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My friends at Global Kids, a New York City based youth empowerment non-profit organization, will be holding an open house and non-profit career fair tomorrow (November 9) within Second Life. This is part of their job search to fill a number of positions within their Online Leadership Program (OLP). Come by from 1-2PM PST to the Global Kids offices on the main grid at the NMC campus sim Teaching (teleport SLURL.) OLP Director Barry Joseph (pictured here) will be speaking on Global Kids programs and Teen Second Life.
These are really cool jobs with a great organization that is on the cutting-edge of virtual technology and education. Additional information about available positions can be found at http://globalkids.org/?id=73. The application deadline is November 15, so get that resume polished!
Today at Oleander Island (click here to teleport), come to the Second Life Women's Health Fair, where medical professionals will speak on important health issues affecting women including cancer, heart ailments, and PCOS -- a hidden womens health problem. There will also be a silent auction, with proceeds going to the organization Drive By Agony/Life Learning programs, which assists victims of crime, teaches young people violence prevention methods for everyday life. From 8 am - 1 pm PST.
The SLNN has a nice write-up about the American Cancer Society's activities in Second Life beyond the Relay for Life. It's a good summary of how an effective real world non-profit is learning now to leverage Second Life's strengths to reach their target audience and promote their cause. RC Moss of the ACS noted that, "Anyone who will be a success in SL has to understand SL the culture, the technology. Know what you as an NGO want to get out of your SL experience." Moss explained, "I always look to our RL success and imagine new ways to transfer programs and mission delivery into SL."
Read the whole article here.
The highlight of today's meeting was Barry Joseph who gave a high energy chat about his work at Global Kids. Here's some of the transcript:
Global Kids is a NYC base educational org we work with tens around the city to develop the skills around global issues 8 years ago I founded out Online Leadership program
From November 4-5, there will be a two-day Fundraiser to Fight AIDS and Poverty in Africa The event will feature several musical acts, a huge art exhibit and silent auction. All donations and proceeds will go to the ONE Campaign and other charities. At Africa (click here to teleport.)
Over 38.8 million people, in 110 countries participated in this years Stand Up and Speak Out event, a global initiative launched by the United Nations Millennium Campaign, to show support for the UN Millennium Development goals and against poverty. We joined them in their call by organising a Stand Up Against Poverty event in the virtual world Second Life.
If anyone will be in Manhattan on November 7th, please reply to this blog post or email me and let me know. We will be meeting for a small Nonprofits in SL happy hour, and I would love to meet up with some of you face to face. Let me know, by either replying in the comments field here or by emailing me at susan AT techsoup DOT org.
Yesterday Glitter, Jessika, Ine Kenzo, and Beth Kavka were all presenting in-world for the California Association of Nonprofits conference. As a last minute idea, I decided to join the conference in-world as an audience member. Glitteractica Cookie sat across from in the real world as her avatar fielded questions and answers from the presentation.
After the Virtual Worlds conference, the universal mantra seemed to be "we need interoperability!" Well, guess what folks? It has started. Enter Facebook in SL...although the entry in a little awkward (you have to TP in to the Facebook headquarters inworld and then verify yourself and then leave again to complete your profile, which is somewhat limited and doesn't integrate well with your original FB profile), it is still a step in the right direction.
Seeing as this site is a Drupal site, I thought our members might be interested in how to set up Drupal locally on a computer.
The first time I ever set up a local install of Drupal was a copy of 4.7.4. I remember aspects of setting things up being a little convoluted. 5.x had not gone into full release--I believe it was in RC 1. So there was no installer and it proved to be an interesting challenge. With the advent of 5.x, things have become much simpler. I'm going to describe how to set up a local install of Drupal 5.x on a Mac.