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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.

Habeas Corpus Rally today at 12 noon EST in DC and Second Life!

I just got word that the American Civil Liberties Union is sponsoring a rally in Washington DC today to call for the restoration of habeas corpus and and end to torture in Guantanamo Bay.  For those who can't make it there, you can still participate by teleporting into the Second Life Capitol Hill and join other virtual demonstrators in a show of support for the rule of law and due process.  Entitled

International SL meetup today at 9AM PST on the crisis in Darfur

In Kenzo sends me news that there will be an international meetup on Better World Island  (teleport SLURL) to talk about the ongoing crisis in Darfur and what folks can do about it.  That's at 9AM PST / 12PM EST, 6PM CET today.

Virtual Worlds Are Platforms for Good!

I wanted to highlight a couple of observations that Lucy Bernholz makes in her analysis of yesterday's discussion about philanthropy in Second Life by the MacArthur Foundation.   She points out why this was such a groundbreaking event and suggests a compelling new metaphor for philanthropy:

Who wants to take a swing at this?

This gentleman is one of the voices of the anti-SL backlash, or at least he is very critical of what we are doing and questions its value. Beth, Creech and I have taken swings. He has volleyed back. Who is next on the list to take a swing?

Here's his blahhhhg:
White Courtesy Telephone

MacArthur Foundation Event Live Blog Post

I just came from an historic and ground breaking event.  I don't know if I'm still shaking from the excitement or the hour long multi-tasking frenzy of listening to a live audio feed, seeing a stream, reading a chat history, answering ims, and taking notes!

TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons and Beth Kanter in New York Times today!

The New York Times covered our group and project in today's NY Times. Here's the blurb about our group:

More than 30 nonprofits have opened offices in a virtual business incubator in Second Life called the Nonprofit Commons that is operated by TechSoup, a group that helps other nonprofits with technology.

Not bad for a lil' fledgling group like ourselves!

Britt Bravo's great article about the Nonprofit Commons!

Britt Bravo writes a blog called "Have Fun do good"

Here is a little bit of what she said about us:

Plus, Tech Soup (who I work for) is spearheading a Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, "a virtual community of practice for nonprofits to explore the opportunities and benefits of Second Life." Some of the 31 tenants at the Nonprofit Commons include, International Rescue Committee, (UN World Food Programme), and CARE USA. The photo is of me in the CARE office in the Nonprofit Commons.


Many thanks to Brownrice Internet for hosting the NPSL site.

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