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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.
So maybe you're juggling multiple social networking sites--Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace, etc., but now there's a new type of social networking site--specifically for your avatars. KoinUp is a new social networking site designed for managing your virtual worlds. What makes KoinUp unique from other online social networking sites is that it focuses specifically on content created in virtual worlds, metaverses, and games.
I was asked by a good friend if I could merge the NPSL Offside Links and the Deli.cio.us NPSL links feeds into a single feed on nonprofitcommons.com in a block on the left side of the site. I took care of it this evening, and it is actually a piece of cake to do. These steps work in Drupal 5.x.
I am just recovering from the virtual worlds conference and I wanted to get down some notes before I lost track of the context in which my notes originated.
This was a phenomenally interesting conference and I was very surprised at how many virtual worlds and companies that work within them were represented. The Creator of CSI, Anthony Zuiker
I was checking out the cool Nonprofit Communicators blog and found out that Google/ YouTube are offering some special deals for US not-for-profits that I thought others in our community might be interested in. Here's what you get:
Premium branding capabilities and increased video uploading capacity
- Rotation of your videos in the "Promoted Videos" areas throughout the site
- The option to drive fundraising through a Google Checkout "Donate" button
- Free Google Checkout processing of donations online
You have to create a free YouTube account and be a legitimate 501(c)(3) US not-for-profit organization to qualify. Head for these YouTube and Google links for more info.