On Tuesday, June 21 , starting at 1 pm PT, I will be giving a webinar on “managing online communities” based on my experience (and the experience of many others) with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. We will have a particular focus on supporting volunteers and speak to how Second Life can be leveraged to support fundraising goals as well. So if you have wanted to learn how virtual worlds can support your community, volunteer and fundraising needs, come to my webinar on Tuesday!
Click here to register to participate. NOTE: this is a web-based event, not a Second Life event.
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Managing Online Communities – Rik Panganiban (TechSoup.org)
Keeping an online community lively and exciting is a combination of psychology, sociology, social engineering, user interface design, and black magic. Here to share his knowledge about community management and working with volunteers to keep your community active is Rik Panganiban. He’ll show us how to get that engagement so the community flourishes and how to work with convert your online visitors and members into active volunteers that contribute to the community.
Rik Panganiban has over 15 years of experience as a nonprofit organizer and educator using digital media to engage the public on important global issues, from the International Criminal Court to Internet Governance to the UN Millennium Development Goals. He currently manages the online community of the Nonprofit Commons in the virtual world Second Life, which hosts 120 tenant organizations and an active volunteer base. Prior to that, he was the assistant director of the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids, where he created online communities of practice for teachers, librarians, museum curators and youth.
In 2007, Rik authored a report on “Best Practices for Nonprofits in Second Life,” still one of the definitive resources for public sector organizations working in virtual worlds. He also runs the website http://www.betterverse.org a chronicle of the public good applications of virtual worlds for nonprofits, education and government.
Written by: rikomatic