A little over a year ago, I gratefully accepted the position of Community Manager of the Nonprofit Commons, a community which I have long viewed as one of the best examples of how virtual worlds can benefit real lives and the real world we live in. As a longtime member, volunteer, organizer and friend of the NPC, being paid to support this unique space was an enormous privilege.
So it is with a heavy heart that I inform you all that this is my last week as Community Manager of the Nonprofit Commons.
As many of you know, I have a number of hats that I wear: virtual producer for Global Kids, founder and editor of this virtual worlds blog Betterverse.org, and digital learning educator at the California Academy of Sciences. My work responsibilities at my other positions are going to be ramping up very quickly in the next months, making my ability to effectively serve as NPC community manager impossible. So rather than short-change this community that I love, I am passing on the reins to others who can carry the mandate forward.
First and foremost, thanks to Susan Tenby / Glitteractica Cookie for first approaching me about the position. And to the rest of the Community Team at TechSoup, it has been a real joy working with all of you. Parhelion has borne the brunt of the technical needs of the community, making my job so much easier. And the Mentors have been an always reliable response team for any needs that might arise in our community, well beyond their original mandate.
Let me close by saying that I’m still optimistic about the potential of these virtual tools to connect people together, to enlighten and educate, and to inspire actions that better our world. Hopefully my small efforts as the Nonprofit Commons community manager have helped make that potential become reality. It’s been an honor and a pleasure.