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Virtual Money & Digital Currencies for the April 4th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 4th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a conversation on digital currencies. Recently the IRS published guidelines on virtual currency, and we will overview what those are, how that might impact virtual worlds, as well as what crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are, and how they might be used for good. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, April 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 - Virtual Money & Digital Currencies
  • 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. 

Creating Virtual Museum Environments for the March 28th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, March 28th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Joe Rigby (Pontefractal in Second Life), who will discuss using virtual worlds to create virtual museum experiences. 

 

Joe is co-founder of MellaniuM (http://mellanium13.blogspot.ca), a developer of immersive environment content for the AVAYALIVE ENGAGE platform. They have recently developed a virtual museum using photorealistic textures generated by photogrammetry and 3d objects created from laser scanned items from the Usher gallery of the Lincoln museum in the UK.

Video: youtu.be/XOEWUiI2WmM

 

Following the meeting, we will be touring the virtual Usher gallery musuem. You can preload it by going to: http://persephone.avayalive.com

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 28th, 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 - Joe Rigby: Creating Virtual Museum Environments
  • 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. 

Be The Match: Raising Awareness in Virtual Worlds for the March 21st NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, March 21st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on using virtual worlds for raising awareness for a cause, and the upcoming Be the Match virtual marrow drive.

We will also recap the highlights and interesting content from last week's Nonprofit Technology Conference which took place in Washington DC, and was organized by http://nten.org.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 21st, 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 - Recap of #14NTC
  • 8:55 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:10 am Featured Presentation - Be The Match: Raising Awareness in Virtual Worlds
  • 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. 

Can a MOOC Help You Change the World? for the March 14th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, March 14th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature our NPC members Ozma Malibu, Buffy Beale and Gentle Heron, with an overview on their observations, assignments, and takeaways from a recent Coursera MOOC on creating social impact through innovation. 

 

About the How to Change the World course: https://class.coursera.org/changetheworld-001

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 14th, 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 - Can a MOOC Help You Change the World?
  • 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. 

Drive-Through ESL for the March 7th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 7th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Janette Nacilla (Jan Avi Ray in Second Life) and the Drive-Through ESL project, that is part of the virtual English Second Language School. Drive-Through ESL is one of the many organizations in Second Life that help international students learn English as their second language.

Jan Avi Ray (Janette Nacilla) is a Medical Technologist working under the Ministry of Heath of Saudi Arabia, both a student of the Drive-Through ESL an English Language School and a member of the Drive-Through ESL Help Team. She is also a member of Virtual Ability and Second Life's Cure Chasers. SL's Cure Chasers is a group formed to support Relay for Life in Second Life. This group is open to anyone who wants to participate in the Relay for Life in SL campaign.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 7th, 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 -  Jan Avi Ray, Drive-Through ESL
  • 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. 

NPC Member Spotlight: Americans for Safe Access for the February 28th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 28th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature our latest NPC member Tom Kujawski, of Americans for Safe Access, and the Americans for Safe Access Foundation, to learn more about the nation's patient and providers union united to advance medical marijuana therapeutics and Research.

Tom Kujawski (INCARN8 in SL) is a seasoned non-profit executive with 25+ years experience and specializes in developing sustainable public, private cross-sector partnerships, advancing funding portfolios, and engaging the community.  "Inc" is an active Board member of Americans for Safe Access and the Americans for Safe Access Foundation.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 28th, 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 - NPC Member Spotlight: Americans for Safe Access, Tom Kujawski (INCARN8 in SL)
  • 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. 

Using Community Wikis for the February 21st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 21st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will focus on using wikis for community projects. Monique Richert (chayenn in SL) will go over how to create an account, and start your profile on our own NonProfit Commons wiki. And our featured discussion will discuss further options and ways to collaborate using a wiki, along with other wikis for reference and inspiration.

The Love Foundation for the February 14h NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, February 14th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting features Harold W. Becker (HB Eternal in SL) and John T Goltz (JT Christos in SL) of the Love Foundation, who will share the vision of love as it relates to their nonprofit, The Love Foundation, their programs, and presence in Second Life. The Love Foundation organizes Global Love Day – an international celebration of humanity – which takes place each year on May 1st. Global Love Day events occur around the world and are also hosted virtually in Second Life. 

 

The Love Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring people to love unconditionally. Our vision is to assist people by building a practical foundation and understanding of unconditional love within individuals and society as a whole. Established in 2000, we have become an international leading resource for sharing the awareness of unconditional love.

 

Bio: 

Harold W. Becker is the author of several books including, Internal Power: Seven Doorways to Self Discovery, Unconditional Love – An Unlimited Way of Being, and Unconditional Love Is... He holds an MBA from the University of Tampa and since 1990 has devoted his energy to raising the awareness of humanity through his consulting company, Internal Insights. In 2000 he founded and is President of the nonprofit, The Love Foundation, Inc., with the vision of “inspiring people to love unconditionally.” He also founded Global Love Day for May 1st each year. Harold shares his powerful understanding about life through books, PBS television specials, workshops and living his own high ideals.  

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 14th, 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 - The Love Foundation - Harold W. Becker (HB Eternal in SL) and John T Goltz (JT Christos in SL) 
  • 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. 

Recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for the February 7th, NonProfit Commons Meeting

 

Friday, February 7th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will be recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 

 

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage people across the United States to get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Black communities http://nationalblackaidsday.org

 

“AIDS continues to claim the lives of too many African American men and women. Blacks account for almost half of all those have died from AIDS in the United States since the beginning of the epidemic. African American youth continue to be one of the groups most severely affected by HIV infection in the United States. In fact, black youth represent more than half (57%) of all new HIV infections among young people aged 13 to 24. These numbers underscore the need to reach a new generation with effective HIV prevention programs and messages. We simply cannot afford to lose the next generation to this potentially deadly, but preventable disease.”

(Centers for disease Control and Prevention-CDC)

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 7th, 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 - Storytelling Through Short Video Apps
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - presentation & discussion 
  • 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. 

Online Communities and Virtual Volunteering for the January 31st NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, January 31st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jayne Cravens of Coyote Communications. She is a long time volunteer and community manager who has worked managing communities of volunteers everywhere from the UN to TechSoupJayne will be presenting on online communities like TechSoup's forum, engaging with online volunteers, and share wisdom from her upcoming book The Last Virtual Volunteering Handbook

 

BIO: 

Jayne Cravens is an internationally-recognized trainer, researcher and consultant. Her work is focused on communications, volunteer involvement, community engagement, and management for nonprofits, NGOs, and government initiatives. She is a pioneer regarding the research, promotion and practice of virtual volunteering, including virtual teams, microvolunteering and crowdsourcing, and she is a veteran manager of various local and international initiatives. Jayne became active online in 1993, and she created one of the first web sites focused on helping to build the capacity of nonprofits to use the Internet. She has been interviewed for and quoted in articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, as well as for reports by CNN, Deutsche Well, the BBC, and various local radio stations, TV stations and blogs. Resources from her web site, coyotecommunications.com, are frequently cited in reports and articles by a variety of organizations, online and in-print. Women's empowerment and women's full access to employment and education options remains a cross-cutting theme in all of her work. Jayne received her BA in Journalism from Western Kentucky University and her Master's degree in Development Management from Open University in the U.K. A native of Kentucky, she has worked for the United Nations, lived in Germany and Afghanistan, and visited more than 30 countries, many of them by motorcycle. She is currently based near Portland, Oregon in the USA.  

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, January 31st, 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 - Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming) 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Jayne Cravens  
  • 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.  

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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