Transcript of NPC Meeting with Namaara MacMoragh of Etopia April 20 2012

To mark the occasion of Earth Day, the Nonprofit Commons welcomed Namaara MacMoragh, owner of the Etopia Eco-Community in Second Life, to our weekly meetup on April 20, 2012.

Read on for the full transcript of the meeting….

April 20, 2012, 8:30am PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


• 8:30am Introductions
• 8:40am TechSoup Announcements
• 8:45am Mentors Central: Harper Beresford with a Review of the Fashion for Life event in SL.
• 8:55am Etopia Island owner Namaara MacMoragh
• 9:30am OpenMic/ Announcements


[08:21] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): morning folks!
[08:21] Chayenn: Bonjour Rik
[08:22] HB Eternal: Howdy Rikster
[08:22] Lissy Waydelich (lissy.racer): Good Morning
[08:26] Red (talkwithmarie): hey everybody:)
[08:27] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): is someone taking my picture? Is there anything in my teeth?
[08:28] jacmacaire Humby: Hi everyone…
[08:28] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): I think i see a piece of sourdough toast points at it
[08:28] Red (talkwithmarie): oh oh
[08:30] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): whispers: Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Nonprofit
[08:30] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Commons!
[08:30] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m Rik Panganiban, community manager here from
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): It’s great to see everyone here today.
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): As you should know, its EarthDay in a couple of days
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): So we’re excited to have Namaara of Etopia coming to speak to us.
[08:31] Red (talkwithmarie): yay!
[08:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): But first, as always we introduce ourselves
[08:32] Red (talkwithmarie): Marie C.-talkwithmarie, aka Red., Greater Boston, Girls project/Girl TV/Talk!withmarie,,, @talkwithmarie
[08:32] Ronnie Rhode: Denise Harrison, The Garden for the Missing, and SLURL, Project Jason, assistance for families of the missing,
[08:32] Chayenn: Monique Richert, Protect Yourself 1, Inc; Baltimore MD,, ; @PY1US
[08:32] HB Eternal: Harold W Becker, The Love Foundation, Florida, @lovefoundation
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Please type into the text chat your real life name, location, organization, URL and Twitter handle — if you like!
[08:32] Em Ellsmere: Tina Walker, The ALS Association, Washington DC,, @alsassociation
[08:32] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc.
[08:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): This is for our meeting today and our records for later.
[08:32] Sister Abeyante: Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS Milwaukee, WI @SisterAbeyante as well as a volunteer with Virtual Ability, Inc.
[08:32] Panny Bakerly: Jeanne Booth, Freeport Historical Society, Freeport, NY; @FrptHisSoc
[08:32] bulaklak: Michael DeLong, TechSoup,, @TechSoup @MichaelDeLongSF
[08:32] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Bruce Hestley, Transgender American Veterans Association, Akron, OH,
[08:32] Zinnia Zauber: Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond, Sequim Humanities and Arts Alliance, Sequim, Olympic Peninsula, Washington. @renneemiko
[08:32] Brena Benoir: Brenda Bryan, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville, Missouri,, @brenabenoir
[08:33] Ozma Malibu: Sandra Andrews, Floaters Org, Arizona, Mexico & On the Road, @ozma
[08:33] alebez: ale bezdikian, online community coordinator, techsoup, @alebez, @techsoup
[08:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Rik Panganiban, Oakland CA, Nonprofit Commons /, http://nonprofitcommons, @betterverse @npsl
[08:33] jacmacaire Humby: Jacques Macaire HUMANBE Action Tank and Council on Sustainable Development France and International @Humanbe
[08:33] Glitteractica Cookie: Susan tenby, Online Community and Social Media director, TechSOup, SAn Francisco, CA usa @suzboop @techsoup
[08:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): anyone else?
[08:35] Kali Idziak: Jessica Dally, Community Voice Mail, Seattle, WA @jessicadally @cvmnational
[08:35] DyVerse Jeffery-Steele (dyverse): Ricky Davis San Antonio Online DJ, Peer support for chronic illness
[08:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): welcome all
[08:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): And if I wasn’t clear, you don’t ahve to be with an organization. We still would love to know who you are!


[08:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): And now lets get an update from, the founder of the Nonprofit Commons
[08:37] Lissy Waydelich (lissy.racer): hello im not with a group or organization
[08:37] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Lissy, that’s fine. Who are you and where are you from?
[08:37] bulaklak: Hi, all! Happy Friday, if it is Friday in your area.
[08:37] Glitteractica Cookie: And how did you hear about NPC? What brings you here?
[08:38] Lissy Waydelich (lissy.racer): this is only my second day back at sl after a yeear off , im looking for a group i would like to devote my time to
[08:38] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): great thanks for coming!
[08:38] bulaklak: Welcome, Lissy!
[08:39] Lissy Waydelich (lissy.racer): ty
[08:39] bulaklak: So…as Rik mentioned this Sunday is Earth Day. TechSoup honored this day this week with our latest episode of Nonprofits Live hosted by InKenzo
[08:39] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): welcome Lissy 🙂
[08:39] Buffy Beale: whispers Buffy Bye, Bridges for Women, Victoria BC Canada, @bridges4women
[08:39] bulaklak: We talked all about green tech with guests from the San Francisco dept. of the environment and
[08:40] jasminia Jinn: got it
[08:40] bulaklak: The recording is up:
[08:40] bulaklak: Please watch it to learn all about current green tech issues
[08:40] bulaklak: These are a team effort, of course, produced by TechSoup
[08:40] bulaklak: with InKenzo as our bubbly emcee
[08:41] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Welcome back to SL Lissy
[08:41] Buffy Beale: yay InK!
[08:41] Lissy Waydelich (lissy.racer): thank you
[08:41] bulaklak: We also have a webinar coming up on April 26 about finding funders for your cause
[08:41] bulaklak: You can RSVP here:
[08:42] bulaklak: This is in partnership with the Foundation Center
[08:42] bulaklak: Who do amazing work
[08:42] bulaklak: That’s about it for today
[08:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m sure we could all use help finnding more funders!
[08:42] bulaklak: Thanks all and have a great weekend!
[08:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Folks it really helps the NPC when you attend other non-SL webinars and trainings, soI highly encourage you to take advantage of them
[08:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok so lets move on to the mentors


[08:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Who speaks for Mentors Central today?
[08:43] Zinnia Zauber: Harper Beresford, the lead of Fashion for Life, is joining us today for Mentor Central. Fashion for Life is the fashion arm of the Relay For Life movement in Second Life supporting the American Cancer Society.
[08:44] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): awesome!
[08:44] Buffy Beale: cheering!
[08:44] Gentle Heron: YAY Harper!
[08:44] Harper (harper.beresford): Hi, everyone! 🙂
[08:44] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Harper for being here!
[08:44] Harper (harper.beresford): Thanks for inviting me, Zinnia 🙂
[08:44] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): very cool!
[08:44] Brena Benoir: Woohoo Harper
[08:44] Zinnia Zauber: my pleasure!
[08:44] Second Life: Orson Winterwolf is offline.
[08:44] Harper (harper.beresford): As Zinnia said, I was the lead for Fashion for Life, which is the opening event for the Relay for Life season in SL 🙂
[08:45] Harper (harper.beresford): This year we raised as of today: 5,431,850 L
[08:45] Harper (harper.beresford): for the American Cancer Soceity
[08:45] Namaara MacMoragh: wow! that’s great
[08:45] Harper (harper.beresford): Fashion for Life is a 10 day event across 10 sims
[08:45] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): woot!
[08:45] Harper (harper.beresford): where SL content developers donate content which is sold with all proceeds going to Relay for Life as well as selling their own content
[08:46] Harper (harper.beresford): it’s specifically content that is worn on avatars–hair, skins, dresses, accessories, etc
[08:46] Harper (harper.beresford): everyone who works on the project does so on a volunteer basis–builders, organizers, etc
[08:46] Harper (harper.beresford): and designers participating donate on a leveled sponsorship basis
[08:47] Second Life: Charles2 McCaw is online.
[08:47] Harper (harper.beresford): our aim for Fashion for Life is encompassed in our mission statement, which you can find on our website
[08:47] Harper (harper.beresford):
[08:47] Harper (harper.beresford): “Simply put, our mission is to maximize donations to the American Cancer Society via the SL Relay for Life while creating a great sales environment for in-world avatar content (including lowered lag). Our goal is provide complete transparency in financial and operational actions to all residents. And to have fun doing this!”
[08:47] Second Life: DASH (dash.renoir) is online.
[08:47] Harper (harper.beresford): When we adhere to the mission,we find we are very successful and get a lot of fun out doing Fashion for Life.
[08:48] Harper (harper.beresford): This year we received additional sponsorship from Dream Seeker Estates Corporation, who underwrote all our sims
[08:48] Harper (harper.beresford): which was a very generous contribution
[08:48] Harper (harper.beresford): we were also assisted in promotion by Linden Lab
[08:49] Harper (harper.beresford): So I have explained, I think, what Fashion for Life is.. I feel like I have said about 2 minutes worth of stuff but do you have questions?
[08:50] jasminia Jinn: How old is the organizatin
[08:50] Harper (harper.beresford): Relay for Life is a branch fo the American Cancer Soceity specifically
[08:50] Harper (harper.beresford): Fashion for Life has run for 6 years in Second Life under various names
[08:51] jasminia Jinn: 🙂
[08:51] mdubensky: It seems like a lot of work for only 10 days, why don’t you have it year round?
[08:51] Harper (harper.beresford): we took the “For Life” moniker last year so we could differentiate ourselves from other RFL activities in SL
[08:51] Harper (harper.beresford): the Relay for Life season in SL extends from March to July
[08:51] Harper (harper.beresford): in part because people get worn out with RFL constantly being in place here
[08:51] Harper (harper.beresford): and because the people who run these things volunteer also need a break
[08:52] Em Ellsmere: how many staff/volunteers do you have?
[08:52] Harper (harper.beresford): so we coincide with the general fund raising season for RFL
[08:52] Harper (harper.beresford): for Fashion for life, we had me as lead, two folks to assist and 10 builders
[08:52] Harper (harper.beresford): all volunteer
[08:52] Zinnia Zauber: Building those connections with RL and SL, how do people know the money that is earned goes to the actual American Cancer Socieity?
[08:53] Harper (harper.beresford): That’s a great question. The Relay for Life board in SL has set up very rigorous standards for us to follow
[08:53] Harper (harper.beresford): this includes using THEIR scripted vendors in world, which are carefully vetted by the in world board members and even more importantly, Jeff Montague, who represents the American Cancer Society
[08:54] Harper (harper.beresford): so all activities of money, logo usage, etc, are monitored by him
[08:54] Harper (harper.beresford): and i will be frank, he looks
[08:54] Harper (harper.beresford): he is very particular about our adhering to their standards of PG content, money handling, etc
[08:54] Zinnia Zauber: That is great!
[08:54] Harper (harper.beresford): when we did fashion for life, we used a specific separate avatar to gather monies, which was only accessible by Harper’s driver and Jeff Montague
[08:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): This is a great example of a community widefundraising effort for a good cause
[08:55] Buffy Beale: It sure is, maybe he can come give us some tips here too
[08:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I wish all funderaisers in SL were so rigorous
[08:55] Harper (harper.beresford): those monies were then turned over to the RelayforLife AmericanCancer avatar via a kiosk
[08:55] Harper (harper.beresford): it was the only way i was going to personally volunteer my time for any fund raising in SL
[08:55] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Great idea, Buffy. We’d love to have Jeff here to talk about it
[08:55] Harper (harper.beresford): i have been always critical of how fund raisers are run in SL
[08:56] Harper (harper.beresford): and when I got the opportunity to be associated with them, I asked Jeff many question
[08:56] Harper (harper.beresford): s
[08:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok we should move on I’m afraid….
[08:56] Em Ellsmere: thank you Harper
[08:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): but thanks so much for the report Harper! and all the work taht youdo!
[08:56] Harper (harper.beresford): thank you! 🙂
[08:56] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): thanks Harper!
[08:56] Buffy Beale: thanks Harper it’s a great event and become a signature one for SL
[08:56] Brena Benoir: Thank you Harper!
[08:56] Gentle Heron: Great info Harper, and a great cause.
[08:56] Harper (harper.beresford): visit our website at 🙂
[08:56] Zinnia Zauber: This is great, Harper!
[08:56] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Namaara can you come down please?
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: I think we need to have you join us again sometime for more info!


[08:57] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): We are happy to have back Maraara MacMoragh to the NPC
[08:57] Namaara MacMoragh: 🙂
[08:57] Buffy Beale: Cheering for Namaara!
[08:57] Brena Benoir: Good idea Zinnia!
[08:57] Zinnia Zauber: Rah Namaara!
[08:57] Namaara MacMoragh: good morning
[08:58] Namaara MacMoragh: hehe… I have a gift giver I couldn’t rez
[08:58] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): In honor of Earth Day, we asked Namaara to come talk with us about Etopia Eco-communities
[08:58] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Namaara, give it to me and I can rez it
[08:58] Namaara MacMoragh: Sure… Rik thanks
[08:58] Gentle Heron: YAY Namaara, and welcome.
[08:59] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): take it away!
[08:59] Namaara MacMoragh: First, I want to say WOW! Harper that was a great report and success for your fundraising.
[08:59] Harper (harper.beresford): thanks 🙂
[08:59] Namaara MacMoragh: I want to say thanks to everyone for this opportunity to share with you. I love having the opportunity to
share more of the work we’re doing at Etopia.
[08:59] Namaara MacMoragh: Last month we collaborated with Virtual Ability to sponsor
music, networking opportunities, and presentations about Brain
Injury. It was very successful and the Brain Energy Support
Team ( raised $L 8,000 in
individual donations. I also made new friends and learned a lot.
[09:00] Gentle Heron: /me smiles.
[09:00] Namaara MacMoragh: I see my chat is giving those symbols
[09:00] Namaara MacMoragh: hang on a sec I can fix that….
[09:00] Zinnia Zauber: Rah BEST!
[09:01] Namaara MacMoragh: hehe… that didn’t work
[09:01] Namaara MacMoragh: anyway… please hang in there and I’m open to questions too
[09:02] Namaara MacMoragh: about last month… it was so much fun
[09:02] Namaara MacMoragh: To me that’s what the collaborations, presentations… events…
bring to individuals… the opportunity to learn and build
[09:02] Namaara MacMoragh: And that’s what Etopia is about.
[09:02] Namaara MacMoragh: WilliamTheWise Goodman founded Etopia in 2007 with a vision
of bringing into SL awareness of real world environmental issues
and demonstrating that there are solutions. In 2009 I purchased
the sims from him and began a movement toward expanding the
ideas to embrace things that I was also engaged in
professionally and personally; cooperatives, nonprofits, and organizational sustainability.
[09:03] Namaara MacMoragh: There’s a Buddhist concept “esho funi” which is oneness of self
and the environment. This is the mantra, actually motivation, for developing Etopia for the future.
[09:03] Namaara MacMoragh: The core of Etopia is “Sustainable Living” in all its aspects and
this year, our 5th year in SL, we are celebrating that idea by
embracing our residents and their real world contributions as
part of our SL community. And April 22nd is not only our 5th
birthday, but it’s (not coincidently) Earth Day.
[09:03] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): wow, congrats!
[09:04] Namaara MacMoragh: (note to self… sloppy chats are good reason for using presentation HUD)
[09:04] Namaara MacMoragh: Yes, we’re so excited to be around for 5 years
[09:04] Gentle Heron: /me smiles at Namaara!
[09:04] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): 🙂
[09:04] bulaklak: happy birthday!
[09:04] Buffy Beale: wow, 5 years is a lifetime!
[09:04] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): that’s like20 years in the real world
[09:04] Second Life: Naring’nari (joey.aboma) is online.
[09:04] bulaklak: lol Rik
[09:04] Namaara MacMoragh: It certainly feel like a long time, but we’re aware it’s a flash in the pan.
[09:04] Second Life: Etopia Birthday & Earth Day Gift owned by secondlife:///app/agent/e87973b9-4e5f-41f9-b9a4-3efa6d1d8b43/about gave you ‘! Etopia Birthday & Earth Day gift’ ( ).
[09:05] Namaara MacMoragh: I see so many great sims going away and I’m determined to stay.
[09:05] Namaara MacMoragh: We have so much to offer and so many great folks we collaborate with.
[09:05] Namaara MacMoragh: But let me continue… hehe…
[09:05] Namaara MacMoragh: Earth Day marks the start of what’s considered the “modern”
environmental movement in 1970. I don’t know how many of you
were around then, but I was a teenager and by 1973 I was an
environmental activist turning my parents’ back yard into a demo
project of things I was learning from Mother Earth News.
[09:05] Namaara MacMoragh: There was a lot going on in 1970 besides the breakup of the
Beatles. In America the hippies really! brought the idea of
environment to the forefront of our thinking (right after protesting
Viet Nam). Actually, there was a book by Rachel Carson
published in 1962, Silent Spring. That book, about watershed
issues, and Carson’s activism raised awareness about the need
for environmental stewardship and concern for public health.
[09:06] Namaara MacMoragh: The Earth Day Theme for 2012 is “Mobilize The Earth.” You can
find out more at Even the EPA has a web
page celebrating Earth Day at
[09:06] Namaara MacMoragh: Am I moving too fast?
[09:06] Namaara MacMoragh: My RL avi has had too much coffee this morning.
[09:06] Harper (harper.beresford): lol
[09:06] bulaklak: hehe
[09:06] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m fine. Others?
[09:06] Second Life: David Burden (corro.moseley) is offline.
[09:07] bulaklak: Good pace for me, thanks!
[09:07] jasminia Jinn: OK
[09:07] Namaara MacMoragh: great…
[09:07] Namaara MacMoragh: There’s also a lot going on all over SL this weekend (especially
[09:07] Sister Abeyante: /me scrolls back easily if needed.
[09:07] Namaara MacMoragh: 🙂
[09:07] Namaara MacMoragh: Etopia welcomes environmentalists, educators, nonprofits, and
others to share their message and engage in sustainable
community building.
[09:07] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): yup, keeping up 🙂
[09:07] Namaara MacMoragh: For example Calicann set up a Humane Education shop on our
Etopia Island Plaza and is also hosting drumming circles in our
[09:08] Namaara MacMoragh: We are proud to also be home to Options Senagal. Options
Senegal is the technical training, product supplier and support
center and on-going sales, marketing and customer service
organization for Ecolign Economic Interest Groups (GIEs) in
Senegal. Their focus is economic development that is
[09:08] Namaara MacMoragh: You can read more about their build at Etopia here:
[09:08] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Wow, fantastic!
[09:08] Namaara MacMoragh: Jasminia is here today.
[09:08] jasminia Jinn: Hi all
[09:08] bulaklak: How have you made your message easily shareable? Do you have a specific strategy around that?
[09:08] Namaara MacMoragh: Jasminia will be hosting a tour and presentation about the
project on Sunday, 4/22 at 1pm SLT. Details are on the event
card included in the Etopia gift (big birthday box up front here).
[09:08] Glitteractica Cookie: Good question Bulaklak
[09:09] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Perhaps Jasminia could come back another time and talk more about that?
[09:09] jasminia Jinn: Sure
[09:09] Namaara MacMoragh: Wonderful!!
[09:09] Second Life: jasminia Jinn is online.
[09:09] Namaara MacMoragh: Did I mention Jasminia will be hosting a tour and presentation about the
project on Sunday, 4/22 at 1pm SLT. Details are on the event
card included in the Etopia gift (big birthday box up front here).
[09:09] Gentle Heron: YAY Jasminia!
[09:10] Namaara MacMoragh: We have a presentation by Windy Schor on Monday about Wind
(you should see our turbines). We also have a water
reclaimation plant, peak oil display, and Food Cooperative.
[09:10] Namaara MacMoragh: Speaking of Cooperatives, I’ll be talking about Co-ops and
economic empowerment on Sunday morning at 10:30 SLT.
[09:10] Namaara MacMoragh: Etopia is not only educational, it is fun. We really! are about
community and showcasing the work our residents and friends
are doing in the real world that impact not only the environment,
but our work and our lives.
[09:10] Namaara MacMoragh: There’s soooo much more I could share, but I’ll stop here and
ask that you visit us as part of your exploration of Second Life.
[09:11] Namaara MacMoragh: Are there questions or more comments?
[09:11] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Can you tell us any tips about how you have lasted this long, despite all of the challenges of Second Life?
[09:11] Buffy Beale: Question: Do you have a presence in any other grids or do you focus on SL?
[09:12] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): @Namaara, Can you share a slurl for the Sunda Co-Ops talk?
[09:12] jacmacaire Humby: Do you accept exchange with other SIM like Eco Commons?
[09:12] Namaara MacMoragh: I will admit I’ve invested quite a bit in fees out of my consulting work. But we’ve been around mostly because of the folks that live and work at Etopia. We have fun and work together to keep Etopia vibrant.
[09:12] Namaara MacMoragh: Other grids…
[09:13] Namaara MacMoragh: we’re working with Anya from Fearless Nation to work out mutual presence and at some point there may be an Etopia on SpotOn3D
[09:13] Namaara MacMoragh: slurl for the co-op presentation is in the notecard in the gift
[09:14] Namaara MacMoragh: Yes I would be open to exchanges with other sims like the EcoCommons
[09:14] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): awesome, thanks!
[09:14] jacmacaire Humby: 🙂
[09:14] Namaara MacMoragh: SL is a great collaboration platform.
[09:14] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): for those who ask about how virtual worlds can help protect the earth, what do you tell them?
[09:14] Namaara MacMoragh: We support one another and spread the word aobout our work.
[09:15] Namaara MacMoragh: I avoid the mercury discussion and focus on the diminished travel costs and carbon footprints from that perspective
[09:15] Namaara MacMoragh: I also focus on productivity and quality of the time spent working and personally
[09:15] Namaara MacMoragh: Did that answer the question Rik?
[09:15] Namaara MacMoragh: And did I get everyone’s questions?
[09:15] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Well I mean from a larger climate change perspective
[09:15] bulaklak: What is the mercury discussion?
[09:16] bulaklak: With respect to SL?
[09:16] jacmacaire Humby: What is the aim of Etopia? Profit or Non profit?
[09:16] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): i.e. we have presidential candidates who as part of their platforms deny that climate change exists
[09:17] Namaara MacMoragh: To be honest my background, Rik, is in organizational sustainabilty. Global warming and the bigger conversations are handled through the many presentations our more knowledgable folks do.
[09:17] Namaara MacMoragh: Also the mercury issue is about the content in computers and it’s affect on the earth via land dumps etc
[09:17] Namaara MacMoragh: Etopia is not a nonprofit corporation.
[09:18] Namaara MacMoragh: It’s an extension of a vision of an urban development firm (WilliamTheWise is Zev Piass in real life)
[09:18] bulaklak: Ah, got it. Thanks, Namaara!
[09:18] Namaara MacMoragh: and my own vision of how we can live and work together
[09:19] Namaara MacMoragh: (whew… I think I’m caught up now)
[09:19] Delia Lake: I did a presentation on mercury for Global Kids in January here in sl. I believe it is posted on their website, and I also have a copy of the slideshow on the platform at the Center for Water Studies if anyone is interested
[09:19] Gentle Heron: /me is glad Delia and Namaara coexist.
[09:19] Namaara MacMoragh: We would love to have you present at Etopia if you’re interested Delia.
[09:19] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Well that’s already a powerful contribution to the public discourse, if we can model better ways of liing on the earth
[09:19] Namaara MacMoragh: thank you Gentle… me too.
[09:19] Delia Lake: sure, Nam, I’ll give you a copy
[09:19] Namaara MacMoragh: Be sure to get a gift and visit us at
[09:19] Delia Lake: and ty Gentle 🙂
[09:20] Namaara MacMoragh: Is there anything else?
[09:20] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Delia reminds me that there are probably other groups that wor kon environmental issues here with us today
[09:20] Buffy Beale: Great job Namaara for a worthy issue
[09:20] Namaara MacMoragh: I’d love to chat with all of you and see how we can collaborate.
[09:20] jacmacaire Humby: Thank you Namaara… 🙂
[09:20] Namaara MacMoragh: Thank you all for having me here today and visit us.
[09:20] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Who elsse is here representing an environmental cause or development issue?
[09:20] Namaara MacMoragh: 🙂
[09:21] jacmacaire Humby: Come to visit us in Eco Commons..
[09:21] Namaara MacMoragh: I love EcoCommons
[09:21] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thanks again Namaara, as always
[09:21] Namaara MacMoragh: I walk through now and again when I’m not cleaning up Etopia
[09:21] Namaara MacMoragh: lol
[09:21] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): we admire what you and your team does at Etopia so much!
[09:21] Namaara MacMoragh: Thank you Rik… I’m always happy to be here
[09:21] Zinnia Zauber: Awesome!
[09:21] bulaklak: Great presentation! I learned a lot.
[09:21] Namaara MacMoragh: whether I present or not 🙂
[09:21] Gentle Heron: Great work Namaara.
[09:22] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): If I wasn’t active at theNPC, Etopia is where I would be
[09:22] Namaara MacMoragh: wow! Rik, that means a lot
[09:22] Namaara MacMoragh: I love working with TechSoup and NPC
[09:22] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Delia, can you remind folks about the work that your group does?
[09:22] Red (talkwithmarie): ty Namaara! super work!
[09:22] jacmacaire Humby: and Eco Commons Rik 🙁
[09:22] Namaara MacMoragh: It was one of my first places when I entered SL in 2008
[09:23] Namaara MacMoragh: ty Marie
[09:24] Delia Lake: yes. I’d be glad to do that
[09:24] Zinnia Zauber: Awesome!
[09:24] Delia Lake: my focus in sl is Water and other issues of basic sustainability
[09:24] Namaara MacMoragh: We have a great water reclaimation plant
[09:25] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I think water is pretty important! It’s a principal ingredient of coffee!
[09:25] Namaara MacMoragh: absolutely Rik
[09:25] Gentle Heron: also the principal ingredient in human bodies.
[09:25] 01 Hifeng: xD *sips her coffee*
[09:25] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): that too!
[09:25] Delia Lake: I manage the Center for Water Studies here in sl. the Center is a public space were we have discussions and presentations about water and also a number of teachers use the site for classes over the years
[09:25] Namaara MacMoragh: agreed Gentle
[09:25] Namaara MacMoragh: I think we can work together for sure Delia.
[09:26] Delia Lake: there are 7 realistically portrayed water ecosystems there
[09:26] Delia Lake: with notecards that have information
[09:26] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): nice! What is the SLURL of those?
[09:26] Second Life: Ronnie Rhode is online.
[09:27] Delia Lake: I’m also involved with the Abyss which is a project started by NOAA and now managed for JAMSTEC which is the Japanese marine and earth sciences agency
[09:27] Namaara MacMoragh: I’ll include the slurl and this message in my Earth Day talks, too Marie
[09:27] Namaara MacMoragh: oops, Delia
[09:27] Namaara MacMoragh: (embarassed and confused apparently)
[09:27] Delia Lake: this is the Center lm
[09:27] Delia Lake:
[09:28] Delia Lake:
[09:28] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): great!
[09:28] Delia Lake: the second is Abyss
[09:28] Delia Lake: I am particularly interested in collaborating with others in sl
[09:28] Second Life: Petlove Petshop is online.
[09:29] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thats what we’re here for, Delia
[09:29] Delia Lake: and am very much committed to inventing ways that we can transfer knowledge and engagement between sl and rl organizations
[09:29] Red (talkwithmarie): ty Namaara:) would love those too.
[09:29] jacmacaire Humby: Don’t hesitate Delia.. You know me.. 🙂
[09:29] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Any other eco-focused groups want to mention whaat they are doing before wego to Open Mic?
[09:29] Delia Lake: imo, we all need to develop a better WaterSense
[09:30] Second Life: Ronnie Rhode is offline.
[09:30] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): here’s a list of EarthDay 2012 activites in SL for your reference:….
[09:30] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): oh cool!
[09:30] Buffy Beale: thanks Rik, nice one
[09:30] Namaara MacMoragh: thanks Rik
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ping me if I forgot any
[09:31] jacmacaire Humby: Thanks Is Eco Commons do something?
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I stole it from Carl Icann
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Jac, only if someone organizes it
[09:31] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): but not that I know of
[09:32] Gentle Heron: Say it this way, Rik. I’m crediting Carl Icann for the original list. (Never admit theft! It’s creative recycling!)
[09:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): haha , sure Gentle


[09:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok lets move on to open mic
[09:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): lol 🙂
[09:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Who has something to announce to the community?
[09:32] 01 Hifeng: can i announce something? 😮
[09:32] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): please put up your hand or say ” me me me!”
[09:32] Namaara MacMoragh: creative recycling… love it
[09:32] Gentle Heron: I do! Two short, one long… uhhhh, what is that in Morse code?
[09:32] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): being good stewards of content 😉
[09:32] Zinnia Zauber: hand up
[09:33] 01 Hifeng: I’m Kesja Plecha, president of Blueberry Dreams Foundation
[09:33] 01 Hifeng: we’re doing immunity and cancer research
[09:33] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): hifeng, go ahead
[09:33] 01 Hifeng: we’re looking for volunteers
[09:33] 01 Hifeng: especially someone good with people that could manage events to some extent
[09:33] Sarvana Haalan: i DO
[09:33] 01 Hifeng: venue owners who would like to organise fundraiser at their place
[09:34] jacmacaire Humby: Hand up
[09:34] 01 Hifeng: content creators, etc
[09:34] Second Life: DASH (dash.renoir) is online.
[09:35] 01 Hifeng: we’re just starting in sl as foundation
[09:35] Second Life: Oronoque Westland is offline.
[09:35] Buffy Beale: Welcome!
[09:35] 01 Hifeng: i was here earlier though, before Blueberry Dreams was founded
[09:35] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): we would love to have set up anoffice at the NPC if you are interested
[09:35] 01 Hifeng: anyone interested can im me 😉
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): talk with the mentors about it, if you want to know more after thismeeting
[09:36] 01 Hifeng: ah, yes, i should do it
[09:36] 01 Hifeng: ok
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): or email me at
[09:36] 01 Hifeng: ok
[09:36] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok Gentle, you are up!
[09:36] Gentle Heron: I do! Two short, one long… uhhhh, what is that in Morse code?
[09:36] Gentle Heron: My first announcement is WOO HOO THE TECH FINALLY WORKS!
[09:36] Gentle Heron: Hey! Listen to that!: Text to Voice in SL
SATURDAY April 21, 7pm PDT/SLT
Yellow Hibiscus Cabana, Virtual Ability Island
[09:36] Gentle Heron: An intro level workshop to learn how to use Ferd’s Chat to Speech v1.6 Universal Web Translator.
This award winning product uses a web browser to interface with SL, so you hear a voice translation of what is typed into the chat stream.
Get a free copy of the HUD!
[09:36] Buffy Beale: Cheering for you Gentle!
[09:37] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:37] Gentle Heron: And another WOO HOO about tech: The latest SL viewer (and Firestorm too) now interface well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech-to-text software. We’ll have a couple of events in May around that technology.
[09:37] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Wow! 😀
[09:37] Gentle Heron: (that one is a MAJOR victory for accessibility, by the way)
[09:37] Gentle Heron: ***
[09:37] Delia Lake: wow, that’s great!
[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: Awesome!
[09:37] Sister Abeyante: Cool- text to speech AND speech to text!
[09:37] Buffy Beale: That is a huge gain, well done!
[09:37] Gentle Heron: Now the long announcement, and I hope you’ll be patient with me, but I’m very excited about this!
[09:37] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): (now start working on voice to chat 🙂
[09:37] Zinnia Zauber: It is super exciting!
[09:37] Buffy Beale: Now to educate everyone about the emoting and long character chats…
[09:37] Gentle Heron: Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the 2012 Virtual Ability Mental Health Symposium, to be held in SL on Saturday, April 28.

Our society too often takes mental health for granted and too frequently stigmatizes people with mental health issues. Saturday’s 2012 Virtual Ability Mental Health Symposium offers a variety of perspectives for thinking positively about mental health
[09:37] jacmacaire Humby: Great Gentle!!
[09:38] Gentle Heron: The symposium’s keynote presenter is Dick Dillon of Innovaision, LLC. Dillon’s topic is “Why Virtual Counseling Should Be Viewed as Advanced Telemedicine.” He will explain why using virtual worlds for counseling allows better service than “real life” counseling. You all know him from NPC!
[09:38] Gentle Heron: (Coughran in SL)
[09:38] Gentle Heron: Featured presenters include Dr. Tina Garcia, Frank Hannah, Dr. Marty Jencius, Anya Ibor, and DyVerse Steele.
[09:38] Delia Lake: excellent!
[09:38] Buffy Beale: Yay C!
[09:38] Gentle Heron: Dr. Garcia, a lawyer with TBI, will discuss cognitive rehabilitation and brain injury. Hannah, a retired clinical mental health counselor, will share a method for developing and maintaining positive self-concept and optimum mental health. Dr. Jencius runs the Counselor Education in Second Life yearly SL conference.
[09:39] Gentle Heron: Ibor, executive director of Fearless Nation PTSD Support, will explain the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress disorder. Steele, a peer support leader for HIV/AIDS and diabetes, will offer information about mental health and minority communities. You know both Anya and DyVerse from NPC as well!
[09:39] Gentle Heron: MermaidSue Bailey, a counselor from UK, will lead a discussion of the importance of peer support for mental health. Roberto Salubrius, a former medical student misdiagnosed with agoraphobia, will explain why mental health issues aren‚Äôt all mental. The audience will be invited to think about the nature of self in the context of a reading from Paul Brok’s book “Into the Silent Land.”
[09:39] Gentle Heron: So please mark April 28 on your calendars now, to save some time to spend learning more about mental health. (WHEW done!)
[09:40] Delia Lake: what are the hours on April 28?
[09:40] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thats fnatastic. Please post to the GoogleGroup about this too!
[09:40] Gentle Heron: first session is at 8am SLT, last one ends at 5:30 pm SLT and after we will probably have a dance (we like to dance)
[09:40] Delia Lake: ok. ty
[09:41] Gentle Heron: Thanks Delia for asking.
[09:41] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): I’m hoping this will be too enticing to my colleagues to pass up… I’ve got a shot at finally convincing them to come inworld 😉
[09:41] Red (talkwithmarie): woot!woot! Gentle:)
[09:41] Gentle Heron: We’ll have the schedule up on our website.
[09:41] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok zinnia you are up
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: The Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference is in Washington DC May 16 – 18.
[09:41] Buffy Beale: Gentle, the SL Text to Voice translator is huge I hope you let Lindens know!
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: I will be teaching a workshop there on May 16 called “Authentic Avatar – Inspiring Trust With Your Virtual Identity”. There will be several of our NPC peeps and partners there as well, like Coughran.
[09:41] Zinnia Zauber: Please check out the website to find out how you can attend the workshops and lectures virtually or in person.
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you!
[09:42] Buffy Beale: Yay Z, that’s a great conference!
[09:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): congrats, Zinnia
[09:42] Ronnie Rhode: Yay Z:)
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you! I am really excited!
[09:42] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok Saravana?
[09:42] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Sounds like a great talk Zinn! 🙂
[09:42] Sarvana Haalan: I will be presenting a Virtual Worlds 101 presentation at a local Meetup in May…
[09:42] Zinnia Zauber: thanks Jerry!
[09:42] Sarvana Haalan: NPSL will be presented to th eattending nonprofits
[09:43] Sarvana Haalan: it’s theTech and Social Change Meetup
[09:43] Sarvana Haalan: that’sm it
[09:43] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): thats great Sarvana. Where will this be?
[09:43] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): very cool, Sarvana
[09:43] Gentle Heron: Great networking Sarvana.
[09:44] Sarvana Haalan: Baltimore, MD… looking into th epossibility of streaminh
[09:44] Glitteractica Cookie: Thanks for representing us Sarvana. Let us know if we can give you any TechSoup/NPC collateral to hand out
[09:44] Sarvana Haalan: *streaming
[09:44] Sarvana Haalan: will do
[09:44] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Ok Jac you are up!
[09:44] jacmacaire Humby: Thanks
[09:44] jacmacaire Humby: for those interested, I invite you to open discussions with year questions and answers based around case studies of recent sustainable development strategies at 10 am SL (PDT) or 19:00 CEST on 25 April 2012 at ARCHI21 World (222,41,23)
[09:44] Buffy Beale: Great going Jac!
[09:45] jacmacaire Humby: You are all welcome.. 🙂
[09:45] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): that’s great Jac
[09:45] Gentle Heron: Jac’s work is so inspiring.
[09:45] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok and last but certainly not least, Mr. Bulaklak!
[09:45] Jen (jenelle.levenque): Send out a notice Jac
[09:45] jacmacaire Humby: :))
[09:45] Jen (jenelle.levenque): I need to be reminded
[09:46] jacmacaire Humby: I will do..
[09:46] bulaklak: Hello again! TechSoup’s founder and co-CEO Daniel Ben-Horin, whom I am sure some of you remember coming to speak here last year, has been writing some interesting pieces on the Stanford Social Innovation Review
[09:46] bulaklak: One piece explored the generation divide in social innovation, looking at scrappiness vs. strategic thinking
[09:47] bulaklak: Beth Kanter picked up the story and asked Daniel to continue the discussion on her blog
[09:47] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): Intriguing! 🙂
[09:47] bulaklak: Please read that summary here and chime in if you have an opinion on the topic
[09:47] bulaklak:
[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: Internally at TechSoup me and my team are considered “scrappy”
[09:47] Glitteractica Cookie: we would love to hear your comments on his blog
[09:48] bulaklak: It’s about the pace the younger generation wants to move at, making change happen now
[09:48] Buffy Beale: lol Glitter
[09:48] Glitteractica Cookie: I am way bigger of a proponent of scrappy innovation than strategic innovation
[09:48] Glitteractica Cookie: NPC was all about scrappy skunkworks
[09:48] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Is’nt “Scrappy Skunkworks” a band from the 80s?
[09:48] Buffy Beale: It seems with any tech one has to plow through the naysayers
[09:48] bulaklak: lol Rik
[09:48] Glitteractica Cookie: it should be, Rik
[09:48] Buffy Beale: *new tech
[09:49] Jerry Buchko (jerrybuchko): yes, we’d like it done yesterday, thank you kindly 😉
[09:49] Glitteractica Cookie: anyway, please comment cuz I’d love to see NPC members represented in that dialogue, for obvious reasosns
[09:49] Buffy Beale: ok sounds good
[09:49] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok well as always you leave the NPC with lots moreevents, links and news than you came with. So I’m calling this a win.
[09:49] Buffy Beale: Rik I wanted to make one comment
[09:50] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): ok go ahead buffy
[09:50] Buffy Beale: and thank Zinnia and Brena so much for their decorating at the Common Ground party last night
[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Buffy!
[09:50] Red (talkwithmarie): oh yes! so gorgeous!
[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: We have a great team!
[09:50] Red (talkwithmarie): im still in pink:)
[09:50] Zinnia Zauber: Next month our color is Aqua!
[09:50] Buffy Beale: was amazingly brilliant and everyone who missed it please try to get to the next one and join the fun
[09:50] Namaara MacMoragh: (quietly) gotta run… thanks again … see everyone soon
[09:50] Namaara MacMoragh: 🙂
[09:51] Buffy Beale: great job you guys made me laugh!
[09:51] Buffy Beale: thanks
[09:51] Buffy Beale: out
[09:51] Red (talkwithmarie): awesome you two creative mentors:)
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Thank you Buffy!
[09:51] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): let’s thanks Namaara for coming to talk with us again!
[09:51] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks Namaara, great stuff
[09:51] Second Life: Kali Idziak is offline.
[09:51] Buffy Beale: Cheering for Namaara!!
[09:51] Zinnia Zauber: Rah Namaara!
[09:51] Buffy Beale: oh, and also to thank Par I’m sure he had a hand in things too for last night
[09:52] tharciene: sim
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): and thanks to all of you for all that you are doing to make the worldabetter more sustainable place
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: thanks all, I guess that is a wrap?
[09:52] Glitteractica Cookie: see you all next week
[09:52] Lissy Waydelich (lissy.racer): I am so glad i stumbled across this meeting , its been great , nice to meet you all
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): Everyone celebrate EarthDay in your own way
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: So happy to have you join us Lissy!
[09:52] Buffy Beale: nice to see you Lissy and welcome back to SL
[09:52] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): I’m going to hug a tree
[09:52] Lissy Waydelich (lissy.racer): thank you 🙂
[09:52] Buffy Beale: lol Rik
[09:52] Zinnia Zauber: Mentors Meeting is at 10! Here!
[09:52] Buffy Beale: Have a great weekend everyone
[09:52] Buffy Beale: Happy Earth day to youuuuuu
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): if you are new or just want some advice, the Mentors are here right after this meeting
[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Please get your refill and see you in a moment!
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): otherwise, have a great Friday everyone!
[09:53] Buffy Beale: ok Z back shortly afk
[09:53] alebez: thank you everyone! have a beautiful weekend.
[09:53] Second Life: alebez is offline.
[09:53] Rik Panganiban (rik.riel): excuse me while I harvest the avatar list
[09:53] Red (talkwithmarie): have a great weekend:)
[09:53] Zinnia Zauber: Take care everyone and see you soon!

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