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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

 

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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.

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.
 
Join us in Second Life!
 
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. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

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.

 

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