Anti-CAA protest: Are opposition parties credible enough to impress the silent majority?

first_imgMany of my friends are worried about continuous anti-CAA protests. Initially, there were some violent protests but after that most of anti-CAA protests are peaceful but continuous. For example, Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh sit-in protest is continuing for more than a month represented by even elderly protesters as well as children. Many other places in the country also followed the Shaheen Bagh style of a continuous sit-in protest. Most of the central universities are also protesting. Although there are also pro-CAA rallies, most of the media coverage is on Delhi based anti-CAA protests.The concern of my friends is whether Narendra Modi government will be compelled to withdraw the CAA and subsequently NPR and NRC? BJP lost power in Maharashtra as its ally Shiv Sena dumped it. It was decimated in Jharkhand election and likely to lose Delhi Assembly election too. Thus, the Narendra Modi-led government may be afraid of taking bold decisions in the coming time because electoral loss and continual protest always induce huge pressure on any political party.However, I don’t agree that this government is going to succumb to any pressure that too by the limited protests or loss of assembly elections. Whatever protests are being done is mostly supported by left-wing political parties or Congress-led UPA parties. In national politics, neither UPA nor Left has earned any credibility till now. There’s a silent majority which sees everything and knows everything. Media highlight may be there but then people know what’s right and what’s wrong. Let me give some examples.BJP lost three big Hindi heartland states just before the 2019 general election. It hardly won Gujrat with a slender margin and couldn’t win a majority in Karnataka. But then it won the 2019 general election very big in those states apart from getting more seats in West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana etc. That means Indian voters/public are aware of the difference between regional/provincial issues and national issues. They gave a mandate to Narendra Modi to fulfil his electoral promises as per its manifesto and it is doing so. I believe it will continue for NRC, UCC, NPC and many more without coming under pressure irrespective of assembly election results or protests organised/supported by Left or Congress.After the win of 2014 general election, Narendra Modi in a meeting said that it’s impossible to convince people who are anti-BJP or anti-Modi. Thus, the effort must be focussed on convincing people/community and others who are not hard-core anti-BJP or anti-Modi. I think he is following the same and going on doing what he has promised or what he thinks is the best. Demonetisation was a bold step. The subsequent widespread agitation appeared that the entire country is against Narendra Modi. But 2017 UP assembly election result proved otherwise.Narendra Modi’s strength is the silent majority (don’t read in terms of religion) who support his acts. Let me give some example of the power of this silent majority. During intolerance debate, not only anti-Modi group of India but also many international intellectuals questioned BJP governments and silence of Narendra Modi on lynching cases. But then silent majority displayed their support in a different manner. Bollywood superstar Sharukh Khan and Aamir Khan also endorsed the intolerance factor but as a consequence, their movies failed in the box office. That doesn’t mean that their movies are bad, rather it means that the majority of people didn’t accept the intolerance campaign literally boycotting their movies. Later on, SRK almost begged pardon for his remarks.In this anti-CAA protest too the silent majority displayed their support to Narendra Modi. How? Deepika Padukone entered into JNU for a few minutes basically to promote her film ‘Chhapaak’ and didn’t utter a single word. But this created a bad effect on the film ‘Chhapaak’ in the box office. I wouldn’t say the movie is a flop but definitely, it couldn’t gross the amount of revenue as expected. Even Meghana Gulzar, the director of the excellent movie ‘Chhapaak’ finally said in response to Deepika’s JNU visit that ‘We have to be able to separate between the personal and professional. What somebody does in their personal life and what they have done as a professional in a film needs to be looked at separately’. I fully agree to this, however, I don’t think the politicisation of any issue or extending solidarity to any political issue remains ever personal. That way people took Deepika’s JNU visit.Many of my friends admitted that they were anxious to see the movie as everyone is sympathetic to acid-attack-victims and also, they admire acting of Deepika Padukone, yet they resisted to see the movie in cinema halls post misadventure of Deepika Padukone to JNU. But they will definitely see the movie when that will be screened on TV channels.That proves that the silent majority rejected the violent protests as well as the politicisation of protests. Narendra Modi’s strength is this silent public who doesn’t react openly but not only votes Narendra Modi but also rejects celebrities if they are biased to Narendra Modi or indulge themselves in the politicisation of any issue especially against Narendra Modi.Regarding protest in central universities, let me clarify that all the protests are not necessarily anti-CAA protests. The basic/common protest in pan Indian central universities is against fee hikes. Some students belonging to left parties or Congress add CAA along with fee hike in their protests.Opposition parties should understand the nerve of the people. Opposition for sake of opposition doesn’t impress nowadays’ public. It’s time that the opposition parties must earn credibility. To earn credibility, they have to indulge in constructive opposition role. If you oppose everything under the sun, then people may not listen to your valid objections too. Too much politicisation in everything would lead to loss of credibility in cases where there’ even absolute merit.Few politicians realise this. Those are Arvind Kejriwal, Navin Patnaik, KCR and even Jagmohan. They don’t oppose each and everything and thus whenever they oppose something it carries credibility.I believe Congress, Left and others must learn from them if they want to earn credibility. You may not support everything but you shouldn’t oppose everything else, Narendra Modi, all the way even in 2024 general election.last_img read more

How To Be Grateful: Become A Better Leader By Expressing Gratitude Effectively

first_imgForbes:Along with the turkey and the pies and the rest, Thanksgiving comes with a big helping of reminders that we practice gratitude every day of the year. And we should. Beyond being polite, gratitude has been shown to improve self-esteem, productivity, determination, optimism, happiness, and resilience, which all happen to be important attributes of successful entrepreneurs.Increasing your capacity for feeling and expressing gratitude can be one of the most important things you do to strengthen your networks and relationships, and build a culture in which employees feel trusted and valued.But like most things, the devil is in the details. How you give and receive that appreciation matters. “You often hear people say, just be grateful, but the nuances of how and where make all the difference,” says Todd Kashdan, Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, and the author of several books, including The Upside of Your Dark Side.Read the whole story: Forbes More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Ross backstops Rebels to 2-0 win, series tied at 2-2

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final is now down to a best-of-three series.Timely scoring and a 21-save performance from goalie Alex Ross powered the Castlegar Rebels to a 2-0 victory over the Osoyoos Coyotes in game four of the KIJHL Final Wednesday night at the Complex in the Sunflower City.Game five in the series is set for Friday in the Osoyoos Sun Bowl where the Desert Dogs have been almost unbeatable.The teams return to Castlegar for game six Saturday at 7:30 p.m.If necessary, game seven will be played Monday in Osoyoos.Second period goals by Kootenay Ice affiliate player Jesse Knowler, with his eighth of the playoffs, and Taylor Anderson, was all the scoring Castlegar would need. The Rebels out shot the Dogs 14-7 in the frame.But this night belonged to Ross who completely frustrated the Coyotes through 60 minutes.Castlegar out shot the Dogs in the game 28-21.last_img read more

FAI Cup Round One Fixtures Confirmed

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway United’s FAI Cup First Round game with Killester United has been confirmed for Haddon Park in Killester on Sunday the 13th of August kicking off at 2pm. Following FAI venue inspections, several non-league grounds have been passed to host the FAI Cup fixtures including Evergreen who will be able to host SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side Drogheda United at their home ground in Kilkenny.The fixtures will be played across Friday, Saturday and Sunday as holders Cork City kick-off their defence at Bray Wanderers on Saturday, August 12th at 7pm.Furthermore, the second round draw will take place on Monday, August 14th live on RTE’s Soccer Republic. The show will begin at 6.30pm on the RTE Player and the draw will be broadcast live on the programme.The full Irish Daily Mail First Round fixture list is below.Friday, 11th August – Cabinteely v U.C.D., Stradbrook, 7.45 pmFriday, 11th August – Waterford v Shelbourne, R.S.C., 7.45 pmFriday, 11th August – Finn Harps v Bohemians, Finn Park, 8.00 pmFriday, 11th August – Shamrock Rovers v Glenville, Tallaght Stadium, 8.00pmFriday, 11th August – Wexford v Crumlin United, Ferrycarrig Park, 8.00pmSaturday, 12th August – Cobh Wanderers v Killarney Celtic, Oldchurch Park, 4.00 pmSaturday, 12th August – Cobh Ramblers v Limerick, St. Colman’s Park, 7.45 pmSaturday, 12th August – Ballincollig v Athlone Town, CIT, 5.00 pmSaturday, 12th August – Bangor Celtic v Everton, Iveagh Grounds, 6.30 pmSaturday, 12th August – Bray Wanderers v Cork City, Carlisle Grounds, 7.00 pmSaturday, 12th August – Longford Town v Sligo Rovers, City Calling Stadium, 7.30 pmSunday, 13th August – Bluebell United v Sheriff YC, Red Cow, 12.00 pmSunday, 13th August – Evergreen v Drogheda United, Evergreen Park, 2.00 pmSunday, 13th August – Killester United v Galway United, Haddon Park, 2.00 pmSunday, 13th August – Portmarnock v St. Patrick’s Athletic, Paddy’s Hill, 2.00 pmSunday, 13th August – Dundalk v Derry City, Oriel Park, 6.30pmlast_img read more

Sarsfields v St Thomas’ to meet in Lough Rea Hotel And Spa Senior Camogie…

first_imgThe First Semi-Final saw St Thomas defeat Eyrecourt by 6-7 to 1-8 to qualify for their first ever County Senior Final. Tommy Devane ReportsAfter the game, Tommy spoke to the St Thomas manager Vinny Healy.Sarsfields needed Extra Time to defeat Mullagh in a classic. Sarsfields winning 2-13 to 1-12. Tommy Devane reportsAfter the game, Tommy spoke to their manager Michael McGrath. Sarsfields and St Thomas will meet in the Lough Rea Hotel And Spa Senior Camogie Final after two outstanding Semi-Finals played in Loughrea on Saturday Afternoon. These were two cracking games and the final might just be a classic in two weeks time. center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Dele Alli back in training for Tottenham but PSV clash comes too soon

first_imgPochettino also commented on the flurry of games coming his side’s way.After the PSV and City games comes an EFL Cup clash against West Ham on Halloween before a Prem clash away to Wolves on November 3.Poch said: “I think it’s a big challenge for different reasons. It’s natural for us to try to put all our power and all our quality to try to manage in the best way.”For us it’s a massive, massive challenge because all the things that happened in the start of the season are different to the start of the last one.” DELE ALLI is back in training with Spurs – but the Champions League clash against PSV tomorrow will come too soon for the England star.The attacker last played on September 26 and has been recovering from a hamstring injury.3 Dele Alli is back in Spurs trainingCredit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham’s medical staff will hope to have Alli fit for the Premier League blockbuster against Manchester City next Monday.The bulk of his training now has an emphasis on conditioning.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Alli will not be available for tomorrow’s game, along with Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen.He said: “Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen are still out.3 Alli last featured for his side in the 2-2 EFL Cup draw against Watford on September 26Credit: AP:Associated Press3 Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Alli will miss the game against PSVCredit: Getty Images – Getty”Christian Eriksen is fit to be selected and we’ll see tomorrow if he is to play from the start of the game or from the bench like he did against West Ham.”Alli, 22, last featured for his club nearly a month ago, in the 2-2 EFL Cup draw against Watford, in which he scored Spurs’ first.He has missed their wins over Huddersfield, Cardiff and West Ham plus the Champions League home defeat to Barcelona.Alli had only just come back from a similar issue during the international break when this latest problem flared up again.TEAM NEWS: @dele_official (hamstring) is building up conditioning after returning to training. pic.twitter.com/ks2rq47WKL— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 23, 2018last_img read more

Mountain Homes To See Increase in Power Bills

first_imgHouseholds in Western North Carolina will see an increase in power bills this week.The North Carolina Utilities Commission ordered that new rates for Duke Energy Carolinas customers can take effect starting Wednesday.Residential customers will see a slight increase–a rise by about 84 cents a month. Residential power bills will increase an extra 1.2 percent after four years.However, industrial and other customers will see their bills cut by an average of 1.6 percent to nearly 4 percent.Duke  had requested to raise rates by more than 8 percent but was denied.Duke Energy has about 2 million customers.last_img read more

Almost half of African millionaires make South Africa their home

first_imgJohannesburg, founded as it was on the rich seam of gold that makes up the Witwatersrand, has long been known as the City of Gold. More than a hundred years since the days of instant fortune in the mining town, it is the top place that African millionaires call their home. Johannesburg is the top city in Africa for dollar millionaires. (Image: Media Club South Africa) Text: Melissa JavanGraphic: Mary AlexanderAlmost half of Africa’s dollar millionaires live in four of South Africa’s cities, according to a report by global research company New World Wealth.The report was released earlier this week. It found that the country’s city of gold, Johannesburg, was the home of most of Africa’s millionaires, with 23 400 living there. Cape Town (8 900), Durban (2 700) and Pretoria (2 500) were also all in the top 10 of the list.As of June 2015, there were about 163 000 millionaires living in Africa, with combined wealth holdings of $670-billion (R9.09-trillion). Of that number, nearly 42% lived in South Africa.Cairo, Egypt had the second highest number of millionaires, with 10 200), followed by Lagos, Nigeria with 9 100 millionaires.The Ghanaian city of Accra was expected see the biggest growth in millionaires in the next decade, with numbers forecast to increase from 2 300 in 2015 to 4 100 in 2025, the report found.Nairobi (71% increase from 6 200 to 10 600) and Durban (48% increase to 4 000) had the next highest projected growth.Colin Grieve, the chief representative officer at AfrAsia Bank, said African cities were emerging as epicentres of growth and opportunity. “(They are) places where growing numbers of consumers with disposable income are congregating,” he said.“Successful entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to provide products and services to these expanding markets and in doing so, generating wealth for themselves and their communities.”Click on the image below for a larger view.Sources: New World WealthIn another report released in July, Plettenberg Bay, on the Garden Route was named the top second home hotspot in South Africa for the super-rich, with over 120 homes valued at R20-million or more. It is the highest of any town in the country with the exception of Johannesburg and Cape Town.New World Wealth reported that other second home hotspots for the super-rich were Umhlanga and La Lucia (230) in Durban, Knysna on the Garden Route (230), Stellenbosch in Western Cape (170) and Franschoek in Western Cape (70). In these towns, local and foreign buyers made their second homes. These statistics exclude major cities.Multimillionaires or the super-rich refer to individuals with net assets of $10-million (R120-million) or more.This article was originally posted on the News24 wire.last_img read more

Ready or Not? Tips for Improving and Maintaining Crisis Management Programs

first_imgWhat should retailers be doing to prepare for the next disaster? Coming off a year of devastating weather events in which just one of the many hurricanes was estimated to have cost retailers $700 million, it’s not a surprise that the topic was in focus at the NRF Protect conference in June. “Crisis management programs could not be more important,” said Brett Abbott, senior corporate security manager at Target.Brett AbbottTarget has undergone a several-year effort to modernize and upgrade its crisis management program, starting with an honest SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and data collection. “It was an important exercise for refining our priorities and to understand where we were and what we wanted, and to gather information on our contact centers, our people, our distribution centers, everything,” said Abbott. “It’s important to understand the full scope of what you’re trying to protect.”At this early process stage, Abbott identified several elements that helped to drive Target’s effort in the right direction.- Sponsor – “Structure follows strategy, so start with what you’re trying to accomplish,” said Abbott.Attract crisis management team members who bring a combination of experience and curiosity.Remove emotion from planning and be willing to bring critics to the table.Be accountable. “Put it all in a plan and share progress.”Be prepared to be in ‘learning mode’ for a substantial period.Progress in your crisis management preparedness by following a “maturity map” for and understand what the different states look like.Abbott also suggested that crisis management teams should keep a narrow focus on significant events, and not be drawn into the more day-to-day events that could be classified as “crises.” “There was an idea that we would bring intrusion alarm management into crisis management, but we resisted because we wanted to stay true to the mission and not be distracted.”To facilitate crisis response, Target employs a team that includes one expert in each corporate function. For these support members, training is “absolutely important,” said Abbott. To get it done, they build a 12-month learning calendar “to build their muscle memory so they don’t need to refer to a plan” and which focuses on making it easy for members to stay engaged. “We create opportunities to make it easy for team members because it is their second job,” he added.Ultimately, Target’s effort to improve its readiness focused on upstream activities and post-event improvements. “We were pretty good with response, but we were needing to do more ahead of time: planning, education, team meetings, brown bag events, training calls, exercises,” said Abbott. “And after-action reviews that identify action items are critical to make improvements to the plan.”Program MaintenanceBryant McAnnallyRestructuring crisis management is a substantial undertaking, but program maintenance is also a challenge, noted Bryant McAnnally, CFI, manager of LP operations for Disney Store North America, in the same NRF Protect presentation titled “Preparing for the Next Disaster: An Outline for Impact Mitigation, Management, and Resiliency.” The company takes a Plan, Do, Check, Act approach to continuous improvement and works hard to ensure its plan “is a living element and not a document on the shelf,” McAnnally said.“You need to keep it fresh and aligned with new business needs, such as BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store),” said McAnnally, a point echoed by Abbott. He said that new business models introduce new risk, so it’s important to get a seat at the table early in the process of those discussion to understand what the impact might be on crisis management and response. “It’s much easier than going backward,” said Abbott.Another way to keep crisis management in focus is to expand opportunities for lesson-learning. “Review other people’s disasters for opportunities to improve your readiness,” advised McAnnally. You can almost always find an issue that your plan doesn’t cover, he suggested:If banks are closed, have you planned to be able to extend financial assistance to store associates?How confident are you in your ability to get help and materials when suppliers are inundated with requests? What do your contracts say?Can you build better relationships with government agencies so that you are kept in the loop and more likely to be extended commendation?Do you have satellite phones at stores in case of disruption in cell phone service?Do you annually go to people and ask for them to update contact information?“You want to drive a culture of preparedness by keeping the program evergreen,” said McAnnally. He said Disney Stores uses a variety of on-going activities to keep preparedness top of mind, including tabletop exercises, annual crisis fairs, awareness months and activities for stores, distributing checklists, wallet cards, and reminders. “We get great feedback from people that shows they understand we worry about them as people as well as the company.”Finally, as crisis management programs mature, the challenge often shifts from getting information to utilizing and prioritizing it. Experts say that it’s important to ask about this question about the tool or system that your company uses to manage crisis incidents: How is relevant static information made available to the incident command center?A retail organization is likely to have information in the emergency plan, and in related plans and databases, that can help individuals in the command center manage an event in progress. For example, in a warehouse fire, it is useful to have immediate access to the facility’s current inventory list and the schematic plans for it and adjacent buildings. But plans and records are also certain to contain information irrelevant to the crisis at hand. An important planning element, therefore, is the process by which appropriate information from planning documents—and only appropriate information—filters into the incident handling process.A good incident management tool will allow a user to ‘create’ an incident and then pull relevant information into it, such as information from the HR database that relates to the specific crisis. Integration between the crisis management tool and other documents is extremely important because it allows crisis managers to draw from current files, lists, and updated information. An incident management tool that doesn’t draw directly from these other information sources at the time of the event would more than likely be working off a certain amount of outdated information. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Coffee & Power: Work For Each Other, Not The Man

first_imgA New Way of WorkingSomething’s got to give. People are camped in cities around the world demanding a new way of working and doing business. The Web has supported the current wave of social movements, serving as a citizen medium when official outlets won’t suffice. But Web companies themselves chug merrily along, monetizing the status quo.Tech companies – and certainly tech writers – like to use the word “revolution” to describe the really big changes. Is that justified? Isn’t it a bit boy-who-cried-wolf to call responsive Web design or an AI phone secretary “revolutionary?” How would we know a real Web revolution if we saw one? For starters, it would probably have to move off the Web and into the real world. Coffee & Power is taking values learned in a virtual world and using them to change the workplace. That sounds like a promising start.Stay tuned. We’ll check back in with Coffee & Power after it has some time to grow and tell you what its founders and members have learned and accomplished in the meantime. The mission had been posted by Catamount Ventures partner James Joaquin. This task was a natural fit for Sullivan’s talents. “When I went to pick it up,” she says, “he was over the moon.” He told her he had a big party to go to, but he had no idea how to get in touch with a professional costume designer.Coffee & Power made an ideal venue for that. Thanks to the system of recommendations and account validations it uses, Miss Minty and Jamesj were able to start working together with a pre-established level of trust. Here is a slideshow of the resulting zombie costume:Cutting Out The Middle ManAs a professional costume designer, it isn’t surprising that she did an awesome job on the zombie costume. But for Sullivan, the Coffee & Power economic model is essential to the work itself.She says the name “Coffee & Power” instantly reminded her of a book with the same name about the politically turbulent 1980s in Central America. The elite and the working people in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua during that time had to strike difficult balances and make compromises in order for those societies to make it through the decade intact.“I think that is something a lot of people have felt is missing in the workplace as of late,” Sullivan says, citing the growth of the Occupy movement as evidence that the need for such compromises is now felt worldwide. “Big business has lost its humanity.”Live stream from Coffee & Power’s Market Street workclubSullivan sees Coffee & Power as a working model for how work in the 21st century could be redefined. “If you let people work amongst themselves, a mutual respect will arise.” It’s not a market based on scarcity. It’s as abundant with potential as its participants are, and it lets them decide what their work is worth.It’s also one that suits the remote, largely virtual and independent nature of the changing 21st-century workplace. On Coffee & Power, workers don’t have to be just one thing; they can use their full range of skills for whatever work their compatriots want done. “It’s not that we have to to different work,” Sullian says, “but maybe we have to do it for different people.” Virtual Currency, Real WorkRosedale and his LoveMachine co-founders, Ryan Downe and Fred Heiberger, know how these kinds of incentives work. Both the medium of exchange – a virtual currency – and the social dynamics of neighbors helping each other out were tested on Second Life.Second Life is a virtual Wild West with an almost entirely unregulated economy. It’s a more extreme environment than the streets of San Francisco, where Coffee & Power has been beta tested. By this year’s measurements, SL also brings in about $100 million a year in revenue, and that’s for entirely virtual goods and services. Coffee & Power is the tangible version of that economy, except the costly work of building the city is already done.This author’s Second Life avatar getting some work doneSecond Life, by contrast, started as a vast, flat, empty plane. Rosedale launched Second Life in 2003, and users had to create all the content themselves. “I think the forces that gave it traction in the beginning was the feeling of freedom and pioneering,” Rosedale says. “The early users felt the power and freedom of being asked (and expected/required) to build the whole world themselves.”Coffee & Power users won’t have to build a whole world, but they will have to invent new ways of working in the existing one. The old vision of work is static, stable, routine, repetitive. Coffee & Power workers might have different jobs every day. But the key difference is that they work for each other, not for a boss. Rosedale says that same spirit inspired the founding members of Second Life.Coffee & Power’s first workclub in San FranciscoAt first, the virtual currency in Second Life – Linden Dollars (L$) – was not connected to real money. “The only way to earn dollars was from someone else paying you something,” Rosedale says, “so SL was very much a meritocracy, as you needed to do amazing stuff within the community to have large visible wealth.” But then third-party currency exchanges started popping up, L$ found a market price, and Rosedale says that “by late 2005, people really thought of the L$ as being its own real/stable currency.” Eventually, the work created in Second Life gained press attention, and it was off to the races.Rosedale says there’s something “sticky” about virtual currencies, even when they’re backed by real dollars. It’s an investment in the community that uses the currency, which encourages holders to reinvest it rather than cashing out. In terms of Coffee & Power – as well as Second Life – that means members investing in each other.Working For Each OtherAnne Sullivan, A.K.A. Miss Minty, a trusted Coffee & Power beta user, is driven by the freedom and parity among workers as much as the monetary rewards. When Rosedale recently asked members to describe Coffee & Power in one sentence, Sullivan came up with this slogan: “Coffee & Power: Work for each other – not The Man.” She’s a freelance stylist and costumer, and she accomplished what the Coffee & Power blog calls “the best Coffee & Power mission of all time:” the zombie costume mission.“I usually just work through referrals,” she says. “However, I did see a post on Coffee & Power asking, ‘I want my old suit turned into a zombie costume.’” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The principles of Burning Man are an antidote to the alienating effects of the social Web and the corporate values that underlie them. That’s why so many of the Web’s radical thinkers attend. The first Google doodle in 1998 was the team’s Burning Man away message. It’s no coincidence that Second Life was inspired by Burning Man as well.Burning Man’s principle of gifting is one of the main ways its participants break the ice and establish trust and immediacy with one another. That’s the way Rosedale wants to spread Coffee & Power.Any mission can be gifted to a prospective member, who would be introduced to Coffee & Power by redeeming it. This is an invitation to the service vastly more meaningful than any Twitter mention or beta invite. After a gift mission is accomplished, Rosedale hopes, new users will trust that this system works.The Value of Transparency Rosedale and the Coffee & Power team work hard to maintain that trust. Their commitment to the economic model of Coffee & Power – and the openness and transparency it entails – goes right to the core of the way the project was built.Prior to building Coffee & Power, the LoveMachine team built worklist.net, a marketplace specifically for building software using the same job exchange model that Coffee & Power has. In fact, Coffee & Power was and is developed using Worklist, and that means it’s totally transparent. You can view the entire C&P development process on Worklist including the budget.Developers will love Worklist as a way of building out software projects. We’ll save the details for a separate post on ReadWriteHack. For now, suffice it to say that Coffee & Power is a democratic place. The builders are constantly seeking input from the participants, who are also, in a sense, builders. On the Coffee & Power homepage, the public chat widget is constantly buzzing with back-and-forth between users and the team. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Coffee & Power photo credits: MissMintySF and Coffee & PowerBurning Man photo credit: Josh AdlerDo you think Coffee & Power can change the way we work? Share your thoughts in the comments. Tags:#e-commerce#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I Want And I WillCoffee & Power users can post and browse missions in two forms: wills and wants. Requests for a mission take the form, “I want _____,” and volunteered missions are phrased as “I will _____.” Members can browse for work or services by location as well as category.I pointed out to Rosedale that these two verbs would make an excellent fit for Facebook’s Open Graph, and a Facebook app would be a great way to spread the word. He thought that was interesting, but it wasn’t where his head was at. Rosedale is thinking about a marketing strategy inspired by a value system that matters much more to both of us than Facebook: Burning Man. The latest invention from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale launches today, and it’s no virtual world. Coffee & Power is an online marketplace that lets people buy and sell small jobs from each other. It’s also a network of real-world co-working spaces, called “workclubs,” where users can meet to make arrangements or just stay and work. Coffee & Power is what Rosedale calls a “meta-company,” a framework for doing business with no managers or middlemen, all arranged through a website, an iPhone app and the workclub. The site, the app and the first workclub on Market Street in San Francisco all go live today after a rapidly developed beta period starting this summer. Workers of the world, take notice: this San Francisco startup wants to make each of us the boss.Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept ItCoffee & Power users perform “missions” for each other ranging from software development to graphic design to chauffeur service to making zombie costumes. They offer a virtual currency called C$ – backed by US$ – as compensation. In the beta period, Coffee & Power users have exchanged over $10,000 in hundreds of missions.Thus far, Coffee & Power might sound like existing mini-job markets like Zaarly or TaskRabbit. But Rosedale says those services are all about the jobs themselves. Coffee & Power is about the people first and foremost. While the other services just use dollars, Coffee & Power’s virtual currency becomes more about giving people credit than merely compensating them. The site ranks participants by missions completed and ratings of trust, letting them build up reputations on a network of creative, well-connected people. Related Posts jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more