For the past few days, I’ve been compiling information and consulting others to find out where all of the main pockets of non-profit groups and networks can be found in Second Life. Follow the teleport links to see the amazing diversity of social benefit activity that goes on in the metaverse. This doesn’t even include all of the non-permanent, one-off stuff that happens nearly every day in Second Life — from benefit concerts for individual SL residents to workshops on important social issues. Here is my (tentative) list of non-profit spaces where you can find several groups gathered on a single sim or island:
- Better World Island (teleport link): A funky, eclectic sim hosting among other builds the amazing Camp Darfur (teleport link).
- Commonwealth Sim (teleport link and website link and social network site): A lovely wooded sim that hosts dozens of non-profit groups representing environmental, political, and social welfare groups from around the world.
- Kula sims (Steleport lin): Four sims loosely associated with Creative Commons and Joi Ito that are often made available for ad hoc, non-profit efforts.
- Info Island Archipelago (teleport link and website link): Amazing archipelago of seemingly hundreds of libraries and non-profits organized by the Alliance Library System under the leadership of Lori Bell.
- New Media Consortium (teleport link and website link):
NMC works with both for-profit and non-profit entities related to
education, including many major universities and research institutes.
- Non-Profit Commons (Plush Nonprofit Common teleport and Aloft teleport. website:nonprofitcommons.org) :Home to about 80 non-profits from around the world, and host of a fun weekly gathering of groups every friday at 8:30AM PST.
- Progressive Island (teleport link): As you can imagine, home to politically minded groups on the left end of the spectrum, including the leftist bloggerfest YearlyKos in SL.
Other notable islands:
- OneClimate Islands (teleport link): Primarily focused on activities of OneClimate group, but plans to host several groups focused on climate change.
- SL Relay for Life / American Cancer Society (teleport link and website): The much celebrated Second Life Relay for Life organizes hundreds of individual parties, fashion shows, art gallery openings, auctions and of course a relay to benefit the American Cancer Society.
For a more comprehensive listing of individual non-profits in SL, see the Non Profit Commons wiki page. Feel free to add and supplement the info there, which is what a wiki is for!
Use these links, the next time someone says that Second Life is all about gambling and sex.