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MacArthur Foundation Event Live Blog Post

I just came from an historic and ground breaking event.  I don't know if I'm still shaking from the excitement or the hour long multi-tasking frenzy of listening to a live audio feed, seeing a blog.tv stream, reading a chat history, answering ims, and taking notes!

TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons and Beth Kanter in New York Times today!

The New York Times covered our group and project in today's NY Times. Here's the blurb about our group:

More than 30 nonprofits have opened offices in a virtual business incubator in Second Life called the Nonprofit Commons that is operated by TechSoup, a group that helps other nonprofits with technology.

Not bad for a lil' fledgling group like ourselves!

Britt Bravo's great article about the Nonprofit Commons!

Britt Bravo writes a blog called "Have Fun do good"

Here is a little bit of what she said about us:

Plus, Tech Soup (who I work for) is spearheading a Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, "a virtual community of practice for nonprofits to explore the opportunities and benefits of Second Life." Some of the 31 tenants at the Nonprofit Commons include Idealist.org, International Rescue Committee, FightHunger.org (UN World Food Programme), and CARE USA. The photo is of me in the CARE office in the Nonprofit Commons.

Supernova panel yesterday-- glitteractica speaks about Nonprofit Commons

So, yesterday I spoke at Supernova about the Nonprofit Commons and about Nonprofits in SL. The reception was warm. Questions that people asked:

    Can you make appointments in SL?
  • How can you be sure where people are located when they are just typing instead of talking?
  • are organizations really making this sustainable?

    Here are a couple blog entries about the Where's The Innovation panel that I spoke on:
    David Weinberger's Joho Blog

Update on MacArthur talk on philanthropy and virtual worlds tomorrow at 9AM

Here's a reminder that tomorrow, June 22, at 9AM PST, Jonathan Fanton, the president of the MacArthur Foundation, and Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Labs, will come in-world for a conversation on the role of philanthropy in virtual worlds. I just got another message about the event with a new location and dropped in to check it out.

Invitation: noWomannoLife Island opening

Invitation to noWomannoLife Island Opening

noWomannoLife invites you to the opening of its Island on June 21, 8.30am
PST.

noWomannoLife (www.nowomannolife.org) is a Swiss foundation active in the
support of Mediterranean women, and seed (www.seedlearn.org) an NGO
promoting the diffusion of educational tecnologies in the non profit field
built an island dedicated to the non profit world.

The challenge is not only to increase awareness of non profit activities
taking place in the RL but to involve residents in experiencing non
profit.

Plaxo

Plaxo is a social networking tool that allows you to dynamically update your address book. I've written a couple of posts on my personal blog about how the tool can be used.

Change In Focus

In my intersection with other nonprofits through the NPSL group and on the TechSoup site I am expanding my focus to deal with emerging technologies in general and how they can be utilized by the nonprofit community as a whole.  My background is in the arts, so expect to continue to see some bias for that industry but my personal experiences over the last two years have shifted my sense of self toward social justice (although being Canadian probably has something to do with that too.)

Community Member Profiles: Xin Revolution/Michael Langford


Xin Revolution
Michael Langford
CARE
www.care.org/

Why is your organization in Second Life?

We're exporing the use of Second Life as part of our larger strategy for social networking and community building

What would you recommend that npos in sl check out?
Other non-profits should check out, obvioulsy, the non profit commons space, but also The Bay and Better World Island and Ubuntu. Also Angela Eclipse's Take Action! shop

What advice to get started?

iCommons Summit streamed to SL June 14-17

The iCommons Summit in Dubrovnik, Croatia brings together pioneers of the free Internet "to make sure that, at its crossroads, we guide the world along a path that will enable the kind of free culture and decentralized innovation that has characterized the early years of the Internet." The summit will occur in parallel in-world at the USC Annenberg Public Diplomacy Island (teleport SLURL).

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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