In World Contact – MagazineLiteracy Kidd
Second Life is a vast virtual world where millions of residents interact and participate in a bustling economy. Contemplating Second Life, I’ve often lamented finding enough time to manage our “first life.” However, the chance to promote literacy inside Second Life and to engage residents there to support our mission and to grow our project, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other non-profit organizations is too compelling to delay.
There is tremendous value in fostering communications and collaboration among community service organizations, especially by leveraging online technology that spans the globe. The virtual network made possible by Second Life allows for real-time information sharing about MagazineLiteracy.org with residents and thought leaders across many disciplines.
Over the years, I have learned first hand, how challenging it is to raise awareness, funds, and other resources necessary to support organizations dedicated to meeting basic human and community needs. Earlier in my community service career, I partnered with the local volunteer bureau director to create a model collaborative office facility and resource center for community non-profits. It was a place where good ideas – large and small – could take root and incubate. Since then, I have striven to find ways to leverage technology, and especially the Internet, to connect people who want to help, to the organizations and ideas that serve people who need help. We will extend this vision by being active citizens in Second Life – promoting MagazineLiteracy.org as well as the ideals of the Nonprofit Commons. We are looking forward to forming an entirely fresh set of literacy partnerships with the individuals, organizations, and businesses in Second Life – a new frontier for MagazineLiteracy.org.