Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds explores Nonprofit Commons – now on the web!

In this episode we visited Nonprofit Commons, the location for a number of not-for-profit organisations in Second Life, and learnt about how Nonprofit Commons works, and also looked at the projects being undertaken by the individual organisations.

DW409 – Non-Profit Commons from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talked to Buffy Beale who, together with Rhiannon Chatnoir, is one of the people behind Nonprofit Commons, and about her own organisation – Bridges for Women Society, based in British Columbia, which has a location on the Nonprofit Commons estate.

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we talked to the Co-Chair of Nonprofit Commons, Zinnia Zauber of Peninsula College, about the courses she runs for her real life students in her area on Nonprofit Commons and to Namaara MacMoragh, of the Brain Energy Support Team and also the Treasurer of Nonprofit Commons, who shared information about their work – and also her thoughts on nonprofit fundraising in virtual worlds. We also met up with talkswithmarie (also known as Red!) to talk about her G.I.R.L.S projects, and Dancers Yao who talked about the Elder Voices project and the work they are doing with the United Nations on Lyme Disease.

Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we left the Nonprofit Commons estate to visit Virtual Ability, and spoke with Gentle Heron. Gentle shared with us the benefits the wider not-for-profit community draw from Nonprofit Commons – they good that they do spreads far and wide not just across the grid, but into real life too.

The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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