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About Us

Our Mission

Main Focus:

NCI is a voluntary association, dedicated to providing information, education and assistance to Second Life users (new and old), in order to maximize the benefits that they can gain from Second Life. NCI believes that new users who are better educated, supported and prepared benefit all of Second Life. NCI does not operate for profit and is not motivated by any desire for monetary gain.

Our Fundamental Principles

Humanity
NCI recognizes that Second Life users are individual human beings, worthy of care, civility, respect and courtesy, with their own lives, their own circumstances and their own problems and situations, which may not be fully apparent.

Impartiality
NCI neither makes nor encourages discrimination as to age, gender, nationality, race, culture, hobbies, religious beliefs, sexual-orientation, ability, disability, class, creed or political opinions of a person, or of a person's family, friends or associates. NCI holds each person responsible for themselves and their own actions only.

Neutrality
NCI does not take part or take sides in protests or in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. NCI provides aid and education, not protest, mockery, censure or condemnation.

Voluntary
NCI is a voluntary association, not prompted in any manner by the desire for gain.

Safety and Security
NCI works to educate and inform and to protect new Second Life users from exploitation, disruption and confusion. NCI enforces its rules impartially, promptly, and with the maximum possible courtesy under the circumstances. NCI avoids acting arbitrarily, but recognizes that the world is a complex place, and not every situation can be foreseen.

Who we are

NCI is a user-support group in the Second Life® virtual environment, with more than 100 volunteer staff and over 10,000 active members.

Designed primarily for new residents, but open to all, NCI offers in-person advice from our team of NCI Helpers and NCI Land Officers classes, contests and social events, interactive tutorials, freebies, help notecards and landmarks, sandboxes for building, a new users mall, Ginny Gremlin park, games, and newsstands with free in-world publications and links to Web resources.

NCI offers an extensive schedule of classes and events (over 60 per week), held at our campuses, and at venues of partner companies. NCI classes include basic and advanced building and texturing, clothing and accessory creation, scripting, and land ownership. We also hold other basic SL classes, such as Intro to SL, Using the Search Menu and Maps, Avatar Makeover, and SL Consumer Skills. NCI events include Show & Tells, Parties, Blitz Building contests, New Player Q&A, and our longest running event—our weekly Newbie Salsa.

NCI runs multiple Second Life campuses: NCI Kuula (the original and largest NCI location), NCI South (at Hamnida, directly adjacent to the South Welcome Area), NCI Snow Country (in Hughes) and NCI Beach (by the sea in the Class 5 Fishermans Cove sim). NCI also manages numerous NCI InfoNodes, located near or adjacent to Linden InfoHubs (or other areas popular with new residents). InfoNodes serve as “mini-NCIs” with information, freebies, landmarks, maps, and schedules, providing information to new users where they first rez, when they first rez.

NCI classes, events, and resources are free and open to all.

NCI is entirely user-run and financed and is unaffiliated with Linden Lab. Land and tier for NCI’s four campuses has been purchased by NCI or donated by NCI members and supporters. NCI continues to pay its instructors, even after Linden Lab abandoned class funding in December 2006. NCI is not-for-profit and is funded via through individual donations, sponsored advertising, and by RL and in-world partners that we conduct NCI-branded classes and events for.

Some Important NCI Groups

* New Citizens Inc. - Open enrollment
* NCI Alumni Association - Open enrollment
* NCI Scripters - Scripting questions and assistance; Open enrollment
* NCI Land Holdings - Land management group; by invitation only.
* NCI Staff - NCI staff; by invitation only.
* NCI Board of Directors - Executive group; by invitation only.

Prominent Figures in NCI

Brace Coral
is the Founder of NCI, but is no longer involved in NCI management.

Carl Metropolitan
was Executive director for a period of 4 years after Brace's retirement. NCI has matured much under his leadership. Carl stepped down in September 2009.

Gramma Fiddlesticks
succeeded Carl Metropolitan as the Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors for New Citizens Incorporated.

Tateru Nino
currently serves as Owner/Trustee. Please contact her about any issues concerning the NCI groups.

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