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Collaborating with the Greater Virtual Community for the August 22nd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 22nd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on how nonprofits can collaborate with other nonprofits, creators, business owners, and social groups within Second Life such as sororities, clubs, sports themed leagues and others for fundraising, community building and raising awareness of your cause.

About our featured presenter, Audacious Bade has been in Second Life since July of 2007. She is a veteran user and prominent designer in Second Life of both women's and men's apparel through her store BADE Fashion.

Audacious is a self taught artist who with plied her creative skills at learning PhotoShop. She believes in always improving and updating your skills in your profession, and has recently begun school to more deeply learn the Adobe software suite of products, as well as Maya and Blender, .

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 22nd, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

8:30 am Introductions

8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

8:45 am Mentors Central 

9:00 am Featured Presentation 

9:40 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. 

Presenter Recaps from the 2014 NMC Summer Conference for the August 15th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 15th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL) and Mary Stokrocki (Marylou Goldrosen in SL), who will share their experiences from the 2014 New Media Consortium (NMC) Summer Conference in Portland OR. Both presented at the NMC Idea Lab on their continuing research of teaching in Second Life, the power of avatars, and encouraging artful expression.

Renne presented “Authentic Avatar – Your Virtual Identity and Integrity”, an interactive session on how your avatar is a visual and visceral representation of you, your personal branding, and your professional reputation, and how through your avatar you can communicate your enthusiasm, openness, and mission to utilize productive, emotional interactions and encourage active participation in influential and educational online communities. 

Mary presented “Taiwanese Graduate Student Interviews with Avatars: A Participatory Action Research Study of Teaching on Second Life”, a session on documenting the practice of teaching graduate students research interviewing and content analysis skills within the virtual world of Second Life.

Presenter Bios:

Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond is an artist, instructor, and superhero empowering people to be their best virtual and tangible self by advancing excellence, exceptional pursuits, and individualism through creative expression and encouraging instruction with inspired results. Renne has actively taught fine art and digital media for over twenty years, and is the Multimedia Communications Program Coordinator at Peninsula College. Her company, unique as you, specializes in color perception, intention, and utilization to create motivating, engaging experiences with innovative identity development, marketing, social media, events, and immersive environments for businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, organizations, and communities. She has been teaching virtual world use since 2008 with University of Washington, Peninsula College, Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference at the National Defense University, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conferences, TechSoup Global, Nonprofit Commons, Virtual Ability, Rockcliffe University Consortium, Second Life Community Conferences, and Arizona State University. Focused on the evolution of intelligence, expression, and superheroes, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Art at Lewis & Clark College and her Masters of Fine Art in Visual Art at Vermont College at Norwich University, and she graduated from the first pioneering class of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Worlds Program in 2009. Renne only uses her superpowers for good.

Dr. Mary Stokrocki is Professor of Art and Art Education Area Coordinator, Arizona State University, Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan (2012), and Work Bank Consultant to Turkey (1995-1997). She was former Vice-President and World Counselor of the International Society for Education Through Art [8 years] and former President of the United States Society for Education through Art and its Webmaster [10 years]. She received: 2007 College of Arts & Architecture Outstanding Alumni Award, Pennsylvania State University. She won the following National Art Education Association Awards: 2007 Women’s Caucus June King McFee Award; 2005 Lowenfeld Award, and 1995 Manual Barkan for outstanding research article. She has taught in 14 countries and conducted qualitative research for over 30 years, notably with the Navajo and Apache. Now she teaches and does research on Second Life using Digital Ethnography. New book: Stokrocki, M. (Editor). (2014). Exploration in Virtual Worlds: New Digital Multi-Media Literacy Investigations for Art Education. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 15th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond (Zinnia Zauber in SL) and Mary Stokrocki (Marylou Goldrosen in SL)
  • 9:40 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. 

Discussion with Media Maker Berhard Drax for the August 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 8thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion with media maker Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres in SL) who will update us on his latest projects including The Drax Files Radio hour [with jo yardley] podcast, and the machinima series The Drax Files: World Makers, that focuses on people who are creative in virtual worlds.

About Berhard Drax 

Bernhard Drax aka Draxtor Despres creates interactive audio/video content and devises new media concepts for corporate and academic clientele. In addition to producing music for film, television and the web Bernhard has a solid background in radio news production and print journalism.

The Drax Files World Makers is a show that examines the creative people behind the avatars who make the virtual world of Second Life what it is & move it forward with their passion and persistence. Mixed reality interviews form the basis of a reportage that profiles designers, game-makers, role-players and fashion aficionados, musicians, artists and social-issue activists for whom the Second Life avatar is not a separate entity but a true extension of themselves with which they navigate the digital space. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 8th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central - Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL)
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Bernhard Drax (Draxtor Despres in SL)
  • 9:40 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. 

Community Followup Discussion for the August 1st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 1st, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a followup discussion after last week's prevention by Linden Lab's CEO, Ebbe Altberg. Come share your thoughts, ideas and takeaways from our community discussion with Ebbe.

If you did not attend last week's meeting, you can read the transcript, and view other archive content at: http://nonprofitcommons.org/content/video-and-trancript-july-25th-community-discussion-ebbe-linden

 

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Video and Trancript From the July 25th Community Discussion with Ebbe Linden

Friday, July 25th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life featured a community discussion with Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden), CEO of Linden Lab, and Peter Gray (Pete Linden), Director of Global Communications. 

Linden Lab has been engaging with educational, nonprofit and other communities recently by Ebbe holding community conversations with groups in Second Life. 

Below is a roughly edited realtime transcript of voice conversation from the event. The transcript was created in realtime by a Certified CART provider. It has been roughly edited, and intended as notes of the proceedings only.
You can also view an archive of the text chat here and listen to an audio archive here.  
 

A Discussion with Ebbe Altberg and Peter Gray for the July 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 25thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a community discussion with Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden), CEO of Linden Lab, and Peter Gray (Pete Linden), Director of Global Communications. 

Linden Lab has been engaging with educational, nonprofit and other communities recently by Ebbe holding community conversations with groups in Second Life. Join us for a discussion with Ebbe Altberg at this week's NonProfit Commons in Second Life meeting.

We will be hosting this week's meeting in voice, with a special live transcriptioning accessible at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=nonprofitcommons 



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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 25th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Aloft Nonprofit Commons

SLurl:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aloft%20Nonprofit%20Commons/90/56/23  



AGENDA (all times below PT / SLT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:35 am A Short History of NonProfit Commons
  • 8:45 am Community Discussion with Ebbe Altberg & Peter Gray 



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. 

Community Discussion for the July 18th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 18th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a community discussion on nonprofit and educational uses of Second Life. In anticipation of an upcoming meeting where NPC will be host to Linden Lab's CEO, Ebbe Altberg, come share your projects, ideas and ways you have been using virtual spaces in your organization. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, July 18th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation 
  • 9:40 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. 

Apps for Good for the July 11th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, July 11th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on mobile apps for good. Mobile phones have become ubiquitous and even in areas with poor access to internet, smartphone usage has grown tremendously. There are millions of apps, focused on things like gaming, social sharing, music, messaging, work productivity and more. But what if you want to help change the world? Well, there's an app for that too! 

Come learn about how some apps are using things like checking in, taking photos, and game play to drive social actions, encourage donations, and solve problems. 

 

OpenSimulator 101 & Hypergrid Tour for the June 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, June 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Kathleen Watkins (Serene Jewell in SL) who will present an introduction to OpenSimulator, followed by a Hypergrid tour of several OpenSimulator grids and Kitely.

About Kathleen / Serene:

Kathleen Watkins left a job as a nonprofit administrator in 1995 to become a trainer and developer in the emerging phenomenon known as the world wide web. Two years later she formed Nitecat Media, a San Francisco video and website production company with her partner Scott Wiseman. For more than a decade they created multimedia productions for corporate and nonprofit clients including Google, Consumers Union, Zeiss Humphrey and Toyota. Kathleen joined Second Life in 2006 and is now creating projects in Opensim. She recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Anthropology. Her coursework included an academic internship with Virtual Ability, Inc. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 27th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - OpenSimulator 101 (Serene Jewell)
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 9:50 am OpenSImulator Tour - immediately following the meeting, we will do a Hypergrid tour of several grids. We will begin our tour on the AvaCon grid. If you already have an OpenSimulator account that is Hypergrid enabled, you can jump to http://grid.avacon.org:8002, or you can create one on the AvaCon grid at https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/. Please make sure you also have an OpenSimulator capable viewer installed!

 

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. 

Behind the Scenes at Virtual Ability's New Resident Orientation for the June 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

 NonThis Friday, June 20th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion with Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron in SL). Virtual Ability's New Resident Orientation Center was designed to help people with disabilities learn basic Second Life skills. Yet it also works well for newcomers without disabilities. It was built on specific theoretical principles and input from customers that significantly affect the design and operation of the orientation. Gentle will offer explanations of the design background in non-technical language, and then we will tour the instructional facilities on Virtual Ability island.

 

Before she became a person with a disability, Gentle was a classroom teacher, a researcher, and a professional developer. Now she is head of the SL Virtual Ability cross-disability peer support community and the real life (RL) non-profit Virtual Ability®, Inc. which supports the Second Life community.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 20th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

http://bit.ly/NPCinSL  

 

AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central - Serene Jewell
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Gentle Heron
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 10:00 am Behind the Scenes Tour of Virtual Ability's New Resident Orientation

 

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.

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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