So for those that weren't able to make the Nonprofit Commons Meeting in Second Life last Friday, we had a really great session, with excellent speakers talking about a project to pair IT experts with local nonprofits and the relationship of Islam to the virtual world.
Our first speaker was Chris Koenig of Microsoft, who logged in to tell us about Givecamp.org, a project he has been spearheading that seeks to matchmake between local techies and local nonprofits that have technical needs. There was a lot of interest from our audience in how we might translate his real world meetups into a virtual space, since many nonprofits are not necessarily near city centers where IT companies and experts are located.
Rita J. King of Dancing Ink Productions was our next speaker, the author of a ground-breaking report on Islam and the virtual world. Her talk coincided with remarkable events in Egypt as Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president, following 18 days of protest that were documented and supported through social media and networking. In solidarity, several avatars waved Egyptian flags during Rita's talk.
The two talks and the entire Nonprofit Commons meeting, as always, took place exclusively in text chat. While this does make the meetings often run long, since most people type slower than they talk, it also makes it much easier for people to follow along even if English is not their first language or they have some form of disability. And it makes it super easy to share the transcript of the meeting with others who aren't able to attend.
After the jump, you can read the full transcript / text chat of the meeting....