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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.

 

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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!

Discussing Online Security for the May 16th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 16th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Tom Kujawski (Incarn8 in SL) and a discussion on online security. Security is an ever evolving dynamic online and inworld.

Virtual Folk High School and Transition World for the May 9th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Bente Milton (MissMilton Sicling in Second Life) This Friday, May 9th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Bente Milton (MissMilton Sicling in Second Life) who will present on the Virtual Folk High School and “Transition World”, which are projects focused on inter-generational, cross-cultural learning and mentorship.

Bente is a transmedia storyteller and producer whose work focuses on social change, sustainability and using film, media and virtual worlds to envision a globally connected and sustainable future. She has written, directed and produced a large number of high profile documentaries and films, including the mixed film/machinima movie My Avatar and Me (http://www.myavatarandme.com/). Her work has been distributed to more than 50 countries - and her films have been screened at some of the most prestigious film festivals around the world.

Bente Milton’s personal track record includes 25 international awards and nominations – including Princes’ Award for the best documentary on Europe’s environment, Prix Europa, Prix Italia, IDA awards, Golden Gate Awards and the Danish Academy Award.

In January 2012 Bente Milton founded Skandha Media, a company that specializes in transmedia production, including design and implementation of virtual spaces for community building and education. Through 2012 Skandha Media served as strategic advisor for Sustainia in the buildup of their cross platform activities.

Bente Milton is co-founder of “Transition World”, which is a bold and exciting new arena for cross-cultural collaboration and co-creation.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, May 9th, 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 - Bente Milton (MissMilton Sciling) – This part of the presentation will take place on Skandha island (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Skandha/244/11/24), and will be in voice chat with a summarized transcription during.
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

Following the meeting, there will be the opportunity to tour the project builds and be part of machinima filming related to the project.

 

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. 

Updates from the Social Web for the May 2nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 2nd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will have a discussion on some of the recent happenings from around the social web. From news on Heartbleed to Bitcoins, as well as updates of social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Second Life. Come catch up on these topics as well as an opportunity to share current news and tips you might have found.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, May 2nd, 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 - Updates from the Social Web
  • 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. 

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: Virtual Lab Training Center for the April 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 25th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life is happy to celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals week (http://ascp.org/labweek) by featuring Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT (ASCP), SarVana Haalan in Second Life. Sally will be presenting on her Virtual Laboratory for Training, Career Recruitment and Retention, focused on medical laboratory professionals and projects.

About the Virtual Laboratory Training, Career Recruitment and Retention (VLTC) Project

VLTC is the ongoing real life to virtual worlds "Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real" (R2V2R) integration of clinical laboratory training; information sharing; and laboratory career development by Cherry Consulting Network. The virtual-based component known as the Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center includes Ms. BugLady’s Micro Lab (STI laboratory training) and "Ms. BugLady's Lab Career Centers I/II" (medical lab career development and recruitment). The Virtual Laboratory Training and Career (VLTC) Center was developed and is managed by STD/STI Laboratory Consultant/Instructor, Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) with the "in-world" assistance of 3D avatars, Sally Cherry (Kitely),  SarVana Haalan (Second Life) and Sarvana Cherry (JokaydiaGRID).

Presenter BIO – Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP)

As a laboratory/social media health consultant, Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) is interested in the integration of social media and 3D virtual world platforms within real life and virtual-based programs and projects especially for nonprofits and public health. Over the years, Ms. Cherry's professional experience and interest in laboratory science has led to a diverse public health career as a laboratory coordinator (Baltimore City Health Department - Bureau of Disease Control), international medical consultant (JHPIEGO and Columbia University), national STI laboratory consultant/instructor (STI/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC), HIV/AIDS project manager, and health communications advocate. Her interest in technology and social media fuel her mission to integrate social media and 3D virtual worlds technology into nonprofit and public health projects as well as providing social media capacity building, training, and marketing. In addition, 

Sally's mission fueled the development of an HIV/AIDS capacity building and awareness program, “Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project” as well as “Community Health Technology Awareness Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project”, a health technology capacity building, awareness and training program. She conducts "Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real" Workshops to provide a better understanding of 3D virtual worlds and to instruct how to integrate the technology into collaborative projects, outreach, marketing, networking, and other real life projects. This includes a capacity building program, training activities, and HIV/AIDS awareness project through various virtual environments created within Kitely.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, April 25th, 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 - Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real in the Lab
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

Immediately following the meeting, we will tour the VLTC Project in the virtual world of Kitely (http://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Sally-Cherry/CHARE-Village). To prepare for this, you can create an account at http://www.kitely.com/ and have an OpenSim compatible viewer such as Singularity or Firestorm viewer.  See this for help on creating an account and logging in: http://www.kitely.com/faq?id=what-happens-when-i-create-an-account

 

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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