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GimpGirl Community Festival - December 11th

Join us before you head off to the Common Ground meeting on Plush.:)

GimpGirl Community Festival
This is an online, international event that will be held in Second Life, but is accessible to those not on Second Life via IRC chat. See below for details.

Scenarios USA & Global Kids Present the Virtual Premiere of the 2008 Real Deal Youth Films December 17

On Wednesday December 17, Scenarios USA and Global Kids will be hosting the virtual premiere of the three youth-written short films produced by Scenarios on the subject "What's the Real Deal about Masculinity?". Taking place on both the Teen Grid and Main Grid of Second Life, both youth and adult residents will be able to watch excerpts from the three films, listen to a live interview with two of the youth writers and Rob York of Scenarios, and ask questions about the films.

WHEN: December 17, 2008, 12:30pm PST / 3:30pm EST

Help Project Jason Change America

Imagine if you had one of your family members disappear, then you found out there are many unidentified bodies with no procedures to find out who they are.

One could be your loved one and you would never know it.

Project Jason has worked for years to get better procedures in place to help. Now there is a chance to get this matter some attention.

Amira Fouad: Releases First Seasonal Report on Ethics and Virtual Worlds

The MacArthur Foundation recently put out this press release regarding and their first report on ethics and virtual worlds.

Amira Fouad: Releases First Seasonal Report on Ethics and Virtual Worlds

You can download the report here.

Panel speaks about alliance building in Second Life

Nonprofits are finding that one of the major benefits of Second Life work is alliance building. I had the pleasure of attending Monday's panel on virtual world partnerships and collaborations.

Avatar on Duty is Back!

In keeping with our mission of improving communities by the application of knowledge, which unleashes the power of nonprofits, foundation, and individuals, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership ( at Grand Valley State University ( is offering Avatar on Duty service (AvOD) to the Philanthropic community in Second Life. We will have various Avatars available to answer specific questions related to effective philanthropy and nonprofit leadership.

Network Culture Project - Public Good Challenge Part 3 Released!

Draxtor Despres has done it again. Part 3 of the Network Culture Project is now available and is just as informative and professionally done as Parts 1 and 2. Kudos, Drax!!

"Dropping Knowledge: How Virtual World Educators are Changing Real Lives" This Monday, November 17

On Monday, November 17, from 3-5PM PST, come to the first virtual conference sponsored by, the social network for virtual world educators, taking place in the Justice Center (click here to teleport). The event will feature a panel discussion of leading educators and researchers working in virtual world education, a "birds of a feather" breakout session, and social mixer for letting our virtual hair down!

Knight News Challenge -- Opensource Grantmaking

Hi All,

It would be great if you could point your browser at: OpenSource Grant Making System on the Knight News Challenge, register and cast your vote in support.

We're trying to put together a free opensource alternative to other grantmaking solutions. Your vote (5 stars!) would be helpful.

Matthew (Creech)

Real World Impacts from the Virtual World - Nov. 17

Please save the date on this upcoming event in Second Life on "Real World Impacts from the Virtual World" on learning in virtual worlds on November 17 from 3-5pm. There are several of your non-profit colleagues who will be participating including Techsoup, Native Lands, the Ability Commons, the Texas Obesity Research Center, and Global Kids.

Sneak Preview of MacArthur Foundation's new island in Second Life
November 17th 1-5PM PST


Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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