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Social Media Engagement & Measurement for the August 2nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 2nd, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Sandy Adam (Georgianna Blackburn in SL), who will present on how to use social media effectively to reach and engage your target audience, including creating your organization or campaign strategy, developing an effective content plan and measuring your results. We will also discuss creating a free social media campaign vs investing in paid campaigns, and some free tools for managing your social presence and why to use them.

 

About Sandy Adam:

Sandy Adam has been working in the digital space since the mid 90s. Throughout her life, she has played active roles in fundraising efforts for various community organizations. In 2004, she launched a website and formed a group called JOLT, which was chartered to raise $200,000 to contribute private funding for the extension of a community bike trail in Franklin, WI. Working together with local politicians, major companies in the area and local residents the group’s goals were realized within a 9-month period.

 

Her foray into other social media began in 2007. She’s been a member of the Second Life community since December of 2007 and in 2008-2009 conducted research in using virtual worlds for social networking while working for Sigma-Aldrich Corporation.  Over the past 6 years she has helped small, medium and large-sized companies to uncover the potential for connecting with customers and using social media to drive revenue.

 

For the past 18 months, she has been the manager of the global social media marketing efforts at ANSYS, Inc., an $800 million engineering simulation software company whose software is used by 96% of the top global manufacturers to design and test products in such industries as aerospace and defense, the automotive, high tech and health care. By creating virtual prototypes in a computer, manufacturers can speed their products to market, decrease product development costs and increase collaboration across design teams.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 2nd, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central  

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Sandy Adam

    •    9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

A Lesson on Hiring Interns & a Tour of VWBPE for the July 26th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 26th, Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is featuring Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron in SL), presenting a mini lesson on interns and some of the facts behind this trend. Why should you hire (or be) an intern? Is your organization thinking about hiring an intern? Or, if you are looking for a job, have you thought about becoming an intern for a nonprofit org or company?

 

About Gentle Heron:

Gentle Heron is a founder of the Virtual Ability community and president of the nonprofit corporation that supports it. She is a former Science and special education teacher.

 

Following this discussion, we will be taking a community field trip to the 2013 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference. The event takes place across numerous virtual worlds and runs from July 24th to 27th.

 

VWBPE Schedule: http://www.vwbpe.org/conference/vwbpe-2013-schedule/action:oneday/exact_date:7-26-2013/

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 26th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:35 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:40 am Featured Presentation - Gentle Heron 

    •    9:00 am VWBPE tour 

    •    9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Using 3D Technologies to Solve Real World Problems for the July 19th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 19th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Cody Rauh, who will present to NPC on using 3D technologies for real world uses in physical and cognitive therapy. Using his game and virtual world development experience combined with his 3D modeling and printing skills, Cody decided to make a difference by designing tools and toys used in therapeutic environments for children with sensory issues, autism, and cognitive or physical disabilities.

He recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this project: Zoobits.

 

About Cody Rauh:

Cody Rauh, creator of Zoobits, is a contract based content developer in virtual world platforms. He has worked since 2006 on specialized development projects for the University of Venice, Memorial & St. Leo's University, DeMolay International and companies such as El Paso Corporation, CPI Creative, and Demandx.

 

Additionally, he has developed 3D asset kits that are used by over 100,000+ virtual world content creators, online game developers, and mobile app designers across the globe through his company F.E. Energy, LLC - http://www.fe-energy.com. He is also a volunteer for the children's hippotherapy program at the Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center.

 

Currently his focus is on using 3D technologies to implement solutions to real world problems.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 19th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central  

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Cody Rauh

    •    9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

 

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

NPC 7/12/13 Featured Presentation: Sami Petersen of SHIFT Scoliosis

 

For the July 12th, 2013 NonProfit Commons meeting we featured Sami Petersen (SHIFTscoliosis in SL), who presented on her personal journey, her organization's mission and the power of digital storytelling. Sami was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11, underwent spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15, and now at the age of 16, is the founder of the nonprofit SHIFT Scoliosis. Her experience inspired her to give back to the scoliosis community and help others, while spreading awareness and educating others about the condition. She started SHIFT Scoliosis in order to make those goals come true. SHIFT Scoliosis' video won for the Best in Health category in the 2013 TechSoup Digital Storytelling Contest.

    •    Sami's scoliosis story: http://youtu.be/8O1Q62RH_OU

    •    https://www.facebook.com/SamisScoliosisStory

    •    http://www.shiftscoliosis.org

 

Below is an edited transcript of the presentation and you can read the full transcript at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YpRKGjfjB3n6bYdwlPclQ5NrYk01wSSIxWtIE4yi0sM/edit

 

           Buffy Beale: Cheering loudly!

           alebez: yaaaaaaaay! sami!

           Gentle Heron: Welcome Sami

           Zinnia Zauber: Rah Sami!

 

Sami Petersen (SHIFTscoliosis): Thank you so much:)

 

           Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir): welcome Sami and start when you are ready!

SHIFT Scoliosis for the July 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 12th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Sami Petersen (SHIFTscoliosis in SL), who will present to NPC on her personal journey, her org's mission and the power of digital storytelling. Sami was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11, underwent spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15, and now at the age of 16, is the founder of the nonprofit Shift Scoliosis. SHIFT Scoliosis' video won for the Best in Health category in the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Contest. 

About Sami Petersen: 

Sami Petersen is 16 years old and the founder of SHIFT Scoliosis. She was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 11 and underwent spinal fusion surgery at the age of 15 to correct her then 60 degree scoliosis curve.  She is now fused from thoracic level 3 to lumbar level 4 - almost her whole back!  Her curve was corrected to just 9 degrees and she no longer in extreme pain. The experience inspired her to give back to the scoliosis community and help others, while spreading awareness and educating others about the condition. She started SHIFT Scoliosis in order to make those goals come true! 

 

About SHIFT Scoliosis:

SHIFT Scoliosis believes every person is beautiful and perfect just the way they are regardless of whether or not they have health problems. Our goals are to provide information and support for individuals and families who are impacted by scoliosis. Our second goal is to provide education to those not touched by scoliosis to create a strong and supportive world community. By promoting knowledge of scoliosis and how it impacts those who are affected, we hope to encourage a better understanding of this condition which changes the lives of so many.

Digital Inclusion and New Technologies for the June 28th NonProfit Commons Meeting

How can we use new technologies to provide greater equality in the 21st century? This Friday, June 28th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Elle Waters (Nethermind Bliss in SL) who will be leading a discussion on digital inclusion as a civil right and highlighting the exciting innovations in technology that provide greater access for people with disabilities. She will discuss some of the history behind the fight for global accessibility awareness, and examples where accessibility has been successfully used as a powerful tool to create a better experience for everyone. Elle will discuss the paradigm shift from compliance to cutting-edge at some companies, and she will demonstrate pragmatic techniques using examples from newly launched and not-yet-published solutions from enterprise projects.

About Elle Waters

Elle has been working in online spaces for over 15 years, always with the goal to promote equality and collaboration on the web. After years of evangelism and leading projects within virtual worlds, online communities, and social media channels, she started a career as the web accessibility coordinator at a large Fortune 100 company. While there, she focused primarily on implementation strategies for design, development, and process teams across the enterprise. Working with internal and external teams to build a corporate program from the ground up, Elle built the business case and established accessibility as an integral part of both the design strategy and the software development lifecycle, institutionalizing the process and creating a framework for long-term success.

Now, many years later with many lessons learned, Elle supports the enterprise strategy and business development needs of Simply Accessible, a leading UX firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients. She works directly with clients to form strategic solutions to problems and outline a roadmap to ensure that their websites can be successful and sustainable in meeting or exceeding accessibility requirements.

When Elle presents publicly, she usually speaks on topics ranging anywhere from enterprise accessibility strategy to leveraging accessibility as a tool to inspire innovation and transform an organization’s culture. Occasionally, she indulges in discussions about the gamification of accessibility and motivational design. Past speaking engagements include CSUN, John Slatin AccessU, Code PaLOUsa and several accessibility camps across the country. When not looking to start a revolution, Elle enjoys virtual worlds, zombie lore, and video games.

"Virtual Media Camp" for the June 21st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, June 21st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will be featuring a discussion led by our own community manager Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir in SL), who will be holding a virtual media camp and sharing insights on audio and video media skills to incorporate with virtual worlds. We will explore topics such as audio and video recording, streaming and mixed-reality, and discuss how these could be used for organizations.

 

Meet the NPC Community: an SL10B Discussion 6/19

This Wednesday, June 19th, at 4:00 PM PDT/SLT several members of the NonProfit Commons in Second Life (NPC) community will be taking part in a "Meet the Community" discussion, as part of the Second Life 10th annual Birthday celebration (SL10B).

Celebrating and Discussing a Decade of Second Life for the June 14th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, June 14th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to welcome Saffia Widdershins, who will share with us some of the highlights of the resident-run Second Life 10th Anniversary Birthday (SL10B). The event kicks off this weekend, running from June 16th to June 29th, with twenty sims of community, creativity and events. 

Join us while we look back at a decade of the virtual world Second Life and look forward by discussing possible visions for the future.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 14th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central  

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Saffia Widdershins of SL10B

    •    9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

 

http://nonprofitcommons.org

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

NPC 5/24/13 Featured Presentation: The Exploratorium's Virtual Museum and Immersive Science

For the May 24th, 2013 NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting, we featured Paul Doherty (Patio Plasma in SL), Senior Scientist at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, CA.

About Paul Doherty:

Paul Doherty is a physicist, author, teacher, and the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Exploratorium. He is the discoverer of the shape of Martian Snowflakes, was author of The Explorabook, and he loves teaching online courses.

    •    Paul's website: http://www.exo.net/~pauld/

About The Exploratorium:

The Exploratorium uses the virtual world to prototype exhibits for the real world museum. For example, The new exhibit Twinkling Suppressor, which still works better in SL than RL, as well as the design for the human ride-able Newton's cradle. (See images below.) They run mixed reality events streaming coverage of eclipses and planetary transits into Second Life while showing the virtual audience on screens in the real life museum. It allows them to build exhibits quickly following real life events, three days after the Tsunami in Japan, Emileigh Starbrook built a model of the type of reactor that was destroyed by the tsunami. A Japanese video producer then used this model in her program describing the failure of the reactor. When an asteroid threatened to collide with Mars in 2007 they made a model of the impact, and now in 2014 a comet threatens Mars again.

They also host Virtually Speaking Science in their sim, and present occasional Saturday Science lectures. The experience gained by presenting science lectures virtually has helped the Exploratorium gain insight as they run their online workshops for teachers. Their sister sim in Second Life houses the Splo Museum; having the Splo allows them to experiment with exhibits that might be too edgy for the real life museum, for example they have a building that houses virtual exhibits that make fun of exhibits at the physical museum in San Francisco. The sims are supported by funders both inside Second Life, as well as grants from foundations and individuals.

    •    The Exploratorium website: http://www.exploratorium.edu

    •    The Splo website: http://philo.exploratorium.edu/splo/index.htm

    •    Fabricated Realities blog: http://blogs.exploratorium.edu/fabricated-realities/



 

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