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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'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

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 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

"Get Activated!" Leading Non-profits Discuss "Best Practices" for Activism, Collaboration, Education, and Fundraising in Virtual


Get Activated!
Leading Non-profits Discuss "Best Practices" for Using Virtual Worlds for Activism, Collaboration, Education, and Fundraising

Friday, February 8, 8:30AM PST, Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater in Second Life

The year 2007 was a remarkable year for charitable and civil society activity in Second Life -- from the launch of the 32-office Plush Nonprofit Commons to the record US$100,000 raised by the SL Relay for Life.  On Friday, February 8, from 8:30-9:30AM PST, there will be presentation and discussion on "Best Practices for Non-profits in Second Life." Based on a report prepared by Global Kids organizer Rik Panganiban, the program will explore what are some of the lessons that non-profits have learned from their first forays into the virtual world. 

Event Details:
TITLE:               Presentation and Discussion on "Best Practices for Non-profits in Second Life"
DATE / TIME:       Friday, February 8, 2008, 8:30-9:30AM PST
LOCATION:         Main Amphitheater, Plush Nonprofit Commons sim (teleport SLURL )

Take a Quick Survey and let us know how the Nonprofit Commons is helping your organization

The Nonprofit Commons would like to know how it has helped your organization. Please take this quick survey. It's only three questions long and will only take a minute or two. We'd really appreciate it as your responses will help us talk about the impact the Nonprofit Commons are having on nonprofits working for social change. So take a moment to fill out the survey--and thank you for your help.

Ideas needed for Non-profit track at SLCC 08

At the last Non Profit Commons meeting, Rhiannon, Glitteractica and I announced that the program for the 2008 Second Life Community Convention is being organized now, and that if there is to be a non-profit presence that we need to get in a Request for Proposals (RFP) very quickly. SLCC08 is scheduled for September 5-7 in Tampa, Florida.

We would like to strongly encourage groups to indicate their interest in organizing specific sessions or talks on different subject matter at SLCC. You don't have to commit to being there (yet), but just indicate your interest in the subject area. Head to the wiki page here and put in your ideas.

The deadline has been extended for RFPs by the SLCC committee, but time is still very short.

Also, if you have ideas and suggestions for possible sponsors and financial supporters of non-profit activity at SLCC, please put it up on the wiki page as well.

Thanks so much for your contributions!

Robin Linden and Jack Balkin to talk on "avatar civil rights" on January 28


On Monday, January 28, there will be a public forum on the topic "Virtual Liberties: Do Avatars Dream of Civil Rights?" featuring Jack Balkin , First Amendment legal expert at Yale Law School, and Robin Linden, head of marketing and business development at Linden Lab. Part of the "MacArthur Series on Philanthropy and Virtual Worlds," the event is co-presented by the USC Institute for Network Culture and Global Kids . This will be a multi-verse event, taking place both in Second Life and Teen Second Life, as well as audio streamed to the web for the VW-impaired.

The complete announcement after the jump....


NPSL on MSNBC. Cool.


Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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