Title Subtitle SUMMIT 2007 G L O B A L TechSoup Community & The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life
TechSoup.org The technology place for nonprofits TechSoup is a popular, comprehensive online content and community destination for nonprofits that provides unbiased information and technical know-how to ensure that nonprofits make the best possible use of technology.
Managed by Me, Community Manager and volunteer hosts and stars
Profiles and Groups on Facebook (250 members in -2 wks), Meetup,Myspace, Tribe.net, Upcoming, Yelp etc.
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Through the Nonprofit Commons project, TechSoup is assembling a community of nonprofits in Second Life to help lower the barriers of access to this emerging virtual world
Through this community, we provide free office space to qualifying groups, hold meetings, create a cooperative supportive learning environment and foster outreach, education, fundraising, all in a virtual space.
Our goal is to create a learning community of practice for nonprofits to explore and learn about the virtual world, and to investigate the many ways in which nonprofits can utilize this unique environment.
It costs virtually nothing to build a location in Second Life.
Nonprofits can use the tool to raise funds (for example, the American Cancer Society's virtual Relay 4 Life just raised $115,000
Second Life offers a safe and anonymous means of self-expression.
Second Life provides a space for the impossible to happen (for example, Simon Stevens, Community liaison and SL group Wheelies (disability nightclub) [June issue of newsweek] a group of adults with disabilities use SL interact in an environment without the physical constraints they experience in the real world).
By meeting people in world you are reducing emissions and your carbon footprint
NPC tenants in Action: Information, Communication, and Inspiration
Support Groups (for ex.AA,NA,Transgender Resource ctr.)
Teaching/Learning new graphics/building skills
Demonstrating the impossible (A human heart sim built as a proof of concept experiment by Jeremy Kemp the host of SimTeach, a comm. for educators using virtual environments )
Creating Community far and wide w/International orgs