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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Event: Another Nonprofit Commons Sim Launched

Join in the Celebration of the Launch of the Second Nonprofit Commons

Nonprofits, supporters to host mixed reality grand opening celebration
in San Jose and in the metaverse on May 28th

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 starting at 10:00 A.M. PT/SLT, in the new
second Nonprofit Commons location:


* Grand opening May 28 of the Nonprofit Commons 2/ALOFT, our
second sim housing a large community of nonprofit organizations

* Mixed-reality event, to include a live presentation, a
demonstration of the new Second Life Nonprofit Commons island to
attendees at the NetSquared Conference
<> in San Jose, and events within
Second life

* Live peformances all day within Second Life, with over 8 hours
of music from musicians around the world

* Media is invited to attend in-world event as well as to San
Jose, and phone interviews are available upon request

This second of two Nonprofit Commons nonprofit sims was generously
donated by TakingITGlobal <> . Like the
first Nonprofit Commons sim on Plush, a virtual space for nonprofits,
managed by TechSoup <> , Nonprofit Commons 2
creates and houses a community of social benefit organizations in the
online virtual world of Second Life. This community of practice is
entirely volunteer-run and hosts organizations from across the globe. To
date, they have created a community blog
<> , Google Group
<> and a
resource-rich wiki <> , and have held
mixed-reality events, workshops, and regular weekly town hall meetings
<> . This international
community is a hub for charities to share best practices, work together
on innovative ways to benefit their causes, and network with
organizations from across the globe.

The Gala event will be a mixed-reality launch party, complete with
networking, a panel of speakers, and tours of the Nonprofit Commons.
This live event will take place in the real-world of San Jose,
California as part of the NetSquared Conference
<> , and within the virtual world of
Second Life. These events will occur simultaneously and will also
feature interactivity between the two worlds. Following the
mixed-reality event, we will have an afternoon and evening full of live
entertainment in Second Life. Audience members in the Second Life
portion of the event will include Nonprofit Commons residents, their
invited guests, and media representatives. Don't miss this interactive
collaboration, connecting the virtual world with real-world issues.

Event details:

* The mixed-reality event takes place Wed.May 28th in Second Life,
broadcast live from the NetSquared conference in San Jose, 10:00 am-
12PM PST (SLT), online in Second Life
<> , and is hosted
by TechSoup <> , Nonprofit Commons
<> and NetSquared
<> .
* Second Life entertainment will continue throughout the day, into the
evening at the Nonprofit Commons 2:

Event activities:

10am- 11:30am PST/SLT (Second Life Time): Nonprofit Panel and Q & A

11:30- noon: Tours of the Nonprofit Commons offices in Second Life

Noon-->: Activities continue in Second Life throughout the afternoon
and night with major concerts, poetry readings, tours, dancing, and

Information and Inquiries: More information about the real-world
NetSquared conference can be found on the NetSquared site
<> .

Please RSVP via email to Megan Keane (megan>> ) for in-world attendance to
this event or IM Penguin Kuhn in Second Life. Join the TechSoup group,
in-world to receive announcements about this event and future nonprofit
events in Second Life.


About the Non Profit Commons

2 Locations:
NPC1- Plush Non Profit Commons:
NPC2 - Aloft Non Profit Commons:

Members of Non Profit Commons meet each Friday at 8:30 PST/SLT at Plush
Nonprofit Commons Ampitheater. Visitors are always welcome to join us
in making a difference one pixel at a time.

Nonprofit Commons (NPC) consists of two virtual locations (sims) housing
over 65 social benefit organizations, managed by a community of
volunteers, under the leadership of TechSoup. The NPC1 sim was donated
by Anshe Chung Studios and NPC2 sim donated by TakingIT Global. NPC was
designed to lower the barriers of access to Second Life, to create a
community of practice for nonprofits to explore and learn about the
virtual world, and to investigate the many ways in which nonprofits
might utilize this unique environment. Through this community, we
provide free office space to qualifying groups, meet and collaborate,
create a cooperative learning environment and foster outreach,
education, fund-raising, all in a virtual space. We focus on providing
an accessible entry-point to Second Life and on creating a community of
NPOs, not just having NPOs live separately and exist separately
in-world. We believe that Second Life is a wonderful place not just to
entertain, but also to collaborate, educate, inspire and assist our
fellow avatars (and the humans behind them). We welcome all who wish to
join us as partners, collaborators or supporters.

About TechSoup

TechSoup is a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits acquire
and use technology to better serve their missions. We are working toward
a time when every nonprofit and NGO on the planet has the technology
resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential.
Through our Website, nonprofits will find a broad range of software
donated by leading tech companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec,
Intuit, and Adobe, along with content and community forums targeted
specifically at a nonprofit audience. The NetSquared conference
showcases social Web innovations that nonprofits can use to dramatically
increase their reach and impact.

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