Real World Impacts from the Virtual World – Nov. 17

Please save the date on this upcoming event in Second Life on “Real World Impacts from the Virtual World” on learning in virtual worlds on November 17 from 3-5pm. There are several of your non-profit colleagues who will be participating including Techsoup, Native Lands, the Ability Commons, the Texas Obesity Research Center, and Global Kids.

Sneak Preview of MacArthur Foundation’s new island in Second Life
November 17th 1-5PM PST

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the USC Network Culture Project and Global Kids invite you to a sneak preview of a new Second Life sim that features MacArthur programs and grantees. The event will be held on November 17, 2008 from 1-5pm PST.

Join us to learn about how groups use virtual spaces like Second Life to build real opportunities — preserving native peoples’ cultures, creating accessible spaces for people with disabilities, helping obese people make healthy life choices and teaching underprivileged youth about paleontology and science.

This interactive series of events will take place on Foundations Sim and the neighboring archipelago that includes the Network Culture Project, Justice Commons and Aloft Nonprofit Commons.

1:00PM PST: Emerging Communities and the Public Good Community Challenge: Challenge awardees share their lessons learned. Hosted by USC Network Culture Project

2:00PM PST: Tours of the Foundations Sim will be led by avatars from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Workshop and discussion on International Development Opportunities hosted by Nonprofit Commons at SLURL

3:00PM PST: Panel Discussion on Using Virtual Worlds for Learning, hosted by

4:00PM PST: “Birds-of-a-feather” Breakout Sessions and Social Mixer hosted by Global Kids

More information will be sent out shortly.

Written by: Beth J. Bates