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Recap: Polycentric planning for Climate Change panel discussion

Shareable - Commons - September 18, 2018 - 8:10pm

During the Global Action Climate Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco last week, Shareable and SPUR hosted an official GCAS affiliate event discussing Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom's idea of a commons-oriented, polycentric approach to climate change. The event featured a lively panel discussion hosted by Neal Gorenflo, Shareable’s co-founder and executive director.

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How to Blend SEO and Creativity for Influencer Marketing?

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 18, 2018 - 5:00am

Gone are those days when business entities had to put their manual efforts to adopt conventional modes to promote their products or services. Nowadays, everything is being simplified through innovation when it comes to digital marketing using websites. Having a website, a marketer may increase the value of his product and prevent future switching of customer that may cost him a lot. However, the plain fact is that, for a company to grow, constant search engine optimization is also necessary to maintain such growth, no matter you have a website or online business portal. So, if you are looking for SEO Toronto services then you can approach various IT professionals here, who can help your company to get online traffic.

The Toronto website developer can help to grow your business virtually through SEO tools. Basically, it is a methodology or procedure to increase the quantity of potential customers or generating traffic of prospective to your website through specific keywords. It helps in improving the visibility and rankings of your web page through natural search engine results. Apart from this, its sole purpose is to make web content user friendly, informative and easy to understand. If a marketer has a website, SEO can support to achieve his business goals.

Some Practices That Are Employed In Digital Marketing

First of all, you need to know about White hat SEO technique that is used by many companies. It is one of the most ethical practices to get high ranking through search results.

Second one is Black hat SEO. It is illegitimate method that includes keyword stuffing, hidden links or text that misguides the users and redirects to those websites which they don’t intend to browse.

Third one is Grey hat SEO. Unlike, black hat, grey hat consists of mixed features of both of them. It is used by the IT professional to generate high traffic on a particular website, if he’s paid for that.

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Prison Labor Is Slave Labor, And We Should Get Rid Of It

It's Our Economy - September 17, 2018 - 4:00pm
Incarcerated workers — who often make less than $1 an hour producing profits for big companies — are on strike across the country. As wildfires rage across California, some of the people risking their lives to fight them are paid only a few dollars a day. They’re part of a 2.3 million-strong underclass of American employees making sweatshop wages: incarcerated workers. Slave wages are just one of the many reasons why incarcerated people around the U.S. on strike. The strike was organized in response to deadly violence at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina earlier this year, a result of the prison’s abysmal living conditions. Organizers have a list of 10 demands, which include the need for prompt improvement of prison conditions and policies. They also call for the “immediate end to prison slavery,” which is legal thanks to a constitutional loophole.
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The Aftershocks Of The Economic Collapse Are Still Being Felt

It's Our Economy - September 17, 2018 - 1:00am
There has been a spate of articles recently on the ten year anniversary of the financial collapse. We wrote about this anniversary two weeks ago, describing the cause of the collapse and the reasons why we are still at risk for another one. Now, we look at how the aftermath of the collapse is shaping current politics, people’s views on the economic system and the economy for the 21st Century. The stagnant economy, austerity measures and resulting increased debt have opened a space for people to search for and try out alternative economic structures that are more democratic. They have also created conditions for a rise of nationalism on the right.
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Are Media Coops The Business Model Of The Future?

It's Our Economy - September 16, 2018 - 10:00pm
As an early example of a publication prepared to share ownership with dedicated readers, New Internationalist serves as an experiment in a new models of financing media. Yet New Internationalist is not your typical magazine. It has an unusually engaged subscriber-base and a mission to draw attention to the unjust balance of power in both rich and poor nations. It also has a long history of experimenting with collective ownership. The monthly magazine first launched with financial help from Oxfam and Christian Aid, who wanted to encourage better understanding of the idea of international development. It nearly went bankrupt two years after the launch, in 1975, when postal charges almost doubled, but was rescued with funding from several charities and the Methodist church.
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The Crisis Of Global Capitalism Never Really Ended

It's Our Economy - September 16, 2018 - 10:00am
This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the once-mighty US investment bank whose dramatic bankruptcy on September 15, 2008 unleashed the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. At this point, it is still far too early to tell whether this emerging anti-capitalist politics of the twenty-first century will be able to succeed in the face of a powerful nationalist backlash. But if the dramatic events since 2016 are anything to go by, the political fallout of the global financial crisis is only just getting started. The real confrontation, it seems, is yet to come.
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The Perfect Way to Protect Your Business Documents

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 15, 2018 - 8:56am

Today’s world is full of hackers and notorious individuals who may try to proliferate into your business if you do not protect your business documents properly. There are various ways of doing so and it is wise to choose the best way.

Not requirement to remember a password

The most vulnerable part of a business’s security is the password. You may use a different password for different business documents and need to remember those. With the selection of the best security software, you do not need to remember those passwords and they are stored in the vault and you can use those when required.

No one else other than you will have access to those passwords. The enterprise password managers will enable you to handle the password securely and have your business data protected.

Store data with utmost security

Even if someone discovers a password that you have used for protecting your business data these password software’s have a backup plan. You can easily encrypt your data using your finger print and make the data accessible to you only.

Create the strongest password

The software will enable you to create the strongest password, which hackers cannot crack. Using a weak password allows hackers to proliferate into the business data for which you require security. The best software has the ability to create the strongest passwords and to judge the strength of the password that you have created.

Store any document

The best software enables you to store any nature of documents that you desire. The protection of the stored documents will allow no one else other than those designated to have access to those. You can store files, videos, photos or any other documents that you think requires security.

Ease of making payments

It is a common scenario that you may face a problem paying using your credit card information when there are no security features to the payment gateway. The use of security software will enable you to use your credit card information with utmost security so that no security breach happens while making online payments.

Verification process

The security software offering enterprise password managers ensures the highest level of security through a two-step verification process. You can use A smartwatch and your finger print to verify that you are the one designated to log into the vault.

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U.S. Utility Solar Contracts ‘Exploded’ In 2018 Despite Tariffs: Report

It's Our Economy - September 14, 2018 - 10:00am
(Reuters) – Procurement of solar energy by U.S. utilities “exploded” in the first half of 2018, prompting a prominent research group to boost its five-year installation forecast on Thursday despite the Trump administration’s steep tariffs on imported panels. A record 8.5 gigawatts (GW) of utility solar projects were procured in the first six months of this year after President Donald Trump in January announced a 30 percent tariff on panels produced overseas, according to the report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and industry trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association. As a result, the research firm raised its utility-scale solar forecast for 2018 through 2023 by 1.9 GW. The forecast is still 8 percent lower than before the tariffs were announced. A gigawatt of solar energy can power about 164,000 homes.
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4 Reasons Why Los Angeles’ Upcoming Public Banking Ballot Initiative Is A Huge Deal

It's Our Economy - September 14, 2018 - 9:00am
On November 6th, the citizens of Los Angeles will have a chance to decide if their city should pave the path towards creating the first municipal public bank in the country. No doubt, a ‘yes’ vote for Charter Amendment B will be significant for the city, as it will put the immense power of banking in the hands of accountable officials bound by a mission of social good—a radical shift from the status quo of giving that business to Wall St. Today, the privilege of financing city services is reserved for private speculators. Last year, the City of Los Angeles paid $170 million in banking fees and $1.1 billion in interest to big banks and investors—money that would be recycled into public coffers for reinvestment if Los Angeles had a Public Bank instead.
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Oakland Takes Step Toward Public Bank With Unanimous Committee Vote

It's Our Economy - September 14, 2018 - 9:00am
The City of Oakland’s Finance Committee accepted the Public Bank Feasibility Study and staff report, and recommended placing it on the full City Council’s agenda so that all Councilors may have an opportunity to discuss the report and options.  Watch as banking experts, elected officials, and advocates alike give overwhelming support for Oakland’s public bank: VIDEO (note: link takes a bit of time to load). The feasibility study author, a banking expert, and stake holders from the community spoke in support of moving forward with a full business plan to answer the questions that were not addressed in the study.
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Co-op Values In The Modern World

It's Our Economy - September 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
It may seem like the soft side of business, but values are at the heart of every example of co-operative excellence – and core to the advisory work of Co-operatives UK. The International Co-operative Alliance has codified 10 values – six co-operative and four ethical. The co-operative values – self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity – describe the design of the business. The ethical values – honesty, openness, social responsibility, caring for others – describe its operation. Alongside these are seven principles – three on how co-op ownership should be structured, three on co-op culture and one on the independence of the business as a democratic enterprise. As Sion Whellens of Calverts Worker Co-op says, while the structure and independence of ownership makes you a co-op, it is your commitment to co-operative culture that makes you part of the wider co-op movement.
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What is Search Engine Optimization and Why is it Important

Confessions of a Non-Profit IT Director - September 12, 2018 - 6:01am

If you are running an online business or website you will have heard of the term, SEO or Search Engine Optimisation. SEO is more important today that it has ever been. Not only is it vital for ensuring that your business can be easily found online but it is also imperative that every webmaster and website host know what the true mean of SEO is and the potential it holds for your business. Pete Smith, a London SEO consultant offers these tips.

What exactly is SEO?

Search engine optimization is a set of rules which can be followed by website or blog owners in order for them to optimize the content provided on their websites. The optimized content on these websites is created in such a way that they are easily picked up by search engines such as Google. When this content is picked up, the search engines rating of the websites is improved.

Creating SEO optimal content you are also creating content which is more user-friendly and easier to navigate through for the user. Many professionals in the field consider SEO optimized content to be the framework for creating amazing content. Having said this, it is important to note that there are a number of rules which need to be followed in order to provide perfect SEO relatable content.

Why is SEO important?

Today’s online environment is highly competitive and you might not know it, but your SEO quality score is more important than ever. Each day millions of people around the globe make use or search engine to find the vital services they need. Questions users ask need to be answered and they are searching for solutions to their problems.

This makes search engine optimization vital for several reasons:

  • The vast majority of search engine users are most likely to click on one of the first five results given by a search engine. This means that if you want your business to receive more clicks, you will bee to be in the top of the results.
  • SEO is not only related to results from search engines. SEO also means that the content you are producing needs to be user-friendly.
  • Users trust search engines and having a presence in the top positions for the keywords the user is searching, increases the web site’s trust.
  • SEO is good for the social promotion of your website. Studies have shown that users who find your website on a search engine are more likely to recommend that site on their social media platforms.

While this may all sound complicated, it is, in fact, an easy way for anyone to improve their website rating. An improved rating means that a website will feature in the top results in search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. In order for the search engine to find the content, the user is looking for they rely on various algorithms. These algorithms take a number of factors into account to decide which web page should be shown in the first place and second place.

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