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VR for Good for the September 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 18th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on using virtual reality for social good. VR devices like Oculus Rift, Samsung GearVR, and even simpler ones like Google Cardboard do not only have the power to transform gaming and online entertainment, but also have tremendous potential to immerse people into virtual experiences, allow for embodied storytelling and training, and for people to feel deep empathy for social causes and events through virtual reality. 

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, September 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
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation 
  • 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.

Rockcliffe University 2.0 for the September 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 11th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal in Second Life), President of Rockcliffe University Consortium, who will share with us some of the recent changes and upcoming opportunities at Rockcliffe. Rockcliffe University Consortium is quickly coming up on 9 years providing service, education, and research in virtual environments. As they are coming up on the 10th anniversary in 2016 Rockcliffe is making substantial improvements to their services and program offerings that they anticipate will help educational and non-profit communities alike. 
 
Kevin Feenan is the founder of Knomaze Corporation and Rockcliffe University Consortium. https://about.me/kevinfeenan
 
Knomaze Corporation specializes in IM/IT management consulting including organizational design, strategy, policy, business transformation, project management, application architecture, and business analysis. Industries include Government, Telecommunications, Insurance, Real Estate, NGOs, and more.
 
Rockcliffe University Consortium is a Global thinktank for educational best practices. We are here to SERVE - that is to provide collaborative opportunities for service, education, and research using virtual environments to prototype innovative ideas and experiences. Rockcliffe is currently focused on building our professional and research membership base.
 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 
Friday, September 11th, 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 - Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal)
  • 9:45 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.

Finding Service Providers for Your Projects for the September 4th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 4th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Lea Tesoro (Opal Lei in Second Life) who will share her perspectives on current marketing practices in Second Life and other virtual worlds, with emphasis on service providers, such as custom builders, musicians, and event organizers. She will talk about the challenges of finding service providers in virtual worlds and how her new directory project (avahyr.com) might provide a viable solution to this problem.

As a content creator, Opal Lei has focused on marketing her products in Second Life since she started her Mer Betta brand eight years ago, and on marketing her book “Love, Like Dim Sum” since she published it 3 years ago. These days, she’s focused on marketing the services of other people in virtual worlds. In real life, Opal holds an MBA with emphases on entrepreneurship and international business, and she is currently pursuing a Digital Marketing certificate. She is extending what she learns from her certification classes to virtual reality. 

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, September 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 - Opal Lei
  • 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.

Will Someone? for the August 28th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 28th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Chris Heuer, and a presentation on his latest project: Will Someone?

Will Someone is a better way to ask for help to accomplish your objectives. Taking collaboration beyond simple conversation, Will Someone provides a socialized "ask" list, which enables you and your community members to easily see what needs to be done and get more done together. In this way we create accountability and recognition for contributions by facilitating connections between those who have a need and those who have the ability and availability. Now you can easily share all those things on your 'someday we will get to it list' with your community, making that someday come a lot sooner by asking Will Someone? If you are interested in starting a pilot with your advisory board or volunteers by tweeting to @WillSomeone_ 

About Chris Heuer:

While serving as a leader of Deloitte Consulting's Social Business efforts, he recognized the fundamental need to change the way we collaborate. So in 2013 he set out to build a technology solution that was inherently social, instilled with mutual respect and enabled people to work smarter together. As the founder and Chairman of non-profit Social Media Club, he saw the challenges faced by community organizations firsthand. The resulting solution, Will Someone, is now being offered to select non-profit communities, coworking spaces and advisory boards to enable them to maximize the passion and contributions of their volunteers.

Since he was young, Chris Heuer has had a talent to see how things could be instead of how they are. This vision, plus his mother's belief that he could do anything, lead him to a life of social entrepreneurship, going after some of the biggest opportunities to arise in the past 20 years. He is a consultant, a keynote speaker, a trained facilitator and a well regarded 'futurist'. He serves on several advisory boards, including the American Heart Association Stroke Advisory Board and those of numerous startups through his work as a mentor at Wearable World.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, August 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 - Chris Heuer, Will Someone
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements 

This week’s featured presentation will be in voice, with accompanying rough transcribing.

 

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.

Open Forum for the August 21st NonProfit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, August 21stTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will have an open forum that will give us a chance to ask deeper questions from our past week's topics, discuss upcoming Nonprofit Commons events and other projects. 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, August 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
  • 8:45 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.

Exploring Windows 10 for the August 14th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 14th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL), and a presentation on Windows 10. Windows 10 is here! For many organizations, the upgrade is free. Learn about it’s features, how to go through the process of upgrading, troubleshooting any security concerns, and share resources.

Jeroen Frans is a creative producer, virtual world technologist, and co-founder and CEO of the Vesuvius Group, LLC. As a futurist, he is always looking forward to how innovative technology can be used and enhanced. This drives him to try his hand in many technologies, and his early adoption has resulted in a wide skill set in programing, 3D, Web and game design, machinima and animation.

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, August 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 - Exploring Windows 10
  • 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.

 

image: Some rights reserved by morrisonbrett 

Giving Day Playbook for the August 7th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 7th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on giving campaigns. Knight Foundation has recently launched a playbook and series of webinars for foundations interested in launching a Giving Day. We will share some of the key points of their Giving Day Playbook that are just as useful for nonprofits, community organizations, libraries and others interested in best practices of giving, sponsorships, and donor relations. 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, August 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 - Giving Day Playbook
  • 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.

The Power of Visual Art for Social Good for the July 31 Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 31st, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Michelle Morton presenting on using social photo sharing sites like Pinterest. And how creative images and video can visually tell the story of your org’s mission, challenge perceptions, and is a powerful tool for initiating change.

VIRTUALVillage Media will also share info on their recently launched social good Visual Art Contest, whose theme is “Art Changes the World”.  The contest invites people to share their vision, in five categories, on how art can change the world. Open to ALL visual mediums and artists including: 3D and motion graphics, machinima, short films, digital art, fine art, photographers, designers, architects, and other creatives. More details at: http://virtualvillagemedia.com/about-us/visual-art-contest-2015/.

Michelle Morton is the President and Co-Founder of VIRTUALVillage Media, a digital media and communications agency based in National Harbor, MD. With over 15 years experience in digital media and integrated marketing, Michelle has managed projects for clients such as the Department of Defense, Motorola, Kodak International, DennysBadia Spices, Leadership Laboratory, CRECGroup and OneWellnessPlace.com. Michelle also maintains a PMP Certification, Inbound Certification, HubSpot Certification and Digital Signage Certifications. Michelle loves building brands and working side by side with organizations to reach their communication and outreach goals. Her specialties include digital media, integrated marketing, creative design, event marketing, project management and information technology.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 31st, 8:30 AM PDT / 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 - Michelle Morton (Faith Aljon 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. 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act for the July 24th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 24th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This week is the 25th anniversary of the ADA (#ADA25), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Come learn and discuss how the ADA effects education, employment, communication, community participation, and more. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, July 24th, 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 - Americans with Disabilities Act, iSkye Silverweb & Rhiannon Chatnoir
  • 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.

 

/photos by Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs

 

Relay for Life of Second Life for the July 17th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 17th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a panel presentation of the Relay for Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) activities, community, and main virtual fundraising event that kicks off this weekend. Panelists will include Tee Aster, the mission lead, along with Gem Sunkiller, and Catalina Stahile, who will share some of the history, events and important mission work RFL of SL does, including the “Why I Relay” project which illustrates the passion that drives not only the organizers, but many of those who run teams, and give. 

About the 2015 RFL of SL: The Future Is Now 

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 11 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. Five years later, in 2010 the Relay For Life of Second Life raised over $220,000. The 1 MILLIONTH US dollar was raised in 2011 when more than 2000 volunteers raised over $375,000. In 2012 we passed the 1.5 million dollar mark. In 2014, we passed the 2 million US dollar mark and we are approaching the 2.5 million dollar mark quickly.

Relay Weekend, Jul 18–19, is a fun-filled, overnight event that unites SL individuals throughout the world to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. For more information about RFL in SL please visit the American Cancer Society Region anytime, day or night, all year long. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Relay%20For%20Life/134/63/21   

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, July 17th, 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 - Relay for Life of 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.

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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