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Currently I serve as the community manager at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, a unique online 3D space where nonprofits from around the world come together to connect with their colleagues, share information, and collaborate on new projects together. Sponsored by TechSoup, the Nonprofit Commons is just one way that this innovative organization supports nonprofits to use technology to achieve their missions.

I have nearly 15 years of experience working with a range of organizations from the United Nations to the European Union and many non-profit organizations.

Prior to Global kids , I worked as the program coordinator of a media and democracy program at the Social Science Research Council called "Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere." This program is intended to strengthen the knowledge infrastructure in the media reform field, addressing challenges of coordination and helping build a better culture of collaboration between researchers, advocates, and activists.

Much of my work in the past two years has focused around the United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and civil society follow-up to the Millennium Summit and Millennium Development Goals agreed at the United Nations in 2000.

I am becoming increasing active in exploring the online 3D environment of Second Life as a political organizing and educational tool. In Second Life my resident name is "Rik Riel."

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