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Nonprofit Commons Community Panel at the SL12B for the 6/26 NPC Meeting

This Friday, June 26th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a presentation on the Nonprofit Commons community at this year's Second Life 12th birthday (SL12B). The panel will include NPC members Buffy Bye (Buffy Beale), Dick Dillon (Coughran Mayo), Susan Tenby (Glitteractica Cookie), Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir), and Renne Brock Richmond (Zinnia Zauber.)
 
Join us in Second Life!
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, June 26th, 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 Head to SL12B main auditorium: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL12B%20Astound/217/194/22  
• 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Nonprofit Commons Community panel at  SL12B
 
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. 
 

NonProfit Commons SL12B Celebration: Dreams for the Future

As part of the Second Life 12th Birthday (SL12B), our Nonprofit Commons in SL community will have a thread of presentations that run during the entire celebration. These will take place at 9AM SL/PDT daily, Monday June 22nd to June 28th, in the SL12B main auditorium located at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL12B%20Astound/217/194/22
 
Schedule of Nonprofit Commons presentations: 


date
presentations (all at 9am SL/PDT, noon Eastern)
M  6/22/15
Virtual Ability Inc.
Tu  6/23/15
Health Nonprofits
W  6/24/15
Expression and the Arts Advance Nonprofits
Th  6/25/15
Create a Community Dream w/ Elder Voices & Ageless Mind Project
F  6/26/15
Nonprofit Commons in SL Community Panel
Sa  6/27/15
Relay for Life
Su  6/28/15
A Wisdomseeker's Dream of Whole-Brain Health
 
For more info on our Nonprofit Commons community and these panels go to: http://nonprofitcommons.org
 

Using Symbolic Modeling for the June 19th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, June 19th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Niela Miller (Marly Milena in SL) and an overview of how the process of symbolic modeling and creative metaphor can be used for problem solving and insight discovery. Using Second Life and virtual creative tools for visual modeling can be powerful tool for counselors, trainers, community facilitators and educators.

Niela Miller, M.S. Education/Communications, is a Gestalt therapist, Jungian Process worker, educator, trainer, facilitator, coach. and multi-artist. With her combined background in arts, humanistic psychology and education, she joined Second Life as her avatar Marly Milena in 2007 excited about the creative possibilities for learning, teaching, and promoting human potential and growth. She created the Octagon: Creative Exploration group in Second Life which offers programs using arts processes for personal growth and educational ventures, employing her skills in Gestalt and Jungian modalities and group dynamics. This summer Marly will be leading a series of workshops for those wanting to dive deeper into Symbolic Modeling training. More info at: http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/2015-people-edu-announcing-one-of-kind.html 

Visit Marly’s site at: http://www.peoplesystemspotential.com

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 19th, 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 - Niela Miller (Marly Milena in SL), Using Symbolic Modeling 
  • 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. 

Exploring the Internet of Things for the June 12th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, June 12th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Barbara Truman (D’lightful Doowangle in Second Life) and a discussion on the promise and pitfalls of realizing the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT has considerable implications for privacy and security concerns, but the promise for philanthropic collaboration means that wicked problems can also be addressed like never before. She will give an overview of the Internet of Things, as well as share insights, potential applications, and proceedings from recent events.   
In March 2015, Barbara co-chaired along with Robert Daniel, president of BlueGrid CyberSecurity Training, the Security, Privacy & Identity Track of the Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds (FCVW) Workshop (http://consortium.militarymetaverse.org), and crafted a region representing a megacity for the purpose of imagining applications of the Internet of Things (IoT). Two presentations were held where IoT implications were discussed by University of Central Florida administrators, Dr. Michael Macedonia and David Metcalf. The topics involved shipping, transportation, military and intelligence operations, manufacturing, medical simulation, social entrepreneurship, and IoT in a smart home. Barbara recently attended the US National Institute for Technical Standards (NIST) Global City Challenge (https://www.us-ignite.org/globalcityteamsexpo) in Washington DC where 63 teams presented their IoT innovations, and the the M-Enabling Summit (http://www.m-enabling.com) that showcased assistive technologies including the use of the Internet of Things.
 
A copy of the IoT Megacity regions are currently being hosted by John Silver on the Sim Valley OpenSim Grid in the Netherlands. Participants are invited to create an avatar on the Sim Valley Grid for a tour of the IoT Megacity after the NonProfit Commons meeting. Volunteers are sought to build out the extended regions to expand the city and build more detailed uses of IoT and illustrate societal impact for both promise and peril. 
 
Barbara Truman (D’lightful Doowangle) is a researcher, social activist, and community builder. She studies presence and collaboration using immersive environments and avatars across disciplines and domains of education, government, and military. At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, Barbara founded an award-winning department responsible for creating online programs that included faculty and multimedia development for Online@UCF. Her background is in Instructional Systems Design from UCF and she has a certificate in Human Performance Technology from the University of West Florida and a doctorate in Computer Science, Emerging Media from Colorado Technical University. Barbara serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training for the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab. Barbara is also establishing a non-profit, simulation corporation for philanthropy using virtual worlds called Fusion Unlimited Networks Research. http://barbaratruman.com/research     
 
Join us in Second Life!
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, June 12th, 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 - Promise and Pitfalls for Realizing the Internet of Things 
9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
10:00 am Tour of the IoT Megacity, Sim Valley Grid information: http://www.simvalley.nl/?lang=en
 
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. 

Mobile App Building for the June 5th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, June 5thTechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP) (SarVana Haalan in Second Life) who will discuss the use of app building tools to create and manage a mobile app for organizations, businesses, programs, and/or events. Sally will be sharing information related to the creating and launching process for "CheriNet" ("CheriNet App"), a content-sharing mobile app available on Google Play. The purpose of CheriNet App is to share an interest-based selection of information and resources created or discovered within various real life and virtual-based digital communities.

As a STI laboratory/social media health consultant, Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP) aka SarVana Haalan in Second Life strives to use effective social media and technology platforms to the integrate social media and 3D virtual worlds within real life and virtual-based programs and projects especially for nonprofits and public health. 
 
Sally's forty years of experience in laboratory science, public health, and technology fuel her vision to integrate social media and 3D virtual worlds technology into nonprofit and public health projects as well as providing social media capacity building, training, information-sharing and marketing. In addition, Sally's mission fueled the development of an HIV/AIDS capacity building and awareness program, “Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project” as well as “Community Health Technology Awareness Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project”, a health technology capacity building, awareness and training program. She conducts "Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real" Workshops to provide a better understanding of 3D virtual worlds and to instruct how to integrate the technology into collaborative projects, outreach, marketing, networking, and other real life projects. Her portfolio includes several OpenSimulator-based public health awareness programs (Kitely and JokaydiaGRID); STI laboratory training activities (Kitely and JokaydiaGRID); lab career recruitment/retention activities (Kitely); and an HIV/AIDS awareness project (CHARE Village in Kitely).

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 5th, 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 - Mobile App Building, Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP 
  • 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. 

Going Mobile for the May 29th Nonprofit Commons Meeting

This Friday, May 29th, TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature a discussion on Mobile phone growth, usage, and strategy for nonprofits and educators. Mobile and smart phone usage has been consistently on the rise. Smart phones are increasingly how many youth, elderly, and those in areas of the world where cell networks are more reliable, access the internet. Even Google has begun to change how it ranks web sites by their mobile ‘friendliness’. What does all of this mean for the strategy of your org or project? Come chat about mobile, from strategy to fundraising. 

Immediately following our regular Nonprofit Commons meeting, in conjunction with Virtual Village, we will be hosting a NPC mentor-led tour of the member offices and resource spaces that make up the Nonprofit Commons community.

 

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, May 29th, 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 - Range app fundraising wrapping up: http://bit.ly/rangecampaign (Donate & Share!)
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation - Going Mobile 
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 10:00 am Mentor-led tour of Nonprofit Commons member offices & resource areas

 

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. 

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.
 
Where to Find Michelle Morton:

Join us in Second Life!

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.  

Join us in Second Life!

 

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. 
 
Join us in Second Life!
 
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. 

 

 

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