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Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 and ‘Seminar Saturday’ for the October 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 18th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting is happy to feature Sally S. Cherry (SarVana Haalan in SL), MT(ASCP) who will be discussing Baltimore GiveCamp (BGC); the event’s social media awareness campaign; and her upcoming Seminar Saturday presentation, “Nonprofit Capacity Building Through Social Media and Virtual Worlds. 

 

Baltimore GiveCamp is the largest volunteer technology event in the state of Maryland. The weekend-long charity hack-a-thon for local nonprofits is one of many annual “Coding for Charity” events held in the USA and various countries around the globe. It will be held from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th, 2013 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). This year, more than 230 technical and non-technical volunteers will be helping thirty (30) nonprofit organizations achieve their customized “wish list” technical projects.

 

In 2012, Baltimore GiveCamp was just another “nice” tech event for Sally until two real life colleagues extended an invitation to volunteer. In response, she volunteered as a project manager at Baltimore GiveCamp 2012 and immediately became a Baltimore GiveCamp advocate. As a Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 volunteer, Sally has been helping with the event’s social media awareness campaign. She will be one of nine speakers at the event’s annual ‘Seminar Saturday’, a series of one hour seminars pertaining to marketing, technology, capacity building, strategic planning, and the business of operating a nonprofit organization. ‘Seminar Saturday’ is free for any 501c3 nonprofit organization to attend on Saturday October 19, 2013.

 

In her Seminar Saturday presentation, Sally will be sharing information, case studies, and perspectives about various social media and virtual world platforms for building capacity within nonprofit organizations. The presentation is designed to provide a basic understanding of how social media and virtual world platforms can be used for community outreach, program promotion, cause awareness, networking, fundraising, and other activities. 

 

More on Baltimore GiveCamp

 

Bio: Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP)

As a laboratory/social media health consultant, Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) is interested in the integration of social media and 3D virtual world platforms within real life and virtual-based programs and projects especially for nonprofits and public health. Over the years, Ms. Cherry's professional experience and interest in laboratory science has led to a diverse public health career as a laboratory coordinator (Baltimore City Health Department - Bureau of Disease Control), international medical consultant (JHPIEGO and Columbia University), national STI laboratory consultant/instructor (STI/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC), HIV/AIDS project manager, and health communications advocate. Her interest in technology and social media fuel her mission to integrate social media and 3D virtual worlds technology into nonprofit and public health projects as well as providing social media capacity building, training, and marketing. In addition, Sally's mission fueled the development of an HIV/AIDS capacity building and awareness program, “Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project” as well as “Community Health Technology Awareness Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project”, a health technology capacity building, awareness and training program.

 

Recently, Sally presented on her virtual world-based CHARE Project community at the worldwide virtual OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC). She conducts "Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real" Workshops to provide a better understanding of 3D virtual worlds and to instruct how to integrate the technology into collaborative projects, outreach, marketing, networking, and other real life projects. She also runs capacity building program, training activities, and HIV/AIDS awareness project to various worlds created within Kitely.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 18th, 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 - Baltimore GiveCamp 2013 and ‘Seminar Saturday’ 
  • 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. 

Using Storytelling in your Fundraising Messaging for the October 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 11th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will explore ways to use storytelling within your organization or project fundraising message.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 11th, 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 

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.
 
Join us in Second Life!
 
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.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

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.

Join us in Second Life!

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.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

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. 

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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