Recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for the February 7th, NonProfit Commons Meeting


Friday, February 7th, TechSoup’s NonProfit Commons in Second Life will be recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage people across the United States to get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Black communities


“AIDS continues to claim the lives of too many African American men and women. Blacks account for almost half of all those have died from AIDS in the United States since the beginning of the epidemic. African American youth continue to be one of the groups most severely affected by HIV infection in the United States. In fact, black youth represent more than half (57%) of all new HIV infections among young people aged 13 to 24. These numbers underscore the need to reach a new generation with effective HIV prevention programs and messages. We simply cannot afford to lose the next generation to this potentially deadly, but preventable disease.”

(Centers for disease Control and Prevention-CDC)


Join us in Second Life! 


Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, February 7th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central – Storytelling Through Short Video Apps
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – presentation & discussion 
  • 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

“Ethnography and Virtual Worlds” with Tom Boellstorff / Tom Bukowski for August 24 Nonprofit Commons Meeting

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
August 24, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

On Friday August 24, University of California in Irvine Professor Tom Boellstorff / Tom Bukowski will discuss his book, “Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: a Handbook of Method“, that he coauthored with Bonnie Nardi, Celia Pearce and, T. L. Taylor. (Princeton University Press, 2012)

“Ethnography and Virtual Worlds” is the only book of its kind – a concise, comprehensive, and practical guide for students, teachers, designers, and scholars interested in using ethnographic methods to study online virtual worlds, including both game and nongame environments. Written by leading ethnographers of virtual worlds, and focusing on the key method of participant observation, the book provides invaluable advice, tips, guidelines, and principles to aid researchers through every stage of a project, from choosing an online fieldsite to writing and publishing the results.

Tom Boellstorff is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine; from 2007–2012 he was Editor-in-Chief of “American Anthropologist”, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. His research projects have focused on questions of virtual worlds, sexuality, globalization, nationalism, language, and HIV/AIDS. He is the author of many articles and the books “The Gay Archipelago” (Princeton University Press, 2005); “A Coincidence of Desires” (Duke University Press, 2007); and “Coming of Age in Second Life” (Princeton University Press, 2008).


8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM “Ethnography and Virtual Worlds” with Tom Boellstorff / Tom Bukowski

9:35 AM Mentors Central

9:45 AM Open Mic / Announcements

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

World AIDS Day events in Second Life December 1st


HIV/AIDS has affected all of us in deep and personal ways, and the race for a cure continues.  I am thinking about my friend John, a wonderful artist with the most biting wit, who passed away from AIDS-related health issues about four years ago now. 

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and there are a number of events happening in Second Life and well as of course in the real world. HealthInfo Island (click here to teleport) is sponsoring a number of activities around World AIDS Day starting at 9AM PST, including:

  • A Workshop on "Looking for Health: Finding Quality HIV/AIDS Information by Carolina Keat"
  • Special displays and newsfeeds on HIV/AIDS
  • An AIDS Walk with information about HIV/AIDS Support Groups in SL
  • Podcasts on AIDS by the Center for Disease Control in the Podcast Globe
  • A guided tour around the Island
  • Live coverage of the Teen Grid Event

In addition, DenmarkCopenhagen sim (click here to teleport) is hosting a fundraiser party from 2PM PST to raise money for the World AIDS Foundation. Their goal is to collect L$ 50,000 in one day, so come on by and drop some lindens in the bucket.

And for you teens out there, there will also be activities on the SL Teen Grid.

World AIDS Day

Please join us at HealthInfo Island for World AIDS Day 2007. Workshop will start 09.00 AM SL Time. There will be several Tours spread over the day, exact  times to follow. Please contact us if you want a tour with a special group. Place: Healthinfo Island (79, 111, 23) (click here to teleport)

Be sure to drop by HealthInfo Island for:

  • Special displays and newsfeeds on HIV/AIDS
  • AIDS Walk with information about HIV/AIDS Support Groups in SL
  • Podcasts on AIDS by the CDC in our Podcast Globe
  • Quality information resources, including search tools
  • Workshop on Looking for Health: Finding Quality HIV/AIDS Information by Carolina Keats
  • See what others are doing in SL on HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health
  • Guided tour around the Island
  • Live coverage of Teen Grid Event

Contact: Namro Orman or Carolina Keats
Organised by: the HealthInfo Island Groups: Consumer Health Library, SL Medical Library, Heron Sanctuary & Accessibility Center

Activities on Denmark Copenhagen Sim

December 1st, is the international AIDS day. A day to remember and
honour those we have lost to this terrible decise. But also a day to to
fight back, and try to stop HIV/AIDS in the world. In Denmark
Copenhagen (click here to teleport)
we will mark this day with lost of events, sales and partying. All in
support for the AIDS foundation. The goal is to collect 50.000 L$ in
one day, everything L$ will go to the AIDS foundation.  Come and help
us stop AIDS.

There will be donation jars to support the foundation. Party’s will be
held with legal spoilers, where 25% of all polls will go to the
foundation. There will be a yard sale, where everybody can rent a stand
for 100 L$, all will go to the foundation. Huge Party  with Live DJ
from 2.00 PM PST in After Dark.

Written by: rikomatic