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New Report! Nonprofits in Second Life: Promoting Causes Inside Second Life for Real World Impact has just published the latest study on the benefits, impact, challenges and opportunities of nonprofits in Second Life at:

Written by Anika Pastorelli (Sandy Bettger) of GCN, this report represents a collaborative effort among 12 nonprofits, TechSoup and NPC volunteers in capturing, analyzing and presenting the benefits and impact of nonprofits in a virtual world. We hope the study will help all nonprofits in SL to strengthen their rationale and strategy, promote their causes and achieve greater impact.

Peggy Weil and Nonny de la Peña Discuss Using Art for Political Activism at Justice Center October 24

Can virtual art stimulate real-world political action? Find out on Friday, October 24, as digital media artists Peggy Weil (Ping Rau in SL) and Nonny de la Peña (Nonny Writer) discuss how they are using 3D artwork as a form of political expression and civic engagement. At the Justice Center (click here to teleport ) from 10-11am PST on October 24.

Peggy and Nonny have been involved in a number of ground-breaking digital media projects that explore the intersections of art and politics, from "The Redistricting Game" that Peggy designed to "Unconstitutional" a documentary of civil liberties in America post 9/11 produced by Nonny. They will talk about their latest explorations of political artwork in SL, from the "Gone Gitmo" project to the "Mauerkrankheit/Wallsickness" installation that was an Annenberg Public Good Merit Award winner. Then we will teleport over to their exhibits to get a guided tour from them!

Promoting Causes Inside Second Life – For Real-World Impact

There is a fantastic, comprehensive report on the WIKI compiled and delivered by Anika Pastorelli (aka Sandra Bettger) called Nonprofits and Second Life: Promoting Causes Inside Second Life – For Real-World Impact.

An Open Source Grant Making System

Grant-making isn't a cheap venture. Even if you are a re-granting agency (you are given money to give away), the overhead involved in running a grants program is significant. I want to help that change.

SL-BaSE - the Second Life Business and Social Expo

From Eschatos Graves...

As was noted this week in the Metaverse Messenger, we've started
up a new division, Metaverse Conference Management, to develop a new series of meetings. The first of these is SL-BaSE, the Second Life Business and Social Expo, which is (obviously) going to focus specifically on Second Life.

What: ..... SL-BaSE
When: .... June 4-7, 2009
Where: ... Portland, OR
Web: ......

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Hi there... just wanted to let you all know we're on hiatus until November. We're taking the information we've gathered thus far and will share the results with you all via this blog.

Also, we are hoping to expand the hours and services we offer to nonprofits in the Commons. We'll keep you posted.

Please, if you should have any questions, contact me at or in SL at 2020Vision Obviate. I'll try to respond to you as quickly as possible.



Mollom Spam Filter -- An Update

Mollom has been doing its job pretty well. In the last month it has caught over 1100 potential spam comments on the site! Where I had been engaged in daily cleanup of of anywhere from 20-50 spam comments, I have only had to "pick off' a handful manually.

I guess the question is, have the members of this community found it easier or harder to use the site? Have you noticed any change?

Let me know.

Creech (Matthew)

Halloween Party Preparations - Ghoulishly Grand!

The NPC Halloween party is just around the corner and Mercedes and Anika are kicking butt and taking names! =) If your NPO wishes to participate in the party, please send Mercedes or Anika the following with full perms (copy mod and transfer):

  • a Landmark to your office in NPC
  • a LOGO
  • a notecard about your NPO
  • a full perm item for your treat bag
  • These need to be submitted by October 15!

    Dress up and get the word out about your organization and P-A-R-T-Y with us on October 25! Here are the details...

    October 25, 2008
    4PM-11:30PM SLT

    GRAND OPENING PARTY - ABLE (Association for Better Living & Education)

    Don't be left out!! JOIN us for the grand opening party for ABLE (the Association for Better Living & Education). There will be fireworks, dancing to a live DJ, games and refreshments, as well as networking opportunities and a seriously fun time!

    Columbus Day from a Native American Perspective - Oct. 12

    Many thanks to Nany Kayo for this great information...

    Virtual Native Lands will host an observation of the significance of Columbus' arrival in the Americas from a Native American perspective on Sunday, October 12, 2008, on the beach at Commonwealth.


    Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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