Transcript of October 26th meeting – featuring John (Pathfinder) Lester


[08:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Hello and Welcome everyone to this week’s Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting!


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[08:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today’s Agenda:

 – 8:30 am Introductions

 – 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

 – 8:45 am John Lester: “To Invent the Future, we must Build Dreams” 

 – 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements


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[08:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: πŸ™‚

[08:34] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): Morning


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[08:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Hello everyone, let’s start off with Introductions!

[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Please state your real name, location, org, and the ways we can find you online.

[08:34] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida, @lovefoundation

[08:34] Andy Evans: Andy Mallon, First Opinions Panel in SL; Social Research Foundation, New York, NY

[08:34] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.

[08:35] Delenn Daines: Judy Kelly, Biology Dept. Henry Ford community college, dearborn MI

[08:35] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Jerry Buchko, MA AFC | Counselor, Coach, & Tutor of Personal Finance in Private Practice | | @jerrybuchko

[08:35] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,,!/TAVAUS

[08:35] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, TechSoup, SF, Ca. 94110 @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:35] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, TechSoup Global,, @TechSoup @mmdlong, San Francisco, CA US

[08:35] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan Tenby, Online COmmunity and Social Media Director, TechSoup. Logging in from Maui, Hawaii this morning, and it’s 5:30am (ouch!) Aloha! @suzboop @techsoup @npsl

[08:35] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Inc Los Angeles , CA Health Care and Human Rights

[08:35] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Caryn Heilman, Topia Arts Center in the Berkshires in NW, MA, www.TopiaArts,org, @topiaartscenter

[08:35] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org (Arizona, California & On the Road), @ozma

[08:35] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): Ricky Davis, San Antonio, TX DJ STEELE, HIV/AIDS Peer support, DJ and now SL clothing designer conguering mesh next

[08:35] Pathfinder Lester: John Lester, Chief Learning Officer, ReactionGrid. @Pathfinder Montreal, Canada

[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir is Joyce Bettencourt, Community Manager for NonProfit Commons, Boston MA, @RhiannonSL,

[08:36] Kate Miranda: Kate Miranda, Music Island at Sea Turtle Island in SL, Arts Administrator in Toronto in RL

[08:36] Desmond Kestrel: Peter Bellin, (for profit, forgive me!), Anaheim California,

[08:36] Kim Anubis: Kim

[08:37] Sarvana Haalan: Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP), Baltimore, MD, @CHAREproject,

[08:37] Violet Meadow (nancy.hilltop): greetings nancy hilltop been rp playing instruments for tips at my linden home and pool and giving it to virtual ability

[08:37] Atalanta Visage: Jen Siegel, National Service Inclusion Project, Boston, MA

[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: If you joined us late, please still introduce yourself!

[08:37] Shailey Garfield: Shailey Minocha, The Open University, UK

[08:38] Chimera Cosmos: I’m a fluffy cloud to me. Am I dressed???

[08:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: you are

[08:38] Chimera Cosmos: good πŸ˜‰

[08:38] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): Carl Icann – EDU resources @ and Events @ – I am hosting a Poetic DRUM CIRCLE at BURNING LIFE 9am SLT Sunday @ Burning Man- Black Rock (72,184,2)

[08:38] JoJa Dhara: joja dhara

[08:38] ChrisG Techsan: Chris Gibson TSTC vushi…

[08:38] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri, @brenabenoir

[08:38] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire Humanbe Action Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International @Humanbe

[08:38] ChrisG Techsan:

[08:39] Bevan Whitfield: Bevan Whitfield, Rockcliffe University www.urockcliffe.comSLACTIONS,

[08:39] JoJa Dhara: BEVAN!!!

[08:39] JoJa Dhara

[08:40] Chimera Cosmos: Liz Dorland – Washington U in St Louis but on sabbatical in the UK – U Sheffield ATM

[08:40] Bevan Whitfield: hey there πŸ™‚

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Thanks everyone..



[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It is time for TechSoup Announcements!

[08:40] Chimera Cosmos: Great to see so many SL friends here πŸ™‚

[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Bulaklak

[08:40] bulaklak: Hiya, all!

[08:40] bulaklak: Great to be here on this October day.

[08:41] Zinnia Zauber: Wonderful Peeps here!

[08:41] bulaklak: So just a few announcements from TechSoup land.

[08:41] bulaklak: We have a new product in our donation program, for eligible 501c3 nonprofits and public libraries

[08:42] bulaklak: npOffice – that will provide non-profits with a professional assessment to determine whether eligible organizations and libraries could benefit from migrating to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud-based office and email platform.

[08:42] bulaklak: it includes o A telephone interview resulting in a detailed implementation proposal for migrating to the Office 365 platform

[08:42] bulaklak: more information about that here

[08:43] bulaklak:

[08:44] bulaklak: I also want to point to a new blog entry on our TSG “enterprise” blog by Alicja Peszkowska

[08:44] bulaklak: TechCamp is a program under Secretary Clinton’s Civil Society 2.0 Initiative to galvanize the technology community to assist civil society organizations. With the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Fundacja TechSoup organized TechCamp Sarajevo in close collaboration with the Office of eDiplomacy of the U.S. State Department

[08:44] bulaklak: Alicja, who works in our Warsaw office, attended the camp and wrote some cool stuff about her experiences

[08:44] bulaklak: Please read more of those here

[08:45] bulaklak:

[08:45] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Very cool πŸ™‚

[08:45] Pathfinder Lester: nice

[08:45] bulaklak: Alicja is very cool =)

[08:45] Glitteractica Cookie: yes!

[08:45] bulaklak: So that’s all I’ve got for today!

[08:45] bulaklak: Have a great meeting and a great weekend!

[08:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Thanks bulaklak



[08:46] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Time for today’s featured presenter….

[08:46] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Welcome John (Pathfinder) Lester, who will speak to us today on the key features of next generation virtual worlds and best practices on how to build truly engaging simulations within them. He will also give an overview of ReactionGrid’s “Jibe” platform

[08:46] Rhiannon Chatnoir: John’s focus is on 3D Simulations and Virtual Worlds for Learning. His background is in neuroscience research and medical education, and he previously worked at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Linden Lab. John is currently the Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid Inc. (, helping clients develop new systems for immersive learning using next-generation virtual world platforms that integrate with the web and mobile devices. For more information about John please see

[08:46] Zinnia Zauber: Rah Pathfinder!

[08:46] Rhiannon Chatnoir: take it away when your ready Pathfinder πŸ™‚

[08:47] Pathfinder Lester: Thank you! I’m very excited to be able to chat with everyone today.

[08:47] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) claps. πŸ™‚

[08:47] Pathfinder Lester: I’ll be going through some slides that you can see on the pictureboard behind me.

[08:47] Sarvana Haalan: Wooot… Pathfinder!!!

[08:47] Pathfinder Lester: For about 20 min.

[08:47] Pathfinder Lester: Then we can have Q and A.

[08:47] Gentle Heron: Welcome Pathfinder.

[08:47] Pathfinder Lester: So, here we go

[08:47] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:48] Pathfinder Lester: whoops

[08:48] Pathfinder Lester: there was a disturbance in the force

[08:48] Gentle Heron chuckles

[08:48] Pathfinder Lester: but i am back

[08:48] Delenn Daines: LOL

[08:48] Chimera Cosmos: May the Force be with you!

[08:48] Pathfinder Lester: Anyway, I find it interesting how many people have 3d-type images as their desktop

[08:48] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Yes, I’d rather be “out there” in that picture…. πŸ˜‰

[08:48] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:48] Pathfinder Lester: I think it’s because we want this.

[08:49] Pathfinder Lester: We always crave 3d environments.

[08:49] Pathfinder Lester: And no, that’s not my RL desk.

[08:49] Pathfinder Lester: I live in Montreal. We do not have palm trees. πŸ˜‰

[08:49] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:49] Kate Miranda: Or “Metaphors be with you” as we writers say.

[08:49] Pathfinder Lester: But when we simulate things in software, we’re always recreating things like this…

[08:50] Pathfinder Lester: folders….files….2d desktops

[08:50] Pathfinder Lester: we are constantly recreating what already exists

[08:50] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:50] Pathfinder Lester: in 3d

[08:50] Sarvana Haalan: smiles

[08:50] Pathfinder Lester: we dream of navigating places like this

[08:50] Pathfinder Lester: So I’m going to talk a little bit about dreams today…

[08:50] Pathfinder Lester: as well as what I think are key best practices and feature for “next generation” virtual worlds.

[08:51] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:51] Pathfinder Lester: I see 3 key features for virtual worlds to really break out as a global phenomenon with many broad applications.

[08:51] Pathfinder Lester: I’ll go thru each of them

[08:51] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:52] Pathfinder Lester: I think we can all agree that the Web has become as ubiquitous as electricty.

[08:52] Pathfinder Lester: It is something we simply expect to be available, anywhere we go, just like electricity.

[08:53] Pathfinder Lester: So I believe it follows that any next generation virtual world platform *must* be able to exist as part of the Web.

[08:53] Pathfinder Lester: embedded in pages

[08:53] Pathfinder Lester: and also accessible on mobile devices.

[08:53] Pathfinder Lester: this image is an example of Rutgers embedding a virtual office in their website

[08:53] Pathfinder Lester: they hold office hours there. πŸ™‚

[08:53] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:53] Pathfinder Lester: Second, I think next generation virtual world platforms must not only live *on* the web…

[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: i agree

[08:54] Pathfinder Lester: but that they must also *integrate* with the web

[08:54] Pathfinder Lester: By that I mean they need to integrate with web-based applications and databases.

[08:54] Sarvana Haalan: indeed

[08:54] Hour Destiny:

[08:54] Pathfinder Lester: This pic is an example of how, when you walk up to a model of HIV in a virtual world…

[08:55] Pathfinder Lester: there’s a script that goes to wikipedia and loads their page on HIV right on the same screen.

[08:55] Pathfinder Lester: I think the key is to leverage all the existing web-based content and web-based apps….

[08:55] Pathfinder Lester: That way your virtual world application can be part of a larger ecosystem.

[08:55] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) nods.

[08:55] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:55] Gentle Heron: since it is anyway

[08:55] Shailey Garfield: sure, I agree

[08:55] Pathfinder Lester: And lastly

[08:55] Pathfinder Lester: but definitely not least-ly

[08:56] Sarvana Haalan: welcome to my world… smile

[08:56] Pathfinder Lester: Next generation virtual worlds *must* focus on deep engagement and really capturing people’s imaginations.

[08:56] Pathfinder Lester: At the end of the day

[08:56] Pathfinder Lester: it’s all about content.

[08:56] Pathfinder Lester: Same with any medium of expression.

[08:56] Pathfinder Lester: This montage is all from SL.

[08:57] Pathfinder Lester: Over the years I’ve seen a number of places in SL that I think really capture this “deep engagement” idea.

[08:57] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Preach it, brother!

[08:57] Shailey Garfield: Content and how different media (audio, video, text) are combined to deliver it.

[08:57] Pathfinder Lester: Like a virtual recreation of ancient egyptian temples, where you can explore living history.

[08:57] Sarvana Haalan: amen

[08:57] Pathfinder Lester: Or a giant human larynx that you can fly through to understand the complex anatomical structure.

[08:57] Pathfinder Lester: I know you’ve all found places like this in SL and probably other virtual world platforms.

[08:58] Shailey Garfield: yes, or the cell in Genome Island.

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: It kind if punches you in the gut when you see it. You feel a visceral engagement and amazement.

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: Shailey, yes!

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: great example there too.

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: next

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: So.

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: What we end up creating in virtual worlds (or any new medium, to be honest)….

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: is most of the time a recreation of the familiar.

[08:58] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): lol

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: Safe.

[08:58] Kate Miranda: It’s not all visual though. It is the communities that keep us here.

[08:58] Pathfinder Lester: Recognizable.

[08:59] Pathfinder Lester: This is ok.

[08:59] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): You can just feel the joy there…. πŸ˜‰

[08:59] Pathfinder Lester: Because familiar makes us feel safe. And feeling safe is not a bad thing, fundamentally.

[08:59] Pathfinder Lester: But…

[08:59] Pathfinder Lester: The deepest engagement does not happen when we feel completely safe.

[08:59] Pathfinder Lester: It happens when we see something bizarre and when we are *challenged* by our environmetn.

[09:00] Pathfinder Lester: That’s just how we our brains are wired.

[09:00] Shailey Garfield: and if we can see value in it

[09:00] Pathfinder Lester: Our brains kick into high gear when we’re challenged.

[09:00] Pathfinder Lester: Shaily, yes

[09:00] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:00] Chimera Cosmos: challenged within our capabilities, at least πŸ™‚

[09:00] Pathfinder Lester: So, with virtual worlds, I think there *is* value in recreating *some* of the familiar.

[09:00] Glitteractica Cookie: agree, I’ve been looking for those sims (like human heart you could walk through or schizophrenia simulator) for years now. Those told the SL story best.

[09:01] Gentle Heron: actually Chimera, I think the challenge has to be a tiny bit stretching what we think our capabilities are.

[09:01] Pathfinder Lester: Things like chairs and desks are cultural touchstones.

[09:01] Pathfinder Lester: They ground us.

[09:01] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:01] Chimera Cosmos: yes, a bit stretching, but not overwhelming

[09:01] Chimera Cosmos: and with support πŸ™‚

[09:01] Pathfinder Lester: But I believe the trick is in walking the razor’s edge…

[09:01] Pathfinder Lester: balancing enough *familiar* with enough *truly fascinating*.

[09:01] Pathfinder Lester: This pic is from an employee training world we built for Microsoft.

[09:02] Pathfinder Lester: They loved this part of it where employees could run around a fantasy-type space and explore.

[09:02] Pathfinder Lester: yet, at the same time, they were answering very standardized questionnaires.

[09:02] Sarvana Haalan: I think to have been a bit conservative with my designing πŸ™

[09:02] Pathfinder Lester: a balance between familar and fantastical

[09:02] Pathfinder Lester: It’s very tough to find that balance. But I think it’s well worth it.

[09:02] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:03] Pathfinder Lester: And I think the BEST place to look for inspiration for finding that balance is in human dreams.

[09:03] Pathfinder Lester: Our dreams are often a perfect mix of familiar/mundane and fantastical.

[09:03] Pathfinder Lester: We’ve all had dreams where we’re doing something normal, then something crazy happens.

[09:03] Pathfinder Lester: And those are always the most engaging types of dreams, in my opinioin.

[09:04] Pathfinder Lester: Like this pic on the slide

[09:04] Pathfinder Lester: “I was looking at the sphinx, then suddely the jet car from buckaroo banzai drove up to me…”

[09:04] Pathfinder Lester: classic mix of dream reality/surreality

[09:04] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (hmmm… connecting design of sim spaces with Jung… πŸ™‚

[09:04] Pathfinder Lester: So I think as designers…

[09:05] Pathfinder Lester: as people thinking about how to deeply engage visitors to virtual worlds….

[09:05] Pathfinder Lester: I believe dreams are a good template to explore. πŸ™‚

[09:05] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:05] Pathfinder Lester: so build dreams

[09:05] Pathfinder Lester: places that are a mix of familiar and fantastical…

[09:05] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:05] Pathfinder Lester: And be sure to explore the full emotional spectrum of dreams…

[09:06] Pathfinder Lester: They include moments of peace and contemplation

[09:06] Pathfinder Lester: like this pic of me in my forest retreat in my Jibe demo world. πŸ˜‰

[09:06] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:06] Pathfinder Lester: and then moments of action/chaos

[09:06] Pathfinder Lester: this is a pic of a meteor shower also in my Jibe demo world

[09:06] Pathfinder Lester: Virtual environments are as malleable as dreams.

[09:07] Pathfinder Lester: So I think it’s important to explore the full range of emotional states in them.

[09:07] Pathfinder Lester: again

[09:07] Pathfinder Lester: it’s about finding balance

[09:07] Pathfinder Lester: between everything.

[09:07] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:07] Pathfinder Lester: So a bit about what I’ve been doing at ReactionGrid.

[09:07] Shailey Garfield: I think that meaning is important for engagement

[09:07] Pathfinder Lester: We have been working to do 2 things

[09:08] Pathfinder Lester: 1) we build and provide a general purpose virtual world platform called “Jibe”

[09:08] Pathfinder Lester: it has many of the features I think are key to next generation virtual worlds

[09:08] Pathfinder Lester: and 2) we actually build worlds and consult to help others build experiences,

[09:08] Pathfinder Lester: focused mainly on immersive learning and simulations.

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: So we make tools and then use our tools too.

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: back

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: that’s a pic of what Jibe is

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: lol

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: don’t worry

[09:09] Pathfinder Lester: it’s complex. but that’s the point.

[09:09] Hour Destiny: Ah, SmartFox Server. I have that. Also works for Unity3d.

[09:10] Pathfinder Lester: it’s not monolithic. it’s an ecosystem of tools.

[09:10] Delenn Daines: will it be on the test?

[09:10] Pathfinder Lester: some of them are commercial “best of breed” tech we’ve chosen. like unity3d and smartfox

[09:10] Pathfinder Lester: and other parts are written from scratch by us

[09:10] Pathfinder Lester: the point is…it’s modular

[09:10] Hour Destiny: And you’re in a different market than HeroEngine.

[09:10] Pathfinder Lester: which means, over time, as we look at using WebGL and HTML5, we can grow beyond Unity3d.

[09:11] Ellie Brewster doesn’t see voice

[09:11] Pathfinder Lester: I think any next generation virtual world needs to be like that. Flexible enough to swap out parts so it can evolve to take advantage of new tech.

[09:11] Pathfinder Lester: voice is in there

[09:11] Pathfinder Lester: we use Vivox

[09:11] Pathfinder Lester: but are also exploring teamspeak as a voice platform too

[09:11] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) nods.

[09:11] Pathfinder Lester: integrating it all is hard

[09:11] Pathfinder Lester: it’s easier to build monolithic code

[09:12] Hour Destiny: Tried looking at Awesomium?

[09:12] Pathfinder Lester: but in the long run, modular system are more future-proof. they can evolve more easily.

[09:12] Pathfinder Lester: Hour, I think our CTO has looked at that. I haven’t tho.

[09:12] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:12] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): But it’s harder to evolve if you fall behind the tech curve …. πŸ™‚

[09:12] Pathfinder Lester: This slide is just a pic of my Jibe demo world, which you can explore whenever you like.

[09:12] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:12] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) nods.

[09:13] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): < is scared of giant chickens

[09:13] Pathfinder Lester: and this pic shows examples of you could embed something like a pre-existing web-based whiteboard with Jibe

[09:13] Pathfinder Lester: or a google slideshow

[09:13] Pathfinder Lester: the point is, scripts in the virtual world can communicate with scripts running on the webpage

[09:13] Pathfinder Lester: bidirectionally

[09:13] Ellie Brewster: what about seeing things together, at the same time?

[09:14] Pathfinder Lester: that’s truly being not just *on* the web, but being *part* of the web

[09:14] Pathfinder Lester: Ellie, what do you mean exactly?

[09:14] Pathfinder Lester: You mean synchronizing events between avatars?

[09:14] Ellie Brewster: The dragon, it spits fire, but I see it differently than someone else in the same space.

[09:14] Ellie Brewster: Your dragon, I mean.

[09:14] Pathfinder Lester: Gotcha. Yes, you have the option to make an event either “local” or “networked”

[09:14] Ellie Brewster: We don’t see it at the same time

[09:15] Ellie Brewster: Ah! thank you

[09:15] Pathfinder Lester: For many things in my demo world I just left things “local”

[09:15] Pathfinder Lester: that’s actually a very useful feature. for example….

[09:15] Pathfinder Lester: In one project we worked on, we had NPCs that everyone would see behaving and moving around like everyone else

[09:15] Pathfinder Lester: (a networked event)

[09:15] Pathfinder Lester: But, we also wanted each person to have their own personal guide helping them around the world.

[09:16] Pathfinder Lester: We made each personal guide a “local” event. Only each person saw and heard their own personal guide.

[09:16] Pathfinder Lester: So there’s the option of two realities. That’s actually common in things like MMOs.

[09:16] Pathfinder Lester: Some things, everyone sees at the same time and the same way.

[09:16] Hour Destiny: Propbuckets.

[09:16] Pathfinder Lester: Some things, each person sees only their unique “instance” of reality.

[09:17] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:17] Pathfinder Lester: So, moving on to broader ideas

[09:17] Pathfinder Lester: I think the most important thing to watch with virtual worlds to get an idea of next generation applications is the artists.

[09:18] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) nods.

[09:18] Pathfinder Lester: Artists are ALWAYS the ones who figure out the true range of new media tools.

[09:18] Pathfinder Lester: There are many artists in SL who do this.

[09:18] Pathfinder Lester: pushing boundaries

[09:18] Pathfinder Lester: so, whatever new virtual world platform you are exploring….

[09:18] Pathfinder Lester: I would encourage you to find the artists. πŸ™‚

[09:19] Pathfinder Lester: I know there are some really amazing things happening with Cloud Party and artists

[09:19] Pathfinder Lester: and also on Opensim

[09:19] Pathfinder Lester: it’s worth keeping an eye on them

[09:19] Pathfinder Lester: this slide is a pic of some immersive art that has been created using Jibe. you can visit it too

[09:19] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:19] Pathfinder Lester: This is my last slide. πŸ™‚

[09:20] Pathfinder Lester: I think the real future of virtual worlds in general will lie at the intersection of virtual spaces and physical places.

[09:20] Pathfinder Lester: the intersection of Augmented Reality and Virtual worlds

[09:21] Pathfinder Lester: There’s a lot happening right now with Augmented Reality, but I think there’s a single serious roadblock.

[09:21] Kate Miranda: Artists and the adult industry have been pioneers here, just as they were on the internet at large πŸ™‚

[09:21] JoJa Dhara agree

[09:21] Pathfinder Lester: I think the roadblock is the fact that our mobile device are tiny screens we have to pull out of our pockets to see.

[09:21] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): like using Lumiya

[09:21] Pathfinder Lester: For things to really take off, I think we need something like Google’s Glass hardware.

[09:21] Pathfinder Lester: Something we wear.

[09:22] Pathfinder Lester: Something that gives us a seamless malleable view of the world.

[09:22] Pathfinder Lester: It’s interesting tho….

[09:22] Pathfinder Lester: The first demo videos of Google Glasses are really not innovative at all…

[09:22] Pathfinder Lester: they are just applications that already exist on your phone…now stuck on your face

[09:22] Pathfinder Lester: maps, reviews, chat, pics, etc.

[09:22] Pathfinder Lester: But that’s common with any new tech

[09:23] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): or maybe integrating the phone Applause!! with a tablet app and/or game system apps

[09:23] Tank Thibedeau (liltank.thibedeau): APPLAUSE!!!

[09:23] Chimera Cosmos swats things away from face…

[09:23] Pathfinder Lester: we just use it like old tech at first. over time, new applications arise

[09:23] Pathfinder Lester: For example, imagine looking at a wall in the physical world

[09:23] Pathfinder Lester: and seeing it change. fade away. and you see a new room where the wall used to be. a fully virtual room.

[09:24] Pathfinder Lester: you can talk to the avatars/people sitting in that room just as easily as if they were physically there…

[09:24] Hour Destiny: I was able to use a WiiMote with a jailbroken iPhone to play a GameBoy game. πŸ™‚

[09:24] Pathfinder Lester: I think the future lies in creating such malleable places. Blends of physical and simulation.

[09:24] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Question: What are your thoughts about where IO devices fit relative to future worlds & “must have”, e.g. BCIs and natural motion capture vs. mouse+keyboard?

[09:24] Frans Charming: Or have real people be replaced by their avatar.

[09:24] Pathfinder Lester: And all of the work everyone here has done with virtual worlds will be critical in building that broader future of malleable reality, in my opinoion. πŸ™‚

[09:24] Pathfinder Lester: next

[09:24] Pathfinder Lester: That’s it.

[09:25] Frans Charming applauds

[09:25] Pathfinder Lester: My slides are also on slideshare at

[09:25] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko) applauds.

[09:25] Pathfinder Lester: and you can grab a copy of the board behind me if you wish.

[09:25] Pathfinder Lester: questions

[09:25] Gentle Heron: What a great vision, Pathfinder. Thank you for sharing.

[09:25] Pathfinder Lester: >

[09:25] Pathfinder Lester: ?

[09:25] Chimera Cosmos: Thanks Path – was going to ask about slideshare!

[09:25] Zinnia Zauber: Yay! Thank you!

[09:25] Pathfinder Lester: I saw Jerry’s question

[09:25] Pathfinder Lester: IO devices

[09:26] Xon Emoto: Thank you John. Great talk!

[09:26] Octagon for Creative Exploration: Creative Coaching Oct.29 at 3pm SL!

[09:26] Ozma Malibu: Thanks for catching us up, and reporting from your vision of the future.

[09:26] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Any questions for Pathfinder

[09:26] Ellie Brewster: Really encouraging, John

[09:26] Pathfinder Lester: I think the real future of IO devices will be machines learning how to interpret our desires rather than us learning how to enter information into machines.

[09:26] Second Life: You decline ‘Creative Coaching, Oct. 2012’  ( Prism Lila (51,231,24) ) from Octagon for Creative Exploration.

[09:26] Ozma Malibu: (What about nonverbal communication? With the virtual room.)

[09:26] jacmacaire Humby: Bravo!!

[09:26] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Can you elaborate, John?

[09:26] Xon Emoto: John, are you experiencing an upswing in adoption of the avatar interface?

[09:26] Pathfinder Lester: So for example….imagine if your google glasses could sense from your body language/blood pressure/whatever that you are anxious becuase you are lost.

[09:27] Pathfinder Lester: it could then toss up a map before you have to ask for it.

[09:27] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Hmmmm πŸ˜€

[09:27] Pathfinder Lester: that’s kind of the ultimate IO in my opinion. understanding intent and desire without having to be explicit about it.

[09:27] Ozma Malibu: machines reading our minds then.

[09:27] Pathfinder Lester: ozma, kinda yes!

[09:27] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Well machines interpreting our output… πŸ˜‰

[09:27] Pathfinder Lester: Jerry, yes

[09:27] Gentle Heron: Pathfinder, kind of like a virtual wife then, anticipating and fulfilling?

[09:28] Pathfinder Lester: that’s more of what I mean

[09:28] Ozma Malibu: BFF

[09:28] Xon Emoto: Ok, once we have that, our avatars will just come along naturally:)

[09:28] Pathfinder Lester: our body language is so complex

[09:28] Pathfinder Lester: we send so much data nonverbally

[09:28] Glitteractica Cookie: i’m interested to know if any nonprofits are using any of the tech you spoke about yet. (google glasses, new VW tech that is in reaction grid)

[09:28] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Xon, I think so… would make the tech more transparent to the user.

[09:28] Pathfinder Lester: Google Glasses are not yet availble to the public

[09:28] Pathfinder Lester: but they will be soon

[09:28] Frans Charming: For people interested in a future with Google glasses type devices and it replacing what you see in Real Life, I will recommend the book Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. It’s a amazing novel.

[09:28] Sarvana Haalan: cool

[09:29] Pathfinder Lester: Frans, yes. That’s a great book

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: no… they werent even available when I was at Singularity University this summer to play with

[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: they are still under wraps for the most part

[09:29] Xon Emoto: ty Frans

[09:29] Pathfinder Lester: I think once Google Glass-type devices are out there, we’ll see a real revolution happen. A blended reality where many of our dreams of virtual worlds will be able to take root and grow.

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir has hugged Verner Vinge

[09:30] Pathfinder Lester: It will just take probably about 10 years, methinks.

[09:30] Frans Charming: :O

[09:30] Pathfinder Lester: But all the skills you all here have learned…

[09:30] Rhiannon Chatnoir: at Singularity.. he spoke to us

[09:30] Desmond Kestrel: suspects less than 10 years

[09:30] Hour Destiny: I suspect we’ll see nonprofits using VWs before VR, mostly because with VWs they can interact with other organizations.

[09:30] Pathfinder Lester: in how to create virtual spaces and explore them….

[09:30] Ozma Malibu: I guess I will have to read Rainbow’s End again. It made me cry.

[09:30] Pathfinder Lester: those skills will be critical when exploring how to innovate in the future.

[09:30] Gentle Heron: Very very true, Hour!

[09:31] Pathfinder Lester: any other questions?

[09:31] Chimera Cosmos: I think that virtual spaces that are tied to the outside world have their own limitations. I favor a future with options for multiple kinds of immersion. πŸ™‚

[09:31] Pathfinder Lester: Chimera, I agree.

[09:31] Chimera Cosmos: For different purposes and situations

[09:31] Chimera Cosmos: and people

[09:31] Pathfinder Lester: Imagine being able to switch your glasses into “fully simulated” mode

[09:32] Delenn Daines: Let’s take a virtual field trip to your jibe world John

[09:32] Pathfinder Lester: Delenn, I hold regular office hours in it

[09:32] Ellie Brewster: me/imagines herself falling down the stairs wearing google glasses

[09:32] Delenn Daines: cool

[09:32] Pathfinder Lester: lemme find the page and schedule…

[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: maybe a followup field trip would be nice.. when is your next office hours

[09:32] Rhiannon Chatnoir: k

[09:32] Chimera Cosmos: so right Ellie! I can do that just checking email on my phone LOL

[09:32] Pathfinder Lester:

[09:32] Delenn Daines: thanks

[09:32] Gentle Heron: Deleen, we did that at a recent business conference set up by AgileBill Firehawk. I suspect that session is still online at Metaverse TV.

[09:33] Pathfinder Lester: I have an office hour today at noon PDT

[09:33] Pathfinder Lester: so if you visit at that time, I’ll be there πŸ™‚

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: πŸ™‚

[09:33] Pathfinder Lester: i think my time is up, so I’ll sit back down now

[09:33] Pathfinder Lester: ty for inviting me to speak today

[09:33] Pathfinder Lester: it’s great to see many familiar faces too πŸ™‚

[09:33] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thank you Pathfinder !

[09:33] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Great presi, John! Thank you! πŸ˜€

[09:33] Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Thanks for this! Really good info.

[09:34] Frans Charming applauds

[09:34] Pathfinder Lester: my pleasure

[09:34] JoJa Dhara: Thank you for this inspiring speech πŸ˜‰

[09:34] Glitteractica Cookie: Great presentation as usual, Pathfinder

[09:34] Gentle Heron: Thank you Pathfinder. Fascinating as always.

[09:34] Ellie Brewster: Really helpful, Path, thanks

[09:34] Shailey Garfield: Thanks, Pathfinder; fascinating and inspiring, as always!

[09:34] Xon Emoto: TY John, so encouraging πŸ™‚

[09:34] Delenn Daines: thanks path, very interesting lecture



[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: It’s time for Open Mic!

[09:34] Frans Charming: Hi, I showed a ‘Twitter Garden’ last week, that displayed tweets in floating text and I promised to share the code. You can find the code and instructions here.

[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Does anyone have any announcements to make

[09:34] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Thanks, Frans πŸ™‚

[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ok Frans – thanks

[09:35] JoJa Dhara: Cool Frans thk

[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: anyone else?

[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: I do

[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ok Zinnia

[09:35] Gentle Heron: I do also.

[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: It is Ozma’s Rez Day!!!!

[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: Ozma is amazing and we celebrate her today!

[09:36] Gentle Heron: Thank you for sharing that code, Frans. You are most kind.

[09:36] Frans Charming: Happy rezziversary! πŸ˜€

[09:36] Gentle Heron: Hey Congrats Ozma!

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: aww… happy Rez Day Ozma

[09:36] Brena Benoir: Woohoo Ozma! Happy Rez Day!

[09:36] Morgaine (morgaine.borgin): Thank you all and congrats Ozma

[09:36] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Thanks!

[09:36] Brena Benoir raises hand for open mic

[09:36] Ozma Malibu: Why thank you! I am having a perfect day, thus far.

[09:36] Bevan Whitfield: Happy Rez Day Ozma !

[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other announcements

[09:37] Bevan Whitfield: Rockcliffe University is doing its 6th Open House tomorrow from AM – PM

[09:37] Brena Benoir: Our Halloween Party will be at Wharf Ratz on Tuesday October 30 from 7 to 9pm with DJ lilTank

[09:37] Gentle Heron smiles at Bevan.

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: as a reminder we hold weekly meetings, same day/time.. so join the group if you want announcements and IM me if you are interested in speaking

[09:38] Chimera Cosmos: Oh! My Rez Day is Nov. 1. Almost forgot!

[09:38] Chimera Cosmos: Last year I DID forget.

[09:38] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): Happy Rez Day!

[09:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any links Bevan for the ROckliffe U open house?

[09:38] Frans Charming: Happy early Rez day!

[09:38] Kim Anubis: happy rezday πŸ™‚

[09:38] Ozma Malibu: Yay us Fall babies, Chimera. πŸ™‚ Happy rezday.

[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Happy Rez Day Chimera!

[09:39] Chimera Cosmos: My Rez Day is the same day and year as Eshi Otawara. Now if only I had her artistic talent….hehe

[09:39] Chimera Cosmos: Well, it isn’t for a few days yet.

[09:39] Violet Meadow (nancy.hilltop): i’m playing violin for tips at my linden home from 6-8am sunday money goes to virtual ability

[09:39] Ozma Malibu: Hah well Chimera you certainly have talent, just use it in a different and also important direction.

[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Gentle… you have an announcement

[09:39] Chimera Cosmos: Thanks Ozma πŸ™‚

[09:40] Chimera Cosmos: Back atcha

[09:40] Gentle Heron: ***

If anyone wants to see how a virtual world can be used for medical education, I invite you to participate in research by Indiana University.

[09:40] Gentle Heron: Medical and nursing students are studying a curriculum about communication and teamwork.

[09:40] Gentle Heron: The researchers are asking for volunteers to become β€œvirtual patients” to observe and critique the students.

[09:40] Gentle Heron: If interested, please IM me and I’ll send you a couple of notecards, one describing the study, the other the sign up demographic notecard to return to Kali Pizzaro.

[09:40] Gentle Heron: (that’s all)

[09:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any others?

[09:41] Chimera Cosmos: Oh! I heard from Kali Pizzaro that you were working with the IU folks Gentle. Cool!. Cool!

[09:41] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): me!

[09:41] Gentle Heron: Yup Chimera! It’s so exciting.

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: ok, Carl

[09:41] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): I host a very fun event every Sunday… 

and this week we are at Burning Life … the SL version of Burning Man… 


I am hosting a Poetic DRUM CIRCLE at BURNING LIFE 9am SLT Sunday @ Burning Man- Black Rock (72,184,2)


I’d love to do a drum circle here at NonProfit Commons too!

[09:41] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): Meet some “Burners” on Sunday! It will be a hoot!

[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks

[09:42] Chimera Cosmos: Oh right…Burn2 – I have to get back over there before it’s all over.

[09:42] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): ends on Sunday! fyi

[09:42] Frans Charming: oh wow. I wouldn’t have even known,

[09:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: good to know

[09:43] Chimera Cosmos: Yeah, and we are traveling all day Sunday. So that leaves today and tomorrow. Yikes!

[09:43] Chimera Cosmos: When are the Temple burns? Sunday?

[09:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any more announcements before we wrap things up for this week

[09:44] Ozma Malibu: Mentor(ing) meeting?

[09:44] Carl Solutionary (carlicann): Main Website for Burning Life

[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Zinnia.. mentoring meeting following this?

[09:45] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks all for a wonderful mtg

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: yes

[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: And again, here are the many ways to can get involved with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:


Nonprofit Commons Blog:


 – Wiki:

 – Twitter:

 – Facebook:

 – Google Group:

 – Google Calendar:



About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:






Thanks everyone and see you next week!

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Mentors!

[09:45] alebez: Thank you all!

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: Let’s have a 5 minute break

[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and again.. thanks Pathfinder for speaking

[09:45] Frans Charming applauds

[09:46] JoJa Dhara: thank you..have a grand weekend!

[09:46] Zinnia Zauber: Everyone is invited to Mentors Meeting!

[09:46] Pathfinder Lester: My pleasure Rhiannon. TY for inviting me.

[09:46] Rhiannon Chatnoir: next week we will have Anna Jaeger speaking on Cloud services and the survey TechSoup did

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir

Jeroen Frans: “Tools for Virtual Engagement” for the October 19th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 19th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Jeroen Frans, Frans Charming in Second Life, who will speak to us about tools for engagement in Second Life and focus specifically on the newer possibilities that are available, such as web integration, temporary attachments and teleport agent. 

Jeroen is a creative producer, virtual world technologist, and co-founder and CEO of the Vesuvius Group, LLC. As a futurist, he is always looking forward to how innovative technology can be used and enhanced. This drives him to try his hand in many technologies, and his early adoption has resulted in a wide skill set in programing, 3D, Web and game design, machinima and animation.

About The Vesuvius Group, LLC

The Vesuvius Group is a Full Service Solution provider for companies and institutions who desire to develop a presence or immersive experience in virtual worlds, social and game environments, with expertise in the virtual world platforms Second Life and OpenSim. The Vesuvius Group’s mission it is to support institutions and companies that are engaging in projects that make a difference in their member communities and the larger world.


Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 5th, 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 Main Speaker: Jeroen Frans (Frans Charming in SL)
  • 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

JoJa Dhara: “Walking Through Virtual Worlds: Connecting Virtuality with Reality” for the October 12th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, October 12th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Jolanda Mastenbroek-Dobberaka, aka JoJa Dhara in Second Life, who will speak to us about her experiences in virtual worlds, including her latest explorations into the web based virtual world Cloud Party, and her thoughts on the future of the 3D internet.

JoJa has been involved in community management within virtual worlds since 2006 and is a social media consultant and evangelist for virtual worlds in The Netherlands. She is a lead organizer of the yearly European conference MetaMeets about virtual worlds, augmented reality and the 3D internet. This year’s MetaMeets will take place November 30-December 1, 2012.

Join us in Second Life!

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, October 12th, 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 Main Speaker: Jolanda Mastenbroek-Dobberaka (JoJa Dhara in SL)
  • 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


The Friday, September 14th meeting featured featured Brian Kaihoi of Mayo Clinic speaking on using #virtualworlds for patient care, research, #education & #healthcare administration. 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 14th, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
β€’ 8:30 am Introductions
β€’ 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
β€’ 8:45 am Mentors Central
β€’ 8:55 am Featured Presenter: Brian Kaihoi
β€’ 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements
– Unabridged Transcript –
[08:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Welcome everyone to this week’s Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting!
[08:36] Kate Miranda: Hope I didn’t sit on anyone
[08:37] 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
[08:37] Buffy Beale: heyyy Kate πŸ™‚
[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today’s Agenda:
8:30 am Welcome & Introductions
8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
8:45 am Mentors Central
8:55 am Mayo Clinic’s Virtual World Activities with Brian Kaihoi
9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements
[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: First a few links to start off the meeting.
[08:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:
Nonprofit Commons Blog:
Google Group:
Google Calendar:
About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[08:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So, Hello everyone, let’s start off with Introductions!
[08:38] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women
[08:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Please state your real name, location, org, and the ways we can find you online.
[08:38] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society, Wisconsin USA
[08:38] Coughran Mayo: Dick Dillon, Innovaision, LLC St. Louis MO @Coughran, @Innovaision
[08:38] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida, @lovefoundation
[08:38] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.
[08:38] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21), Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,
[08:38] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Health Care and Human Rights
[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko
[08:38] Svea Morane: Brian Kaihoi, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
[08:38] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA
[08:38] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri,, @brenabenoir
[08:38] Lyssa Lyssa Rowan, Job Accommodation Network, Morgantown WV @JANatJAN
[08:38] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, Online Community Manager, TechSoup Global, @TechSoup @MichaelDeLongSF, San Francisco, CA U.S.A.
[08:38] Chayenn: monique Richert, Protect Yourself1, Inc ., Baltimore MD, ,, @PY1US
[08:39] Jerod Bagley: Jerry Stapleton, University of Illinois at Chicago.
[08:39] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup, SF, Ca. @TechSoup, @alebez
[08:39] Oronoque Westland: Roberta Kilkenny, Hunter College, City University of New York
[08:39] Namaara MacMoragh: Gloria Kraegel, nonprofit development on behalf of BEST and Etopia EcoCommunities, … Tacoma WA @go4victory
[08:39] Amy Waverider: Amy Waverider virtual ability
[08:39] Rhiannon ChatnoirRhiannon Chatnoir is Joyce Bettencourt, Online Community Manager for NPC/Techsoup, Boston, MA, @NPSL @RhiannonSL
[08:40] Magic Pathfinder: Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid), Faculty at New Citizens Inc (NCI), Teaching hands-on Artificial Intelligence and Pathfinding in Second Life – More Info: AND I JUST RELEASED A FREE COOKBOOK! Eeeeep!
[08:40] Tank Thibedeau: Ricky Davis if you have me on twitter as @dyverse_steele delete that account it has been hacked
[08:40] Tank Thibedeau: new twitter coming soon
[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: aww, Good to know Tank.
[08:40] Rhiannon Chatnoir: anyone else with introductions?
[08:41] Tank Thibedeau: San Antonio TX
[08:41] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org, Arizona, Mexico, On the Road. @ozma
[08:41] Pathfinder Lester: John Lester, Chief Learning Officer, ReactionGrid. Living in Montreal, Canada. @Pathfinder
[08:42] Buffy Beale: yay Path!
[08:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Great to see you all!
[08:42] Zotarah Shepherd: Hi Path
[08:42] Kate Miranda: Linda Rogers, Toronto Ontario, Creative Works Studio, a program of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Inner City Health programs …. and Music Island here in SL πŸ™‚
[08:42] Tori Landau: Patricia Dean,volunteer event coordinator for the Open University’s Deep Think sim.
[08:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lets move to TechSoup Announcements…and if you havent introduced yourself, feel free to sneak that in during
[08:43] Kate Miranda: for Music Island
[08:43] bulaklak: Hiya! I am Michael and I am the online community manager at TechSoup
[08:43] Grace McDunnough: Rhonda Lowry, Media and Technology Strategist for Turner Broadcasting @gracemcdunnough
[08:43] Buffy Beale: yay bulaklak!
[08:44] bulaklak: thanks, Buffy
[08:44] ThinkererSelby Evans: Thinkerer Melville
[08:44] bulaklak: So just a quick question first before I get to the big announcement
[08:45] bulaklak: And this is probably a no brainer for this crowd . . .
[08:45] bulaklak: But how many of you have moved a significant amount of your org’s work into the cloud?
[08:45] Buffy Beale: Thinker! Great to see you
[08:45] ThinkererSelby Evans: Hi Buffy
[08:45] Gentle Heron: None, Bulaklak.
[08:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes to the cloud!
[08:46] Coughran Mayo: 20%
[08:46] ThinkererSelby Evans: My blog work is all in the cloud
[08:46] Buffy Beale: about 10 % and growing
[08:46] bulaklak: Great! Anyone else?
[08:46] Magic Pathfinder: <— uses cloud storage for file sharing… e.g. my cookbook
[08:46] ThinkererSelby Evans: In the blog site or in Google drive
[08:46] Pathfinder Lester: most of ReactionGrid’s “stuff” lives in the cloud. all documents and project management data are hosted in the cloud.
[08:46] Tori Landau: Nothing I do with the OU is in the cloud but started using it for first time this week to do with something else
[08:46] Oronoque Westland: never knew what the difference was between the cloud and a host’s server
[08:47] Tank Thibedeau: I have some of my itunes music in the cloud
[08:47] ThinkererSelby Evans: I view the hosts server as part of thecloud
[08:47] Zotarah Shepherd: I have not used the cloud at all.
[08:47] Pixel GhostPixel Ghost is a Registered Nurse who had an interview Wednesday for her first nursing job (hope I get hired) and is continuing her education with online classes through a state accredited university
[08:47] bulaklak: So . . . the reason I ask is that TechSoup mounted a massive survey last year, reaching out in 22 languages to 88 countries
[08:47] bulaklak: We got more than 10.5k responses
[08:48] Zotarah Shepherd: Best of luck Pixel
[08:48] Jerod Bagley: My own unit uses the cloud for a lot of shared resources. But institution wise use is small.
[08:48] bulaklak: And our wonderful tech analyst Ariel Gilbert Knight worked diligently on creating a report to analyze the results
[08:48] bulaklak: We just released the results and analysis yesterday
[08:48] bulaklak: With the executive summary in 22 languages
[08:49] bulaklak: There’s some interesting stuff in here about how NGOs are using (or not) the cloud and what their perceptions of the technology are
[08:49] bulaklak: Here is the link
[08:49] bulaklak:
[08:49] bulaklak: I hope you will share this far and wide and enjoy reading it over
[08:49] bulaklak: And perhaps at a future time we could have Ariel join us to talk about it
[08:49] Gentle Heron: What’s the Readers Digest version of the findings?
[08:49] Gentle Heron: Do we or don’t we?
[08:49] bulaklak: Gentle, the link will take you to a blog written by our marketing copywriter
[08:50] bulaklak: That sums things up nicely
[08:50] bulaklak: And if you want to do the deeper dive, you can download the report from there
[08:50] Gentle Heron: You don’t want to put anything in the record here, now?
[08:50] bulaklak: Oh sure I can give you some factoids
[08:50] Gentle Heron: Thanks!
[08:50] bulaklak: β€’ 90% of respondents worldwide are using cloud computing
[08:50] bulaklak: β€’ 60% say lack of knowledge is the greatest barrier to adoption
[08:51] bulaklak: β€’ 79% say the greatest advantage of adoption is easier software/hardware administration
[08:51] bulaklak: β€’ 47% say cost-related changes and ease of setup would be the greatest motivators for moving their IT to the cloud
[08:51] bulaklak: β€’ 53% report plans to move a “significant portion” of their IT to the cloud within three years
[08:51] bulaklak: So those are some of the high level findings
[08:51] bulaklak: And many more here
[08:51] Gentle Heron: Thank you.
[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Thanks Bulaklak πŸ™‚
[08:52] bulaklak: And that’s all I’ve got for today!
[08:52] Jerod Bagley: Yes, thanks for the summary
[08:52] Buffy Beale: thank you bulaklak
[08:52] bulaklak: Have a great meeting and a great weekend!
[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Great – lets move on to Mentors Central
[08:52] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Today for Mentor Central we have Brena Benoir to speak, let’s welcome her up and please start whenever your ready.!
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Rah Brena!
[08:53] Buffy Beale: yayyy Brena!!
[08:53] HB Eternal: BB Rocks!
[08:53] Gentle Heron: Go Brena!
[08:53] Brena Benoir: Good morning everyone
[08:53] Brena Benoir: As you can see from the poster this morning our topic is SMART Goals
[08:54] Brena Benoir: we have focused on the community concept lately and I thought this woudl help orgs look at why they are here and what their goals are and help examine those closer
[08:54] Brena Benoir: This morning we will be taking a look at the SMART goal concept. The hopes is that this will allow us
to set goals for our work within in our organizations. We all have different goals when we start work
in virtual worlds. Anywhere we go, sometimes we are able to achieve goals, sometimes we are not. 
When we don’t feelings build and disappointment sets in and leads to a sense of failure and desire to give up.
[08:55] Brena Benoir: Understanding the SMART Goal concept will allow us to set better goals and focus on what we are really
setting out to achieve, experience the feeling of successes, and continue our growth.
[08:55] Brena Benoir: S=SPECIFIC 
This aspect tackles the who, what when, where, whys. It’s focuses on the details. 
For example: I want to lose weight. This is not specific for some of these reasonsS=SPECIFIC 
This aspect tackles the who, what when, where, whys. It’s focuses on the details. 
For example: I want to lose weight. This is not specific for some of these reasons
[08:56] Brena Benoir: What are some reasons why this doesn’t meet the specific criteria?
[08:56] Gentle Heron: doesn’t set a numeric goal
[08:56] Brena Benoir: right
[08:56] Tank Thibedeau: no time frame
[08:56] Brena Benoir: correct
[08:56] Brena Benoir: what does healthy mean?
[08:56] Brena Benoir: What might be a way to restate this in to something specific?
[08:57] bulaklak: I want to lose 60 lbs by Christmas
[08:57] Brena Benoir: good job bulaklak!
[08:57] Coughran Mayo: bukalak: see me!
[08:57] bulaklak: (that’s my fantasy)
[08:57] Brena Benoir: moving along to the second part
[08:57] Brena Benoir: M=MEASURABLE
Establishing the guidelines about how to assess overall progress on the goal. 
Examples of measures could be: 
I will lost 10 pounds within the next 3 months.
I will hold an event in my office one time each month to support the goal of fundraising for my org in 
the virtual setting. 
My organization will sponsor an event 4 times a year in my NPC space to educate about addiction
and mental health issues.
[08:58] Brena Benoir: This give us something measure or quantify in some way our goal by
[08:59] Brena Benoir: A=ATTAINABLE
This step encourages us to look at the details of how we go about accomplishing our goals. What supplies,
resources, education, etc. will we need in order to accomplish our overall goal. Working on this step
allows us to formulate the substeps to help work to achieve the small successes to work towards
our overall goal.
[08:59] Brena Benoir: We want to make sure they are achievable from the start of settign them
[08:59] Brena Benoir: R=Realistic
This step addresses a major component we address in the substance abuse field, that is willingness. 
We look at our willingness to accomplish the goal and our ability to do so. If we set goals that we 
know that we cannot accomplish, we set ourselves up for failure from the start.
[09:00] Gentle Heron: That helps with motivation, right?
[09:00] Brena Benoir: That is correct
[09:00] Brena Benoir: if we feel they are out of reach from the start, we already feel at a disadvantage
[09:00] Brena Benoir: Many children say I want to become a professional athlete someday. If they aren’t working on their athletic
abilities growing up that isn’t a possibility at all. The reality is that is a small portion of 
them will actually achieve that goal and many of these have honed and worked on their skills for years.
[09:01] Brena Benoir: If your org has a fundraising goal in world, ask yourself what is a realistic amount to target in virtual worlds.
[09:01] Brena Benoir: our last component is Timely
[09:01] Brena Benoir: T=TIMELY
This is where we establish a set time frame in order to accomplish our goal. 
Example: My organization is new to NPC, I want others to learn about my organization and what we do.
[09:01] Brena Benoir: I will sponsor an event in my NPC space within one month of being granted tenant space in NPC where I will 
educate attendees about my organization and mission statement. 
I will meet 3 new members of organizations each month to improve my network in NPC.
[09:02] Brena Benoir: The SMART goal concept is acceptable for use across the spectrum from personal use to nonprofit 
sector use to corporate use and anywhere in between.
[09:02] Brena Benoir: I strongly encourage you to look your involvement 
in this community and virtual worlds in particular and do some self questioning to see if your 
organization’s goals are consistent with your mission statement and your purpose in 
being here in a virtual capacity.
[09:03] Brena Benoir: here are a couple of sources you can explore should you want further information:
[09:03] Brena Benoir: Any questions?
[09:03] Gentle Heron: Very smartly done, Brena.
[09:03] Buffy Beale: that was great Brena thanks!
[09:04] Zinnia Zauber: This is awesome!
[09:04] Buffy Beale: lol Gentle
[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Brena – Thanks for leading Mentors Central today!
[09:04] Oura Scribe: applauds
[09:04] Brena Benoir: Thank you Gentle πŸ™‚
[09:04] Gentle HeronGentle Heron hopes we can continue with these types of sessions!
[09:04] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much!
[09:04] Tori Landau: Many thanks Brena and very useful
[09:04] Zinnia Zauber: Here, here, Gentle!
[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Catch up with Brena and ask questions after too πŸ™‚
[09:04] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, Brena!
[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: OK – time for today’s main speaker.
[09:04] Pathfinder Lester: good advice all around
[09:04] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Welcome Brian Kaihoi (Svea Morane in SL), who will report on Mayo Clinic’s virtual world activities in the areas of patient care, research, education and administrative services.
[09:04] Buffy Beale: a reminder that the mentors meet after this meeting so if anyone has any questions or needs help please do join in
[09:05] Buffy Beale: cheering for Svea!
[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: come up and grab a seat Svea πŸ™‚
[09:05] Zinnia Zauber: Rah Svea!
[09:05] Svea Morane: Hi there. It is very good to be with you to share what Mayo Clinic is doing in Second Life. The fact that we are having this meeting is one reason we are excited about Second Life. The community and the relationships that are developed here are examples of the interactions that make for better healthcare.
[09:05] Zotarah Shepherd: Yay Svea!
[09:05] Rhiannon Chatnoir: First a bit about our speaker…
Brian Kaihoi has been with Mayo Clinic for 35 years. During that time he has held a variety of administrative and operational positions. As a member of the consulting staff of Mayo Clinic, Brian has worked with the Mayo Medical School and Mayo School of Continuing Medical Education on content development and delivery strategies. Currently, Brian is the Mayo Foundation Web Administrator, working with all Mayo Clinic Web activities, and works with the Center for Innovation, which is finding ways to transform the way health care is experienced and delivered.
[09:05] Svea Morane: I coordinate our Second Life activities, as part of my role as the Web administrator at Mayo Clinic. I have been with Mayo Clinic for 39 years serving in a variety of roles around education, technology and business.
[09:05] Svea Morane: I want to give you a little background on Mayo Clinic as an organization, then talk about our Second Life activities and how they fit into our larger organization. The copy from the slides will appear in local, so I will not repeat that, but rather comment on the slides.
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Mayo Clinic in Virtual Worlds
Innovation in Care and Operations
Nonprofit Commons
September 14, 2012
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Photo of landing point at Mayo Clinic region
[09:06] Svea Morane: You can get to our public region by searching for “Mayo Clinic”. These photos are from our landing point, which has a representation of the main patient care building on our Rochester, MN campus.
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Additional photo of landing point at Mayo Clinic region
[09:06] Svea Morane: You can learn more about Mayo Clinic at
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Mayo Clinic
– 58,300 staff incl 7,400 physicians working on 3 major campuses (MN, FL, AZ)
– Mission: To inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.
[09:07] Svea Morane: Mayo Clinic is the largest private medical group practice in the world. It is nonprofit, with no profit sharing, or bonuses. All the physicians are on salary.
[09:07] Pixel Ghost: yayyyyyyy!!!
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Mayo Clinic in 2011 (the numbers)
– 1,113,000 patients with 123,000 hospital admissions and 588,000 hospital days
– 8,117 active human research studies, and 5,0430 journal articles published
– 3,523 students in Mayo Clinic graduate and undergraduate programs, 124,068 participants in continuing medical education programs
– $8.5B revenue, nonprofit, excess revenue funds research and education
[09:07] Svea Morane: We certainly see a lot of patients from all over the world on our campuses, but we are also a large educational institution, including the largest graduate medical training program in the world. There are over 350 classes per day on our campuses.
[09:08] Pixel Ghost: Amazing to learn this!
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Mayo Clinic Innovations
– Mayo Clinic has a long history of innovation, medical and non-medical
– First medical group practice
– First round intensive care unit
– Cortisone Γ± gave away and did not patent
– Open-heart surgery with heart bypass machine
– Developed “G-suit” for pilots
[09:08] Svea Morane: Innovation is a core principle at Mayo Clinic, in the science of healthcare, the delivery of treatment, and improving health and wellbeing. The fact that innovation is so central to our culture has made it easier to bring virtual worlds to our organization.
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Mayo Clinic is Not Afraid of Digital
– 25,000,000 visitors a month at our various Web sites
– 100,000+ devices on our network
– Portal services for patients, interactive phone and mobile applications, very active with social media
– Online course registration and staff services
– But, as a Fortune 100 business, we are conservative
[09:08] Pooky Amsterdam: that is great
[09:08] Svea Morane: Mayo Clinic has been active digitally for a long time. Our health information Web site has been a top rated site for many years.
[09:09] Pixel Ghost: I used it for research in school!
[09:09] Svea Morane: and you got good grades right? πŸ™‚
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Mayo Clinic Space in Second Life
– Individuals have been in SL for years
– May 2009 Γ± rented ΒΊ region for demonstration project
– October 2009 Γ± purchased first region
– March 2010 Γ± purchased second region and built conference center
– October 2010 Γ± third region
– August 2012 Γ± fourth region ordered
[09:09] Pixel Ghost: Yes… overall 3.72
[09:09] Svea Morane: While individual Mayo Clinic staff have been personally involved in Second Life and other grids several years, our official involvement, where we started to spend money, was in May 2009. We started with a couple people who had passion for it and promoted the idea internally. As the project has gained momentum, our presence has grown.
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Mayo Clinic Model
– “3 Shield Model”
– Clinical Care, Research, Education all supported by Administration
– Encouraging the adoption of Virtual Worlds requires engagement with all parts of the organization
– The biggest challenges are “cultural” not even “technical”
[09:10] Svea Morane: Internally, bringing Second Life to Mayo Clinic has been the result of lots of meetings, demonstrations, talking with colleagues, and picking good projects in visible areas. We have worked on projects in all parts of the organization.
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Mayo Clinic Work in Second Life
– February 2010 – First medical presentation hosted at Virtual Ability
– November 2010 – First CME program given with credits
– December 2010 – First scale model of physical space to aid construction
– July 2011 Γ± First patient care activity
– August 2011 Γ± First clinical trial recruitment
[09:10] Svea Morane: Our initial work in Second Life has focused on experiments that support our core services in clinical care, education, research and administrative activities.
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Education – well defined for us
– Public Education and CME
 — Avatar to avatar, avatar to face-to-face, streaming
 — Outreach presentations for public and professionals (cardiology, GI cancer, radiology, Dalai Lama) 37+
 — School of Professional Development (continuing medical education) 140 +
 — Transform Symposium (streaming video) 2
[09:11] Svea Morane: Using SL for education has been an easy step for our folks to make, and has been working very well. Many groups in SL do this already. We have sessions that are private, public and some that require registration fees. The slide references the number of presentations we have done of each type.
[09:12] Pixel Ghost: awww the Dalai Lama πŸ™‚
[09:12] Svea Morane: The Dahlai Lama presentation filled up our region in about 4 minutes πŸ™‚
[09:12] Pixel Ghost: I saw him when he visited my state and he’s wonderful!
[09:12] Gentle Heron: and people complained they could not get in!
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Photo of Mayo Clinic Second Life Conference Center
[09:12] Svea Morane: We built a conference center on our space, that was a good result of getting our own staff to think broadly about what a conference center needs, and not trying to replicate our physical spaces.
[09:13] Coughran Mayo: The Dalai Lama never complains
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Photo of Session in Conference Center
[09:13] Svea Morane: Presentations from our physicians are popular, and exciting for our staff to present. We have good success in having our physicians interact with colleagues in other countries without having to allow for all the travel time.
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Education – many partners
– Collaborations with other healthcare and education groups
– School of nursing doing clinical practice in our spaces
– Multiple campuses of medical schools collaborating
[09:13] Svea Morane: Since education is done so broadly in Second Life, we have found many helpful partnerships
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Administrative – defined
– Collaborative Mayo work groups across campuses
– Collaboration with non-Mayo groups
– Professional association meetings
– Prototyping physical space: scale models, design ideas, traffic flow
– Disaster preparedness simulation
[09:14] Svea Morane: Administrative functions are becoming more numerous in SL now too. Getting groups from different locations together to work together is a plus, as well as using SL to prototype new physical spaces.
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Photo of Office Space Modeling
[09:15] Svea Morane: Building a prototype allows for groups to experience the space in real time before it is physically created, and then make adjustments to the design before you require expensive change orders.
[09:15] Pooky Amsterdam: SL is amazingfor prototyping
[09:15] Jerry Buchko: Yes.
[09:15] Buffy Beale: it sure is and hii Pooky
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Clinical Practice – being defined
– Most difficult to implement because  of integration with highly regulated existing RL activities
– Support groups
– Procedure simulation
– Therapy
– Personalized patient education
[09:15] Svea Morane: We are currently running experiments using SL for real patient care, but these are not in routine practice yet. This is the area of activity that has the greatest potential for Mayo Clinic, and where we will be pushing the hardest.
[09:16] Gentle Heron: also the most innovative!
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Research – getting started
– In the USA, 70% of clinical trials do not get enough participants and so are not completed
– Recruiting for trials has been successful, and very low cost
– Many groups do research in SL, but not traditional medical research
[09:16] Svea Morane: Medical research is another area where we have had good success, in recruiting patients for clinical trials on our physical campuses.
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Projects Being Developed
– Virtual World International Hospice Γ’ education about hospice as well as therapeutic interactions
– Wellness activities, including “prepare a meal together and eat together”
– Multi-campus medical school student services
– Cognitive impairment therapy for traumatic brain injury
[09:17] Svea Morane: The appetite for additional work in virtual worlds is great πŸ™‚ with no lack of project ideas.
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Necessary Success Factors
– Persistence: always ready to do a demo and help someone be a star
– Work through existing relationships
– Help others get done what they want done, not help you do what you want
– Give lots of your own personal time
– Think like an “intrepreneur
[09:18] Svea Morane: The success we have had in using Second Life to help our patients and support our organization’s goals is directly related to the relationships we have established in our physical world, and in this virtual world. It cannot be over-stressed how important it has been to collaborate and help others see the vision.
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Barriers to Use
– Technical Γ’ something simple like a different slide viewer to accommodate 100 slides in 20 minutes
– The ÏflakinessΓ“ of Second Life requires backup systems
– IT security thinking SL is a game to be blocked
– Traditionalists thinking face-to-face is real and SL is not real
[09:19] Svea Morane: There are certainly barriers to success, that we all run in to, and many have found solutions for. Again, talking with others and working things through is the key to getting the results we want.
[09:20] Svea Morane: I think we need to find a way to quarantine all the traditionalists πŸ˜‰
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Keys to Success
– Be a real resident: work, play, do, interact
– Have a story to tell Γ’ Why this matters to you
– Never be defensive, always supportive
– Be persistent and cheerful
– Help others be successful, then sell their success
– Collaborate – You are not alone
[09:20] Oura Scribe: lol
[09:20] Gentle Heron: HA a reservation for them!
[09:20] Pixel Ghost: stifles a giggle
[09:21] Svea Morane: The last point to make about our work in SL is the tremendous benefit of collaboration, and the willingness we have here to do that. There are great people with fabulous skills and a willingness to share for the greater good. We deeply indebted to folks like Gentle Heron at Virtual Ability, Dave Taylor at the Imperial College, Panacea Luminos from New York Healthscape, Coughran Mayo with Preferred Family Health, and organizations that have have shown us ways to work, like New Citizens Incorporated and Builders Brewrey. We have also been very fortunate to connect with a talented builder named Oura Scribe.
[09:21] Tori Landau: Agrees with Svea
[09:21] Pooky Amsterdam: wyayay
[09:21] Magic Pathfinder: Hurray for NCI! I teach there! Eeeep!
[09:21] Gentle Heron: Fantastic list of “key to success”…. these are ALL so important.
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[09:22] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes, love your points of keys to success
[09:22] Svea Morane: We are very excited to be part of the Second Life community, and to live and work in this space. It is a real pleasure.
[09:22] Pooky Amsterdam: and in beating cancer a comunity support can be all the difference
[09:22] Magic Pathfinder: Can you take questions?
[09:22] Oura Scribe: applauds
[09:22] Svea Morane: While i see 25,000,000 people a month on our Web sites….
[09:22] Zinnia Zauber: Yay! Thank you Svea!
[09:22] Svea Morane: the interactions in SL are much deeper..
[09:22] Svea Morane: and long term.
[09:23] Svea Morane: it is that contact with patients and providers..
[09:23] Rhiannon Chatnoir: I agree πŸ™‚
[09:23] Svea Morane: that makes a difference
[09:23] Gentle Heron: That’s a huge difference, and difficult to measure and document.
[09:23] Conover’s Flight-Helper 6.3.3 (WEAR ME!): Flight-helper is ready and operational.
[09:23] Svea Morane: Questions?
[09:23] Gentle Heron: Svea, congrats on all you do in SL. You said many important things today. Can you elaborate on this one please?
β€œThe fact that innovation is so central to our culture has made it easier to bring virtual worlds to our organization.”
[09:24] Svea Morane: yes….
[09:24] Pooky Amsterdam: Applauds Applauds!
[09:24] Svea Morane: at least here at Mayo..i will get some snickers about “virtual worlds”….
[09:24] Svea Morane: but no outright rejection.
[09:24] Svea Morane: we have had a lot of crazy ideas..
[09:24] Svea Morane: that worked over time.
[09:25] Svea Morane: so you get a little latitude in talking with folks
[09:25] Magic Pathfinder: Has Electronic Health Record data been used in SL? How?
[09:25] Jerry Buchko: Svea, You
[09:25] Svea Morane: other organizations may not have that advantage
[09:25] Svea Morane: Magic.. not in SL.. but opensim behind our firewall.
[09:25] Svea Morane: there are data privacy issues we have to deal with
[09:25] Jerry Buchko: Svea, You’ve accomplished a great deal. Who sets these projects in motion? Or do they just emerge organically on their own? ;D
[09:26] Svea Morane: Panacea Luminos has more informaiton on how they have done that on a personal basis at NY Healthscape
[09:26] Svea Morane: Jerry…
[09:26] Svea Morane: I do a lot of selling πŸ™‚
[09:26] Gentle Heron: Panacea would be the one to ask about EHR.
[09:26] Svea Morane: finding the right people on a team.. getting funding.. engagement
[09:26] Jerod Bagley: Svea, You talked about success with recruitment for clinical trials using SL. Can you elaborate on how that works?
[09:27] Svea Morane: Yes… from sign boards to group notices… recruiting involves getting information to people…
[09:27] Pathfinder Lester: Svea, have you tried getting grant funding for any of this work through organizations like NIH or NLM?
[09:27] Svea Morane: then signing “consent” forms
[09:28] Svea Morane: Yes Path… I have some NIH funding now.. and the “cognitive impairment” treatment will be another big grant
[09:28] Gentle Heron: Svea, you also said β€œIt cannot be over-stressed how important it has been to collaborate and help others see the vision.” How do you see the vision of those you collaborate with, and how do you integrate their vision with Mayo’s vision?
[09:28] Pathfinder Lester: Svea, congrats! nice work. πŸ™‚
[09:28] Svea Morane: Thanks Path…
[09:28] Svea Morane: Gentle.. i think i talk about SL in almost every meeting…
[09:28] Svea Morane: when folks talk about weather..
[09:28] Svea Morane: I say it is nice on Mayo’s beach in SL
[09:29] Svea Morane: talk about social events..
[09:29] Svea Morane: music..
[09:29] Gentle HeronGentle Heron chuckles.
[09:29] Svea Morane: art..
[09:29] Pooky Amsterdam: Q: Are people increasingly receptive when they see the results are they surprised?
[09:29] Rhiannon Chatnoir: πŸ™‚
[09:29] Gentle Heron: It’s like you LIVE here, Svea, isn’t it?
[09:29] Svea Morane: anything to help people see this is “real life”…
[09:29] Svea Morane: just without the geography
[09:29] Dancers Yao: do you treat patients without medical insurance at the Mayo Clinic?
[09:29] Svea Morane: stories.. lots of stories..
[09:29] Rhiannon ChatnoirRhiannon Chatnoir agrees…this is all ‘real’
[09:29] Svea Morane: i have patient stories of people helped by Mayo herelll
[09:29] Svea Morane: and that is wonderful
[09:30] Svea Morane: Yes Danders.. we do treat… there are funds to help.. we have a large social work department…
[09:30] Svea Morane: and we translate to 80 spoken languages in our language department
[09:31] Svea Morane: Yes. Gentle this is home πŸ™‚
[09:31] Svea Morane: Pooky. .yes people are more and more receptive..
[09:31] Svea Morane: i work to get reports in teh weekly newsletter..
[09:31] Amy Waverider: Is that only for residents in florida and the other state where the hospitals are or do you offer social work to other states?
[09:31] Svea Morane: strategically have lunch with decision makers and influencers
[09:32] Pooky Amsterdam: tht is great -the stories yes it is just stunning how much this helps
[09:32] Svea Morane: Social services are available to all patients.. services vary by state and what is available..
[09:32] Svea Morane: Medicaide for instance is a state program.. medicare is federal
[09:33] Oura Scribe: The Mayo Clinic is in Florida, Minnesota and Arizona πŸ™‚
[09:33] Svea Morane: and SL Oura….. i talk about SL as our 4th campus
[09:33] Amy Waverider: ok ty
[09:33] Dancers Yao: we need one in California!
[09:33] Oura Scribe: lol, yes Svea… SL too
[09:34] Svea Morane: California.. isn’t that where the crazy dancers are πŸ™‚
[09:34] Jerod Bagley: You are right Pooky. Having a highly regarded institution like the Mayo Clinic with success stories to share gives a big boost to all of our efforts. Thanks Svea for sharing.
[09:34] Dancers Yao: yes!
[09:34] Svea Morane: i need to say thank you… because we would not be doing as well as we are…
[09:34] Svea Morane: without groups and people like you
[09:34] Svea Morane: This is community
[09:34] Rhiannon Chatnoir: your welcome Svea
[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Lets thank Svea for speaking to us today!
[09:35] Svea Morane: My pleasure
[09:35] Pathfinder Lester: thanks Svea. nicely done.
[09:35] Oura Scribe: Thank you. Great presentation
[09:35] Jerod Bagley: applause!!!
[09:35] Gentle Heron: Fantastic presentation Svea. Will you put it on SlideShare please?
[09:35] Tank Thibedeau: appluase
[09:35] Zinnia Zauber: Yay!
[09:35] Jerry BuchkoJerry Buchko applauds.
[09:35] Zotarah ShepherdZotarah Shepherd applaudes
[09:35] Namaara MacMoragh: Thank you Svea. Great presentation!
[09:35] Atalanta Visage: Thank you.
[09:35] Dancers Yao: Thank you
[09:35] Chayenn: great presentation
[09:35] Pooky Amsterdam whispers: APPLAUDS
[09:35] Pooky Amsterdam: APPLAUDS
[09:35] Pooky Amsterdam: Applauds
[09:35] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great presentation – let’s move on to Open Mic & any Announcements
[09:35] Grace McDunnough: Thank you
[09:36] Magic Pathfinder: I have an announcement…
[09:36] Pooky Amsterdam: yes thank you Svea!
[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Does anyone have any announcements… I know Zinnia does
[09:36] Tank Thibedeau: raised hand
[09:36] Zinnia Zauber: πŸ™‚
[09:36] Gentle HeronGentle Heron does, for another organization, actually.
[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Magic why don’t you start, then Zinnia, then Tank
[09:36] Magic Pathfinder: okay thx
[09:36] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and then Gentle πŸ™‚
[09:36] Magic Pathfinder: I just published the 1st Virtual World Cookbook! heh
[09:37] Magic Pathfinder: and I’m launching it on Monday!
[09:37] Magic Pathfinder: Monday Sept 17th. 3:15pm SLT Launch Party for Always Have Fun PARTY COOKBOOK
Teleport to Four Bridges Project (39,251,25) Live Music! Belly Dancing! Surfing! Free Book Download!
[09:37] Magic Pathfinder: Everyone is welcome.. I’ll talk abou the cook book
[09:37] Magic Pathfinder: and what I learn at Occupy Wall St this weekend. Thank You!
[09:37] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great… Zinnia
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: Nonprofit Commons 5th Anniversary Celebration
September 21 @ Nonprofit Commons Plush & Aloft
Events throughout the day and festive formal dress encouraged!
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: * 8:30-10:00 AM SLT Morning Nonproft Commons (NPC) Meeting with gifts and guest speakers @ NPC Ampitheater on Plush
Discover the history of the NPC and learn from the leaders of virtual world use for common good.
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: * 3:30 PM SLT DJ DyVerse Dance Meet & Greet @ CommonGround Aloft
Enjoy the best DJ in Second Life while meeting your fellow advocates, educators, and artists who make virtual worlds the place to be!
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: * 8:30-10:30 PM SLT Active Collaborative Community Planning Workshop @ NPC Ampitheater on Plush
Build CommUNITY! Participate with us in creating a vision of a supportive future in virtual worlds by creating partnerships, collaboration, and gridwide community.
[09:38] Pooky Amsterdam: I think Imight have an outfit for that
[09:38] Zinnia Zauber: * 3:30 AM SLT Live Music Meet & Greet @ CommonGround Aloft
[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: Please Come Join the Nonprofit All Stars!
[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great!
[09:39] Zinnia Zauber: I will be dropping you all a notecard about this wonderful event for next week!
[09:39] HB Eternal: Friday the 21st rather than our usual Thrusday?
[09:39] HB Eternal: Thursday
[09:39] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so next week’s meeting will be quite a celebration! – thanks Zinnia πŸ™‚
[09:39] Ozma Malibu: Sign up to help out!
[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: Good question HB.
[09:40] Pooky Amsterdam: WooT
[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: We might forgo normal CommonGround this month for this big party instead.
[09:40] Zinnia Zauber: How do you guys feel about that?
[09:40] HB Eternal: sounds great to me!
[09:40] Pooky Amsterdam: Dusts off Party hat
[09:40] Magic Pathfinder: Zinnia… is the 8:30pm meeting affiliated with the Virtual Vision 2020 group that briefed here?
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: yes, we hope to have that part of it.
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: That was what inspired the idea actually.
[09:41] Magic Pathfinder: okay.. .I’m an officer .. I can send an Group Notice there
[09:41] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: And, we want everyone to invite folks from other community to join us.
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: That would be wonderful!
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: The workshop is for everyone!!!
[09:42] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so next Friday, 4 celebration event times throughout the day/night, starting with our weekly meeting πŸ™‚
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, it will be super day and so happy to have everyone join us!
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: yes
[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: action packed!
[09:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great
[09:43] Pooky Amsterdam: Will invite as well
[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you all! That will be perfect!
[09:43] HB Eternal: the 21st is also the UN Peace Day
[09:43] Rhiannon Chatnoir: all set Zinnia? Tank your up next!
[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: cool
[09:43] Tank Thibedeau: everyday at noon and 10 pm central time on my radio station I will have natural sounds such as rain etc for those that mediate and just a way to clear the mind during the day and still looking for nonprofit psa’s to play on the station and if you have any ideas for the station let me know thank you thats all
[09:44] Pooky Amsterdam: Lovely
[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Rah Tank!
[09:44] Chayenn: cool
[09:44] Rhiannon Chatnoir: nice idea… you should reach out to communities like Elf Circle who have regular meditation events … maybe they can play your stream πŸ™‚
[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Tank!
[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Gentle πŸ™‚
[09:45] Xon Emoto: I have to go, thank you Svea, thank you all. It’s been very interesting, once again:) Best wishes from Hamburg!
[09:45] Gentle Heron: I have announcements for 2 other groups, actually.
[09:45] Gentle Heron: The Counselor Education in Second Life (CESL) group is holding their annual professional conference, wrapping up today. The remaining sessions include:
10 am SLT
Human Sexuality – Chad Royal & Heloisa Portela, PhD
11 am SLT
Leadership groups as a culturally sensitive method with Latino and Black youth: A strength-based approach to reduce aggression – Isaac Burt & Tiphanie Gonzalez
[09:45] Gentle Heron: noon SLT
Implementing the ALGBTIC Competencies into Practice – Maiko Xiong, Sarah Downes & Pete Finnerty
1 pm SLT
Counseling Christian Fundamentalists and Ex-Fundamentalists – Oscar Miles
[09:45] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Xon for coming πŸ™‚
[09:45] Gentle Heron: A Preview of the New CARE-ER Paradigm for Second Life Career Development Theory & Practice – Edward Colozzi
This is a highly professional conference, and I recommend the sessions which are enlightening. If you are a professional counselor, you can get free CEUs for licensure.
[09:46] Gentle Heron: Pop by today and check it out:
Tranquil (180,157,29)
[09:46] Gentle Heron: I also have a notecard of the International Peace Weekend & Spirit Fair 2012
[09:46] Gentle Heron: Sept 21-23
[09:46] Gentle Heron: If anyone want that…. it’s HUGELY collaborative
[09:46] Pooky Amsterdam: woah thoise looks great
[09:46] Gentle Heron: a number of communities are presenting
[09:46] Rhiannon ChatnoirRhiannon Chatnoir would love one
[09:46] Gentle Heron: and lots of great activities, plus music
[09:47] Tank Thibedeau: can i get the peace weekend conference notecard please
[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great
[09:47] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other announcements for today?
[09:47] Ozma Malibu: I’d like the notecard yes
[09:48] Pathfinder Lester: I have a two-sentence announcement. πŸ˜‰ We just went live with a brand new website *today.* So if you’re 
curious about what ReactionGrid’s doing these days and want more info about our Jibe platform based on Unity3d, please check out
[09:48] Magic Pathfinder: I am interested in Peace Weekend too
[09:48] Tori Landau: I have one if I may °͜°
[09:48] Rhiannon Chatnoir: great Pathfinder!
[09:48] Rhiannon Chatnoir: and Tori ..
[09:48] Pooky Amsterdam: yes want to go as well – as long as I can have a redheaded avatar imthere
[09:48] Pathfinder Lester: (borked the link before)
[09:48] Tori Landau: As of today I’m the new owner, courtesy of a benefactor, of the International Schools Island
[09:49] Pooky Amsterdam: Congratoes!
[09:49] Gentle Heron: oh congrats Tori!!!
[09:49] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes congrats πŸ™‚
[09:49] Gentle Heron: I’m glad you are doing this.
[09:49] Tori Landau: the region has been renamed Moonstone, but it’s just to say that nothing is changing in a hurry
[09:49] Pathfinder Lester: cool beans Tori πŸ™‚
[09:49] Gentle Heron: Hey Path that’s MY line!
[09:49] Tori Landau: i hope to keep all the resources Shambles had for people to use
[09:49] Pathfinder Lester: Gentle lol πŸ˜‰
[09:49] Gentle Heron: SO glad to hear that, Tori!
[09:50] Pathfinder Lester: congrats Tori. very cool
[09:50] Tori Landau: transfer happened faster than I thought it would lol
[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: I have another announcement. sorry, I forgot
[09:50] Tori Landau: map may not work for a day or two but lms should to still get there
[09:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: thanks Tori! Feel free to share any events you might have in the future there
[09:50] Magic Pathfinder: I can send Peace Weekend announcements to several groups… lots of ppls interested
[09:50] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Zinnia πŸ™‚
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you, this is an event that Pathfinder, Coughran and I are doing…
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber:
[09:51] Gentle Heron: Thanks so much Magic.
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Oct 5 & 6: Online Conference Distributed Teams 2012 Agile Project Management
[09:51] Pathfinder Lester: Zinnia, that reminds me I need to send in my talk info. πŸ˜‰
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: I’ll share more details soon, but just wanted to get the ball rolling.
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Yay, great!
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: This will be a really cool event held in 4 virtual worlds.
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: I will be discussion creating a professional brand via your avatar.
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:53] Rhiannon Chatnoir: any other announcements for today?
[09:53] Gentle Heron: It sounds wonderful.
[09:54] Gentle Heron: Gosh what a busy group we are!
[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: We are!
[09:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: otherwise, close to wrap up time
[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: And, it is great how we all work together too!
[09:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: yes
[09:54] Oronoque Westland: peaceful new year to one and all
[09:54] Rhiannon Chatnoir: so with that, let’s close things out for this week – remember next week is our big birthday celebration meeting!
[09:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: So see you then πŸ™‚
[09:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: And again, here are the many ways to can get involved with the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:
Nonprofit Commons Blog:
Google Group:
Google Calendar:
About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[09:55] Namaara MacMoragh: thanks all…
[09:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: Thanks everyone and see you next week!
[09:55] Pathfinder Lester: awesome. take care folks. have a great weekent.
[09:55] Svea Morane: Thank you all
[09:55] Rhiannon Chatnoir: there will be a NPC Mentors meeting immediately following – thanks πŸ™‚

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir

Transcript of August 17 Nonprofit Commons Meeting – Virtual Vision 2020 – a community plan for Second Life with Pam Broviak

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
August 17, 2012, 8:30 AM SLT / PST
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater

8:30 AM Introductions
8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements
8:45 AM Mentors Central
9:55 β€œVirtual Vision 2020 – a community plan for Second Life” with Pam Broviak / Pam Renoir
9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements


[08:30] Buffy Beale: Good day everyone

[08:30] bulaklak: hi, buffy

[08:30] Buffy Beale: hi bulaklak πŸ™‚

[08:30] Merlin Moonshadow: Hi, Buffy!

[08:30] Tori Landau: Hi Buffy and everyone else and got a mug of water
ty Zinnia °͜°

[08:31] Brennan Blaylock: Hello Buffy!

[08:31] Buffy Beale: Hi hi hi all πŸ™‚

[08:31] Siculus: hi

[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: ah good Tori!

[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: Okay! Let’s get started!
[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: Hi there!
[08:31] Zinnia Zauber: I am Zinnia and welcome to the Nonprofit Commons!
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: AGENDA

8:30 AM Introductions

8:40 AM TechSoup Announcements

8:45 AM Mentors Central

9:55 β€œVirtual Vision 2020 – a community plan for Second Life” with Pam
Broviak / Pam Renoir

9:30 AM Open Mic / Announcements
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Here is our Agenda for today!
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: So we start with introductions!

[08:32] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL Remora (203,148,21),
Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,

[08:32] Ethelred Weatherwax: Dave Dexter, Neenah Historical Society,
Wisconsin USA

[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Please share your real name, org, location, and
online links, please.

[08:32] Buffy Beale: Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women

[08:32] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1,Inc., Baltimore,
MD,,, @PY1US

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: This information will be made public.

[08:33] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities
and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko

[08:33] Brennan Blaylock: Good Morning! Claudia Richards, AAUW
Washington, DC @AAUW on Twitter

[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan tenby, Online Community and Social
Media Director, TechSoup and The Nonprofit Commons, San Francisc, CA
USA @suzboop @techsoup @npsl

[08:33] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, Senior Manager Online Community and
Social Media, TechSoup Global, San Francisco, CA, USA, @TechSoup

[08:33] Merlin Moonshadow: Michael Smith, Emory University

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: If you are coming in a little late to our
meetings, please still introduce yourself to us.

[08:33] Zotarah Shepherd: BEACH College, Santa Rosa, CA

[08:33] Ozma Malibu: Sandy Andrews, Floaters Org, Arizona, Mexico and
On the Road, @ozma

[08:33] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Pam Broviak, Virtual Vision 2020,
Geneva (IL-USA),

[08:33] Svea Morane: Mayo Clinic,

[08:33] Zinnia Zauber: Encourage folks to do that, please.

[08:34] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Magic Pathfinder
(any1.gynoid), Faculty at New Citizens Inc (NCI), Teaching hands-on
Artificial Intelligence and Pathfinding in Second Life

[08:34] Tori Landau: Patricia Dean, volunteer event coordinator for
the Open University’s Deep Think sims.

[08:34] alebez: Ale Bezdikian, Online Community Coordinator, TechSoup
Global, SF, Ca, @TechSoup, @alebez

[08:34] Zinnia Zauber: We have a great bunch of folks here today!
[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Our meetings are always open to the public and
it is a wonderful way to learn and connect with other people who do
good for the common good.
[08:35] Zinnia Zauber: Did everyone get to introduce themselves?

[08:35] Oronoque Westland: Roberta Kilkenny, Hunter College, City
University of New York

[08:36] Dancers Yao: Kara Bennett, Elder Voices, Los Angeles, Ca.
Health Care and Human Rights

[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Please state your real name, org, location, and
online links including twitter handles if you got them.
[08:36] Zinnia Zauber: Our transcripts will be made public.
[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: I don’t know about you guys, but I get lots of
great new people to follow on twitter after the meetings!

[08:37] bulaklak: Absolutely!

[08:37] Coughran Mayo: same here

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: I love it!

[08:37] Coughran Mayo says @Coughran, @Innovaision

[08:37] Zinnia Zauber: lol
[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: Remember, if you are ever late to a meeting,
please introduce yourself in chat.

[08:38] Thynka Little: LuAnn Phillips,USDA Cooperative Extension
Service, Albany NY,,,

[08:38] Buffy Beale: lol C

[08:38] Zinnia Zauber: I know I am saying this like 80 million times today.

[08:39] Dave12 Kline: Dave Broviak

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: I just want to encourage folks to be welcome and known.

[08:39] Siculus: rik lee @rik_na1

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: Our meetings are also a great time to check out
other people’s profiles and revamp your own.

[08:39] Svea Morane quick cleans up his profile πŸ˜‰

[08:39] bulaklak: Good reminder, Zinnia. Mine could probably use a sprucing.

[08:39] Zinnia Zauber: How many open their profiles right then?
[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: ah! Yes!

[08:40] Tori Landau: blushes lol

[08:40] CarynTopia Silvercloud: Caryn Heilman, Topia Arts Center in
the Berkshires of NW MA,, @topiaartscenter

[08:40] Merlin Moonshadow checks Zinnia’s profile

[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: I am always giving homework! lol

[08:40] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare,
Kirksville, MO www., @brenabenoir @PreferredFamily

[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: hehe Do it Merlin!

TechSoup Announcements

[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: okay!
[08:40] Zinnia Zauber: TechSoup Announcements

[08:40] bulaklak: Hallo, folks!

[08:41] Buffy Beale: hi bulaklak πŸ™‚

[08:41] bulaklak: So, as we spoke about a few weeks ago, TechSoup
partnered with Zero Divide and the Mozilla Ignite folks on an Idea Jam
that posed the question: what if the internet had no limits?
[08:41] bulaklak: The event was excellent with a ton of energy and great ideas.
[08:42] bulaklak: For example, the Green team proposed capturing the
excess energy from the dancefloor at clubs to power the grid.
[08:42] bulaklak: Here is a recap of the entire evening with all of
the ideas that came out of it
[08:42] bulaklak:
[08:42] bulaklak: You can still submit ideas up through September 20
[08:43] bulaklak: and there is a $5k cash prize to help realize your
idea if it is ultimately picked
[08:43] bulaklak: Next Wednesday, August 22, we have the summer
edition of our mostly monthly OCTRIBE meetup for community managers
and those interested in community building
[08:44] bulaklak: We are going to do an open forum / roundtable
discussion at TechSoup HQ in SF

[08:44] Glitteractica Cookie: And those interested in social media in general

[08:44] bulaklak: But we will be live streaming to Adobe Connect and
will send that link around to anyone who registers

[08:44] bulaklak: Here is where to register
[08:44] bulaklak:

[08:45] Glitteractica Cookie: and taking questions from the virtual participants

[08:46] bulaklak: Lastly, as Glitter noted last week, our team is
hiring. If you are or know an amazing on and offline events producer
in the Bay Area (yes, it’s a local job out of our SF office) then here
is the info
[08:46] bulaklak:
[08:46] bulaklak: Thanks, all! Have a great meeting and awesome weekend!

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks bulaklak

[08:47] Zinnia Zauber: Do we have more TechSoup news?

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: Alebez?

[08:47] alebez: nope

[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: anything we’ve forgotten?
[08:47] Glitteractica Cookie: Oh wait, I have one more

[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: great

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: We are starting a breakfast speaker
series for Nonprofit tech folks in early October

[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: so, if you are in the SF Bay Area,
please join us. First one is on Oct 2
[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: not sure about whether we will live
stream into SL, but the live, in person series starts oct 2
[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: breakfast on us
[08:48] Glitteractica Cookie: ok, that is all

[08:48] Zinnia Zauber: Nice!
[08:49] Zinnia Zauber: Well, I know that we will all love it if more
cool events like that are streamed inworld for us.

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: topic is free tech resources and classes
for nonprofits and friends of nonprofits
[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: it would be great to see some of you there

[08:49] bulaklak: oh great topic

[08:49] Zinnia Zauber: We are thankful that you look into providing that.

[08:49] Glitteractica Cookie: We are happy to provide it

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: We will have to bring our own donuts. πŸ™‚
[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Super, thank you for all the TechSoup News!

Mentors Central

[08:50] Zinnia Zauber: Mentors Central
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: Last week we discussed our upcoming NPC Birthday!
[08:51] Zinnia Zauber: We have Mentors that are taking names and ideas
for our special event on Sept 21.
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Buffy, Ozma, and Brena are taking names!
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: We also have our meeting after this meeting to
[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: How many of you been with the Nonprofit Commons
from the start?

[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: me
[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: ;-P

[08:53] Buffy Beale: hand up πŸ™‚

[08:53] Oronoque Westland: since the first public meeting

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: wow!

[08:53] Ozma Malibu: yep

[08:53] Glitteractica Cookie: coughran has been

[08:53] Zinnia Zauber: Look at that!

[08:54] Ozma Malibu: since stone circle days πŸ™‚

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: I remember reading about you all and had to
wait until I got cable to finally make it here!

[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: there are lots from when we were on info isle
[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: many are still here

[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: That is really something to celebrate!

[08:54] Glitteractica Cookie: archives are all on the npsl wiki

[08:54] Ozma Malibu: Rik, Rhiannon from time to time

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: Please be sure to connect with the Mentors
about sharing your story during our celebration.

[08:55] Buffy Beale: I remember dancing for joy when I got the second
last office here πŸ™‚

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: lol That is great, Buffy! We all are in this together!

[08:55] Ozma Malibu: Buffy you were right next to the Floaters office

[08:55] Zinnia Zauber: How cool!

[08:55] Buffy Beale: yup we were neighbours πŸ™‚

[08:56] Oronoque Westland: I am the permanent fly on the wall

[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Please join us Sept 21, mark your cal!
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: We will have speakers, music, and of course dancing!

[08:56] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Is there audio?

[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: We are in chat, Gridjumper.

β€œVirtual Vision 2020 – a community plan for Second Life” with Pam Broviak / Pam Renoir

[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: Okay!
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: It is time for our speaker today!

[08:57] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): ok just checking wan’t sure if it was me

[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Pam Broviak / Pam Renoir is going to discuss
Virtual Vision 2020, an initiative to develop a plan for the Second
Life community.
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Pam is a licensed professional engineer with 30
years of experience in public works, most of which was spent working
in local government.
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Since joining Second Life in late 2006, she has
been exploring how to leverage virtual world technology in delivering
engineering and government services.
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Recently she has been facilitating plans for
virtual communities by applying planning concepts traditionally used
for physical spaces.
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber:
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: I met Pam in DC in May and excited to have her
share with us this plan!
[08:58] Zinnia Zauber: Please welcome Pam!

[08:58] Gentle Heron applauds for Pam and for community planning.

[08:58] Merlin Moonshadow applauds

[08:58] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): πŸ™‚ Hello everyone and thank you for
having me here today

[08:58] Buffy Beale: yay Pam!

[08:59] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): πŸ™‚
[08:59] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Let me first share a general
explanation of what Virtual Vision is all about:
[08:59] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Virtual Vision 2020 is an attempt to
capture the community’s thoughts, ideas, opinions, and goals for
Second Life.
[08:59] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Modeled off the community planning
process that takes place in communities all across the world, this
virtual plan can help the Second Life community define itself, set
goals for its future, and offer a roadmap for success.
[09:00] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Before starting down this road, it’s
important to explore this question: What is a community plan?
[09:00] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): To paraphrase an ICMA’s publication,
A community plan helps people anticipate and prepare for their
collective future.
[09:00] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): More specifically it explains why
the plan is needed, identifies community goals and objectives,
compares options and sets priorities, and suggests actions and
solutions and explores how well they might meet expectations of the
[09:01] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): It also identifies who might be best
positioned to carry out those actions or implement those solutions.
And finally it presents a method to measure the success of the plan.
[09:01] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): I was wondering if any of you have
participated in a community plan in your city or county?

[09:02] Gentle Heron has participated in community planning for her SL

[09:02] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir) whispers: Gentle – what was the
timeline for your plan

[09:02] Ethelred Weatherwax: Yes

[09:02] bulaklak: What is the ICMA?

[09:03] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): ICMA = International City/County
Management Association

[09:03] bulaklak: thanks

[09:03] Dancers Yao: in my RL city…Los Angeles

[09:03] Zinnia Zauber: Pam, is it okay for people to ask questions
along the way or do you want them at the end?

[09:03] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): that organization provides guidance
to management of communities

[09:03] Tori Landau: Same as Gentle, was when the OU had a social
island. I was involved with the planning for the community then.

[09:03] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): yes, please ask as I speak or feel
free to chat while i talk

[09:03] Zinnia Zauber: super, thank you!

[09:03] Oronoque Westland: Pam Broviak (pam.renoir) whispers: Gentle –
what was the timeline for your plan

[09:04] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Zinnia – you can change the slide

[09:04] Zinnia Zauber: πŸ™‚

[09:04] Ozma Malibu: wow Pam this is good timing, I am setting out to
organize my RL community so our SL gallery can manifest in a RL
historic district, first have to complete all the local paperwork as
we have national status now.
[09:05] Ozma Malibu: I am all ears. eyes.

[09:05] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Ozma – that is awesome! I believe
there is benefit to a RL/SL experience in planning
[09:05] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): we have much to learn from each environment
[09:06] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): So one question that might be asked
in here is: But why do we need a plan?
[09:06] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Again from ICMA, communities are
layers of human interaction and activity.
[09:06] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): And these interactions can lead to a
community’s confusion about its identity and purpose when they as a
whole occur with no guidance, purpose, or goal in mind.
[09:06] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): This also leads to a future vision
that is unclear and not defined.
[09:06] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): One consequence is that people
become hesitant about investing time and money in that community.
[09:07] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Obviously not every action occurring
in a community is done for the purpose of carrying out the plan’s
[09:07] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): But if no actions take place with a
plan in mind, the community risks adequately providing for its

[09:07] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Looking at the time zones one
possible solution would be to work with colleagues in differnt time
zones to make most use of space – leverage $$
[09:07] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): while some sleep other use the sapce
[09:07] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): exactly – it is a huge advantage of
the virtual space we can leverage

[09:08] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): While much of this happens on a
subtle level, I’ll give one of the more obvious examples of why this
is important.
[09:08] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Take Las Vegas – what do we think of
when we hear Las Vegas? That community spent years developing that
[09:08] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): What do all of you think of when you
hear Las Vegas?

[09:08] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): gambling

[09:08] Oronoque Westland: losing my money

[09:08] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): πŸ™‚

[09:09] Thynka Little: excessive energy use

[09:09] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): an oasis in the middle of a desert

[09:09] Dancers Yao: Elvis

[09:09] Ozma Malibu: party

[09:09] bulaklak: unreality

[09:09] Ethelred Weatherwax: foreclosed houses

[09:09] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Maing lemonade out of lemons

[09:09] Zotarah Shepherd: Gambling, entertainment

[09:09] Ozma Malibu: homeless in tunnels

[09:09] bulaklak: and buffets

[09:09] Thynka Little: dry heat

[09:09] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): fun

[09:09] Ozma Malibu: haha yes buffets

[09:09] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): sin city

[09:09] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): lol

[09:10] Zinnia Zauber: Where I buy all my sequins!

[09:10] Siculus: crime

[09:10] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): yes, one of the more well-branded
communities years in the making
[09:10] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): If you manage a large research
facility focusing on the study of corn and soybeans, would the lot
next to the Bellagio be a good investment as a future location for
your business?

[09:10] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): It has an identity for sure

[09:10] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Probably not.
[09:10] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): And if you had any doubts, you could
be sure of this by studying that area’s community plan.
[09:11] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): So while plans can drive investment,
they need to help ensure the most successful investment will take

[09:11] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): They have one of the largest
school districts in the country – Clark County

[09:11] Thynka Little:

[09:11] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): So if you want to open a gambling
place – it’s a great place, but maybe not so much for other types of
[09:12] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): They have a huge employment base
because of the strip so many children
[09:12] bulaklak: Fascinating. Never thought of Vegas in terms of
identity management before, but I’ll never look at it without that
lens again.
[09:12] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): A community’s identity is critical
for its economic development

[09:12] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Hmmm so is SLs identity a problem for us?

[09:12] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Yes, Gridjumper, This will be a
critical component of a plan for Second Life.

[09:13] Buffy Beale: good question Tanya

[09:13] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Zinnia – you can change the slide
[09:13] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): In developing a plan for the Second
Life community, it seems logical to follow the process used in the
physical world.

[09:13] Zinnia Zauber: πŸ™‚

[09:13] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): SLs identity is tied to LInden and
what they see as their future – do we know what that is?

[09:13] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): thanks πŸ™‚
[09:13] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Grid – that is the challenge and why
I had hoped they would participate in this effort. But I do not see
that happening

[09:13] Lotta Flux: good point, gridjumper

[09:13] Gentle Heron: We may be seeing hints with the link to Steam.

[09:14] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): They are certainly watching
[09:14] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): if not participating

[09:14] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): It’s been successfully used for a
long time, and there are many examples to follow. However, we need to
adapt it to our virtual environment.
[09:14] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): These are the categories I’ve set up
so far to try to capture the most important sectors without getting
too detailed.

[09:15] Buffy Beale: One category I would think is Recreation (fun stuff)
[09:15] Buffy Beale: ohh silly me I see it now πŸ™‚ scratch that

[09:15] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): yes recreation is a critical
component for our quality of life

[09:16] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Bandwith is a necessity

[09:16] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): i would definitely be interested in
feedback on these
[09:16] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): yes, i would place bandwidth in the
infrastructure and services category
[09:16] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Next slide please πŸ™‚
[09:17] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): And this slide lays out the general
steps we will follow in developing the plan.

[09:17] Zinnia Zauber: πŸ™‚

[09:17] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Right now, we are in the beginning phases.

[09:17] Ozma Malibu: there are 2 kinds of education going on:
SL-related (highly necessary) and educators from outside investigating
how SL can contribute to RL/distance ed
[09:17] Ozma Malibu: the latter are having trouble with financing now

[09:17] Thynka Little: the SL business plan and the community plan
would not be one and the same.

[09:18] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Exactly Ozma – education of us both
for RL and SL and us using education for RL purposes
[09:18] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Thynka – I believe you are correct –
although the plan for the community can address the business side of
it, a more detailed plan would help the business aspect much like a
downtown plan is used as a subplan for RL spaces

[09:19] Oronoque Westland: ? – Pam pls clarify who “we” is

[09:19] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): for the plan? the we would be anyone
on the planning team – it is a volunteer effort open to anyone who
wants to help

[09:20] Merlin Moonshadow: How do you propose to implement the plan?
Test communities that might then become part of an overall community?
Obviously, there won’t be a full implementation without Lindn Lab’s

[09:20] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): so far I have only a few volunteers
– Thynka, Sandy Adam, and Eric Hackathorn

[09:20] Oronoque Westland: thank you

[09:21] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Merlin – you are correct – the best
implementation would have the support of LL because only they can
accomplish some of the goals. The plan should identify the best group
for implementation of each objective/goal
[09:21] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Then it would be up to those groups
to accept the responsibility for working towards that goal
[09:22] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Just like a RL plan that might
identify land owners or organizations, in the end only they can choose
to implement the suggestions
[09:22] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): So far we’ve had two workshops that
Georgianna Blackburn and I hosted at SL9B. And we are planning to host
many more.

[09:23] Merlin Moonshadow: And there’s still value in a voluntary
grass-roots effort to build a community plan.

[09:23] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): I would like to help this
effort. I think about these issues constantly.

[09:23] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Yes, Merlin that is what I finally
realized after watching SL9B

[09:23] Ozma Malibu: do you have RL educators involved, who are trying
to hang on here?

[09:24] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): It would be great to have as many of
you as possible help develop this plan- I really believe it would help
all of us so much as a community

[09:24] Oronoque Westland: I am hanging on by a thread

[09:24] Sarvana Haalan: It has been an uphill effort… with so little
funding πŸ™

[09:24] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Ozma – I have talked to some people
in the education community – they are a vital component of this plan.
But I haven’t yet had a chance to present the idea to them

[09:24] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): There is a group of educators
associated with ISTE (SIGVE) they have a small space and there are
higher ed communities here and there

[09:25] Zotarah Shepherd: ISTE used to have 4 sims and weekly speakers
and a inworld TV show

[09:25] Oronoque Westland: @Pam, perhaps you could present this idea
to a VWER round table

[09:25] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Education is critical for our
success as a community – just as true here as in RL

[09:25] Merlin Moonshadow: VWBPE

[09:26] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): ISTE now has a small space and
monthly speakers

[09:26] Zotarah Shepherd nods

[09:26] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Oronoque – I would love to do that
and hope that some educators would volunteer to be on our planning
[09:26] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): ISTE would be a great partner i nthis
[09:27] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): So something I’ve been amazed about
and Something I hadn’t initially considered, but quickly realized was
the amazing amount of constructive feedback the Second Life community
provides online.

[09:28] Sarvana Haalan: indeed

[09:28] Ozma Malibu: We are losing our education island end of
December unless we find 2 more ppl/groups willing to share. just btw.

[09:28] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): It will be so helpful to capture
that information and use it in the development of the plan. This is
something that does not yet happen in our physical communities, but
hopefully someday will.

[09:28] Merlin Moonshadow: Since SL is a community of communities, how
can we define one single community to base a plan on?

[09:29] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Merlin – that is a great question i often see

[09:29] Ozma Malibu: a community of interwined communities, really

[09:29] Thynka Little: certainly parts of it are very vocal, and this
initiative would be looking to draw out participation from as broad a
user base as possible

[09:29] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): I guess I have approached it as we
do in our physical communities

[09:29] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): perhaps a database of all the
islands and timeframes of rent running out

[09:29] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): That is true Thynka

[09:29] Sarvana Haalan: Would th eplan help connect the communities
for collaborative activities?

[09:30] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): If ppl have a similar purpose but
are using the same during differnt times it could work

[09:30] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Yes Sarvana – it could very much
help provide a plan for assisting with those types of efforts which
might be critical to our success

[09:30] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Ok, so Once we have collected
feedback, we can create a draft plan. Then we’ll throw it out to the
community for review and comments. We can revise the plan based on the
information we receive and then finally publish. The plan can then be
used to help all of us work toward common goals to ensure our future
success as a community.

[09:30] Sarvana Haalan: Making “community” more than a word

[09:30] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Next slide please πŸ™‚
[09:31] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): There are many ways to participate
in this effort. I’ve listed them on this slide.

[09:31] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): I like the range of possibilities

[09:31] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): And again, please let me know if you
want to help in any way. It is definitely an open, community effort
[09:31] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): or if you have any other ideas
definitely bring them up anytime
[09:32] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): We can go on to the next slide
[09:32] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): This is the last slide: You can
follow the progress of the plan on the Virtual Vision 2020 Website at or by joining our Second Life group.
[09:32] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): The last two things I want to
mention are that the plan will be published as a public domain
document – it will be most useful if there is no specific owner of the
[09:32] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): and again I want to add that this is
a volunteer effort by the community and not affiliated with Linden Lab
in any way. Although I believe it would be beneficial to have their
involvement, and I tried to propose the idea to them, they expressed
no interest at all in leading the effort.

[09:33] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): no interest in LEADING – any
interest in following?

[09:33] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): We have a few minutes left for
feedback and questions but feel free to ask anything

[09:33] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): supportin?
[09:34] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): LL imean

[09:34] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): I could only hope they would
participate somehow – maybe eventually LL will
[09:34] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): it would be so much better if we can
all work together

[09:34] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Have you considered any work in Opensim?
[09:34] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Lots of educational comunities have moved
[09:34] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): mostly due to pricing

[09:34] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): I do believe eventually in OS we
will have to do the same thing. We are working on a community plan
right now in MOSES

[09:35] Sarvana Haalan: any plans for Kitely?

[09:35] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Well it could start with support –
for and among eachohter

[09:35] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): I think Kitely is a great service
and very useful. Once they interconnect the sims it will also become
more of a regular community and could eventually benefit from a plan

[09:35] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): i believe that was on your list

[09:37] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Gridjumper – because the edu
community is so large and active, they probably would benefit from a
plan like Thynka suggested for the business community. That plan would
probably look at all worlds in its implementation.

[09:37] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): how do you join the group in sl?

[09:37] Oronoque Westland: ? – is there a need to clarify the
perspective the plan is coming from…seems to me we are more
advocates than we are community planners

[09:37] Sarvana Haalan: awesome… this gives quite a bit to share
with “doubting” colleagues when discussing our virtual “community”

[09:37] Thynka Little: i think of the community as separate and
distinct from any particular platform

[09:38] Veri Oddfellow: Oh, should have said before … Brad Lewis,
Great Strides, Damascus, MD Sorry so

[09:38] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Oronoque – the plan will state that
objective. We are advocates but now are moving into planning mode.
It’s either that or allow others to choose our destiny

[09:38] Sarvana Haalan: I just joined via your Profile group listing

[09:38] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): One way to share with the doubters
– since it is not easy to bring them here – is Machinima or live

[09:38] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Thanks Sarvana- yes you can find the
group in my profile and join. Thanks!

[09:38] Gentle Heron: Just because we live next door to each other in
RL doesn’t mean we belong to the same community (or communities). Only
in the sense that we both pay taxes to the same entity, which gets to
make a “community plan” that affects how they run a sewer line to both
of us. We don’t either one of us get to choose the sewer line. The
tax-collecting entity does that.

[09:38] Sarvana Haalan: Me too,.. Sally S.Cherry, Baltimore, MD

[09:38] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Virtual Vision 2020 click
this.. to join the Virtual Vision 2020 group

[09:39] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Thanks Magic!
[09:39] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): And yes, Machinima would be very
helpful in our effort

[09:39] Thynka Little: get Draxtor involved
[09:39] Thynka Little: i will contact him

[09:39] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): thanks any1

[09:40] Merlin Moonshadow: Do you think there’s a benefit in creating
a multipurpose plan that smaller communities could use yet that would
scale to a larger community?

[09:40] Sarvana Haalan: are the previous workshops archived?

[09:40] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): That is true Gentle – it’s why i
think an overall plan will work here even though we have so many
subcommunities – RL does not involve each specific community but
provides the broad picture
[09:40] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Merlin -yes most definitely – that
would be a great goal for the plan
[09:40] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Sarvana – I put up a summary on the
Virtual Vision Website of the first workshops

[09:41] Oronoque Westland: ? – are the slides available?

[09:41] Sarvana Haalan: Great!!!

[09:41] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): I can post them at

[09:41] Oronoque Westland: oh, great…I would like to know more about
the workshops

[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Pam!

[09:41] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): ok, i think we have to wrap up

[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: This has been super!

[09:41] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): thanks so very much for allowing me
to share this idea

[09:41] Gentle Heron: Thanks Pam, this is an excellent process for
community planning.

[09:41] Sarvana Haalan: Pam rocks!!!!! woot, woot!!! πŸ™‚

[09:42] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): I am here only because I have a
day off – my school district blocks SL. Times of presentations and
events can be an issue – thus streaming and taping can be useful

[09:42] Oronoque Westland: I am thinking I can introduce my students
to this process

[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: I think everyone really wants to ask you more
and I bet they can IM you?

[09:42] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Bravo!!! Great job Pam.

[09:42] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Very Brave and Ambitious Pam!
Ty for Leading This Initiative!

[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you for sharing this with us Pam! Awesome!

[09:42] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): β˜†β˜†β˜† HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooow! β˜†β˜†β˜†

[09:42] Sarvana Haalan: I am still travel back from Atlanta… taking
the scenic route via Charlotte, NC. LOL, LOL

[09:42] Tori Landau: Thanks Pam, a lot to think about °͜°

[09:43] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): yes, definitely! i can talk about
planning and virtual worlds all day lol

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: I know we want to! lol

[09:43] Sarvana Haalan: And she knows what she is talking about…

[09:43] Buffy Beale: Cheering! this was so interesting

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you so much!

[09:43] Merlin Moonshadow: Thanks, Pam!

[09:43] Sarvana Haalan: Thanks Pam

[09:43] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Thanks to all of you!

Open Mic / Announcements

[09:43] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, before we hit our Open Mic! I have links
for you all!
[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Here are the many ways to can get involved with the
Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:

Nonprofit Commons Blog:




Google Group:

Google Calendar:

About TechSoup the sponsors of the Nonprofit Commons:
[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Join us inworld:

NPC Weekly Meeting on Fridays, 8:30 – 10 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

NPC Mentors Meeting: Fridays, 10:10 – 11 AM SLT Plush Amphitheater,
Plush Nonprofit Commons (91,127,26)

Wharf Ratz Tuesday Night Extraordinary Dance Extravaganza, Every
Tuesday 7 – 9 PM SLT Preferred Family Healthcare on Aloft, Aloft
Nonprofit Commons (168,223,22)

CommonGround – Color Themed Monthly Networking Event on 3rd Thursday,
5 – 7 PM SLT CommonGround on Aloft, Aloft Nonprofit Commons (59,68,25)
[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Okay!
[09:44] Zinnia Zauber: Who has an Open Mic Announcement?

[09:45] Thynka Little: me πŸ™‚
[09:45] Thynka Little: The 5th annual Virtual State Fair Week,
sponsored by Cooperative Extension, will be September 10-16. Any
non-profit with content related to the Extension focus areas is
welcome to put up an exhibit on the fairgrounds. Please message me for
details. The fair is located at
[09:45] Thynka Little: Morrill (131,6,24)

[09:45] Gentle Heron: Virtual State Fair is more fun than a barrel of corn dogs!

[09:45] Zinnia Zauber: lol

[09:46] Thynka Little: to figure out if your content relates go to

[09:46] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid):

[09:46] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Next Tuesday night SIGVE is having
an event for Connected Educators – Please stop by SIGVE or watch on

[09:47] Lotta Flux: Grid, Do you have the SLURL or LM?

[09:47] Zinnia Zauber: Excellent! We WA folks know how to teach and party in SL!

[09:47] Sarvana Haalan: lol, indeed so Z

[09:47] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): The destinations are:
Second Life ISTE SIGVE Headquarters at EduIsland 9 (41,93,22)
Virtual Pioneers at EduIsland 9 (106,77,22)
VSTE at VSTE Island (59,193,28)
SLEEC at SLEEC Island (31,192,22)
Games MOOC at Front Range in Second Life at Front Range (148,88,33)
Cognitive Disonance Guild at World of Warcraft Sisters of Elune Server

[09:47] Lotta Flux: thx!

[09:48] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Each of the ed sites will give a 9
minute tour the whole thing is bieng streamed via Google hangout
[09:48] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): It starts at SIGVE HQ

[09:48] Zinnia Zauber: That is great Gridjumper!

[09:48] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): The method has been working very
well and one I would recommend to this group

[09:48] Sarvana Haalan: cool

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: Super!
[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: Any other announcements?

[09:49] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): If the goal is to bring in new ppl
[09:49] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): for support etc

[09:49] Zinnia Zauber: good plan, events are super for that!

[09:49] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): 9PM EST next tuesday
[09:49] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): August 21
[09:50] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): Yes perhaps SIGVE could partner
with this group
[09:50] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): we seem to have similar goals

[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Let’s talk about that!

[09:50] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): Don’t forget to join the virtual
vision group if you want to keep up with the progress or volunteer!

[09:51] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Virtual Vision 2020 click
this.. to join the Virtual Vision 2020 group

[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Great!
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Any other announcements?

[09:52] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): <– motions to adjourn

[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Okay, one more thing before we go.
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Not so fast Magic! lol

[09:53] Sarvana Haalan: we never adjourn here… we just pause… lol, lol

[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: I wanted to encourage everyone to set in their
Prefs to not let your avatar to sleep.
[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Do you guys know how to do that?
[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: I take much better photos when everyone is awake!

[09:54] Dancers Yao: how?

[09:54] Thynka Little: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: And, it makes our speakers feel great if you are awake!

[09:54] Lotta Flux: lol

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: okay

[09:54] Sarvana Haalan: true

[09:54] Buffy Beale: lol Thynka

[09:54] Gentle Heron: Yes Zinnia, but more accurate photos when some
of us are asleep.

[09:54] Merlin Moonshadow: So pass out the caffeine, Zinnia. πŸ˜‰

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: Under Me >

[09:54] Sarvana Haalan: tea for me, please…. hehe

[09:54] Zinnia Zauber: Preferences

[09:55] Karaoke String: peanut butter and jelly marshmellows for me please

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: General >

[09:55] Karaoke String: i just found the recipe

[09:55] Gentle Heron: Me -> Preferences -> General -> Away Timeout
(set it for over an hour)

[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: At the bottom, you see Away Timeout
[09:55] Zinnia Zauber: Yes, or never

[09:55] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): / Control P preferences..
General tab… in Viewer 3 there is an Away Timeout pulldown… more
complexicated in other browsers… … V1 variants.. Ctrl Alt D to get
Advanced Menu… then Advanced > Character > Character Tests > CHECK
Go Away/AFK When Idle

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you guys for helping!

[09:56] Sarvana Haalan: I have mine set on “Never”.

[09:56] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): Uncheck***

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: Please set that, we never sleep in SL!

[09:56] Oronoque Westland: I never go to sleep, not even in RL

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: Great meeting and thank you all for being part
of our community!

[09:56] Gentle Heron: oh Oro!

[09:56] Zinnia Zauber: hehe

[09:56] Buffy Beale: ohh Oro have a nap then

[09:56] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks

[09:57] Sarvana Haalan: This is My Life… I never sleep… I let
“Sally” do the sleeping… LOL, LOL

[09:57] Buffy Beale: lol Sar

[09:57] Gridjumper (tanya.smedley): TY very interesting presentaiton

[09:57] alebez: thank you!

[09:57] Merlin Moonshadow: Thanks, everyone. I have to run back to RL. πŸ™‚

[09:57] Sarvana Haalan: Excellent presentation!!

[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: We have the Mentors Meeting at 10:05
[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: ANd, thank you you again Pam!

[09:57] Magic Pathfinder (any1.gynoid): yes, great meeting ty
everyone! Huggles ZINNIA! u da boss!

[09:57] Zinnia Zauber: lol, thank you Magic!

[09:57] Sarvana Haalan: going for my tea now… brb

[09:58] Buffy Beale: bye all who aren’t staying after have a great week

[09:58] Glitteractica Cookie: bye alll=

[09:58] Pam Broviak (pam.renoir): yes, thanks to everyone!

[09:58] Zinnia Zauber: Please take care!

[09:58] Gentle Heron waves to everyone who is leaving

– End of Line –

Written by: Zinnia Zauber

Positive Work Being Done in Second Life & Other Virtual Worlds

One of the efforts the Mentors group has been focused on these last few weeks has been on this project of collecting news and other interesting items that would reflect the kinds of positive work being done in Second Life and other virtual worlds settings. The idea has been to then share this perspective with the world at large in order to help balance out the general image presented by popular media, which tends more often to focus on Second Life and virtual worlds as places for purely recreational gaming or which tends to take a perspective that perhaps highlights more potentially sensationalistic pursuits, like virtual sex.

So as part of this effort by the Mentors group over the last several weeks, I’ve been gathering items I thought were especially interesting from this standpoint to share. As I collected and began to study the items that caught my attention, I realized they were falling into three general categories for me…

First Category: Items Focused on How People Think of and Behave Towards the Virtual & One Another.

These items provide opportunities for exploring and perhaps changing how we perceive & understand virtual spaces, as well as opportunities to consider how we relate to one another both concerning virtual spaces and within them. These are topics I find especially interesting to consider given my intrinsic interests in the social sciences, philosophy, and the human experience.


Second Category: Items about Second Life Being Used to Help & Empower Others and for Self-Development.


Third Category: Items about Second Life Being Used for Education & Learning:


Finding and studying these examples has really opened my eyes to the kind of creative thought and innovative, constructive work being done in virtual settings. As I’ve encountered and studied these items, I’ve also shared them with friends & colleagues as well as with others in the broader social network environments I inhabit.

I hope that you’ll find some of these items as interesting as I did and also consider sharing them with others. And speaking of sharing, if you’ve encountered similar news or other similarly interesting items I would invite you to please share them with us here!

P.S. I’m realizing in hindsight that I’ve entirely missed items related to the arts, which is a glaring omission! From my own experience, I know that Second Life has a great deal to offer in this area of endeavor as well, so there must be news or other items out there highlighting some of the incredibly creative work being done; I would personally be grateful if people could also share items related to the arts and making a difference.

Written by: Jerry Buchko

SL and Skype voice troubleshooting

Let’s face it. We all know that SL’s voice isn’t totally stable, but there are a few things you can do to clear up a bad connection on the fly or make a dead mike work.

Dead mike – If your SL client is not recognizing your microphone (most common reason for a dead mike), go into (on viewer 2) ME – PREFERENCES – SOUND AND MEDIA TAB – INPUT DEVICES TAB then select your microphone. It should say something similar to (Microphone (Logitech Voicemaster USB) as one of the selections. Usually the selection labeled “default” is not the one you want. Only try it as a last resort.

If this doesn’t work, on windows 7, go into START – CONTROL PANEL – DEVICES AND PRINTERS then look in there and you should see your microphone. If not, make sure you have drivers installed for it. Right click to make it your default device, then close. Restart SL and it should pick up the mike in the previously mentioned input devices tab.

If neither of these work, it may be that your mike is simply damaged (They do break very easily) or not compatible – in this case, replace the mike with another, preferably newer model.

IF YOUR MIKE IS BEING DETECTED BUT DOESN’T WORK, make sure that the SL voice client is enabled. You can easily tell by looking at yourself and seeing if avatars have a white dot. If they don’t, voice is down. Look at the top of your screen in the location bar – if you see a sound symbol with a red hash over it, the sim owner has deliberately turned voice off. If voice is available, the simplest thing to do is to relog SL and see if the Vivox server catches it and starts up voice for you. If this doesn’t work after a couple tries, hit cntrl-alt-delete and then show all processes button. Manually kill the Vivox client which is called SLvoice.exe, then restart SL. It should force the Vivox server to notice you and send a new handshake signal, thus re-enabling SL voice.

Skype —

This is actually quite similar to troubleshooting SL. You get to this setting by using EDIT – TOOLS – OPTIONS and there you will see your hardware settings. Just make sure that your input and output are on the desired device(s) and you should be good to go. The no-go situations from SL also apply here. Damaged mikes wont work any better on Skype than they do on SL


In all cases, use USB hardware. Analog headsets may or may not work, and should only be used by advanced users that know how to configure sound card daughterboards (Some people seem to think analog sounds better, but I’ve only known them to be a boatload of hassle when said people can’t get them to work when they need them). USB does all that work for you the moment you plug the device in.

Written by: HydraShaftoe

Weekly Update from Nonprofit Commons

Events this week:
Free Webinar on Tuesday 9/21 at 11AM PST:
Social Media Decision Making

Online Community MeetUp Wednesday night 9/22, 7PM PST in San Francisco
Hope you can join us in person, online or via Second Life inworld at the Plush Nonprofit Commons:

8:30AM PST Friday meeting at the Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheatre
Join us this FRIDAY AM for Meet Your Neighbor and other nonprofit technology leaders at

Last week at the NPC:

* Ana Farber, a PhD down at University of Texas, Austin has invited us to participate in the SLActions Conference, abstracts are due by September 30th at with chapters all over the world.

* Jenelle Levenque shared the Transgender American Veterans Association: educates government agencies on the needs of their transgendered constituents. Scheduled office hours inworld are Fridays from 0730 to 0830 and Murray or Alana Haefnir are also inworld to take your questions.

* Penguin (Megan at TechSoup Global) shared the FORUMS and here’s a full list of topics: All are invited to participate online and share their knowledge! Ninlil (Layal) also made a video tutorial on how to do this at

TechSoup Technology Help Desk Office Hours
TechSoup has answered the community’s technology questions via telephone, email, and on TechSoup’s forums. This has also begun to occur on TechSoup’s social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook groups. In keeping with this tradition, we have decided to experiment with TechSoup Technology Help Desk Office Hours inside Second Life to include all sorts of social media & technology questions.

Times are Tue 4-5pm, Wed 4-5pm, Thu 5-6pm, all times are Pacific.
We are also open to your recommendations, please read more information about:

Reminder: Submit your Projects to the FACT Social Justice Challenge at NetSquared
The French American Charitable Trust (FACT) and NetSquared are pleased to announce the second annual FACT Social Justice Awards. Submissions are now open for your innovative Projects that leverage web and/or mobile technologies to foster collaboration around social justice issues. Learn more about the Challenge and how to participate here:

From Laura at Horsenet in MD: Our rescue is taking part in the Petfinder Shelter Challenge. Shelters with the most votes are eligible for grants. Please help us win by voting daily from today through 12/19. Go to and search “HorseNet Horse Rescue” in Mount Airy, MD to vote.

An Easy Inworld Tip:
There are tons of classes on building, scripting, machinima production, even working with the new meshes that Second Life is now releasing for fully sculpted objects that look more real than ever before. For more detail on Linden Lab’s progress on MESH SUPPORT that will allow imports from 3D design programs, see this blog post:…

Every week inworld we share these links to our community sites:
Nonprofit Commons blog & wiki
Google Group:
Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft every Tues., 8PM SLT
Monthly Networking Event: The first Thurs. of every month, at Common Ground, Plush, 5 -7PM SLT
Avatars United:

Thank you for your contributions to the Nonprofit Commons! Stay in touch:

Written by: InKenzo

Weekly Update: September 7th at NPC

Events this week

8:30AM Friday meeting at the Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
Join us this FRIDAY AM for fun sharing on the web and with heat maps as we connect great organizations at

Last week at the NPC:
Nonprofit Commons

Laura24 Kiranov (Laura Jones at HorseNet Horse Rescue in Mt. Airy, MD) shared with us her horse adoption program based between Baltimore and Washington, DC. Laura is a valuable addition to the NPC and HorseNet is featured now on EcoCommons and on the web at

MacZ Urbanwicz (Mackenzie Glander) shared her work with Global Plan-It, a nonprofit bridging gaps in Mali where Mackenzie grew up. MacZ has been helping build out a number of spaces on the Nonprofit Commons islands behind the scenes. Find out more about their work at

Megan, Susan, Evonne and Jessica spoke last week at CALCASA’s National Sexual Assault Conference in Hollywood. Megan’s blog post including video testimonials and Slideshare presentations on Listening Online and Multimedia campaigns can be found at

Layal shared great video tutorials for working on the wiki: and

LilTank Thibedeau is gathering people interested in World Aids Day events inworld, first meeting was this weekend.

ShaunG Lynch is teaching a graduate course in fundraising at McGill University in Montreal and he has 7 student groups looking for organizations to work with, please IM him for details.

RevCheryl is presenting at Sessions will occur at CESL in Second Life (SLURL Marina Del Rey 102, 70, 27). RevCheryl speaks on Sept 16 at 11am EDT.

HB Eternal announced launch of weekly meditations each Sunday at 10am SLT: The Love Foundation is located on Plush NPC.

Note the FACT Social Justice Challenge below is open through October 4th.

Reminder: Submit your Projects to the FACT Social Justice Challenge at NetSquared

The French American Charitable Trust (FACT) and NetSquared are pleased to announce the second annual FACT Social Justice Awards. Submissions are now open for your innovative Projects that leverage web and/or mobile technologies to foster collaboration around social justice issues. Learn more about the Challenge and how to participate here:

TechSoup Talks! Webinars will resume September 21 and 30.

An Easy Inworld Tip:
If you need help inworld click on a mailbox to send a one line message to, our mentors helpdesk – or just drop us a line anytime.

Every week inworld we share these links to our community sites:

Nonprofit Commons blog:


Twitter: @npsl

Google Group:


Here are more ways to get involved with Nonprofit Commons in Second Life:



Weekly Networking Event: Wharf Ratz, Aloft every Tuesday 8PM SLT

Monthly Networking Event: The first Thurs. of every month, at Common Ground, Plush, 5 -7PM SLT

Avatars United:

Thank you for your contributions to the Nonprofit Commons! Stay in touch:

Written by: InKenzo

Weekly Update from the Nonprofit Commons: August 30, 2010

Weekly Update from the Nonprofit Commons

Events this week:
Mixed Reality Tour led by Buffy Beale!
Wednesday September 1st at 2PM PST from 2010 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC)
Β in Hollywood CA. Follow @calcasa and the #nsac hashtag on Twitter

8:30AM Friday meeting at the Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheatre
Join us this FRIDAY AM for Meet Your Neighbor with new tenants Laura24 Kiranov of HorseNet and MacZ Urbanowicz with Global PlanIt, along with a recap from the NSAC Conference and more on the NPC Wiki as we build it together at

Last week at the NPC:
Rik from Global Kids (Rik Riel inSL) shared approaches to transitioning 16 & 17 year olds into the adult grid, use of PG sims for youth-friendly zones and combining sims with allied organizations. There was consensus that we want to invite youth to participate at NPC and create some sort of portal space for new teen tenants.
 Denise Harrison at NPC wrote a great article on this shift for teen educational programming:…

Sandra Andrews spoke about Amy Sample Ward and Netsquared’s work with the Community Organizers Handbook (Ozma Malibu inSL), now available on the web at

Community Organizers Handbook

Layal (Ninlil Xentiltat inSL) spoke to the desire of many organizations to create office hours, and Tina Walker has been working with her on the wiki to track office hours and avatars available.

Penguin and the web team have been hard at work bringing on new bloggers and helping to train, with help from Ninlil on Flickr and In Kenzo on the content. New bloggers are welcome to add pieces on upcoming events, opportunities of interest, inworld meetups relevant to our work at NPC.

Penguin, Glitteractica, Kali and In Kenzo will be at the NSAC Conference with @CALCASA sharing social media secrets for nonprofit organizations along with mixed reality tours on September 1st.

Note the FACT Social Justice Challenge below is open through October 4th.

Reminder: Submit your Projects to the FACT Social Justice Challenge at NetSquared
The French American Charitable Trust (FACT) and NetSquared are pleased to announce the second annual FACT Social Justice Awards. Submissions are now open for your innovative Projects that leverage web and/or mobile technologies to foster collaboration around social justice issues. Learn more about the Challenge and how to participate here:

4:00 AM SLT
Instructor: Ishtar Roussel
Builders Brewery, Dockside

In class one we will make a group of wild roses or similar type flower. You will learn how to choose quality textures for your plant making, how to use cam controls to help with plant making, how to apply textures to the faces of the prims, how to make your flowers flexible, how to arrange the prims to form the plant shape, and how to add wind to make the flowers move slightly in the breeze.

This class is suitable for people who are new to building, and we will move at a gentle pace. It is not suitable for anyone who is not yet familiar with the controls in their viewer.

An Easy Inworld Tip:
Snapshots from inworld events can be sent directly to your favorite photo service via email address – send to email when taking a snapshot by grabbing the custom URL from Flickr or your photo host. Don’t forget to tag your photos #NPSL so we can find them.

Thank you for your contributions to the Nonprofit Commons! Stay in touch:

Written by: InKenzo