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Field Trip to International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference for the November 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 13th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a special field trip to attend the 2015 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, taking place virtually in Second Life. 

Please join our Nonprofit Commons partner Virtual Ability, Inc. for this event and receive valuable information about accessibility and building community from their many IDRAC presentations. We will meet for our usual intros and announcements, and then travel to catch the start of IDRAC presentations. 

Virtual Ability, Inc. is a US non-profit corporation with a mission to enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, November 13th, 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 Open Mic / Announcements
  • 9:00 am Virtual Trip to the 2015 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference 
  • (This year’s IDRAC takes place in the Sojourner Auditorium, at Virtual Ability Island: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23)  

 

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.

Being Safer Online for the November 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, November 6th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL) and a presentation on Internet security and how to be safer online, whether at the office, on your mobile, or at home. He will go over some simple steps to make your passwords more secure, online social media safer, and secure your mobile device.

Jeroen 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.

About The Vesuvius Group, LLC

The Vesuvius Group is a Full Service Solution provider for companies and institutions who desire to develop a presence or immersive experience in virtual worlds, social and game environments, with expertise in the virtual world platforms Second Life and OpenSim. The Vesuvius Group’s mission it is to support institutions and companies that are engaging in projects that make a difference in their member communities and the larger world.

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, November 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 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Being Safer Online, Jeroen Frans
  • 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.

Discussing Social Overload for the October 30th NonProfit Commons Meeting

photo by Beth Kanter

This Friday, October 30th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on social overload. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the many ways you can create, consume and share social media content. Come chat on ways to manage, and even decompress from it all.

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, October 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 - Lissena Wisdomseeker
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Discussing Social Overload 
  • 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.

 

(photo by Beth Kanter - https://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/5580290504/)

Ronnie Rhode Memorial Garden Tree Dedication

Please join us Sunday in +Second Life for special memorial where we will dedicate a memorial tree to Denise Harrison / Ronnie Rhode (SL) in the Nonprofit Commons Memorial Garden. Ronnie was an early Nonprofit Commons member with the nonprofit Project Jason, as well as curated and tended the virtual Garden for the Missing. 

Join us Sunday, October 25, 1:00 PM SLT at Aloft Nonprofit Commons



More information, and a tribute from +Kelly Murphy the founder of the nonprofit +Project Jasonhttp://projectjason.org/forums/topic/3955-in-loving-memory-of-denise-harrison-project-jason-board-member-and-friend/ 



It is Denise's wish that any donations in lieu of flowers be made to Project Jason, the nonprofit she greatly helped with for many years.

Donations can be mailed to:

Project Jason

PO Box 59054

Renton, WA  98058

Online donors can find two ways to donate on this page: http://projectjason.org/how-you-can-help.html

 

Ronnie Rhode

Focus on International Nonprofits for the October 23rd NPC Meeting

This Friday, October 23rd, TechSoup​'s NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Glenn Fajardo of TechSoup, who will discuss TechSoup’s international work with NGOs and cover the NGO donation program, work in civil society, and the validation program for any one that needs to validate international NGOs.

Glenn Fajardo works on international partnership and program design for TechSoup Global, a nonprofit social enterprise founded on the belief that technology can be a powerful enabler for greater social change. Glenn has helped NGOs get started with design thinking in places such as Maputo, Singapore, and Warsaw. In the past, Glenn has helped build a for-profit environmental social venture from the ground floor and helped foster use of technology by a local government to better connect residents to services and public decisions.

Glenn is the curator for TEDxPeacePlaza in the Japantown and Fillmore neighborhoods of San Francisco, participates in the teaching community of the Stanford d.school, and has been a contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Formally trained in nuclear engineering sciences and public policy, Glenn is also a musician who plays electric bass in the rock band Path Not Found. In his free time, Glenn enjoys playing with food, especially in other people’s kitchens. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, October 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
  • 8:50 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Glenn Fajardo (muzzygator 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.

Open Forum for the October 16th NonProfit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, October 16thTechSoup'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, October 16th, 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 - featuring Gentle Heron
  • 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.

The Future of TechSoup’s Community Forum for the October 9th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 9th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Chris Delatorre who will give a rundown of exciting changes to the TechSoup community forum slated for next year, and share on his work and recent events in New York and Istanbul.

 

Chris Delatorre is an independent communications consultant for science, technology and global philanthropy initiatives, including WINGS and TechSoup Global. Chris is a writer, an editor and content producer - a storyteller with chops in hard and social science. He’s a systems junkie, specifically built environments and social structures. His multimedia resource, COMPASS, was named model program by the US Department of Education. Chris has previous experience in pharmacogenomics and human rights activism, and his current research focuses on creating a framework for distributed social networking for CSOs. He is invested in communicating the viability of science and emerging technology as they relate to sustainable urban development and social relations. He’s a New Yorker, a dog lover, caffeine freak, zombie hunter and sci-fi geek. He believes in the power of science, empathy and community.

 

Learn more about him here: https://about.me/christopherdelatorre

Follow him on Twitter @urbanmolecule

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, October 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
  • 8:50 am Featured Presentation - Chris Delatorre (UrbanMolecule in SL) 
  • 9:30 am Mentors Central 
  • 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.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Crisis Lines for the October 2nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 2nd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Katherine Mancuso (Muse Carmona in SL) who will present on everything you ever wanted to know about crisis lines. Have you ever wondered what happens if you refer someone struggling to a crisis line? Get the answers today. You'll also learn how you can change lives in just 4 hours a week from your home by volunteering for Crisis Text Line. 

Katherine Mancuso is a crisis line volunteer and community manager. As Muse Carmona, she does outreach work in Second Life with GimpGirl. More information about Crisis Text Line: http://www.crisistextline.org/.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, October 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 - Muse Carmona
  • 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.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - Cake Against Cancer for the September 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 25th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Saffia Widdershams talking on this years Macmillan Virtual Coffee Morning fundraising event. Every September, the UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support holds the biggest coffee morning in the world – and since  2013, Saffia, and PrimPerfect have held a virtual event in Second Life, creating VR cakes for charity fundraising. 

In the UK, the two major cancer charities are Cancer Research UK, which focuses on research, and Macmillan Cancer Support which focuses on support. In the UK, cancer treatment is funded by the NHS, but there are many areas where patients need additional support, such as in accessing vital benefits and information, or simply having someone to talk to. In addition, there are Macmillan nurses who offer specialized care. 

Saffia Widdershins is the editor of Prim Perfect Magazine and the executive producer of Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting! and The Blackened Mirror. She has the reputation of having fingers in more pies than she has fingers! She is also one of the team who bring One Billion Rising in Second Life to the grid each year and also supports the annual Macmillan UK Cancer Support's Biggest Coffee Morning in the World.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, September 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 - Macmillan Coffee Morning - Cake Against Cancer 
  • 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.

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. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

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.

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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