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Second Chance Trees a finalist in Amex $5 million challenge

Paul Young of Converseon sends news that the Second Chance Trees initiative has been selected as one of 50 finalists in a competition sponsored by American Express called "The Members Project." Second Chance Trees is an effort to raise awareness about and funds for rainforest re-forestation around the world.  Second Life residents can purchase virtual trees in a lush rainforest setting for L$300 (about one US dollar), which funds the planting of a real tree in a rainforest somewhere i

Drupal Basics-Feed Categories

I was asked by a good friend if I could merge the NPSL Offside Links and the NPSL links feeds into a single feed on in a block on the left side of the site.  I took care of it this evening, and it is actually a piece of cake to do.  These steps work in Drupal 5.x.

Some of our members have had trouble seeing/using eventful. Leave comments on your experience and I think we should...

continue using eventful.
20% (2 votes)
start using google calenders.
40% (4 votes)
find a Drupal module and install the dang thing Creech!
40% (4 votes)
use my idea. Read about it in the comments.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 10

Dutch NGO opens "Good Causes Island"

via the Mind Blizzard blog There's again news from the Dutch NGO front:
Yesterday saw the opening of a Dutch NGO island, called "Goede Doelen eiland" (good causes island). The island is a presentation of the Dutch Red Cross and the Dutch Fund for Disability Sports. The island is sponsored by Dutch bankers ABN Amro and the Free University of Amsterdam (VUA) and was build by students of the VUA.

Videos, Podcasts, and Post-Event Analysis at MacArthur Foundation Blog Available!

On June 22, MacArthur Foundation President Jonathan Fanton and Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale (a.k.a. Philip Linden) had an historic conversation about how virtual worlds could revolutionize philanthropy. At the event, Fanton also announced that the foundation would begin a year-long investigation into virtual worlds, including making some in-world grants through the USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy.

The MacArthur Foundation blog has recently posted the complete event documentation, including pointers to articles and blog posts, podcasts, and videos.

Community Member Profiles: Jackson Soderstrom/Dan Michel

Jackson Soderstrom
Dan Michel

Goal for Second Life:
Increase awareness of hunger in America and our org, raise money and build a community both in RL and SL for the issue

Benefits to Organization

World Peace Display Needs a New Home

From Ken Hudson - Kenny Hubble :

I am writing on behalf of The Institute of Compassion and Peace located in Lunata. For the past couple of months I have been working with the creator of the inter-faith religious display to prepare it for official launch. Unfortunately, the party who had been funding the space is pulling out of the project just as we near completion.

Long Now Foundation Director interviewed in Kula tomorrow at 2:30PM

Cyrus Huffines sends out the news that on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:30 - 3PM PST there will be an informal interview with Long Now Foundation Executive Director Alexander Rose. This is in advance of the Long Now-sponsored opening of Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings.

At the Kula Sim (teleport SLURL).

An Invitation to Participate. Survey: Engagement of Second Life by Educational Institutions

An Invitation to Participate. Survey: Engagement of Second Life by Educational Institutions

All educational professionals currently using Second Life are invited to participate in a survey: Engagement of Second Life by Educational Institutions. The purpose of the survey is to identify and describe the extent to which educational organizations are engaging Second Life at an institutional level.

Virtual Worlds: The future or a fad?

Back in December after Clay Shirky's piece on Second Life, Stan who writes the PacificRim Exchange Blog took out his "I'm Sticking With DOS" buttons from the attic to make some points -- maybe something about keeping an eye on the future horizon.


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