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The Drax Files Radio Hour [with Jo Yardley] for the January 17th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, January 17th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres in SL) who will present on his newly launched weekly podcast series.

 

About the Drax Files Radio Hour [with Jo Yardley]:

Broadcasting without permission from an attic somewhere in Berlin [about the metaverse - naturally!] We are very excited to bring our passion for virtual reality and the creative people who make it all happen everyday – the creatives, the explorers, the techies and everyone in between – to the airwaves.

A big part of the show is community involvement – we want your voices, your input, your participation, the more the merrier! To contribute, contact us via Skype (by adding draxfiles) so you can phone in, IM us via our avatar in Second Life - draxfiles or radio@draxfiles.com with suggestions and critique.

 

Bio:

Bernhard Drax aka Draxtor Despres creates interactive audio/video content and devises new media concepts for corporate and academic clientele. In addition to producing music for film, television and the web Bernhard has a solid background in radio news production and print journalism.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, January 17th, 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 - The Drax Files Radio Hour [with Jo Yardley]  
  • 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 Community for Nonprofit Technologists: How NetSquared's Volunteers Contribute to a Nonprofit Commons

Friday, January 10th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Elijah van der Giessen, community manager of TechSoup's NetSquared community, who will present on creating community for nonprofit technologists.

 

NetSquared Local (Net2Local) connects the nonprofit and technology communities. Powered by a network of volunteers, we hold monthly meetings in cities around the world where people can come together to share best practices, case studies, and support each other’s projects.

 

Sounds a lot like the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, doesn't it?

 

Join us for a short overview of Net2Local, followed by a discussion of how these two nonprofit communities are both similar and different. 

  • What are the strengths of hybrid online/offline communities and how can they be created?
  • How has NPSL created a strong sense of community and what Net2Local can learn from NPSL's experience
  • The unique characteristics of synchronous events like (Net2Local and NPSL) vs. asynchronous communities (message boards, forums , etc.)

Learn more at http://www.netsquared.org

 

Presenter:

Eli strives to be a connector - the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He's been a volunteer manager, an event organizer and a digital campaigner. Basically he'll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love.

 

Currently he's the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year. You can follow Eli on twitter at https://twitter.com/elijah and read more on his site at http://www.vandergiessen.ca.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, January 10th, 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 - Creating Community for Nonprofit Technologists: How NetSquared's Volunteers Contribute to a Nonprofit Commons, OR: Kissing Cousins: The Forbidden Love Uniting NetSquared and NPSL
  • 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. 

Roundup of End of Year Short Presentations for the December 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

In celebration of another year of TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life, for our last meeting of 2013 we will be hosting several short presentations from some of our community members. 

 

Community presenters:

  • Buffy Beale on Game Based Learning and MOOCs to Change the World
  • Gentle Heron on Wise Giving Tips for the Holiday Season
  • Namaara MacMoragh on Team Ideas for the New Year

 

The presentations will be followed by an extended Open Mic and chance for every one to share upcoming 2014 projects, resources and inspirations for the new year.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 20th, 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
  • 8:50 am Year End Short Presentations
  • 9:25 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. 

Study of Virtual Health Literacy Skills and Real Life Impact for the December 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, December 13th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Evelyn McElhinney (Kali Pizzaro in SL), who will present a snapshot of her findings from her first study which explored the health literacy skills of people who accessed health information in 3D virtual worlds and the influence on physical world health behavior.

 

Kali will go onto discuss her second study of her PhD with the aim to raise awareness and recruit participants. The study is investigating how participating in virtual world communities/groups influences peoples ability to 'live with' or 'cope with' their long term health condition in the physical world. A long term health condition is defined as a condition which lasts more than one year and impacts on a persons life and may require ongoing help and support (Scottish Government).

 

Bio:

Kali Pizzaro/Evelyn McElhinney is a Registered Nurse and Registered Nurse Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. She is also a part time Doctoral Student at Glasgow Caledonian University. She was in clinical practice for 13 years and has been full time at the University for 8 years. She has presented at national and international conferences and published in peer reviewed journals.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 13th, 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 -  Evelyn McElhinney (Kali Pizzaro in SL) Study of Virtual Health Literacy Skills and Real Life Impact 
  • 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. 

Randy Hayes of Baltimore GiveCamp for the December 6th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, December 6th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Randy Hayes, who is the president of Baltimore GiveCamp and the CMAP (Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals) group that produces GiveCamp. From inception to the production of three GiveCamp events, Randy has been a cornerstone to the technology contribution in the Maryland Area Nonprofit Community.  

 

Baltimore GiveCamp has provided over 60 nonprofit organizations with over $1 million worth of technical services and support through its GiveCamp weekend events each year. The GiveCamp is a weekend-long technology development marathon; over 200 technical volunteer developers and engineers come together to help nonprofit organizations realize their dreams by providing much needed development efforts.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, December 6th, 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 - Randy Hayes of Baltimore GiveCamp
  • 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. 

World AIDS Day for the November 29th NonProfit Commons Meeting

World AIDS Day @ NonProfit Commons in Second Life, November 29, 2013

This Friday, November 29th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature members of the nonprofit Protect Yourself 1 (PY1), Executive Director Monique Richert (Chayenn in SL), Social Media Director Ricky Davis (Tank Thibedeau in SL) and PY1 Development Consultant Tom Kujawski (Incarn8 in SL), who will commemorate the 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day 2013.This year we are coming together under the World AIDS Day theme, “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

World AIDS Day brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Marking the day provides an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage further progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment everywhere around the world. World AIDS Day also offers each of us the opportunity to show support for people living with HIV, remember loved ones and colleagues who have died from the disease, and renew our commitment to combat HIV-related stigma in all its forms.

The Protect Yourself 1 team will share information about their program Safe2Live and how we can all contribute to an AIDS-Free Generation.

About Protect Yourself 1

Protect Yourself 1, Inc. (PY1), a non-profit 501 (c) (3), was founded in April 2004, and began operations in Maryland in August 2005. PY1 has been working for eight years to perfect a model of community empowerment aimed at enabling minority and other disenfranchised populations to address fear, stigma and other barriers to preventing and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS.

PY1 uses innovative media-driven strategies to disseminate effective messages on HIV awareness, education and prevention to targeted groups; promote skills building to reduce risk behaviors; and conduct culturally inclusive social marketing HIV media campaigns.

PY1's mission is to increase precautionary awareness and individual responsibility with respect to HIV/AIDS through music, art, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and other media via educational events, programs and activities. PY1 strives to eliminate the taboos, myths and stigma associated with HIV, and to reduce risky behaviors and new infections.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 29th, 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 - World AIDS Day 2013 with PY1
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

Also, on December 1, 2013. PY1 invites you to join  “The Red Party” and celebrate togetherWorld AIDS Day withDJ Steele and a live performer with Adusay Imamuat Protect Yourself 1, Inc., (PY1) SL office (235, 165, 29) http://goo.gl/VARZL

Global Health Traveler Simulation for the November 22nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, November 22ndTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Rachel

¡Cuídate! Latino Youth Sex Ed Virtual Facilitator Training for the November 15th NonProfit Commons Meeting

Friday, November 15th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will be welcoming members of the University of Michigan's, Latino youth sex education project ¡Cuídate! taking place in Second Life.

 

Research team members:

  • Antonia Villarruel, PhD (avillarr in SL)
  • Michelle Aebersold, PhD (jaimeaebersold in SL)
  • Dana Tschannen, PhD (madeline.glaz in SL)
  • Emily Yeagley, MPH, MA  (eyeagley in SL)
  • Angel Valladares (angelfv in SL)
  • Joseph D. Yaksich, MS, RN (jyaksich in SL)

About ¡Cuídate!:

¡Cuídate! Is an evidence based program designed specifically for Latino youth to reduce sexual risk behavior. A key component of ¡Cuídate! Is to have trained facilitators delivering the program. The training is developed in Second Life in order to increase access to quality training. The project uses Second Life ®, an online web-based environment where participants can learn and practice skills needed to implement ¡Cuídate

The scale-up of effective evidence-based programs is sometimes held up by the inability to meet the demand for curriculum training. Traditional trainings are conducted face to face, are time intensive, often require travel, and are conducted at the same pace. Barriers to training include getting time off as well as the time and cost of travel. 

 

The goal is to offer a more efficient, user-based way for individuals to be trained in ¡Cuídate! We believe this method will provide an excellent learning environment to learn the skills necessary to deliver ¡Cuídate! and do so in way that is less costly and more convenient. 

 

Funding for this study comes from NIH Grant No. 1R21MH09572301A1

 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, November 15th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below Pacific Time)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - ¡Cuídate! Latino Youth Sex Ed Virtual Facilitator Training
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

Immediately following the meeting we will take a virtual tour of the ¡Cuídate! training center in Second Life, located at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolverine%202/55/78/25

 

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. 

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.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

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. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

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. 

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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