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SAVE THE DATE: ICC Prosecutor, Kofi Annan to Address Global Kids' International Justice Center on March 20

virtual ICC
Global Kids is excited and honored to announce that on Thursday, March 20, at 3pm EST, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo will give a short welcome address to officially inaugurate the Global Kids’ International Justice Center on our new sim The Justice Commons. We hope you all can make it!

"In the Pink" virtual show to combat gender violence premieres this Saturday

The set of "In the Pink" production in Second Life

On March 8 and 9, a collaborative of Second Life residents will be presenting an original production called "In the Pink," a series of one-acts intended to fight gender violence.  The inspiration is Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues" and co-incides with a series of real worlds events called "V-Day" to draw attention to the issue of violence against women.  The premiere is this Saturday, March 8 at 1:30PM PST at Ivy Falls (click here to teleport.)  The show repeats at 5:30PM that day, and again on Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30PM. 

It's official: SLCC Nonprofit mini-track will be produced and organized by Glitteractica and Rik Riel

Please check back on the SLCC Blog for details, as it gets closer to September, there will be more informaiton. Remember that we have a Wiki Page where you can volunteer and post your ideas. So far, we have a pretty solid idea of the four sessions (or so) that will be featured in that mini-track. We are still looking for sponsorships, so please contact me, if you are interested in being a sponsor!

Sharon Burns' Virtual Worlds video tour

I just took Sharon Burns' virtual worlds tour and I recommend it, especially if you always wanted to know about the leading virtual worlds, but SL eats up all your time, and you couldn't possibly dare to enter another metaverse.

Community Voice Mail wins philanthropy award

NPC resident Community Voice Mail (http://www.cvm.org/) was recently recognized for their work; from the press release:

Free Event Fri. Feb. 29th:Using Virtual Worlds and Emerging Technologies for People with Disabilities

Mark your calendars for Friday, Feb. 29th , 2008: Join us for a 1-day free online event happening on TechSoup.org's Community forums and in Second Life:

Using Virtual Worlds and Emerging Technologies for People with Disabilities

Global Kids is hiring an Online Community Developer/Content Editor

Global Kids Inc., a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to transforming urban youth into successful students and global and community leaders, is seeking to fill a short-term freelance position as Online Community Developer/Content Editor, to be filled within our New York City offices or remotely. The position will run from mid-March until end of June.

The Online Community Developer/Content Editor will work with staff at Global Kids to create the structure and content for a new social networking site called “RezEd: A Hub for Virtual World Educators.” This project is designed to provide educators using virtual worlds with access to the highest quality resources and research in the field, and to use the most effective technology to establish a strong network of those using virtual worlds for education. RezEd features will include podcasts, newsletters, best practice documents, contributor blogs, an event calendar, job postings, resource library, listserv, and other social networking functions.

See the complete job description at holymeatballs.org.

Katie sustained a serious leg injury. Please help.

Dear Friends of Great Strides (a Nonprofit Commons tenant on Aloft Island),

Katie, a 5 year old Gypsy Vanner who lives at our farm and works with clients, sustained a rather severe leg injury this week. While we are pleased to report that she is recovering from her surgery, she will require several weeks of hospital care, followed by an extensive recovery period back home.

NetSquared MashUp Challenge

Handyland speaking

Handyland Fairymeadow, a member of the NetSquared project team, spoke at the meeting today at the Nonprofit Commons Ampitheater about the NetSquared MashUp Challenge.

Postscript+Chatlog: Event on Best Practices for Nonprofits in Second Life a big success!

Speakers at Best Practices for Non-profits in SL Event
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of leading up a panel of non-profit experts talking about "Best Practices for Non-profits in Second Life," held at the Plush Nonprofit Commons in SL.  Speakers shown from left to right are:

  • Lori Bell, Alliance Library System
  • Rafi Santo, Global Kids
  • Jade Lily, SL Relay for Life
  • Jimbo Hoyer, YearlyKos in SL
  • myself
  • and Glitteractica Cookie, TechSoup

I couldn't have asked for a better group of speakers on the subject!

Pulling off the event was a real team effort, involving my lovely green friend In Kenzo producing the event, Penguin Kuhn moderating in-world, and cyber-goddess Rhiannon Chatnoir helping with the audio stream.  Streaming into the grid seven people from different locations (including In Kenzo as question passer) via Skype was very ambitious and frankly I'm a bit surprised that it worked.

We reportedly had 82+ avatars present and we maxed out our audio stream for most of the talk!  For those that were not able to attend or had the audio cut out on them, we've posted an audio file of the entire event to Holymeatballs.org. You can check out the Best Practices for Nonprofits white paper and also read the (slightly edited) chat log after the jump.  Thanks, everyone for coming! 

Crowd of Avatars at Best Practices for Nonprofits in SL event

Panel Discussion on “Best Practices for Nonprofits in Second Life”
February 8, 2008
Amphitheater, Plush Nonprofit Commons sim, Second Life

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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