Thursday, July 26, 2007

Nonprofits Celebrate New Home in Second Life: Nonprofit Commons Grand Opening Gala Event on August 14th, 2007

Hey Have Fun * Do Gooders,

Many of you know that I work as the Community Builder for NetSquared, a project of TechSoup. Part of my job is to help put together Net Tuesdays in San Francisco, monthly meetings for social changemakers and web innovators to socialize, network and share resources.

This month's Net Tuesday will be a special "mixed reality" event in San Francisco and in Second Life to celebrate the opening of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, a community space for nonprofits. I thought some of you might want to check it out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. PT/SLT (Second Life time), 32 Nonprofits and their supporters will host a grand opening celebration in their new offices in the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.

The Gala event will be a mixed-reality launch party, complete with networking, a panel of speakers (featuring Susan Tenby of TechSoup and Jeska Dzwigalski of Linden Lab in the live-event, and Anshe Chung in Second Life). Audio and video content will be streamed live between the two worlds.

I am a total Second Life newbie. I can't move around very fast, my avatar has bad hair and outfits (I can't figure out how to change them), and sitting is a real challenge for me. So don't worry if you barely know how to do anything. If you can get to the event location, you'll be fine.

I found this Second Life Basic Help page today which might help.

Here are the basics you need to attend:

1. Download and install Second Life, it's free. It doesn't run on all computers so check the system requirements.

2. Create an account and avatar for yourself, also free.

3. RSVP via email to Susan Tenby at to attend the Second Life event, or IM Glitteractica Cookie in Second Life. This event is free of charge, but space is limited.

4. To find the Nonprofit Commons search the Places tab in Second Life for "Nonprofit Commons," or click here.

If you want to come to the real life event in San Francisco, RSVP on the San Francisco NetSquared Meetup page.

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