After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Some colleges that have built virtual classrooms in Second Life—the online environment where people walk around as avatars in a cartoonlike world—have started looking for an exit strategy.".

Second Life vs My Real One

Rebooting Charity

Deborah Weil flagged this single-page parody of Second Life, Get A First Life. Second Life - compare this page - is the virtual world that a handful of not-for-profits have dabbled in over recent months, which I have been following on this blog. The jury is still out on Second Life, of course. And did you read that apparently avatars consume as much electricity as your average Brazilian (is there such a thing?).

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Second Life, A Second Opinion

Tech Soup Blog

One free service is Second Life, the most prominent online 3D virtual world where users can meet and socialize using voice and text chat. Last week, we posted a Second Life review by GreenTech volunteer, Michael Hodges, entitled Second Life as Alice in Wonderland. Here’s what she found: In all honesty I found Second Life difficult to use and frankly haven't attempted a second go around.

More about that Homeless Avatar in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Remember the homeless avatar in Second Life that got a lot of attention a few weeks back? Rik Riel and Nedra Weinreich also wrote it up and I suspect it probably inspired a few Second Life Doubter's Club posts. As I've said elsewhere on this blog about Second Life, it isn't yet the best medium for fundraising, but to get attention for a cause and connect with people - there's some opportunity. What are the logistics of working the avatar?

Nonprofits in Second Life: Avatar Marketing, Fundraising, and TechSoup's Plans

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's Friday, it's summer, it's raining - okay that's my set of excuses for spending a little bit of time in Second Life today. I attended a meeting at the SLTechSoup Office, a discussion forum on Avatar Marketing hosted by Harvard Berkman Center , and visited a donation site for the Make A Wish Foundation. But first, skim through the discussion forum on TechSoup , especially if you're new to Second Life.

onPhilanthropy: Second Life Fundraising: Philanthropy Dips its Toe Into Virtual Worlds

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onPhilanthropy: Second Life Fundraising: Philanthropy Dips its Toe Into Virtual Worlds : "Second Life Fundraising: Philanthropy Dips its Toe Into Virtual Worlds By: Tom Watson, 07/26/06 Soaring mountains, shimmering seas, futuristic buildings, strange vehicles flying in the air. And throughout the fantastic landscape, three-dimensional avatars walk and fly and talk - and spend a new and very real form of currency.

Second Life As Alice In Wonderland

Tech Soup Blog

And one of these tools is Second Life , the most prominent online 3D virtual world where users can meet and socialize using voice and text chat for free. We asked GreenTech volunteer Michael Hodges to sign up and try out different things in Second Life like find the Nonprofit Commons Island and befriend 'avatars' there. This is the story of my avatar, JTR Arentire, and how he came into being without going-down the rabbit hole.

World Vision in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Second Life build is a virtual representation of their alternative gift catalogue Communities in remote areas of the world request particular items, say a cow or a pig. There is a chicken animation where your avatar can move around like a chicken. You can to it in Second Life here

Berkman Island on Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

(Click through to the larger version to read the poster) I've been going to meetings on information island at the TechSoup area in Second Life where a small group of avatars interested in nonprofits and Second Life have been busy working on some exciting plans lead by Susan Tenby of TechSoup. So, I was delighted to discover that Harvard's Berkman Center will have a presence in Second Life.

nfp 2.0 » Save the Children offers yak a Second Life

Rebooting Charity

Steve Bridger : It’s blogging Nick, but not as you know it :) Nick Booth : Monitoring this feed has felt like listening to the skies for alien life. 1) myspace (1) nspcc (2) oxfam (2) podcast (1) second life (5) social impact (6) social media (16) social networking (6) storytelling (6) tagging (3) web 2.0 (18) Another study identified that the way we behave physically in real life is mirrored in a virtual environment.

More proof Second Life is a boondoggle (well, sort of) | Non-Profit Tech Blog

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Pipes (1) Nonprofit 2.0 , Second Life , nptech More proof Second Life is a boondoggle (well, sort of) 12.12.06 | 154 14 Comments [link] More+proof+Second+Life+is+a+boondoggle+%28well%2C+sort+of%29 2006-12-13+04%3A21%3A50 Allan+Benamer Hilarious yet fascinating blog post about the energy consumption of an avatar in Second Life… courtesy of the sciam.blog. And Second Life has what? rublish said: second life?

Second Life: Issue Awareness Raising Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But wanted to capture some quick thoughts related to a couple of recent awareness raising activities taking place in Second Life or recently launched. I'm so grateful that other bloggers and colleagues like Rik Riel do such excellent coverage of what's happening in Second Life. It is a rant about the billboard put up by the World Development Movement in Second Life. Rik visited the homeless avatar: I decided to pop into SL to check it out.

Nonprofits Blaze Virtual Trails in Second Life Mixed Reality Lounge

Tech Soup Blog

The reason was because many participants in the room were participating from both Second Life and the room in San Jose, and they are doing so, in avatar form. Avatars are virtual alter egos, that are our embodiment (not always human, as I noted) in a virtual world. This post was originally published on The Huffington Post on June 8, 2009. Copyright © 2009 HuffingtonPost.com, Inc. The setting was an amphitheater filled with attendees from around the globe.

Best Practices for Nonprofits: Engaging Youth in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Global Kids , a nonprofit that worked virtually with a group of youth in Teen Second Life last summer on their chosen issue of child sex trafficking, shares its best practices for nonprofits. who want to work in Second Life. create as many opportunities as possible for teens to express themselves through building things and designing avatars), and tips for workshop design and facilitation in SL (e.g., Bonus link: Global Kids Guide To Presenting in Second Life

nfp 2.0 » What does Second Life success look like for non-profits?

Rebooting Charity

Steve Bridger : It’s blogging Nick, but not as you know it :) Nick Booth : Monitoring this feed has felt like listening to the skies for alien life. 1) myspace (1) nspcc (2) oxfam (2) podcast (1) second life (5) social impact (6) social media (16) social networking (6) storytelling (6) tagging (3) web 2.0 (18) whitewater widgets yak shack December 21st, 2006 What does Second Life success look like for non-profits? BTW, are you in second life yet?

My (co) article on TechSoup about Second Life and Nonprofits!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Susan Tenby and I were co-authors (our real life and avatar photos above). We interviewed three nonprofit trailblazers -- Dave Pentecost (also known as avatar "Usu Ventura"), Barry Joseph ("Globalkids Bixby"), and Evonne Heyning ("In Kenzo") -- all from youth organizations doing projects in Second Life and pictured below! It's called: Change the World by Working in a Virtual One.

Nonprofit Commons in Second Life Survives Griefing Attack

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" Griefing can be a problem in Second Life, although it does not happen at every location all the time. For example, at the BlogHer in Second Life panels and social events no problems were report as indicated by this report by VintFalken and the Information Literacy Weblog. They don't enjoy Second Life the way you or I enjoy Second Life. Photo by Peacemaker.

Second Life and Communities of Practice Group Action Learning Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Right now there's a group of us trying to do some action learning about how to facilitate virtual collaborative work and learning in Second Life. To make life easier the boxes will grow bigger and after about an hour they will disappear. The first level is the second life literacy skills - how you move around and communicate. On the third level, is to look at the various tools in Second Life and match them the activities.

Reflections on Mixed Reality Events in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The live video feed was being streamed from the Netsquared gathering in San Francisco happening at the same time as the virtual gatherng in Second Life. Jeska Linden , Community Manager for Linden Labs, has the mike in her hand, while her avatar is behind the podium in Second Life. Pathfinder gave a presentation to a small group in Cambridge , while his audio (some of the time) was streamed into Second Life along with his Powerpoint Slides.

Nonprofits Celebrate New Home in Second Life: Nonprofit Commons Grand Opening Gala Event on August 14th, 2007

Have Fun - Do Good

This month's Net Tuesday will be a special "mixed reality" event in San Francisco and in Second Life to celebrate the opening of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life , a community space for nonprofits. PT/SLT (Second Life time), 32 Nonprofits and their supporters will host a grand opening celebration in their new offices in the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. I am a total Second Life newbie.

Peter Morville is A Woman in Second Life and Other IA Summit Secrets.

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Stacy Surla invited me to participate remotely at the IA Summit taking place this weekend in Las Vegas on a panel about IA in Second Life and informal poster session to introduce Second Life to IA folks. I had skype with a video camera and Second Life application opened (which kept crashing my computer.) That "bumping into" situation happens a lot on Second Life and is one of the good qualities.

Personal Fundraising in Second Life: Yonder Doesburg Raises Money for Make A Wish

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Make A Wish Donation Box in Second Life On the Web, you can become a messenger for your cause by adding a charity badge or fundraising widget to your blog or web site. In Second Life, you can build a 3-D display and donation box where avatars can contribute Linden dollars. That's my avatar sitting on top of the donation box (it spins!) He shared a lot about what works with fundraising in Second Life. I had a tip jar in my avatar???s

Brighton Beach Brainstorm

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The particular issue that concerns Hiroshi right now is the Second Life problem, 3D avatar immersive environments. To some disability groups, Second Life is wonderful. Of course, Second Life is completely inaccessible to blind people right now. Whether or not it is just Second Life, it is emblematic of a handful of issues that surround the Web 2.0

Second Life Education Programs in NY Times, Goes Open Source, and other tidbits

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Photo from Kate in Flickr Social Signal Open House in TechSoup Office last week I'm playing catch up here on a bunch of Second Life stuff happening over the past week that I didn't want to let slip through my fingers: Social Signal held an open house in Second Life to welcome their new virtual worlds manager, Catherine Winters , to Social Signal. Over fifty avatars attended. If you think that Seocond Life is just about buying virtual houses, be sure read this.

Metaverse Museum? Guest Post on Second Life and Museums by Sibley Verbeck

Museum 2.0

In January, I interviewed Sibley about the potential use of virtual worlds and Second Life by museums, but in the four months since then, the virtual world platform--and the hype around it--has exploded. People used to clip articles for us about Second Life every couple of weeks--now, it seems that hardly a day goes by without news about the use and abuse of Second Life. Strictly speaking, Second Life isn’t Web 2.0.

Avatars Against War Protest Poster Workshop

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A photo from this afternoon's protest poster and t-shirt making workshop that is part of RootsCampSL "J27 Events for Peace " Building stuff together in Second Life is where great learning takes place.The workshop leader was errcheck Hick (you can see his read t-shirt and ponytail in the photo.)

Book Review: The Future of Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

David and Randy (I've presented with them several times, hugged them, had beers with them, I've even hung out in our Nonprofit Commons in Second Life virtual island with them, so yes, we are on a first name basis) reminded me that innovation doesn't just happen. Remember, I have not simply had beers with these guys, I've flown around Second Life with their avatars and had virtual beers with them.

Children’s charity checks into virtual hotel

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The room was unoccupied when this screengrab was taken as all ‘Habbos’ (the user-created avatars) were in school at the time. Habbo started in Finland in 2000, so pre-dates Second Life by three years or so. It’s more colourful than Second Life’s 3D environment - and hence, more appealing to teens.

nfp 2.0 » A billboard of protest

Rebooting Charity

Steve Bridger : It’s blogging Nick, but not as you know it :) Nick Booth : Monitoring this feed has felt like listening to the skies for alien life. 1) myspace (1) nspcc (2) oxfam (2) podcast (1) second life (5) social impact (6) social media (16) social networking (6) storytelling (6) tagging (3) web 2.0 (18) Beth quotes Rik Riel and his criticism of the ‘billboard’ put up by the World Development Movement (WDM) in Second Life.

The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: Second Lifers May Soon Get a New Way to Talk

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The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: Second Lifers May Soon Get a New Way to Talk: "Second Lifers May Soon Get a New Way to TalkIn the virtual-reality world Second Life, cartoonlike characters known as “avatars” communicate through instant messages. Avatars know someone is chatting with them when his or her hands pantomime tapping a computer keyboard while a message appears on the screen.That.

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Social media and the Surveillance Culture

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Our conversation focused on Facebook, Second Life, and Skype. The same with Second Life. Organizations hold meetings on Second Life, I put on a sexy female avatar with my breasts hanging out, and I'm just accepted. All the guys have learned to use female avatars and personae on the sites. People will tell you anything" More ominously, I was told they have had some success accessing the computers of people connected to Second Life.

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Susan Tenby, TechSoup, Speaks Before Congress About Virtual Worlds

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

TechSoup's Susan Tenby , Senor Manager--Online Community Development , gave a prepared testimony before the the House Committee on Energy and Commerce' s Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet on April 1st about the potential of Second Life. Her testimony was part of today's hearing: "Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium" Transcript and video here.

Branded RSS Widget!

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That's my Second Life avatar). Get this widget! You knew I just had to do this. the lastest from Feedburner - the ability to put your log or photo into an RSS widget. The hardest part was the creating the jpg. Downside is that if you put javascript into your post - it doesn't show up

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The 6 Hottest Training Technologies That You Can’t Overlook

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Video-Based Training: Video streaming has been around for quite some time, however, the new millennium has seen a sudden upsurge in the online streaming space, with YouTube becoming the second popular search engine after Google. Virtual Environment and Avatars: Virtual learning environments bring the social interaction part of traditional classroom training into the e-learning world. Companies are exploring online virtual platforms such as second life, Minecraft, Unity, etc.

Letting Your Fingers Do the Running - New York Times

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Letting Your Fingers Do the Running - New York Times : "Letting Your Fingers Do the Running * By MARK WALLACE Published: August 21, 2005 THIS year is the 20th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events, in which teams of runners jog through the night at schools, fairgrounds and parks to raise money for the fight against cancer. 27 and 28, the American Cancer Society will hold its first Relay for Life in the 3D virtual world of Second Life.

Mixed Reality Learning Lab: @techsoup at NCVS

Tech Soup Blog

This blog post was penned by Evonne Heyning , who works with TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life and Community teams. With our 65-inch plasma screen TV, we camped outside the main ballroom and projected the #NCVS tweets along with Second Life and web interactive experiences for attendees. Any good soup is like a scientific experiment — a mix of chemistry, biology, and earth science.

Connect in Person at #NCVS

Amy Sample Ward

Attendees can join a tour of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life or learn how to use digital storytelling and Facebook for quick and easy updates to keep connected to supporters. Also, engage in a mixed reality event as avatars and representatives from nonprofits around the world discuss their work both virtually and in their communities. The 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) is June 28-30 in New York City.

Doonesbury Comic: How Young People Are Using Social Media To Do Good

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Jeff replies, "Dad, I spent the morning at my private foundation office in Second Life where my avatar raised $600 which I then took to donorschoose.org to buy textbooks for a class I adopted." Donorschoose.org got a mention in today's Doonesbury comic strip. Rick Federn enters his son, Jeff's room. Jeff is on the computer. Rik asks him what he's up to.

Spotted: Another Hold The Sign Meme on Flickr

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It's cool to see these in flickr, an even cooler in Second Life - like the Avatars Against War American Rights At Work Flickr Stream. I've been collecting examples of the "hold a sign" meme in flickr and by way of Erin Stojan of RE-AMP I found this example from the American Rights at Work. The Flickr stream is here.

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Standup Against Poverty

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

STAND UP Events are happening all over the world, including Second Life. Second Life residents who Stand Up will be counted towards the Guinness World Record Attempt. There is a Kiosk in various places in Second Llife, including TechSoup's office at Information Island. The White Bands will contain a script that allows your avatar to Stand Up in a unique way.

From Gartner: Five Laws for Exploring Virtual Worlds

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

second life, ??? but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc. Second Law: Behind every avatar is a real person Third Law: Be relevant and add value. Check out the Nonprofits and Second Life Wiki and Blog for information about the nonprofit side Hat tip to Jay Moonah for the pointer to this Gartner article about virtual worlds. By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500.

Live Blog Post from MacArthur Foundation: Virtual World Event on Philanthropy

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MacArthur Foundation hosted its first discussion in Second Life to explore the role that philanthropy might play in virtual worlds. Jonathan Fanton, above next to my Second Life avatar, engaged in a discussion with Philip Rosedale (Linden) of Linden labs about the role of civil society in virtual worlds and answered questions from the more than 200 avatars that packed the space. " Linden: Second Life is a world being built by the people in it.

Virtual Worlds: The future or a fad?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. Allan Benamer has written a post called Why Project Agape's Cause Is Better Than Second Life. Is Second Life a passing fad, or is it something savvy nonprofit groups should be watching and participating in?