Who Are We Building This Project For? for the March 8th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, March 8th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Fred Fuchs who will discuss how to create engaging virtual projects.

Do people love your project? Do you have more participants than you could possibly want? Do people want you to stop talking and make them an avatar account so they can learn what you have to teach? Do people quickly lose interest in your project for some reason you can’t fathom? Would you like to build a virtual world project with a lot less stress?

There’s nothing magical about all this. Losing sight of the intended audience can reduce engagement and doom a project. The presentation presents ways to keep this from happening with a focus on projects in Starlight, Second Life®, and OpenSim virtual worlds, but is broadly applicable to many platforms.


Fred Fuchs: Former “rocket scientist” Fred Fuchs founded Firesabre in 2006. FireSabre has become known for its expertise in building strong interactive 3-D virtual world educational training projects for K-12 and university clients. Recent projects include training simulations for the healthcare professions. The company also build projects for corporate training clients. While FireSabre started with a focus on Second Life®, more recently the company has developed projects for OpenSim, Aurora, web.alive®, Unreal, Facebook, Javascript, and Flash.

FireSabre has also developed a virtual world for learning called Starlight. This world operates on an enhanced Aurora-Sim platform, a next-generation OpenSim environment that’s more stable, high-performance and, in general, offers much more functionality. Starlight offers Vivox voice, groups, professional tech support, and offline message capability. It supports mesh. There’s also a web dashboard for browser-based account and world management functions. For more information, please see http://www.firesabre.com/starlight.php

FireSabre also helped create a project for New York-based Global Kids which was recognized in WIRED magazine and was nominated for an Annenberg Foundation Public Diplomacy Award.

Prior to starting FireSabre Consulting, Fred worked for Hughes Training, Inc., where he created training simulations for the International Space Station. Before Hughes, he worked in Compaq’s Graphics and Multimedia Group. Fred received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Houston.



Join us in Second Life!


Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 8th, 8:30 AM SLT / PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater




  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central
  • 8:55 am  Fred Fuchs: Who Are We Building This Project For?
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements



The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir