

Edmondo Barbosa (Edmund LoPresti) is a rehabilitation engineer specializing in alternative computer access and other technology accommodations. https://www.linkedin.com/in/edmund-lopresti-09895b2

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 29th, 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 - Yen Verhoeven (Blue Myanamotu), What is a Rubric?
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Edmund LoPresti (Edmondo Barbosa), Assistive Technology for Computer Access (this presentation will be in voice with accompanying SpeakEasy text)
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.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. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

Planning Your Web Content for the January 22nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 22ndTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will focus on planning web content via editorial calendars and other tools. Editorial calendars are a concept taken from journalism, but are just as useful in planning out the content your nonprofit wants to share, whether that be written articles, social media posts, images, videos, and other content around a calendar schedule. We will also dive into discussing other tools, and on frequency of when to post.

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 22nd, 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
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.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. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Looking Into 2016 for the January 15th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, January 15th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion looking forward to 2016, and the nonprofit topics, tech tools, and trends to come. Come chat about upcoming trends, tools and projects you are looking forward to this year.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, January 15th, 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
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is a program sponsored by Caravan Studios - http://caravanstudios.org, a division of TechSoup Global, http://techsoup.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. 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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