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Social Media for Nonprofits for the May 22nd Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 22nd, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Michelle Morton, who will walk us through how social media has made a huge impact in the nonprofit world and how you too can use these tools to aid your organization.
 
With more than one billion monthly active users on Facebook, and over 230 million monthly active users on Twitter, smart brand owners and marketers know there's more potential than ever to use social media to get their name out there, spread their content, and draw more people to there site. As a non-profit organization, it is even more important to reach important objectives to keep your organization alive, including fundraising, membership recruitment and retention, motivating volunteers and more.
photo by Beth Kanter
Michelle Morton is the President and Co-Founder of VIRTUALVillage Media, a digital media and communications agency based in National Harbor, MD. With over 15 years experience in digital media and integrated marketing, Michelle has managed projects for clients such as the Department of Defense, Motorola, Kodak International, Dennys, Badia Spices, Leadership Laboratory, CREC Group and OneWellnessPlace.com. Michelle also maintains a PMP Certification, Inbound Certification, HubSpot Certification and Digital Signage Certifications. Michelle loves building brands and working side by side with organizations to reach their communication and outreach goals. Her specialties include digital media, integrated marketing, creative design, event marketing, project management and information technology.
 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, May 22nd, 8:30 AM PDT / 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 - Social Media for Nonprofits 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
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. 
 

Google Tools Tour for the May 15th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 15thTechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a tour of the many Google tools available for nonprofits, libraries and educators. You probably are familiar with YouTube and Gmail, but what about the many other apps and tools that Google offers. Come learn and share tools useful for storytelling, learning, and furthering your mission.  

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, May 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 - Google Tools Tour

    •    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. 

Communities in the Future - Live from NZ mixed reality panel

Join us for a mixed reality panel live at this year's Communities in the Future conference taking place May 14th, 2015 in New Zealand. Ros Rice (Julee Triellis in Second Life) Executive Officer of Community Networks Aotearoa will be presenting on nonprofits using virtual worlds like Second Life to cultivate online communities. 

Ros will be on stage at the event, and will be joined virtually, by the avatars of three nonprofit and educational guests, including: Alice Krueger (SL: Gentle Heron) founder of the disability focused nonprofit Virtual Ability, Inc., and Joyce Bettencourt (SL: Rhiannon Chatnoir) the online community manager for TechSoup Global's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life community.

Join us virtually in Second Life at the Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater http://bit.ly/NPCinSL

May 13, 2015, at 4:00 PM PDT/SLT (May 14, at 11:00 AM local time in Aukland NZ)

The CitF conference is supported by TechSoup New Zealand.

 

Prepping Presenters: from Entry to Delivery for the May 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 8thTechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature iSkye Silverweb, and a discussion on prepping presenters, from new user entry point, to delivery of their presentations. As we all know, there is a bit of a learning curve for new avatars entering Second Life. There are numerous help islands, orientation centers and mentor programs to help make the experience more pleasant and even fun. Not everyone who enters Second Life is coming in merely to explore or discover what is here in Second Life. Some come in for a specific purpose, such as attending a class or a presentation, or even to give a presentation. To address the needs of these individuals who come to present at Virtual Ability's two annual conferences, and also to assist presenters at VWBPE's conferences, iSkye Silverweb has developed a system for quickly orienting and training presenters coming into Second Life for the first (and hopefully not the only) time. She will share her thoughts on this and her best practices for helping these first-time-in-SL presenters to have a positive and successful experience in this virtual setting. 

iSkye Silverweb wears a few hats in the Virtual Ability community: Virtual Ability community events scheduler, Community calendar keeper, Virtual Ability Flickr maven, and a Virtual Ability Mentor. She helps plan the two annual conferences hosted by Virtual Ability: Mental Health Symposium and International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, and is also a member of several mentor groups besides the Virtual Ability Mentors. She enjoys helping new residents get a good start in their Second Life experience. For fun, iSkye does grid hunts, explores art installations, goes shopping, and participates in activities with BURN2and the Lamplighters. 
 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, May 8th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
 
AGENDA (all times below PT)
    •    8:30 am Introductions
    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
    •    8:45 am Mentors Central 
    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Prepping Presenters: from Entry to Delivery 
    •    9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
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. 

 

Global Love Day & Crowdfunding Best Practices for the May 1st NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 1stTechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on best practices of raising funds through online crowdfunding, an overview of crowdfunding tools and sites. We will also take time during our meeting to recognize May 1st as Global Love Day
 
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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, May 1st, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
 
AGENDA (all times below PT)
    •    8:30 am Introductions
    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
    •    8:45 am Mentors Central - Global Love Day
    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation - Crowdfunding Best Practices
    •    9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements
 
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. 

 

Open Forum for the April 24th NonProfit Commons in Second Life Meeting

This Friday, April 24thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life we will have an open forum that will give us a chance to ask deeper questions from our past week's topics, discuss upcoming Nonprofit Commons events and other projects such as the design and planning of our community welcome area and resource library. It will also be an opportunity to ask any burning tech or community questions you might have. 

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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, April 24th, 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 - Open Forum
  • 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. 

Earth Day on the Road of COP21 for the April 17th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 17th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life is happy to feature Jacques Macaire (jacmacaire Humby in SL), who will discuss Earth Day, environmental awareness and sustainability. Earth Day is an annual global event celebrated on April 22nd to show support for the protection of our planet and those living on it. This year is Earth Day’s 45th anniversary and the year to change our future, by becoming ourselves the leaders. It's our turn to lead. 

 

Jacques will also share some of the sustainability action and work with the nonprofit HUMANBE he founded, and also with the other nonprofits he helps as Sustainable Human Development Director of PROTECT YOURSELF1 or with EARTH GUARDIANS FRANCE which is part, on April 22, 2015, one of the biggest grassroots effort in History on Earth Day by planting trees or seeds, with the ONE BILLION TREE project. He will also introduce us to the actions of its youth founder, Xiuhtezcatl, a 14 year old boy.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, April 17th, 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 - Jacques Macaire (jacmacaire Humby in SL)
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day for the April 10th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 10th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jean Albert Renaud (JarHorseman in SL) who will introduce his program Project Arrowhead in support of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.

 

Created in 2012 by twelve founding partners, National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV & AIDS on young people and is now officially recognized by AIDS.gov. Today’s young people are the first generation, who has never known a world without HIV and AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four new HIV cases is among youth ages 13 to 24. While there has been much talk about an AIDS-free generation, we know that this is not possible without our nation’s youth and prevention programs that address the youth needs.

Jean Albert Renaud (JarHorseman in SL) is a visionary, music producer and former Motown songwriter and recording artist.  JAR is a celebrated international horseman and horse breeder who has trained horses and riders for members of the royal families of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. His horsemanship is featured in many documentaries. He has combined these skills, resources and energies as an activist, to launch efforts to raise awareness about Human Rights issues, to empower youth, protect wild horses and promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention practices. It is through his vision and commitment that Protect Yourself1, was founded in 2004. JAR developed Project Arrowhead, a program that empowers and protects America’s Treasures: America’s youth, the future builders of our nation and the Mustang, who helped transform America’s wilderness into the foundation for today’s contemporary society. Project Arrowhead, connecting at-risk youth and horses, is designed to raise the consciousness level of youth on ecological issues and urban concerns. In 2013, Jean Albert Renaud was selected as a BMe leader, and his program Project Arrowhead was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Miami Foundation Black Male Engagement Fund.

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, April 10th, 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 - Jean Albert Renaud (JarHorseman in SL)
  • 9:45 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.

Creating Virtual Training Scenarios in Minutes for the April 3rd NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 3rd, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Rameshsharma Ramloll (Ramesh Ramloll in Second Life), of DeepSemaphore LLC. The need to match rapidly and precisely unanticipated changes in learning requirements is well established by virtual exercise designers and facilitators. RezMela™ allows subject matter experts create, tailor and manage avatar based interactive 3D virtual training environments in minutes without any programming or 3D modeling skills. The approach enables intuitive and deep control and monitoring of virtual content components from their growing library.

 

Rameshsharma Ramloll, PhD Computer Science (Lancaster University UK), BTech Computer Science & Engineering (IIT Kanpur, India) has been developing immersive virtual learning environments for diverse user groups during the past seven years on platforms that include Second Life and OpenSim. He is currently the CEO/CTO of DeepSemaphore LLC, an E-Learning and Simulation Solutions company. 

 

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, April 3rd, 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 - Rameshsharma Ramloll (Ramesh Ramloll in SL)
  • 9:45 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.

One Billion Rising for the March 27th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 27th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Saffia Widdershins, one of the lead organizers of the virtual version of the violence against women activism focused event One Billion Rising. 

 

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2013, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Walk, Dance, and Rise as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change. The objective of the event is to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations will be available for those wishing to donate.

Join us in Second Life!

 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting 

Friday, March 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 - Saffia Widdershins, One Billion Rising 
  • 9:45 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.

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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