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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.
 
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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/.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

Using Google Hangouts for the August 23rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 23rd, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will featuring a discussion on using Google + Hangouts and other G+ tools.

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, August 23rd, 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 - Using Google Hangouts
• 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.

OpenSimulator Community Conference for the August 16th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 16th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Chris M. Collins (Fleep Tuque in SL) and Michael Cerquoni (Nebadon Izumi in SL), who will present an overview of the opensource OpenSimulator software, recent OpenSimulator updates, HyperGriding from one grid to another, and the upcoming OpenSimulator Community Conference.

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference organized as a joint production by the Overte Foundation and AvaCon, Inc., that focuses on the community around the OpenSimulator virtual world software. The conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base

Following the meeting we will take a tour of the OpenSimulator grid FleepGrid, a research grid owned and operated by Fleep Tuque. To sign up for an account on FleepGrid, go to http://fleepgrid.com:8002/wifi

Chris M. Collins | Avatar: Fleep Tuque

Chris M. Collins is an IT Analyst at the University of Cincinnati Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research (http://ucsim.uc.edu).  Her research focuses on the use of virtual worlds, social media, and augmented reality in higher education and for remote workforce collaboration, and she also manages the University of Cincinnati OpenSimulator grid (http://ucsim.uc.edu/blog/opensim/).  She is also a co-founder and serves on the board of AvaCon, Inc. (http://www.avacon.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. In her free time, Chris also runs FleepGrid (http://fleepgrid.com), a personal research and testing grid.

Michael Cerquoni | Avatar: Nebadon Izumi

Michael Cerquoni is a core developer for the OpenSimulator project and a board member on the Overte Foundation (http://www.overte.org/) which governs the OpenSimulator project. Michael has been involved with the OpenSimulator project since July of 2007 and is one of the original founders of OSgrid. His primary interest in OpenSimulator has been to improve the software by providing technical support and to foster communication between the core development team to debug and provide the most stable platform possible.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 16th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL 

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central  

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Fleep Tuque & Nebadon Izumi

    •    9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

    •    10:00 am Tour of FleepGrid

 

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. 

Collaborative Superhero Teams for the August 9th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 9th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL), who will present on how to cultivate, recognize and reward excellence and acknowledge the potential in yourself and others. How do you share the spotlight, work and create collaborative 'Superhero' teams in your organization, office, classroom or beyond? Immersive environments, like Second Life, open opportunities for nonprofits and educators to expand their work by including worldwide professional guests, virtual and physical field trips, and community building inquiry and impact on screen and off. Learn how to establish experiences that build teams and encourage others to discover their superpowers.

 

Bio:

Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond is an artist, instructor, superhero, and advocate of awesomeness empowering people to be their best virtual and tangible self by advancing excellence, exceptional pursuits, and individualism through creative expression and encouraging instruction with inspired results.

 

Since 1993, she has taught fine art, fiber arts, digital arts, social media, multimedia web, video, personal and professional branding, marketing, collaborative community building, and art enterprise with Peninsula College, Monterey Peninsula College, at conferences, and independently.

 

Renne has been teaching virtual world use since 2008 with University of Washington, Peninsula College, Arizona State University, Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference at the National Defense University, TechSoup Global, Nonprofit Commons, Virtual Ability, Rockcliffe University Consortium, Texas Woman's University Online Conference, Second Life Community Conferences, and Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conferences.

 

Her company, unique as you, specializes in color perception, intention, and utilization to create motivating, engaging experiences with innovative identity development, marketing, social media, events, and immersive environments for businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, organizations, and communities.

 

An award winning artist and Arts Advocate, Renne earned her Bachelors of Science in Art at Lewis & Clark College, Masters of Fine Art in Visual Art at Vermont College at Norwich University, and she graduated from the first pioneering class of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Worlds Program. Since 1995, she has served on several nonprofit organization boards and community committees and is currently the President of Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Vice President and Secretary of Museum Collective, Inc., Chair of the Burning Down the House Creative Collective, and Co-Chair of the University of Washington Virtual Worlds Program Alumni. She creates art, apparel, media, and virtual goods that embrace the power of brilliant hues, uniqueness, and acceptance. Renne only uses her superpowers for good.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 9th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL 

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central  

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Zinnia Zauber

    •    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. 

Social Media Engagement & Measurement for the August 2nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 2nd, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Sandy Adam (Georgianna Blackburn in SL), who will present on how to use social media effectively to reach and engage your target audience, including creating your organization or campaign strategy, developing an effective content plan and measuring your results. We will also discuss creating a free social media campaign vs investing in paid campaigns, and some free tools for managing your social presence and why to use them.

 

About Sandy Adam:

Sandy Adam has been working in the digital space since the mid 90s. Throughout her life, she has played active roles in fundraising efforts for various community organizations. In 2004, she launched a website and formed a group called JOLT, which was chartered to raise $200,000 to contribute private funding for the extension of a community bike trail in Franklin, WI. Working together with local politicians, major companies in the area and local residents the group’s goals were realized within a 9-month period.

 

Her foray into other social media began in 2007. She’s been a member of the Second Life community since December of 2007 and in 2008-2009 conducted research in using virtual worlds for social networking while working for Sigma-Aldrich Corporation.  Over the past 6 years she has helped small, medium and large-sized companies to uncover the potential for connecting with customers and using social media to drive revenue.

 

For the past 18 months, she has been the manager of the global social media marketing efforts at ANSYS, Inc., an $800 million engineering simulation software company whose software is used by 96% of the top global manufacturers to design and test products in such industries as aerospace and defense, the automotive, high tech and health care. By creating virtual prototypes in a computer, manufacturers can speed their products to market, decrease product development costs and increase collaboration across design teams.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 2nd, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central  

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Sandy Adam

    •    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. 

A Lesson on Hiring Interns & a Tour of VWBPE for the July 26th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 26th, Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is featuring Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron in SL), presenting a mini lesson on interns and some of the facts behind this trend. Why should you hire (or be) an intern? Is your organization thinking about hiring an intern? Or, if you are looking for a job, have you thought about becoming an intern for a nonprofit org or company?

 

About Gentle Heron:

Gentle Heron is a founder of the Virtual Ability community and president of the nonprofit corporation that supports it. She is a former Science and special education teacher.

 

Following this discussion, we will be taking a community field trip to the 2013 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference. The event takes place across numerous virtual worlds and runs from July 24th to 27th.

 

VWBPE Schedule: http://www.vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2013-schedule/action:oneday/exact_date:7-26-2013/

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 26th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:35 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:40 am Featured Presentation - Gentle Heron 

    •    9:00 am VWBPE tour 

    •    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. 

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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