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An Intro to Design Thinking for the November 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 8th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on design-based thinking and how it can be useful in understanding your project, members', or user's needs and developing insights to meet those needs.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 8th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central:
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation: An Intro to Design Thinking   
  • 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. 

Spooky Tech Stories for the November 1st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 1st, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on some of the spookier sides of tech. from email spam, to data hacks, to software malware. In light of Halloween this week, come ready to share any scary security stories and costume dress is welcome. 

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 1st, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central: Overview of Second Life share to Facebook
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation: Spooky Tech Stories  
  • 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. 

Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch: Case Study for the October 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 25th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting is happy to feature Anna Jaeger (Sage Qvetcher in Second Life), who will share best practices and lessons learned in the development process of Caravan Studios creating SafeNight and other apps.

Anna will go through how the app idea came about, what the process looked like for engaging the community, creating the design, partnering with for-profit companies and nonprofit developers, and launching in the marketplace. If your nonprofit, charity, or library is interested in creating your own app, join us to learn more about developing mobile apps. You'll come away with some key steps in the process, some best practices and pitfalls to avoid, and a look at the inside of creating an app for social good.

Bio:

Anna Jaeger, the CTO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, and her team create technology solutions, such as mobile apps, that are designed in partnership with nonprofit and community-focused organizations to meet the needs of their constituents. Prior to her work on Caravan Studios, Ms. Jaeger was the director of TechSoup Global’s IT Engineering department for five years, leading the group that implemented and maintained all enterprise software and websites. Ms. Jaeger has previously held positions in IT consulting, medical research and has been the treasurer of the board for a small California nonprofit.

For updates from Caravan, go to http://caravanstudios.org/ and sign up for their newsletter at http://tinyletter.com/caravanstudios.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 25th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch: Case Study 
  • 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. 

Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 and ‘Seminar Saturday’ for the October 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 18th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting is happy to feature Sally S. Cherry (SarVana Haalan in SL), MT(ASCP) who will be discussing Baltimore GiveCamp (BGC); the event’s social media awareness campaign; and her upcoming Seminar Saturday presentation, “Nonprofit Capacity Building Through Social Media and Virtual Worlds. 

 

Baltimore GiveCamp is the largest volunteer technology event in the state of Maryland. The weekend-long charity hack-a-thon for local nonprofits is one of many annual “Coding for Charity” events held in the USA and various countries around the globe. It will be held from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). This year, more than 230 technical and non-technical volunteers will be helping thirty (30) nonprofit organizations achieve their customized “wish list” technical projects.

 

In 2012, Baltimore GiveCamp was just another “nice” tech event for Sally until two real life colleagues extended an invitation to volunteer. In response, she volunteered as a project manager at Baltimore GiveCamp 2012 and immediately became a Baltimore GiveCamp advocate. As a Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 volunteer, Sally has been helping with the event’s social media awareness campaign. She will be one of nine speakers at the event’s annual ‘Seminar Saturday’, a series of one hour seminars pertaining to marketing, technology, capacity building, strategic planning, and the business of operating a nonprofit organization. ‘Seminar Saturday’ is free for any 501c3 nonprofit organization to attend on Saturday October 19, 2013.

 

In her Seminar Saturday presentation, Sally will be sharing information, case studies, and perspectives about various social media and virtual world platforms for building capacity within nonprofit organizations. The presentation is designed to provide a basic understanding of how social media and virtual world platforms can be used for community outreach, program promotion, cause awareness, networking, fundraising, and other activities. 

 

More on Baltimore GiveCamp

 

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.

 

Recently, Sally presented on her virtual world-based CHARE Project community at the worldwide virtual OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC). 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. She also runs capacity building program, training activities, and HIV/AIDS awareness project to various worlds created within Kitely.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 18th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 and ‘Seminar Saturday’ 
  • 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. 

Using Storytelling in your Fundraising Messaging for the October 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 11th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will explore ways to use storytelling within your organization or project fundraising message.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 11th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PDT)

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central 

A Conversation on Fundraising for the October 4th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 4th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on fundraising, including using storytelling in your messaging, an overview of tools, mobile fundraising, and crowd funding.
 
Join us in Second Life!
 
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, October 4th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
 
AGENDA (all times below PDT)
    •    8:30 am Introductions
    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
    •    8:45 am Mentors Central - New Age Leadership and Workshop Methods
    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - A Conversation on Fundraising
    •    9:30 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. 

Virtual Social Media Surgery for the September 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 27th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will welcome back past NPC presenters Opal Lei and Jeroen Frans, along with our own Joyce Bettencourt, to answer your social and digital media questions.

 

Want to figure out how to connect a database to your virtual or web project? Have questions on what software to use for capture of machinima or editing video footage? Curious on how you can integrate various social media tools into your nonprofit or organization's strategy? Then come to this week's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting to ask your digital and social media questions to our panel of media surgeons.

 

Immediately following the meeting we will take a virtual field trip to the third annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference. More details at: http://blog.virtualability.org/2013/09/IDRAC2013.html and schedule at: http://www.virtualability.org/idrac2013

Using Social Media for Events & Recap of #OSCC13 for the September 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 20th Nonprofit Commons is happy to have Beth O'Connell (Beth Ghostraven in SL) lead our Mentor's Central in a presentation on how to use social media such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Second Life group notices, to attract more people to your events. These tools can be used to promote any type of event, virtual, online or in person.

We will also feature a recap of the recent OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC13) which took place September 7th & 8th, 2013. OSCC is an annual conference that focuses on the community around the OpenSimulator software. This year's conference featured two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base and archives can be found at: http://conference.opensimulator.org/2013/streaming/.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 20th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times PDT)

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central - Beth O'Connell (Beth Ghostraven in SL)

    •    9:05 am Featured Presentation - OSCC13 recap 

    •    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. 

Meet Your Counselor: An Avatar for the September 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting



This Friday, September 13th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Brenda Bryan (Brena Benoir in SL) who will present on virtual counseling and share outcomes of the Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) three year Portal I Program, an innovative online counseling and treatment program. PFH is the largest substance abuse and mental health services provider in the state of Missouri and support in Kansas. Learn the challenges and successes that paved the road to support future programs from local counties to state organizations and the federal government. Barriers and benefits will be addressed including: treatment overall, practitioners, clients, and technology.

 

More on the Preferred Family Healthcare virtual world programs:

Bio:

Brenda Bryan has been employed by Preferred Family Healthcare for nearly 18 years. She currently holds the following credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in Criminal Justice; CRADC (Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor); CCDP (Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional); and SATOP SQI (Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program Qualified Instructor). She has been serving in the capacity of a Virtual World Counselor for approximately 6 years. She has held various positions including Community Support Specialist, Therapist, Family Therapist, in addition to working directly on the residential substance abuse treatment units. She has extensive experience in working with adolescents and young adults who suffer with drug and alcohol issues and mental health issues.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 13th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL 

 

AGENDA (all times PDT)

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central - ThinkererSelby Evans

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Brenda Bryan (Brena Benoir in SL)  

    •    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. 

Storytelling and Writing for the September 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 6th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature J. L. Morin and Charles Degelman who will focus on storytelling and writing. Many of us have a story to tell. Whether you are writing to support the mission of your nonprofit, incorporating it in your teaching or have plans to write a novel, song or your next blog post, storytelling can be a powerful medium. 

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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