Transcript of the January 4th NPC Meeting: Future Trends in Technology

[08:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Welcome everyone to this week’s Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting!

[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Happy New Year everyone!

[08:36] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd): Happy New Year, Rhi!

[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: The Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is sponsored by TechSoup Global and is a program of the TechSoup Global Community & Social Media team

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Happy New Year!

[08:36] Wisdom (esavage): Oronoque, that is an excellent discussion and sometimes unavoidable when trying to levearage time


[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today’s Agenda:


– 8:30 am Introductions

– 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

– 8:50 am Mentors Central

– 9:00 am Future Trends in Technology

– 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements


[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: First a few links to start off the meeting. 


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[08:36] Wisdom (esavage): Goodmorning

[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I encourage you if you are new to check some of those out and if you take any photos today, please post them up in our Facebook or G+ community group




[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Hello everyone, let’s start off with Introductions!

[08:37] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,,!/TAVAUS

[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Please state your real name, location, org, and the ways we can find you online.

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:37] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1, Inc., Baltimore MD,, , @PY1US

[08:38] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd): Loren Alunaia, Director of the distanSLab Educational Technology Resource Center, Washington, D.C. | / @distanslab /

[08:38] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.

[08:38] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): iSkye Silverweb Bonde, Virtual Ability

[08:38] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, San Francisco, CA, USA, TechSoup Global, @mmdelong @TechSoup

[08:38] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA

[08:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and, if your new, might also be nice to know how you found about NonProfit Commons

[08:38] Wisdom (esavage): Eveangel Savage, CasebyCase Research Foundation, Greenville, NC

[08:38] Coughran Mayo: Dick Dillon, Innovaision, LLC St. Louis MO @Innovaision @Coughran

[08:38] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Caryn Heilman, Topia Arts Center, @topiaartscenter,, in Adams in the Berkshires of NW, MA

[08:38] Josain Zsun: Budd Turner, middle school teacher in Tucson, AZ

[08:38] Chad Mikado: Chad Gobert, National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP), UMass Boston,

[08:39] Oronoque Westland: Roberta Kilkenny, Hunter College, City University of New York

[08:39] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Inc Los Angeles, CA Human Rights and Health Care

[08:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir is Joyce Bettencourt, Boston MA area, Online Community manager of TechSoup’s NonProfit Commons in Second Life community, @RhiannonSL,

[08:39] Wisdom (esavage): Been involved for a while but still My goal for the new year is active membership in second life how to be active.

[08:40] Gentle Heron: There’s a lot to learn, Wisdom, and these folks here can help mentor you.

[08:40] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Wisdom stick around for the Mentor’s meeting after as that is a topic we’ve been discussing

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you joined us late, please still introduce yourself!

[08:40] jacmacaire Humby: Hi everyone

[08:40] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing featuring missing persons: and SLURL Remora (203,148,21), Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:40] Beth Ghostraven: Beth O’Connell, middle school librarian, Virginia, US, @booklady9

[08:40] Keko Heckroth: Keko Heckroth, Cincinnati, Adult Ed

[08:41] Wisdom (esavage): Great, I will stick around.

[08:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and I love the idea of sharing your personal or organizational new year’s resolutions that revolve around technology/media 🙂

[08:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other introductions?

[08:41] Adalace Jewell: RoSa Library Brussels – Belgium @adalace

[08:41] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Action Tank on Sustainable Human Development France and International @Humanbe

[08:42] Tori Landau: Patricia Dean, volunteer event coordinator fot the Open University’s deep think sims and volunteer owner of the former International Schools island, renamed Moonstone but still ISI currently °͜°

[08:42] Wisdom (esavage): strategyis critical for the enhancement of organization in digital advocacy

[08:42] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd): Resolutions: I resolve not to use my teachers’ or clients’ computers to bludgeon them this year. Only iPads. ‿÷ LOL in all seriousness, we’re hoping to deploy virtual environment opportunities into classrooms in a very serious way this year, and I hope the NPO on the grid will facilitate that for our organizations in First.

[08:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lets move on.. but please feel free to introduce youself still




[08:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It is time for TechSoup Announcements!

[08:43] bulaklak: Happy new year, all!

[08:43] Chayenn: happy new year bulaklak

[08:43] bulaklak: It looks like none of my other Soupers are here today, just me and Rhiannon!

[08:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[08:44] bulaklak: Anyway, my own personal resolution is to see more movies this year and my org/professional resolution (one of many) is to refresh my coding skills and learn HTML5

[08:45] bulaklak: Now on to the TechSoup announcements . . . .

[08:45] bulaklak: There is really just one big one today

[08:45] bulaklak: Which is that we have a new website launching on Monday

[08:45] Zinnia Zauber: Awesome bulaklak!

[08:45] bulaklak: I know I’ve teased you with info about this over the last six months or so

[08:45] bulaklak: But we’re *finally* there

[08:45] Adalace Jewell: 🙂

[08:45] Tori Landau: Great news °͜°

[08:46] bulaklak: The major improvement will be to the search functionality on the site

[08:46] bulaklak: We know right now it is quite hard to find things on the site

[08:46] bulaklak: So the new site has many snazzy new search features that make it very easy to find things

[08:46] bulaklak: And a much more integrated way of displaying content from across different parts of the site

[08:47] bulaklak: All of the community content such as forums and blogs will be integrated into product pages and vice versa

[08:47] Beth Ghostraven: @bulaklak, could you put the URL for the site in chat pls?

[08:47] bulaklak: Here is a little more information on the upcoming change, and once it launches we will likely have a TS representative come speak about it

[08:47] bulaklak:

[08:48] bulaklak: Sure, Beth. The URL will be the same:

[08:48] bulaklak: Come Monday, it will just look a bit different from the way it looks now!

[08:48] bulaklak: Once it launches, we welcome all of your feedback

[08:48] bulaklak: There is a special forum called Site Improvements where you can leave bugs, complaints . . . or praise!

[08:49] bulaklak: It’s special because you don’t have to log in to post there as you do on the rest of the forums

[08:49] bulaklak: We want you to be able to have anonymity if you like, and have a lower barrier to leaving feedback

[08:49] bulaklak: Here is that URL

[08:49] bulaklak:

[08:50] bulaklak: Just a quick note that the site will be unavailable from this evening through Monday morning

[08:50] bulaklak: But we’ll be posting messages on our Facebook and Twitter

[08:50] bulaklak: Happy new year everyone!

[08:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Will that down time effect any of the NonProfit Commons sites or just the central

[08:51] bulaklak: just the central

[08:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: good to know and thanks for the update Bulaklak




[08:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Let’s move on to Mentor’s Central

[08:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today for Mentor Central we have iSkye Bonde to speak, let’s welcome her up and please start whenever your ready.!

[08:53] iSkye Silverweb: HOW will it be announced?

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb: So, let’s talk about this.

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb: First, WHO will be invited?

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb:  – For workshops or conferences: Who is your audience?

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb:  – Is the event intended for a specific group? 

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb:  – Is it a public event or a private one?

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb: WHAT is the occasion?  

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb:  – Is there a theme?

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb:  – Is decorating needed, any building to be done?

[08:54] iSkye Silverweb:  – Are display materials needed?

[08:55] iSkye Silverweb: WHY have the event?

[08:55] iSkye Silverweb:  – The answer to this could be as simple as “Let’s have fun!” or “It’s Sour Pickles Month, let’s organize a conference around it.”

[08:55] iSkye Silverweb:  – Be sure to describe the event to draw interest and give good details. Make people want to come!

[08:55] iSkye Silverweb: WHERE will it be?

[08:55] iSkye Silverweb:  – Is this a cozy discussion intended for only a few people?  A small location, perhaps in a cafe?

[08:55] iSkye Silverweb: – Is it a professional conference? Consider a larger auditorium-type setting.

[08:55] iSkye Silverweb: – Is this to be simulcast on video or audio to RL venues or only inside SL? Plan for this!

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: – Will it be filmed or recorded? Take that into consideration, too.

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: WHEN will it be?

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb:  – Avoid conflicts with other major events.

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: WHAT TIME will it start?

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: – Consider your audience. 

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: SL is a worldwide grid, but you might want to target just Americans/Canadians, 

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: or people in Europe, Asia, or the UK. 

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: 5:00PM SLT works out to something like 1:00AM in the United Kingdom.

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: For presentations and meetings where you want people 

[08:56] iSkye Silverweb: from other parts of the globe to have the opportunity to participate, 

[08:57] iSkye Silverweb: think about having them more than once, at times that are workable for them.

[08:57] iSkye Silverweb: HOW will it be announced?

[08:57] iSkye Silverweb: – If you want to have people coming into SL from RL, you will want to promote accordingly – 

[08:57] iSkye Silverweb: interoffice memo, Facebook/Twitter, a website or blog

[08:57] iSkye Silverweb: – If it will be an intergrid event (parallel with the same event in another virtual setting), you will want to make sure it’s promoted in the sister grid, and possibly through RL means as well.

[08:57] iSkye Silverweb: – Inworld only – group  notices, group chats, community calendars, perhaps even the SL Destination Guide or SL Event Calendar. 

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: – Be sure to include all the information: 

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: Event title, 

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: date, 

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: time (use SL/Pacific time zone as a common reference for all),

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: description,

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: location, 

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: is it public or private, and 

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: contact person for questions.

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: Most of all, ALLOW ENOUGH LEAD TIME to COMMUNICATE about the event so enough people hear about it and can plan to attend.

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: We like a good week or so for guest presentations, 

[08:58] Sarvana Haalan: Sally S. Cherry, Baltimore, MD,, @CHAREproject

[08:58] iSkye Silverweb: and much more time for professional conferences or large group parties.

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: Be considerate: if your attendees are coming into Second Life for the first time, BE PREPARED to assist them. 

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: We were all noobs once!

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: (This picture shows a presenter who came in for the first time, specifically to speak at IDRAC last summer.)

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: What has worked for us at Virtual Ability 

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: is to encourage those planning to attend special inworld events for the first time, 

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: to set up their SL accounts at least a few days in advance 

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: and utilize Virtual Ability’s award winning orientation course. 

[08:59] iSkye Silverweb: Our mentors can be on hand to help with any questions.

[09:00] Wisdom (esavage): Is there an iPAD app for these meetings?

[09:00] iSkye Silverweb: In the giver box you’ll get examples of notecards I give out when I am scheduling a presenter or guest to come to Virtual Ability. 

[09:00] Gentle Heron: Wisdom, any way you can get into SL, you can attend these meetings.

[09:00] iSkye Silverweb: The questions on the notecard are designed to help me and Virtual Ability do all that we can, 

[09:00] iSkye Silverweb: to help the guest have a successful presentation or event.

[09:00] iSkye Silverweb: A key question we ask is, “Will you conduct this in voice, text, or both?” It’s important to include all participants. Everyone benefits!

[09:00] Wisdom (esavage): Great information!

[09:00] Rhiannon Chatnoir: we have a blog that I post all of the transcript up onto as well if you can’t make it into the meeting.

[09:01] iSkye Silverweb: Some of our partners have events that may be of interest to our community members.

[09:01] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd): ( For Android check out Lumiya. For iPad, check out Pocket Metaverse. )

[09:01] iSkye Silverweb: Be sure to include the key information, jazz it up a bit, and don’t forget a contact person in case there are questions.

[09:01] iSkye Silverweb: Now that all the questions are answered and arrangements are made, you’ll be READY and can enjoy the event!

[09:01] iSkye Silverweb: Thank you – any questions?

[09:01] Sarvana Haalan: awesome!

[09:01] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): please steal my notecard examples from the giver!

[09:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: iSkye Thanks for leading Mentors Central today!

[09:02] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): You’re welcome

[09:02] Wisdom (esavage): Very helpful dialogue:)

[09:02] Gentle Heron: Thank you iSkye. In addition to the awesome presenters, iSkye is a large part of why VAI has such great presentations.

[09:02] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much!

[09:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great – let’s move on to our main part of the meeting

[09:02] Oronoque Westland: hooray for iSkye…very helpful and succinct

[09:02] Sarvana Haalan: very helpful info

[09:02] Dancers Yao: Great….You are excellent at helping people to present and do events!

[09:02] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Excellent presentation

[09:03] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Easy to follow

[09:03] Josain Zsun thanks iSkye

[09:03] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd) applauds!




[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today I will be presenting on Future Trends in Technology

[09:03] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): my head is going to get so big I won’t be able to get out of SL… but thank you, everyone!

[09:03] Sarvana Haalan: Woot, woot!!!!!

[09:03] Lord Emmanuel Davidson (lordemmanuele)Lord Emmanuel Davidson (lordemmanuele)lol

[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So as a kick off to 2013, I thought it might be nice to do a presentation on some interesting future trends in technology and chat a bit about how they might be relevant.

[09:03] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Some of this was fueled by my summer at Singularity University ( and the plethora of amazing speakers and content on future focused tech out there and thinking on how it can be used for social good.

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: topics such as crowdfunding, gamification, big data, alternate input devices, augmented reality and 3D printing and discuss how these innovations could be used for organizations.

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Any one of these topics could be a full presentation – so think of it as a very brief intro and we can always schedule something deeper going forward.

[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I invite you to all contribute with your comments as I go along and maybe we can also make this a bit of a brainstorm session on thinking how these various technologies could be used to further your org’s mission or initiatives.

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and feel free to grab photos – I will be busy typing

[09:05] Sarvana Haalan: I testing a couple of crowdfunding sites now

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great segway

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So lets start off with…



[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Crowd Funding

[09:05] Sarvana Haalan: 🙂

[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You have no doubt heard of the term ‘crowd’ sourcing – the idea of the power of looking to the many (crowd) to solve a problem or task. Crowd funding is applying this principle to fund raising.

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Sites like, IndieGoGo ( and others have ‘kicked-off’ a wave of individuals being able to reach out for funding directly to a global/internet audience, for projects or ideas.

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you search through Kickstarter you will see people looking for funding for art, social good, events, hardware/software, games, music, films and numerous other types of projects.

[09:06] Rhiannon Chatnoir: In return, funders get something back…maybe it is the first wave of your new product, service, game, etc or some other perk.

[09:06] Gentle Heron always wondered about the accountablity of such funding.

[09:07] Rhiannon Chatnoir: And – the fundraising platform get some sort of small percentage of the entire amount raised as the cost of suing and doing business through the site.

[09:07] Chayenn: In general they take 15%

[09:07] Sarvana Haalan: it depends on the site

[09:07] Chayenn: and keep your money from 8 days to 6 weeks

[09:08] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Yes Gentle, there have been more push for enforcement of ‘rewards’ on sites, but it is a ‘buyer beware’ and you have to apply some of the same elements of trust/reputation as for any internet interaction/transaction

[09:08] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Chayenn

[09:08] Rhiannon Chatnoir: How could crowd funding relate to your nonprofit or cause?

[09:09] Oronoque Westland: @Rhiannon, did you mean to type “the cost of suing” or did you mean using?

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: oops using

[09:09] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb) grins

[09:09] Lord Emmanuel Davidson (lordemmanuele): lol

[09:09] Rhiannon Chatnoir: a little bit of morning typos there

[09:10] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Crowd Funding can possibly offer innovative ways to try to fundraise for a specific thing.

[09:10] Oronoque Westland: thanks

[09:10] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Not really the way to go if you are looking at needing ongoing funds to sustain an org, but great if you want to fund a specific new project and can find innovative ways to thank via rewards those that give funds.

[09:10] Beth Ghostraven: Could this be used to fund technology acquisitions for a school, instead of/in addition to applying for a grant?

[09:11] Wisdom (esavage): has anyone considered endowment funding?

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I have seen IndiGoGo used more for personal or mission based goals

[09:11] Sarvana Haalan: It helps cover the cost of unfunded activities

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Kickstarter seems more focused on funding that results in tangible outcomes that the investor can be part of or receive

[09:11] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Make sure you understand the terms you are signing up for on any given crowd funding site, on Kickstarter it is an ‘all or nothing’ model. If you do not make at least the goal money amount you set up that you need – you won’t receive anything.

[09:12] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Look to sites like IndieGoGo if you want to set up a more flexible fundraising that even if you don’t meet your goal, you can receive some funding.

[09:12] Sarvana Haalan: there is an directory of crowdfunding sites based on topics… and help tailor your proposal

[09:12] Coughran Mayo: Do you have a link for that, Sar?

[09:12] Rhiannon Chatnoir: do you have the link to that Sarvana

[09:12] Rhiannon Chatnoir: IndieGoGo also offers a 25% discount on any platform fees to registered 501c3 nonprofits. Any funds raised for nonprofits are sent to your organization through FirstGiving.

[09:12] Sarvana Haalan: Kickstarter only gives if you reach goal

[09:12] Sarvana Haalan: just a sec, C

[09:13] Sarvana Haalan: have to search files

[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: There have been several virtual worlds focused projects that I know of that have used crowd funding sites for fund raising on project such as to publish a book (…) or create a specific virtual experience or machinima (

[09:13] Wisdom (esavage): good information:)

[09:13] Gentle Heron:

[09:13] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks

[09:13] Coughran Mayo: Thanks GH

[09:13] Chayenn: Timely info for local nonprofits on how the fiscal cliff legislation will affect donors.…

[09:13] Sarvana Haalan: wonderland did one, I think

[09:14] Sarvana Haalan: Thanks GH… I am slow at multitasking today

[09:14] Chayenn: you should also check the guidestar link above if you are a 501 c3

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: A Few Resources:

Wikipedia article on Crowd Funding:

An article from IndieGoGO, on how to raise funds for NonProfits:

[09:14] Rhiannon Chatnoir: also US Jobs Act Legislation opening up crowd funding of company investments to beyond ‘friends and family’: (article on) and… (US gov FAQ on).

[09:15] Rhiannon Chatnoir: that legislation takes effect this year, so we will start to see broader and more serious usage of crowdfunding in 2013

[09:15] Sarvana Haalan: The JOB Act brought a lot of attention to crowdfundin especially for businesses…

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I think we both were reading that same article Sarvana

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: 😉

[09:16] Sarvana Haalan: lol, lol… Thiannon, great minds think a like…lol

[09:16] Sarvana Haalan: *Rhiannon

[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so, again…this is a brief overview of several trends..



[09:16] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lets move on to Gamification

[09:17] Rhiannon Chatnoir: What do the Boy/Girl Scouts, retail store loyalty programs/cards, and Foursquare all have in common?

[09:17] Rhiannon Chatnoir: They all encourage actions and give rewards for engagement with their org/brand/app.

[09:18] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Gamification is the use of game-thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts in order to engage users and solve problems. You can use this to increase engagement, enhance learning.

[09:18] Rhiannon Chatnoir: some ways to do this:

 – adding achievement badges to your app/site

 – the concept of ‘leveling up’ for your community or volunteers

 – leader boards of top engagers

 – a way for your community engagers to be awarded points for key engagements / actions

 – finding a way to create organization or network-wide challenges and competitions

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir: An example of this being used for social good:

[09:19] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Using incentives via engaging game elements In a project that the NYC HIVE Learning Network ( produced.

They created a mobile learning and discover mobile app where teens could become citizen scientists by exploring their local neighborhoods and finding key nature elements and collecting evidence by documenting their findings through capturing cell phone photos via their phones, earning badges for their discoveries and ranking with other teen naturalists.

[09:20] Rhiannon Chatnoir: How gamification can be used in the virtual world:

[09:20] Rhiannon Chatnoir: The World Bank, through a collaboration with Global Kids, used gameplay to reinforce concepts learned during trainings and also encourage a sense of competition and upped the level of excitement of what might have been initially dry subject matter.

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Training participants logging in to Second Life, and via their avatars buzz in or run to a target to answer a question or hop into a race car and race against other training teams to get to the next checkpoint first and have the opportunity to answer a question on content studied.

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: In this example, the gameplay becomes a great tool to assess what was actually learned!

[09:21] Rhiannon Chatnoir: This sure beats being handed a multiple choice survey after a training workshop!

[09:21] Oronoque Westland: Games for Change is a great resource

[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes and also, Jane McGonigal’s site for game developers/makers who want to make a difference:

[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: also the Wikipedia entry on gamification:

[09:22] Sarvana Haalan: My daughter will actually at Magfest today helping to kick off her employer’s new Gaming Division

[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great!

[09:22] Sarvana Haalan: barely can wait to hear about it

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: with interactions and data online or via a mobile phone and even here in Second Life where you can add interactivity – you can add game elements to any of these

[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other examples anyone would like to share or thoughts?

[09:23] Gentle Heron: It’s heresy, I know, but not all of us like to learn by playing games.

[09:24] Gentle Heron: Not all of us are competitive.

[09:24] Coughran Mayo: I would jump back to the crowdfunging topic quickly and note that related to this is the issue of crowdsourced opinion, this is a technology that may have a really big impact on charities in the next few years.

[09:24] Rhiannon Chatnoir: there are noncompetitive games and even things like earning badges, can be more on a personal achievement level

[09:24] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb) turns and looks at Gentle – THAT is what I have trouble with, if the emphasis is too much on the competition and not enough on collaboration

[09:25] Josain Zsun hoping bring up web browser won’t crash SL client…again

[09:25] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Mozilla foundation is putting in a lot of research into using badges as a way to quantify informal learning across many platforms and ways you can learn/earn a badge

[09:25] Sarvana Haalan: am using games to reach the teen girls who are big users of games but I have them help me develop the game… as part of a STEM project

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes, check out Global Kids work on using games for learning by having teens develope games on social/world issues:



[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: OK – lets move on to Big Data!

[09:27] Sarvana Haalan: teo-fold goal… educate and get them interested in Science, Tech and Math

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Think about services like Netflix or Amazon that have so much data coming into them about the habits and preferences of their customers and through the querying in innovative ways you can help assist via predicting patterns through analysis of this data.

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Predictive modeling = analyzing data to help predict what people will do/choose/buy.

[09:27] Oronoque Westland: a former Global Kids kid was in my university class a few years back and talked about GK….the others in the class were sooooo jealous….they want GK for college “kids”

[09:27] Rhiannon Chatnoir worked for Global Kids for many years

[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and yes – their teens are amazing

[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Think Amazon being able to suggest items you might like or Netflix suggesting movies you would enjoy

[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Some examples of big data being used for social good:

[09:28] Sarvana Haalan: their manual is my “Vistual Bible” lol

[09:28] Oronoque Westland: the marketing potential is huge but the privacy implications scary

[09:28] Sarvana Haalan: *Virtual

[09:28] Rhiannon Chatnoir: “fold it” ( – combining big data with human-directed computing power to find a better way to solve complex problems like folding proteins.

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes Oronoque.. with great data comes great responsibility

[09:29] Gentle Heron agrees with Oro on that point.

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: think of all of the personal data pouring through not just your financial institutions/banks, but Google and other platforms we interact with

[09:29] Josain Zsun: is a collection of gaming & VW posts I’ve collected.

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: With Fold It, Through using game-like play, they are getting their users to manipulate protein data structures to find real life solutions to things such as cancer and finding clean energy.

[09:30] Gentle Heron: Thanks Josain.

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks!

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You also see analysis and prediction of data used a lot in health care. 

For example, the National Cancer Institute developed an online interactive tool to assess breast cancer risk based off of extensive medical research survey data:

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: How big data relates to the virtual world:

[09:31] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Most common example of interesting usage of data in Second Life, are a lot of the stats collection devices, that take the proximity and movement of avatars and analyzes it to show patterns in activity and usage of a virtual space.

[09:31] Rhiannon Chatnoir: But there are innumerable ways to incorporate data into a world like Second Life where you can put a script into any object, record interactions, save those to external databases and even use data to reward engagement.

[09:31] Gentle Heron: Rhiannon, what are the privacy implications of that, in SL?

[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: well you could go as far as knowing the IP of an avatar and track their actions/interactions fully in a virtual space

[09:32] Gentle Heron nods, and understands that that is possible.

[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: the up side is that you can use that to help your users or create unique experiences

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so you have to weigh how much you might want to do and you could always put up a notice that you are tracking certain avatar data in your space and the reasons

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: that gives people an option to ‘opt out’ by teleporting away at least

[09:34] Gentle Heron: I suspect that’s too late to avoid being “IDed”

[09:34] Coughran Mayo: Aren’t we trying to encourage engagement?

[09:34] Oronoque Westland: At a minimum I think sims need to alert visitors that data is being collected, like what is done when we are told that our chat will be used elsewhere.

[09:34] Gentle Heron: One of the things I try to do when I greet newcomers here at NPC is let them know that they do NOT need to give their RL names when roll is taken.

[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes – but also always good to be transparent if you are collecting info that might be sensitive

[09:35] Gentle Heron: Good point Rhiannon.

[09:35] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd): And those of us who try to keep a moderately-high fence between personal and professional, as well as First and Second, appreciate that sensitivity!

[09:35] Gentle Heron: But with this technology, your existence at a certain place and time now is an invasion of privacy.

[09:35] Oronoque Westland: this is a RL issue as well…more and more communities have cameras on the streets, we have tracking devices in our mobile devices, etc.

[09:35] Sarvana Haalan: would posting a sign good enough

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: here in SL, that would be good Sarvana or if you have a specific area that you might have sensors in you could have a pop up notecard appear when they walk into that

[09:36] Sarvana Haalan: be good enough

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod

[09:36] Dancers Yao: privacy issue very important when your org may be a human rights legal witness….

[09:37] Gentle Heron: It’s also very important when dealing with personal health data.

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: nod

[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: A Few Resources:

[09:37] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): or lines on the floor that demarcate sensor ranges – like the sim borders – with notifications so avatars know how they can avoid those sensors



[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lets move on to Augmented Reality!

[09:38] Dancers Yao: agree Gentle….

[09:38] Sarvana Haalan: My Centre have a sensor for visitors… I receive email to informed of their presence. So I can share a proper greeting if I am online

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Augmented reality is adding extra layers of information, data, audio or visual over physical life

Think of it as a way to bring some of the virtual world into the physical world by laying it atop.

[09:38] Sarvana Haalan: Woot… Augmented Reality Woot!!!

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It can be a way to enhance one’s current perception of reality..

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Some examples of augmented reality:

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Mobile applications – such as Layer that if you hold your phone up in front of you or looking at a QR code, you see a 3D image pop up atop your screen view.

[09:39] Sarvana Haalan: Sally is my “augmented reality”… LOL, LOL

[09:39] Oronoque Westland: Oro visited a RL subway station the other day via green screen she learned about at an NPC meeting

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ahh great – share the link again if you remember it

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Google glass – A project in development by Google, where you wear a pair of glasses and this adds an extra layer of info and interaction with the mobile web

[09:40] Sarvana Haalan: the Google glasses were featured at Fashion Week

[09:40] Sarvana Haalan: so cool

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you havent seen the video Google put out about Google Glass –

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: that gies you an idea of how they are working on augmented an extra layer atop reality

[09:40] Oronoque Westland: @Rhiannon, I think you talked about green screen here a few years back

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: There is also Spatial augmented reality – using projection of images to layer atop reality. You can create mixed reality by projecting a virtual avatar into a real life space.

[09:41] Sarvana Haalan: it’s a regulatrdiscussion topic at my local tech meetups

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: there has been a surge of this being used for entertainment, by bringing in holograms of often deceased singers or actors and putting them on stage ‘live’ with a band or performers in real life

[09:42] Beth Ghostraven: A friend is a nursing lab assistant at a community college; they use VR simulation combined with RL actors for training

[09:42] Gentle Heron: WARNING: Begging is not allowed in SL. If someone asks you for Lindens, please refuse.

[09:42] Oronoque Westland: I saw a super-imposed Dr. King advertising something a few years ago that must have made Dr. King roll over in his tomb

[09:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes Oronoque, there have been some interesting explorations of using projection and greens screens live, at the SLCC10 conference there was a live mixed reality performance of Alice and WOnderland delivered this way

[09:43] Tori Landau: Yes, I just got a begging IM, was about to remind the person of that.

[09:43] Beth Ghostraven: I got one too

[09:43] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): There’s an artist who did a mixed reality art exhibit that was great fun

[09:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Beth – check out Stanford’s Virtual Reality lab for interesting research there

[09:43] Oronoque Westland: a begging IM is a type of crowd sourcing

[09:43] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): I got one, too, Tori

[09:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: How this could relate to your nonprofit:

[09:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: You can use applications like Layar ( or ARToolKit ( to recreate historic buildings or create a walking tour that highlights social/historical moments that have happened in an area – a way of adding capturing and sharing a lost moment in time

[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I have seen this to recreate historic objects or moment for the Freedom Trail in Boston

[09:45] Oronoque Westland: there is great work being done with AR for mobile device use by school kids

[09:46] Beth Ghostraven: for what kinds of mobile devices, Oronoque?

[09:46] Oronoque Westland: smartphones

[09:46] Oronoque Westland: the students use them during field trips

[09:47] Sarvana Haalan: Virtual Reality is the foundation of my “Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real” Program

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes – usually via a smart phone app of some sort, I know Nokia has done a lot of AR specific apps and there are independent apps both on the iOs and android platforms

[09:47] Beth Ghostraven: You can use QR codes for that, too

[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great – yes Augmented reality could really be used as a bridge to help jump people between virtual and real

[09:48] Ozma Malibu: Wow that is worth looking into Rhiannon, Beth, I am trying to think of ways to get visitors to our historic neighborhood.

[09:48] Beth Ghostraven: As long as they know what the difference is…

[09:48] Rhiannon Chatnoir: an interesting using augmented reality along side Second Life to enhance collaborative 3D building…

[09:48] Oronoque Westland: @Beth, I was just thinking the same thing

[09:48] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco CA highlighting some of their augmented and virtual reality projects:

[09:49] Sarvana Haalan: has been proposed for a customized community health education

[09:49] Rhiannon Chatnoir: also the Wikipedia entry on augmented reality:

[09:49] Sarvana Haalan: the local area familiarity for the targeted users helps to drive the project


[09:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I think we should maybe end things here.. I got through about half of the trends I wanted to go through

[09:50] Sarvana Haalan: Part 2 next week?

[09:50] Sarvana Haalan: Part 2 next week?

[09:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: but we can schedule the other half for an upcoming meeting 🙂

[09:51] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Please do

[09:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: lol – definitely in the following weeks – depends on other presentations

[09:51] Sarvana Haalan: perfect discussion for the first New Year meetings

[09:51] Gentle Heron: As you said, each of these topics could have a whole presentation on its own

[09:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: which – if you are interested in being a presenter in 2013, please IM or email me:

[09:51] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes

[09:52] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd): Thank you very much for a terrific day’s session!

[09:52] Loren Alunaia (reeveskd) applaud

[09:52] Sarvana Haalan: R, Did you connect with Ines?

[09:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: a couple of interesting food for thought articles though and then we move on to Open Mic

[09:52] Oronoque Westland: really great discussion

[09:52] Chayenn: PY1 emailed you Rhia the new MOA did u get it ?

[09:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes




[09:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It’s time for Open Mic!

[09:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Does anyone have any announcements today?

[09:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and welcome Glitteractica 🙂

[09:53] Sarvana Haalan: yes

[09:53] Glitteractica Cookie: got back just in time

[09:53] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): Taking up my notecard giver in…2 minutes

[09:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ok Sarvana

[09:53] Chayenn: happy new year glit

[09:53] Sarvana Haalan: Happy New Year to all!!! smiles

[09:53] Second Life: Event Planning Info Giver owned by iSkye Silverweb gave you ‘*Event Planners – Please RENAME this Notecard!’  ( Plush Nonprofit Commons (123,122,23) ).

[09:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: 🙂

[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: I have an announcement

[09:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great!

[09:54] Second Life: Event Planning Info Giver owned by iSkye Silverweb gave you ‘*Presenters – Please RENAME this Notecard!’  ( Plush Nonprofit Commons (123,122,23) ).

[09:54] Wisdom (esavage): how do you create notecards? still learning the basics?

[09:54] Glitteractica Cookie: the mentors can help you with that after this mtg, Wisdom

[09:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: wisdom, if you want to stay for the Mentors meeting that follows this, we can help you with some new SL stuff

[09:55] Wisdom (esavage): yes:)

[09:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: feel free to make your announcement Glitter

[09:55] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): giver is going…

[09:55] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): going….

[09:55] iSkye Bonde (iskye.silverweb): gone!

[09:56] Jen (jenelle.levenque): raises hand

[09:56] Glitteractica Cookie: Ok, so my announcement is… that we are helping to produce a windows 8 hackahon. And I think you have all heard about it from Bulaklak

[09:56] Glitteractica Cookie: was he here earlier to re-announce it today?

[09:56] Rhiannon Chatnoir: he talked on the reformat of the techsoup site

[09:56] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I don’t think he rementioned the app hackathon

[09:57] Glitteractica Cookie: Ok, I will get link to show you all, but anyway… we’ve mentioned over the past few weeks that we are helping produce this hackatho with microsoft.

[09:58] Sarvana Haalan: I share it with the Balto Tech group

[09:58] Glitteractica Cookie: And there is a wiki for hackers/developers to use for the social benefit issue that the app that you will design

[09:58] Glitteractica Cookie: the app needs to be designed in win8, solving a social problem

[09:58] Glitteractica Cookie: so, i wanted to invite you all to help edit the hacker helper wiki

[09:58] Sarvana Haalan: will share with the social enterprise folks also

[09:59] Glitteractica Cookie:

[09:59] Glitteractica Cookie: plz look at the contest info here:

[09:59] Glitteractica Cookie: and then look at the hacker helper wiki

[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: see if we got yr problem described right, add to the issue area, help us fill this wiki out

[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: then developers can take the data from the wiki and build apps to solve social issues

[10:00] Glitteractica Cookie: if anyone is interested in this, just go to and start poking around and editing

[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: if you have any questions, please email me at

[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: more on that next friday

[10:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great

[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: and thanks for your time and attn

[10:01] Sarvana Haalan: awesome

[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: over and out

[10:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and thanks Susan!

[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: np, sorry about my mishap this morn

[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: glad i made it to open mic

[10:01] Sarvana Haalan: so exciting!!!!

[10:01] Jen (jenelle.levenque): raises hand

[10:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: that’s ok and yes

[10:01] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Jen?

[10:01] Jen (jenelle.levenque): I’m an editor and if anyone would like me to look over any printed material, please contact me. There is no charge for nonprofits

[10:01] Glitteractica Cookie: sarvana, please feel free to ping me if you or anyone else has any quesions

[10:02] Sarvana Haalan: ok

[10:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: good to know Jen and a great offer

[10:02] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so let’s wrap things up for this week – our first meeting of 2013!

[10:02] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Always helps to have another set of eyes

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