Susan Tenby is the Online Community Director at San Francisco-based nonprofit TechSoup Global and leads an active community of nonprofit staff and volunteers in Second Life. She founded and manages the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life program, four nonprofits-only islands in Second Life that house over 80 organizations, and hundreds of volunteers, to lower the barrier of access to virtual worlds. She organizes nonprofits across online social networks. She speaks regularly at conferences about online communities,online social networks & virtual worlds. She was honored to be invited to testify before the US Congress on Nonprofits and Second Life, by Congressman Markey and was called out by Jon Stewart, on the Daily Show, for her congressional testimony and her cheeky avatar name. Susan is a writer on Online Community for nonprofits. She has been a finalist for the Linden Prize, a prize for social benefit work in Second Life and is a nominee for the San Jose Tech Museum’s TechAwards.
Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond ( Zinnia Zauber in Second Life ) is an artist, instructor, and superhero promoting the importance of creative education and community participation in the Arts that are active and inclusive. Renne is an Arts advocate and has established, produced, and supported creative networks, events, and nonprofits by facilitating collaborative connections among artists, educational institutions, organizations, and the community like the CommonGround Networking Party for Nonprofit Commons in Second Life. She created two nonprofits and has served on the board of trustees for several nonprofit organizations to introduce the use of technology and professional excellence in the Arts. To learn more, please visit her website www.uniqueasyou.com.
Jessica Daly is the founder of Seattle Free School, a nonprofit run without cash donations of any kind. Jessica believes in mobilizing people to make change and grow community. Her goal is to inspire people to ignore the naysayers and their “rules” of how things must work so that they may effect change in their own communities.
Jessica also works as a Help Desk Monkey (unofficial title) for Community Voice Mail, serving as their unofficial Social Media guru and Second Life representative. She has helped other nonprofits set up in Second Life and created interactive exhibits to create involvement and visibility for CVM.
She lives in Seattle with her chickens and bees and spends her free time riding her bike, teaching people to ride motorcycles and make cheese and soap (not at the same time!) and reading. To learn more please visit her website www.jessdally.com.