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How the island of Zlarin is ditching single-use plastics

Shareable - Commons - April 18, 2019 - 12:20pm
As the European Union votes to ban single-use plastics by 2021, one small island in the Adriatic Sea is already making good progress.
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Lesson From History: How Bronze Age Rulers Simply Canceled Debts

It's Our Economy - April 18, 2019 - 10:00am
There has been an explosion of discussion about whether to cancel student debts. Critics of the idea point out that wealthy people would be the main gainers, posing moral hazard. The debate has  has quickly slipped into a discussion of modern economies and whether it was moral to cancel the debts of people who are in arrears, when some people have struggled to keep current on their payments.” Bankers and bondholders love this argument, because it says, “Don’t cancel debts. Make everyone pay, or someone will get a free ride.”
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Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - April 18, 2019 - 9:27am

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We use the only distributed marketing architecture that allows businesses to create, market, and customize sites hosted individually for the best organic search performances from the cloud. We focus on facilitating marketing and SEO for more than one WordPress site and large WordPress installs. We do all this instead of offering just features connected to the infrastructure, like performing backups or changing themes.

If you’re not interested in becoming a WordPress system administrator but instead you want to make your sites more visible and to market your sites, then we have the right solution for you.

If you already have a WordPress site, moving from WordPress to WordPress MultiSite is a full migration. This migration can be very difficult and costly. It also comes with risks and comes with limitations, like user access privacy problems and a lack of flexibility relating to moving sites in and out of the network. Should you work with the best talent with the technical abilities to handle this, the solution can’t help multi-location or multi-sites businesses perform any better, except a system and software administration viewpoint.

The other, better option is to connect your existing WordPress websites to our marketing cloud with our WordPress plugin. This helps you avoid all of the problems associated with migration, and your online footprint will grow. With our premium WordPress plugin, you can connect all the WordPress sites you want to our marketing automation platform, customizing and marketing all your sites from one centralized online location. You can use one set of rules and tools to simply optimize and market your multi-site business.

If you’re thinking of moving away from WordPress, or you’re starting from the beginning, our solution is still the right option to create and market a multisite network. You’ll have access to centralized marketing tools, like large scale SEO, social marketing and more. You’ll work directly with our team to build the CMS system for your system. You’ll experience better tool integration with wide-ranging capabilities. You can freely use regular WordPress installs, and mix and match sites powered by our systems as you need. Additionally, you can use private-label solutions if you’re an agency or an independent consultant.

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The Social And Solidarity Economy Is A Workable Alternative To Capitalism

It's Our Economy - April 18, 2019 - 9:00am
The social and solidarity economy (SSE) is an economic phenomenon in the full throes of expansion throughout the European Union, as well as other parts of the world. This is no doubt partly the result of the 2008 economic and financial crisis and the prolonged post-crisis period, which – despite the economic recovery in macro-economic terms – has, over the last ten years, led to ever-growing inequalities, precarious employment and cutbacks in basic public services in ‘welfare societies’.
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How Libraries of Things build resilience, fight climate change, and bring communities together

Shareable - Commons - April 17, 2019 - 4:59pm

I grew up in Canyon, a small village in the redwoods not far from Oakland, California. Unlike most residential communities in the United States, we managed our own infrastructure, including roads, water, and an internet mesh network. I learned firsthand how communal infrastructure brings people together, creates a culture of reciprocity, and reduces waste. Much of my work before and since joining Shareable has been directly influenced by this experience.

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Event recap: Exploring community solutions to the loneliness epidemic

Shareable - Commons - April 17, 2019 - 3:40pm

On Wednesday April 10, 2019 over 120 people gathered at San Francisco State University (SFSU) to discuss today's loneliness epidemic and how community action can help reduce it.

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Top 5 Reasons To Choose A Community Bank Or Credit Union

It's Our Economy - April 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Most locally owned banks and credit unions offer the same array of services, from online bill paying to debit and credit cards, at much lower cost than big banks. Average fees at small banks and credit unions are substantially lower than at big banks, according to national data. Studies show that small financial institutions also offer, on average, better interest rates on savings and better terms on credit cards and other loans.
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Sign Of Hope Or Worry? When The Dollar Store Comes To Town

It's Our Economy - April 17, 2019 - 11:00am
On a “mission to save my neighborhood,” Burnell Cotlon, an Army veteran, built his Lower 9th Ward Market literally by hand, shingle by shingle. Today, his counter wall features cameo shots with Mark Zuckerberg. The launderette out back was donated by Ellen DeGeneres. There are shiny apples and $4.50 pork chop plates. His grocery store is seen as an oasis. But Mr. Cotlon’s gambit to help revive a stagnant Lower 9th Ward faces a new challenge: the Dollar General down the street. A boom in dollar stores across the United States since the Great Recession – three open every day on average – has provided both hope and despair in communities struggling for economic footholds.
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How To Use Social Media for Business

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - April 16, 2019 - 5:54am

There are several ways that you can use the Miami social media company for your business.


The first way is to build a credible reputation for your business. This means that you are going to need to know how to connect with the right people. This is going to be better than connecting with a lot of people. This is one of the best ways that you will be able to build your brand awareness. Therefore, you will need to create an online presence that is going to be a representation of who you are when you are on and off the computer. A lot of companies are choosing to do this through the visual marketing of the business.


The second way is to attract all of the potential clients that you are. This means that you will need to geotag on your Facebook and make sure that all of the aspects on your business page is set up correctly. This is because you want all of the people who are visiting your business to be able to check in online. When a person does this for your business, it is going to be free advertising. This is going to be especially true if they write something on the post that lets their friends know what they are doing there and what they can also do while they are there. This means that you have the potential to get more clients.


The third way is to connect with the business professionals that think like you. When it comes to social media, relationships are a big deal. Therefore, you need to make sure that you have the right content on your social media page that is going to attract the people that you want to connect with. This is going to allow you to have something to talk about with the other professionals. It is going to take some time to get the content on your page so you are going to need to think about this when you are creating your page. It is usually a good idea to spend a whole day just for the content on the social media Business page.


The fourth way is to make sure that you diversify all of the marketing efforts of the social media page. Basically, this just means that you don’t need to put all of your eggs in one basket. Therefore, you are going to need to know who your targeted audience is going to be. It is better to focus on the customers that you want instead of the customers that you already have. The social media networks are going to tell you the information on what you are going to want to spend the most time on. It is also very important that you are putting the same information on all of the social media websites that you are using for your business.


The fifth way is to repurpose the top content. It is not going to take you long to figure out how time-consuming it is for a new business when they are creating the content that they need for their social media page. Therefore, when you reuse the content, it is basically going to be putting new content out in the world without having to do all of the work. Therefore, if you see something that you and your targeted audience is passionate about, then you can use that content again. When you try to come up with new content all of the time, you probably aren’t going to get a lot of sleep.

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How Video Conference Helps in Education

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - April 15, 2019 - 6:42am

Video Conference is taking over the corporate world and have also delved into the education system. Through video conferences, we can be in immediate contact with our students, no matter the country and place where they are, the only thing they need to participate in, is a device with internet access.

An important point to highlight is that a video conference is not for students to watch TV, that is, it requires a double communication via and interactive between teacher and students, we must motivate the active participation and involvement of all.

Whether we want to organize webinars, make presentations of content, teach a virtual lecture, invite foreign experts to present topics of interest, answer questions, online, about a task or show our students how to use a web tool or how to perform some Excel formula.

How Many Students Allowed Per Video Conference

If you use G Suite in the institution where you work, Google allows since 2016 that up to 25 participants can access the video conference, but if you have a normal Gmail account, only 10 users can participate in the video conference you schedule.

What Option YouTube Gives
  • During your virtual meeting, you can share the screen of your computer, interact through the chat option and share documents from your Google Drive.
  • Live broadcast through your YouTube channel, but you have to make sure that the vc equipment is handy and apt.
  • Without limit of participants, all the people that have the link of the video conference will be able to observe this although only the first 10 users will be able to share a camera.
  • Configure a public, hidden or private video.
Does Give You What You Need?

If you need to create an urgent video conference, we recommend using This is a simple to use the instrument; no device needs to be registered or downloaded.

Video Conference recording to be observed or shared later depending on your choice that is why free video meeting is the best for students and workers.

Name the video conference room and share the link with your students. The free version of this tool provides access to only 8 people to the video conference room. It has integrated the option of chat and allows us to share the screen of the computer screen.

Before making the video conference, plan and prepare the same, make sure you have a good internet connection, webcam, and microphone.

Encourage your students to participate during the video conference by implementing a variety of activities, for example: that students make presentations, group work, role-play, debates, group discussions, among others.

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The Radical Way Berlin Plans To Solve Its Housing Crisis

It's Our Economy - April 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
Berlin ? A sea of placards streamed across Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a large public square under the shadow of the city’s massive TV tower, with bold messages daubed in paint and printed across placards. “The City Belongs to Us!” “My Home, Not Your Profit!” “I Don’t Want to Move!” Thousands of people took to the streets in Germany’s capital city on Saturday to protest the rapidly rising cost of apartments in Berlin. “There were old people, young people, families, there were even homeowners … it was basically a snapshot of the entire population of Berlin,” said 77-year-old Barbara von Boroviczény, one of the activists involved in organizing the protest as part of grassroots campaign group Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co.
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Guest posting and what it can do for your business

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - April 13, 2019 - 6:33am

We’re all witnessing the modern phenomena of social media in real time. It’s having an effect on the future of business, marketing, communications, and even the political future of entire nations. This is quite a moment in cultural history.

On the brighter side, businesses and brands have an amazing opportunity to leverage the waves upon waves of supporters that bloggers, social media gurus and influencers have, to boost their brands and products to a wider and more receptive audience.

So I can reach a wider audience via influencers, tell me more!

So how’s it done? Well, much like mortgage brokers act as a third party, a Blogger Outreach Service acts as a vital intermediary link between the brand and the influential personality who has the power to act as its mouthpiece. This Outreach Service allows your business to connect to some of the most authoritative voices in the market, opening up your audience and boosting your order book.

But their audiences are quite limited though, aren’t they?

A good challenge, and to a certain degree the answer is yes. Bloggers are for the most part, associated with a specific topic or subject area. This might be a hobby like gaming or cookery, or they’re known for writing about a broader industry or discipline. The reason they gain their notoriety is because they have a niche and write about it very well. But others have a more generalist approach to their output. Some bloggers will gain traction in commenting on current affairs, or take on much more general subjects like politics, or the tech industry. Then there are those who gain millions of follows just for being themselves – their personality is their brand, their product, their unique selling point.

When bloggers collaborate, the growth is exponential

So what happens when a blogger invites another influential personality to write on their site? The audiences overlap with inspiring results. This is known as guest blogging, and it’s becoming a way for social media experts to almost double their audience, with very little effort. A guest post agency can put you in contact with the right influencers to make your business grow, just search for guest posting service UK and you’ll find a variety of affective options to choose from.

The future’s now, and social media is king. Seize your audience with a Blogger Outreach Service now.

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SEO Service In Canada Can Speed Up Your Business Growth

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - April 13, 2019 - 3:39am

There are many different, innovative yet effective ways of creating marketing strategies that are implemented online. Search engine optimization is the most efficient online marketing strategy that can be implemented by small businesses. Any business having online presence needs to have a well optimized website. A website that is not optimized is always at high risk of losing its presence online. So, good SEO service in Canada can really benefit small and medium sized businesses. The following benefits are the most prominent ones that any business can avail through these services.

  1. High traffic on website:

When a website is created, then the most important thing that is required is more and more users visiting the site. This helps in increasing sales and brand awareness. A well-crafted SEO services are among those which have specialized plans for every webpage. In this way, webpages are created that are well optimized for all those users which are looking for the information, products or services your business is offering. When each page is optimized individually, then it becomes easy to produce content that is most likely to have relevance with the keywords users enter in search engines.

Resultantly, user traffic on the site is increased and qualified users are targeted. It will not be wrong saying that if your website is optimized, well planned and has the accurate architecture, then it becomes easy for any business to target its niche market regardless or the location of your business.

  1. Easy to beat the competition:

At this time, the market for any business has become exceedingly competitive. It is not easy to stay in the race, so every business has to incorporate latest and modern online marketing strategies in order to keep up the pace of doing business in this tough market. For this, incorporating search engine optimization services can be the easiest, most effective and cost effective strategy. When you will rely on SEO for your website, then you will have the chance of knowing the most common keywords being used by your rivals, to attract more traffic on websites.

There have been some studies done which explained the behavior of common customers who either shop online or take information from the web before taking buying decision. According to the results, majority of the online users do not want to visit or browse unplanned and weakly designed websites and this was the reason why most of such dissatisfied group of user traffic diverted their attention towards well-crafted and designed sites. When you will get your website optimized, then you can lock even that group of clients, which once were somebody else’s clients.

  1. High Return On investment:

Fortunately, SEO is something that is absolutely measurable. Search engine optimization works well either if you are planning to sell tangible goods or just giving services to the clients. When a website is optimized, then every activity can be tracked and measured. The number of users click your website, visit your webpages or place an order, all is tracked and recorded. When a marketing strategy is so controlled, then you can increase your return on investment by focusing on demographics of the searchers.

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The Effectiveness and the Importance of Instagram Monitoring

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - April 13, 2019 - 2:46am

The customers worldwide have the perfect voice and they want to say things through the social media. They are trying to communicate all the time and Instagram is the perfect option to help in building the connection. This is the perfect platform to handle the individual messages in case of all the latest social channels. The task is not simple and it needs perfect monitoring. Often in case of the specific brand there is the necessity in improving the customer relations and the level of communications. This is when you have to respond to the set of the incoming messages.

Effectiveness of Social Media Monitoring

In order to get things organized one can take help of the Instagram Monitoring method and this is sure to keep things on the right track. In fact, you have perfect reasons to invest in the sector of social media monitoring. With the effective implementation of the same the monitoring system will help in boosting the communicating pipeline of the brand. In fact, you should know about the advantages of social media monitoring to do justice to the sort of business you hold. However, there is the basic difference between monitoring and social listening. At a certain point, both the concepts sound similar.

The Method of Monitoring

It is best to try a combination of the both. Monitoring and listening can well together and these are special methods to help in viewing, measuring and the analyzing of the audience and the buyers. In case of social media monitoring there is the process of collecting the messages into one single stream and takes the necessary action in response to the comments and the tasked messages. You have the set of the social media monitoring tools and these will allow the brands become more distinct and approachable. The tools will find out the customer inquiries and the set of interactions faster than anything else.

Importance of the Monitoring Tools

The perfect tools used for Instagram Monitoring are just stupendous. These will help the brands receive the incoming messages. The tools will help in correcting the wrong spellings of the brand name or will help you get tagged in the Instagram comments. In fact, it helps in building the communication with the brand on the social platform and now one can monitor, respond and engage with the people reaching out to you. This is how the monitoring happens for your convenience of interacting and staying linked.

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