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Clarifying the Difference Between Earth Week and the EcoCommons Launch Party

*Earth Week is a week-long series of environmentally oriented events in SL. any1 Gynoid is spearheading the planning for this and more details are here:

*Earth Week is not being planned by EcoCommons or the Nonprofit Commons; it is a separate effort (though many from the Nonprofit Commons are involved in Earth Week plans and events).

Fractor Blog - Fractor at the Nonprofit Commons

Just wanted to share this well-written blog post from Josephine Junot who gave a terrific presentation at one of our recent Nonprofit Commons meetings. Thanks, Josephine, both for the presentation and the nice write-up.

Let the NPSL Blog Help Your Organization

The NPC blog is for everyone and is a great tool for not only promoting NPC but for giving more exposure to your organization's initiatives in Second Life. I would love to help you promote your events, programs and organizations through this blog.

Here are a few ways that the blog can help you get the word out about what you are doing:

  • More interviews for new organizations and anyone with program activity or upcoming events in Second Life
  • Informational posts about events and initiatives

EcoCommons Launches on Earth Day in Second Life

With Earth Day right around the corner (April 22), we are busy preparing for the launch of EcoCommons in Second Life.

EcoCommons is a virtual location (sim) designed for environmental organizations in the 3D virtual world of Second Life. Developed by TechSoup’s Nonprofit Commons team in partnership with and OneClimate Island in Second Life, EcoCommons provides a network for environmentally-focused nonprofits to promote awareness, community-building and environmental education efforts in the virtual world and beyond.

Nonprofits in Second Life Survey (UBF)

Mocha Moon needs your help. Could you please take a few moments to complete this survey? It was created to gauge how non-profits engage with social work students, how organizations engage the next generation of donors and more.

Thanks for your help!

Featured Neighbor: The Exploratorium

Many thanks to Patio Plasma for taking the time to work with me on this great 5 minute interview! I checked out The Exploratorium yesterday and its really intriguing. The exhibits are really creative and its a great example of how education can be expanded in Second Life. I highly recommend that everyone take a trip there to check out the great exhibitions.

Q: What is the Exploratorium and why does it exist?

City Planning in Second Life

Second Life seems like such a dynamic platform for real-life city planning, and now that seems to be coming to fruition. The city of Birmingham in the UK has taken the lead in taking a look at this new platform for this practical purpose. The initiative has opened itself to mixed reviews, but I think that its a great test of how directly Second Life reflects real-life programs.

Come talk about the future of SL's Teen Grid & Main Grid this Wednesday March 25!

You are cordially invited to's first Seasonal Meetup this Wednesday, March 25 from 12-1pm PST in Second Life! For those that don't know, is a social network of educators using a variety of virtual worlds and MMOs for learning from a variety of perspectives and institutions.

Women at Work in Virtual Worlds - Tonight 7PM PST

Our own Glitteractica Cookie - aka Susan Tenby - will be speaking in real-life at the Women at Work in Virtual Worlds conference. The event will be LIVE at 7PM PST tonight in SL.

Video will be streaming live as well.

Good luck, Glitteractica!

Global Kids Streaming Live from National Service Learning Conference in Nashville on March 20

Tomorrow, March 20, Global Kids will be streaming from (and participating in) the National Service-Learning Conference in Nashville, TN for the third straight year. The conference is an inspiring gathering of over 2,700 students, teachers, youth-workers and volunteers focused on service learning. For more info on the conference, please see the conference website.

For those who can't make it to Nashville, Global Kids will be streaming several sessions from the NSLC live to the Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater (click here to teleport ). The complete schedule is as follows:

7 - 8:30am PST: Plenary Session
Exciting entertainment and inspiring keynote speeches from Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, the Executive Director of Community Service Volunteers, the UK’s largest volunteering and training charity and Dr. James Hildreth, Director of the Center for AIDS Health Disparities, Meharry Medical College

11:45am - 1:15pm PST: Global Kids Workshop: Virtual Worlds for Real World Service Learning - Intro for Educators
Learn about service-learning projects in virtual worlds such as Second Life and Habbo Hotel. You will gain a deeper understanding how virtual worlds can create more meaningful learning and service in your community.

1:30 - 3pm PST: Global Kids Workshop: Global Kids Workshop: Online Tools for Offline Action - How Generation MySpace Can Change The World
Join Global Kids to check out a variety of cool tools for your service-learning projects both online and offline. Discover how you can use Facebook, MySpace, Youtube, and others to make a positive difference locally and globally.

Both of the workshops will have interactive activities for the avatars to participate in. See you all there!


Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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