Interesting Uses of Technology: Virtual Libraries in Second Life

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This new hierarchy model is the basis for my exploration of virtual media as a delivery mode." She is using the virtual media capabilities in Second Life , among others, to navigate her continued research. The Rise of Virtual Libraries. Virtual libraries aren't a new phenomenon. The terms "virtual library" and "digital library" have been increasingly picking up steam since the 1990s. Success in Second Life.

Swedes open embassy in Second Life - CNN.com

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Interesting eventhough not a nonprofit.Swedes open embassy in Second Life - CNN.com: "STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Reuters) -- Sweden became the first country on Wednesday to open an embassy in the virtual world Second Life.Created to promote the Nordic state's image and culture, the embassy does not offer any real or virtual consular services but provides information on its real world counterparts.Second.

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Wired Campus: Co-Founder of Second Life Says Academics Are Biggest Trailblazers in Virtual Worlds - Chronicle.com

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Wired Campus: Co-Founder of Second Life Says Academics Are Biggest Trailblazers in Virtual Worlds - Chronicle.com: "Co-Founder of Second Life Says Academics Are Biggest Trailblazers in Virtual WorldsCory Ondrejka, the co-founder of the virtual world Second Life who is now a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, said in a speech

Susan Tenby: Nonprofits Blaze Virtual Trails in Second Life Mixed Reality Lounge

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Susan Tenby: Nonprofits Blaze Virtual Trails in Second Life Mixed Reality Lounge: "The event I'm describing was not a costume parade or a psychedelic dance party. It was a day-long 'Mixed Reality Lounge,' hosted by the NonProfit Commons, an online community initiative of nonprofit TechSoup Global -- and part of the NetSquared Conference in San Jose -- an annual gathering that brings people

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.".

Visit NTEN in Second Life | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

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Visit NTEN in Second Life | NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network: "NTEN has a new headquarters in Second Life!If If you get sick of all the face-to-face meetings at the NTC, take a break to come see what we're up to in Second Life and meet other nonprofit techies virtually

‘Pixelanthropy’ takes hold on Second Life - Giving- msnbc.com

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‘Pixelanthropy’ takes hold on Second Life - Giving- msnbc.com: "Not so typical when you know that Jewell is an animated character, her friend’s nightclub exists only inside a computer, and the Nonprofit Commons is a complex of 32 virtual offices on a pleasant little digital island inside an ethereal place called Second Life.Founded in 2003, this fast-growing virtual community — once largely.

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. They buy land and buildings (all virtual of course), clothing and accessories, movies, vehicles, and music.

Daniel Ben-Horin Visits the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life

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On July 8, 2011, founder and co-CEO of TechSoup Global Daniel Ben-Horin paid a special visit to the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. Nonprofit Commons is an archipelago in the virtual world of Second Life, housing social benefit organizations from around the globe. This led Daniel to participate in one of the first virtual communities, the WELL. So impressive was this experience that it continues to inform Daniel's support of virtual worlds today.

Virtual Morocco in Second Life

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That's my avatar with a fez I pocked up in Virtual Morocco in Second Life, a student project! I've been curious what a virtual Angkor Wat or other cultural wonders of the world look like in Second Life? How could explore culture in a virtual environment as a learning experience that is connected to a real life experience?

Second Life, A Second Opinion

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One way that nonprofits and libraries can reduce their carbon footprints from travel is to try out (and adopt) new tools for virtual meetings. 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.

New Nonprofits in Second Life Video

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Our Nonprofit Commons in Second Life project has a new video! It combines real world video footage with Second Life video (machinima) and gives many examples of how nonprofits can benefit from virtual worlds. read more. Tools

Second Life vs My Real One

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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. I’m still getting over a bit of a head cold (read “man flu&# ), but this cheered me up.

A few Second Life Tidbits

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Alexandra Samuel from Social Signals starts off 2007 with several announcements related to Second Life - the addition of a virtual worlds manager and an Open house in Second Life later on today. There is also a post titled " Seven Reasons Why You Should Consider Second Life. The first post , prompted much discussion amongst librarians and educator using Second Life and as well as disagreement from some in the business press.)

nfp 2.0 » Save the Children offers yak a Second Life

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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.

First Thoughts on Second Life

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I've been listening with one ear to the buzz about Second Life and non-profits for a while now, and paying it very little attention. The chat focused on Techsoup's recent enthusiasm for the virtual reality site -- Susan and her colleagues have constructed a virtual office for TechSoup on the SL and recently held a public online event there. The American Cancer Society recently held a virtual Relay for Life fundraiser on SL that raised over $40,000 in pledges!

US Congress in Second Life!

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Photo from article by Adam Reuters, Reuters Second Life Bureau and used with permission. This morning I came across a blog by Adam Reuters summarizing the two other blog posts I pointed to the other day on the topic of " Gauging Second Life Hype Cycle" (BTW, according to the article, a spokeswoman for Gartner said that the firm has not officially assigned Second Life a position on its Hype Cycle, but is examining the issue.).

Second Life and Alzheimer's Exhibit Coming to Second Life

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There is so much happening in Second Life with nonprofits, educational institutions, museums, and libraries that it is hard to keep up. The amazing Wayne MacPhail has been helping the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and Second Life Library 2.0 curator Shadow Fugazi put together a photo exhibition in Second Life. Machinima are movies filmed inside virtual worlds like Second Life.

Nonprofits Blaze Virtual Trails in Second Life Mixed Reality Lounge

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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.

World Vision in Second Life

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Now I have a choice between a giving a real world cow or a virtual one like the one I am sitting on a virtual representation of a cow that is in one of the gifts I can purchase from World Vision. 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. You can to it in Second Life here

Best Practices for Nonprofits in Second Life

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Leading Non-profits Discuss "Best Practices" for Using Virtual Worlds for Activism, Collaboration, Education, and Fundraising. Friday, February 8, 8:30AM PST, Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater in Second Life. The year 2007 was a remarkable year for charitable and civil society activity in Second Life -- from the launch of the 32-office Plush Nonprofit Commons to the record US$100,000 raised by the SL Relay for Life. Get Activated!

Second Life As Alice In Wonderland

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One way that nonprofits and libraries can reduce their travel carbon footprint are to try out some new tools for virtual meetings. 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.

Your Questions about Second Life?

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When Sibley decided to start a Second Life -focused business last year, I thought he was nuts. I now believe in Second Life, not as a game environment, but as a new platform for social interactions with people, objects, and ideas. There have been lots of posts all over the place about Second Life and museums. Sibley and I plan to discuss the potential--and barriers--for museums in Second Life. What would YOU like to know about Second Life?

Berkman Island on Second Life

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(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.

Second Life: Debunking Myths, Identifying Opportunities - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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» Thursday Sep 06 2007 Second Life: Debunking Myths, Identifying Opportunities Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 04:23PM | by James OMalley As if the hustle and bustle of real life werent enough, the booming popularity of Linden Labss online virtual world phenomenon, Second Life has provided yet another way to put off that big project just a few more hours. million total (500,000 active monthly) residents of Second Life.

Nonprofits Celebrate New Home in Second Life

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PT/SLT, in their new locations at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. s first virtual millionaire, Anshe Chung, this nonprofits-only space, managed by TechSoup, creates and houses a community of nonprofits in the online virtual world of Second Life. San Francisco Meets the Metaverse: 32 Nonprofits and their supporters will host a grand opening celebration Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 5:30 p.m.

Virtual Meetings - Win Another Prize

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So I just finished up a great meeting about Distance Learning and Virtual Meetings here at the American Cancer Society. How is your non-profit using Virtual Meetings? Second Life, Adobe Connect , LiveMeeting ? Tags: Info Tech Adobe Virtual Meetings Second Life Organizational Change Lots of options and feedback but I want to hear from you. The first five commenters will win a prize from the FIspace prize closet.

Jumping into Art in Second Life

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When people talk about museum projects in Second Life and other virtual worlds, I'm often disappointed by the short-sightedness of the vision. Virtual worlds are a new, emerging technology, and like any new technology, overlaying old techniques onto new platforms is disappointing at best. VAN GOGH GOES EXPERIENTIAL The video below is a gorgeous example of the possibility of substantive, emotional experiences with museum content via virtual world representations.

Second Life: Issue Awareness Raising Campaigns

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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. It's been crazy busy last week and this week too. I'm so behind!

Harvard's Berkman Center: Second Life Course

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as an Extension/Distance education through virtual world Second Life. live interactive sessions with remote students in Second Life. Watch the trailer! Via the Berkman newsletter: This semester, Prof. Charles Nesson, co-founder of the Berkman Center, and. Rebecca Nesson will be offering a historic new course at Harvard and online. "CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion," will be the first Harvard course.

Nonprofits and Second Life and Other Games

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Susan Tenby from TechSoup demos the virtual TechSoup Office during the Netsquared Conference while Ruby Sinreich and Deborah Finn (Cyber-Yenta) blogged about it. Blogger Wagner James Au who reports on Second Life is seated next to Susan.) The TechSoup Virtual Office at Second Life take by Jeska Linden. But can games like Second Life be a useful tool for social change? not virtual Tate Modern, though.)

Step into a Van Gogh Painting in Second Life

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Tressis is a Dutch company with experience in Virtual Worlds and has been an interactive exhibit of Van Gogh paintings in Second Life. You can actually step into the painting itself. To visit directly, click here

A Second Life for nonprofits? | Beaconfire Wire

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I must admit I haven’t given much thought, until today, about outreach to virtual constituents. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) to Second Life (the virtual world with nearly 5 million “residents&# ). What are other nonprofits doing in Second Life? American Cancer Society raised $40,000 with a virtual walk-a-thon in Second Life. 3 Responses to “A Second Life for nonprofits?&#

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

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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?

Kiva in Second Life: Interview With Official SL Volunteers

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Second Life kiva.org volunteer: Julles Boucher Kiva.org , a micro-finance organization, has funded nearly 17,0000 loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries and last week crossed the $11 million rank. With the assistance of dedicated volunteers, Kiva also maintains a presence on different social networking sites and has recently established a presence on Second Life through the Techsoup Nonprofits Commons Project.

Best Practices for Nonprofits: Engaging Youth in Second Life

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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. document your virtual work through photos/video to show other programs and funders who may not be in SL), tips for bringing a youth development model into Teen SL (e.g., Bonus link: Global Kids Guide To Presenting in Second Life

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. Come on people, get off the Second Life bandwagon, it’s a long-term loser.

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. Griefing can turn a virtual event into an unpleasant experience. They don't enjoy Second Life the way you or I enjoy Second Life. Photo by Peacemaker.

Free Webinar May 13: Using Second Life to Collaborate and Connect

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The virtual world of Second Life is a platform that is a 24/7 always-on online community where the world’s content is entirely user-generated. It's an exciting medium that is becoming more ubiquitous and TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is the community to teach nonprofits and NGOs how to collaborate and get acquainted with working to raise funds, augment your communications, and procure volunteers in this cutting-edge environment.

Yi-Tan Community Call #101: Real Life in Second Life

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world Second Life keeps popping up. It has bands , hotels , vendors selling virtual wares , a newspaper , a real-money economy (it's called. Second Life's VP of. Who has a virtual office there? What can we learn about the future of life from. Second Life? there's more: we'll be in Second Life, too. See Second Life Resources for details.

Come Celebrate the Official Launch of the EcoCommons in Second Life Tomorrow!

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This was originally posted on the Nonprofit Commons: Nonprofits in Second Life Blog. Join in the official launch of the EcoCommons in Second Life! Pacific , on the new EcoCommons island in Second Life. EcoCommons is a virtual location (sim) designed for environmental organizations in the 3D virtual world of Second Life. Our grand opening celebration will be happening Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.

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

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It's called: Change the World by Working in a Virtual One. 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!

Henry Jenkins discusses participatory media in Second Life

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Henry Jenkins made his first official appearance in Second Life visiting the Teen version, known as the "Teen Grid," where the Global Kids Island is hosting an event, A World Fit for Children Festival. teams of kids have attended seminars (in Second Life) from UNICEF on world issues, and the kids are building exhibits with their ideas for solutions. s what you do in Second Life that???s s nothing intrinsically educational about Second Life.