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Recreating Cretaceous Sea Creatures in Second Life for the September 19th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 19thTechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL), virtual world specialist and founder of The Vesuvius Group. This summer, The American Museum of Natural History hosted a summer camp for teens where they studied Cretaceous Era fish and then learned to scientifically model them. As part of this project, The Vesuvius Group created a tool in Second Life to help the youth easily create models of the creatures they were studying, and release them into an interactive underwater environment. Jeroen will discuss the project, talk about the tool, what they learned, the hurdles they had to overcome, and finally we will get the opportunity to try the creation tool out.

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 19th, 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 - Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL)
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

Immediately following the meeting, we will tour the Cretaceous Era virtual learning environment (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sudo/222/146/26.)

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. 

 

#Storymakers2014: Tips and Tools for the September 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 12th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion on TechSoup's  Storymakers 2014 contest and tips and tools that can be used for digital storytelling. From YouTube tips, to super short video and other tools, come learn and share.

Info on Storymakers 2014: http://www.techsoup.org/community/community-initiatives/storymakers

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 12th, 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
  • 9:45 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. 

Creations for Parkinson's for the September 5th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 5th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Barbara Richards (Barbie Alchemi in SL) and Fran Swenson (Fran Seranade in SL) of Creations for Parkinson's. Barbie introduced her 87 year old mother Fran to Second Life, where she has been able to run, swim, and dance freely again, as well as finding friends and a support community that is part of their Creations Park sim
Fran Swenson with her avatar (in the blue gown) Fran Serenade, and her daughter’s avatar, Barbi Alchemi – image courtesy of San Diego Union-Tribune / Bill Wechter
Through their Creations for Parkinson's, Team Fox group events, sales and fundraisers, they have also raised thousands of dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation to go towards Parkinson's research. 

Team FOX is The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. It is made up of thousands of people worldwide who raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to further its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson's disease.
Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease. 

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, September 5th, 8:30 AM PT / 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: Barbara Richards (Barbie Alchemi in SL) and Fran Swenson (Fran Seranade in SL) - this part of the meeting will be in voice.
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. 

3D Leadership Training for the August 29th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, August 29th, TechSoup's NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature Bruce Gross and a presentation on 3D Leadership Training in virtual environments and the proof of concept pilot project which was completed in July, 2014. 

About Bruce Gross

Bruce is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington Certificate in Virtual Words. Over the past 3 years he has been working on using 3D Environments, and has completed a successful proof of concept pilot test with 12 Teammates.  

Prior to the pilot, Bruce had begun incorporating the 3D environments into his webinar presentations. Moving from a traditional PowerPoint format, he projected himself (his avatar) moving through a dynamic 3D environment with information and videos presented amid scenes that reinforced and/or portrayed important elements of the content. Feedback from attendees of these webinars indicated that, while participants still felt isolated from each other, many indicated a sense that they were present with Bruce as he moved through the environment. He now says he prevents “death by power point” in his webinars by using the 3D Environment.

Bruce collaborates on the development of training activities, 3D webinars and other immersive learning projects with Carla Kincaid-Yoshikawa – Founder & Managing Director of Training in the 21st Century™, who has worked as an Organization Development and Training Consultant for over 15 years. To view some of the activities they have developed, please use the following link to go to the location where most of their training and debrief sessions are held: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Train%20T21C/77/76/733

 

Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, August 29th, 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 

9:45 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. 

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.

 

Join us in Second Life! 

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 



Join us in Second Life! 

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. 

 

Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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