Panel on Best Practices for Nonprofits in SL

On Friday, I had the pleasure of leading up a panel of non-profit experts talking about "Best Practices for Non-profits in Second Life," held at the Plush Nonprofit Commons in SL. The jumping off point for the discussion was the white paper on "Best Practices," which I prepared for Global Kids as a direct outgrowth of non-profit track at the 2007 Second Life Community Convention. Speakers shown from left to right are:

  • Lori Bell, Alliance Library System
  • Rafi Santo, Global Kids
  • Jade Lily, SL Relay for Life
  • Jimbo Hoyer, YearlyKos in SL
  • myself
  • and Glitteractica Cookie, TechSoup

[HSGC] My First Second life experience 

This week in second life I enjoyed myself and forgot all about being in school. I think that this computer program is very interesting and fun to do while learning science which is what i like the most about it. Even though second life sometimes got difficult like when we had to first learn how to move and fly, it was all worth it. I think that second life will help us to learn more this semester because we will be able to explore more and create certain things other than what we can do in class on a regular basis which will help us to learn about important things in the real world.

[vvp/teen] Types of shots I have learned... 

CU- Close Up Shot = Close up shots are shots when a person or an object takes up the whole frame. For example, my close up shot shows my avatar's face that takes up the whole frame, and shows some sort of emotion like in real films...

EWS - Extreme Wide Shot = Extreme Wide Shot are shots when a person or an object is barely visible. Example, my Extreme Wide Shot shows that my avatar is extremely far away from the camera and barely visible.

[vvp/teen] Michael's shots 

This is an example of a Medium Shot. My explanation: This is when framing a person and approximately half of their body is in the shot, just from waist up. More subtle performances and detailed actions can be seen. The Medium Shot is a good way for conversation scenes between characters, especially if hand movements are part of the action. This MS picture is of a girl on Global kids Island that I met today.

This is another explanation of another picture, which is a Close Up Shot, which shows a detail image of the overall subject or action. The head or hands of someone if the person is doing something. Close ups of characters are a good way to engaging the audience with the character emotionally. We should also note, as we get closer to the character, we begin to lose the background information, therefore emphasizing the subject, rather than the background.

[vvp/teen] Second Life Photo Shots 

My first picture that I’d like to share is a close up shot of my avatar. The reason why I picked this type of shot for my avatar is to show the expression on my avatar’s face.

The second picture shows an extreme wide shot of my avatar with the surroundings. The surroundings help the avatar compliment the shot and the environment depicts where my avatar is.

My last shot that I’d like to include is an extreme close shot, presenting a microphone. The reason why I want to show this shot is to focus on one main object.

[vvp/teen] Different shots by Juan 

The first shot is a close up. close up is more of shot that you see the emotion of the character. These shot are very focused on the face.

The second shot is an extreme wide shot. I like it because it shows the whole setting of the place where your character is. It goes more detailed into the setting and not the person.

The third shot is a medium shot. I also like this one because I took it with my friend. These med shot shows the character from the waist up. It is the most common shot I think.

The fourth shot is a wide shot similar to the medium shot but you see more of the character and not so much of the place.

The fifth shot is the long shot. It show more of the setting and also we are able to see the character.sick.gif

[HSGC] What I will want to do with superpowers. 

I would like to have the power to fly and help women from men that want to hurts them or abuse them I will be like superman but my name will be super Kathy. I will have no problems because people will like me and admire me of what I do.

[HSGC] Homework #3 - First Impressions on Second Life 

What are your first impressions of Second Life? What are two things you like about it and two things you do not like about it.

[Staff] February Staff Reflection 

Howdy readers! The On-line Leadership Program “staff reflections” blog entries are digital therapy for the virtual soul, and every month the intelligent bunch of O.L.P. staffers collectively process their thoughts, perspectives and ambitions about their various O.L.P. projects on this luminous blog. The “staff reflections” section provides committed bloggers, Internet wonderers, youths and digital media folks a pipeline into the beautiful minds of each staff member.

Enjoy reading our blog.

Amira reflects on the changing landscape of both traditional education and civic engagement.
You Tube is their Soapbox

Barry reflects on his recent trip to the International Criminal Court and what he learned about their response to learning about Second Life.
GK in Netherlands to Pursue International Justice Through Second Life

James, writes a didactic essay about how the world doesn't need anymore didactic essays.
Words and Actions

[staff] My First Week Reflections 

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on my personal blog Rikomatic.com on January 12, 2008]

Having concluded my first full-week as a Global Kid employee, I thought it would be helpful to put down some of my initial impressions and thoughts. Overall, it has been really great week. I am starting to get a clearer picture of how the GK team operates and works with teens as well as the various institutions it partners with, and my own role in the organization.

The work environment has a nice informal, start-up / non-profit feel to it, nearly always a hubbub of activities and multiple conversations. Everyone, from the cleaning lady to the executive director, are all on one open floor. I think the only place you can go and shut out your co-workers is the restroom. The downside is that sometimes you need to put on your headphones if you need to concentrate. But I personally prefer this work environment to closed off, seperate office spaces or Cubicle-ville.