Changing the Face of Canvassing, NGP VAN, Pilots its Distributed Canvassing App

In 2010, technology met and married activism, when NGP Software and The Voter Activation Network became NGP VAN, a platform catering to the specific needs of progressive and democratic fund-raising and non-profit entities, with highly advanced technical solutions aimed at improving essential areas of campaign and money-raising.

NGP VAN is known for creating user-friendly tools that help campaign workers and fundraisers to monitor their support systems, canvass voters, handle online donations, ensure regulatory compliance,and much more. Their list of users encompasses a virtual who’s who of environmentally conscious and socially progressive causes and democratic bigwigs, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, President Barack Obama, The National Audubon Society, Comic Relief, Greenpeace and Girls Inc.

Politicians and advocates know that complacency is never an option. Restructuring, refining and reorganizing outreach programs and campaigns is an ongoing process. Refusing to rest on their laurels is an NGP VAN attribute as well. In 2017 NGP VAN collaborated with the DNC to create a campaign tool that became “Knock.” The downloadable app, designed to take some of the headache out of turf-cutting, allowed users to login and find the nearest ten voters, using a pre-allocated population.

Since its initial incarnation, Knock has evolved into “Distributed Canvassing,” now in a Beta pilot program. Distributed Canvassing streamlines the process from office to field by eliminating a number of time-consuming steps. Users can assign the parameters of a specific voter population, or universe, devise a script and then decide upon the number of contacts each field worker should make. Distributed Canvassing attaches numerals to lists that it creates. The field organizer provides workers with their list numeral. Based on where a canvas worker is stationed, the app cuts the turf.

Distributed Canvassing’s flexible universe parameters have enabled app-users to handle statewide and town-specific campaigns equally well. Larger and smaller teams have made use of the app, as have dedicated single users. While assuming the role of turf-cutter is a huge part of what makes Distributed Canvassing a new ace in the sleeve of campaigners and fund-raisers, it also assists with data entry and eliminates a lot of superfluous training.

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Sean Penn: Critical Review of the Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

Sean Penn has written his first novel, entitled “, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” The book revolves around Bob, who shares the same character as Sean Penn. Critics, like Trevor Noah have panned Bob Honey Who Just Do stuff, the book with the weird title, and they are stating that the story is a little bit trippy, and people are enjoying how the novel would put them in disbelief, amazement, and delight. The novel is also recommended for those people who prefer reading cult classics, and according to Sean Penn, they will love the story behind Bob Honey. The satirical madness embedded in each page of the novel can be observed in detail to find out the truth that the writer wanted to tell the people. It requires a deep sense of understanding to unravel the secrets behind each page of the novel.

Initially being released as an audiobook back in 2016, Sean Penn had the chance to publish his novel as a slimmer. The novel includes symbolism for the presidency of Donald Trump, and it is set shortly, where the society falls behind a dystopian, chaotic environment. The novel tackles about the situation near the Republican National Convention, and how the protagonist named Bob faces all of the challenges he encounters every single day. The novel also introduces Fletcher, who is a character based on Mexican drug lord El Chapo. Sean Penn even had to travel to Mexico to interview El Chapo, in preparation for the novel that he will be writing.

People who have already read the novel by Sean Penn pointed out several pages which are written to discredit President Donald Trump. Bob Honey Who Just do Stuff seems to cross multiple genres, resulting in mixed reviews from literary establishments.  Sean Penn is a known critic of the president, and he included several passages in the novel which criticizes the actions of the president, albeit referring to him only through symbolism because the president in the novel is a different person. Sean Penn is hoping that people would be purchasing and supporting his novel, and he is also asking for the assistance from his friends at Hollywood to promote the book that he has written. Sean Penn stated that he still thinks whether to write another novel that would continue the story of Bob.

Read USA Today’s take on the book.

Graham Edwards and His Billion Dollar Telereal Trillium Legacy

In the early 2000’s, Graham Edwards founded a company in the United Kingdom known as Telereal. As CEO, he led the company into many prosperous partnerships and business dealings, including a multibillion-dollar property outsourcing with British Telecom holdings (BT), and he ultimately initiated the 2009 merger with another big name in property management – Trillium.

The newly formed Telereal Trillium became the largest privately owned Property and Investment Management Company in the UK and boasts an impressive annual revenue of over £1 billion. Although Telereal Trillium’s success is by no means a surprise. Graham Edwards was appointed CEO after the merger and uses his knowledge and expertise to ensure a prosperous continuation of the business (

Prior to his own businesses, Graham Edwards headed funds at Merrill Lynch Investment Management and attended the prestigious Cambridge University studying economics. His various positions and insight into other corporation no doubt plays a major role in his current practices. However, Graham Edwards is not just a businessman, in his leisure time he enjoys being an avid tennis player and a ski enthusiast.

In addition to his business dealings, Edwards also has a high presence in local and charity communities. He, Telereal Trillium, and his staff participate in raising and donating funds to over 100 registered charities. Edwards is even known for his focus on employee satisfaction. His commitment to creating a respectful environment in all business practices, responsible sustainability efforts, and dedication to giving back all help foster employee pride and make Telereal Trillium a serious company to contend with.

It is with this quality of hard work and devotion to beneficial pursuit that Graham Edwards and Telereal Trillium will see continued prosperity and the legacy they both have will leave a lasting impact in not only the business community but also the country as a whole.

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Sean Penn: From Actor To Author

Sean Penn, actor phenom turned novelist. Getting people to notice the actor has never been hard due to his share of drama on camera and off, as this only added to Sean Penn’s bad boy persona. But, his roster of critically acclaimed accomplishments on screen far outweigh any shortcoming the actor might have had in the past. Pushing for more achievements to add to his billing, never being satisfied with the status quo, he went and wrote a book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. As with any whisper’s of a book coming out from such a figure of our generation as he, comes criticism and speculation. The worst is the categorization, we as a nation have to put labels and categories on everything. We cannot just be. This is what Sean wants for his main character, to just accept him. Do not try to put Bob into some modern day scenario or philosophy.

“Bob Honey Just Do Stuff” is a satirical Americana. The main player is a middle-aged man who engages in such jobs and activities from septic tank salesman to assassinating the elderly. The story is told through the eyes of Pappy Pariah. He narrates the story Bob Honey’s life story and the digressions that ensue. It is up to the reader to decide whether Bob Honey is real or a figment of Pappy Pariahs imagination. Bob, a suspected international assassin that murders the elderly. Bob believes it is his purpose to murder in order to whittle down the population for society and the environment. Honey calls the President of the United States Mr. Landlord in a tirade written to the White House. For the rest, the book must be bought. Sean Penn at first denied being the author of the book, only narrating it when a portion of the book came out in audible format. He claimed it to be written by an author he met in a bar.

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Contactless Payments: The Wave of the Future in the Global Marketplace

According to PSI-Pay cashless payments are increasingly dominating the market, and the two companies that champion cashless payments have joined forces and released a contactless payment ring into the international marketplace. This payment ring is the first of its kind and allows consumers the fastest method of checking out using their own devices and sparing them the hassle of PIN numbers. Contactless payments are taking over coins and notes, as the commonly known “wave and pay” contactless payment ring is revolutionizing the international marketplace, PSI-Pay claims this could end cash transactions completely.

Wave and pay contactless payments use debit, credit and smartcards as forms of payment. PSI-Pay offers this system and along with their affiliate Kerv, they offer it with a propriety ring. The ring is fashionably designed for men and women, it is comfortable and durable, it withstands water and is scratch proof. PSI-Pay and Kerv have joined forces to launch this wave and pay ring into the international market, allowing consumers to make purchases by simply tapping a card or ring toward the terminal. Without doubt, there are many benefits of using contactless payments, it saves consumers time and makes payments easier. The wave and pay method eliminates the need to carry cash and speeds up the process by avoiding the issues of credit card checking and waiting on cards to be validated.

However, to protect the consumer from any unauthorized payments, the transactions that can be processed with contactless technology are limited. Kerv’s ring payment capacity is limited but it is linked to cards to make larger purchases and for online shopping. PSI-Pay provides services locally and internationally and can now provide electronic money throughout Europe and is usable in more than 170 nations around the world. There is no need to worry about the security of this advanced technology, PSI-Pay and Kerv have deployed measures to counter act any irregularities resulting from illegal use, and to insure zero liability if a card is used without authorization. PSI-Pay claims wave and pay technology is revolutionizing the future of the global marketplace.

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Glen Wakeman and “Thoughtful Perseverance”

Glen Wakeman has a degree in economics and finance from the University of Scranton, and he has experienced outstanding success as an entrepreneur and mentor to businesspersons in the United States, Africa, and Europe. As an international financial adviser, Glen provides business strategies and management services in the global financial marketplace, and he serves as a mentor to C-suite executives. He also writes a blog offering expert advice to businesspersons (

According to Glen Wakeman, budding entrepreneurs sometimes experience difficulty in their business and want to give up. Glen recognizes starting a business is hard but rather than giving up Glen offers advice to entrepreneurs trying to establish a successful business. Glen advises budding entrepreneurs to persevere, and he provides a three-step strategy to building a successful business that he calls “thoughtful perseverance.” These three steps are:

Focus on benefits, not features. Sometimes the ideas you have to serve your clients might not be in the best interest of potential clients. What you need to do is to focus on providing a benefit to your customer. It is not what you want but what benefit does your product or service offer to your customers (Dailyforexreport).

Seek disconfirming evidence. There is a ton of data available on the Internet, and a person can find data to support whatever fact or idea they want to promote. Unfortunately, however, if your business is not performing to your expectations, you need data that is inconsistent with what you think, know, or believe.

Build a dispassionate support group. Every entrepreneur needs a support system. However, it does not serve you or your business well if the people you choose are “yes” men or “yes” women. You should surround yourself with people who are courageous enough to be brutally honest with you and who will challenge you. Challenging your thinking can lead to the breakthrough you need to make your business successful.

In the final analysis, Glen advises entrepreneurs not to give up. Follow the three-step plan as outlined and you will be on your way to a successful career as an entrepreneur.


Luiz Carlos Trabuco Announces Changes To Presidential Position At Bradesco

Earlier this year, Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi, the standing chairman of Bradesco recently came forward to announce that the company had finally selected its new President after much consideration and discussions. The reason Bradesco was put into a situation of choosing a new President of the company was that they had to fill out the position that was previously held by Trabuco.

Before becoming the chairman of the company, Luiz Carlos Trabuco was serving as the President of Bradesco. While he served in the position for several years, the company was in need of a person to take over as the chairman. However, Bradesco has a rule that only allows a person to hold one position within the company, rather than multiple, which is why Trabuco had to give up his previous post in exchange for the new one that he was taking over. This, however, meant that Bradesco would have to choose a new person to be their President, which is what the announcement that Trabuco made was regarding.

Read more: Bradesco anuncia substituto de Trabuco

According to the announcement, Luiz Carlos Trabuco stated that Octavio de Lazari would be taking over as the President of Bradesco. It was an announcement that people in the banking and financial industry were waiting for, owing to the impact that Bradesco has on the economy and the field as a whole. The board of directors were the people in charge of making this decision and were the ones that choose Octavio to take up this important position within the company. Octavio de Lazari had been serving as the CEO of Bradesco for several years before and had an incredible amount of experience when it comes to the field of finance and banking according to His impact on the company as a whole was incredible and was something that would greatly benefit the overall workings of the company. Having been a part of Bradesco for such a long time was another factor that contributed to the decision of making him the President of Bradesco.

Octavio was asked to take on the position, but would only be allowed to start performing his duties post the shareholders meeting at the company. Because of this rule, the company had a period wherein there was no president of the company. Because the President is one of the essential roles within a company, Trabuco was asked if he could take over both the roles, thereby ensuring efficiency at the company.

Trabuco has been working at the company for an incredibly long time and has contributed to the development of Bradesco in more ways than one. He has served at the position of President of Bradesco and has also taken up the position of CEO at the company in the past. He has been able to function incredibly well at all of these positions and has proven to the company and the industry that he can lead a company of this size and standard. Under his guidance, Bradesco has grown extensively and stood as the number one name in the country.

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American Institute Of Architects CEO Celebrates Growing Collaboration With Other Industries

The American Institute of Architects recently announced a ten-year commitment to developing initiatives aimed at improving public health and fostering natural disaster readiness in urban areas. These initiatives include the creation of an app via a public design event, provision of university grants and the development of a community plan situated in a major metropolitan area.

Based out of Washington DC, the AIA serves as one of the nation’s leading professional outfits for architects and other members of the design and construction industries. In operation for more than a century and a half and boasting more than 90,000 members, the AIA has been headed since 2011 by Executive Vice President and CEO Robert Ivy. Ivy graduated from Sewanee with a Bachelor’s in English and from Tulane University with a Master’s in Architecture. He was previously the President of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, overseeing the publication of leading architectural media such as Constructor, SNAP and Architectural Record, the latter of which he also served as Editor in Chief of Architectural Record.

In the aftermath of the announcement of the ten-year initiative, Ivy sat down with SmartPlanet to discuss intersectionality between architecture and other industries, specifically how the design industry can play a leading and integral function in the maintenance of public health.


Pointing to the historical role architecture has played in improving and maintaining public health – as evidenced in the drainage system of Washington DC or the construction of Central Park – Ivy framed architecture as more than a simple creative outlet through which buildings are made.

“Publications looked at buildings as objects more than as social engines or agents of change or as places that would affect public health, but in fact they do,” Ivy pointed out. He went on to voice his anticipation that a budding, socially conscious generation of architects would continue to parlay their skills into serving the public good.

Robert Ivy also celebrated the growing cooperation between architecture and other disciplines. “We need to be collaborating with other professions more,” he said. “Nothing happens in isolation.”

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Malcolm Casselle — Gamers and Blockchains

Malcolm Casselle has worked at some of the tech industries greatest giants. He has made history at every project he has ever touched. He has permanently left his mark on the world. By creating some of the best applications that we know today, or by being a major component to the creation of these applications, he has helped society advance forward. Malcolm Casselle is all about the advancement of communications within humanity. He was vital in the early stages of Facebook and Zynga and has helped Groupon complete its joint venture with a Chinese instant messaging company. The company in question was a company that assisted gamers talk to one another and engage in chats while gaming. Recently, he has created his own company called OPSkins and has founded a technology called WAX.

OPSkins is a gaming platform that allows gamers to trade in-game assets for real world currencies or cryptocurrencies. The vast majority of the gamers on OPSkins engage in cross border transactions through the use of bitcoin. By using bitcoin, users are able to trade their gaming assets with any user from any country and remain completely anonymous. They are taking full use of the blockchain technology that was developed for this sole purpose. As of this writing, OPSkins is the largest marketplace for trading gaming assets and cryptocurrencies. They account for the majority of bitcoins traded across the blockchain. Malcolm Casselle wants to develop a decentralized application that would allow his users to utilize the blockchain for their trading. The decentralized blockchain would ensure that users remain private and the entire system would never go down. He is calling his decentralized application WAX (Worldwide Asset Exchange).

The decentralized nature of blockchians allows users to engage in their transactions securely without the worry of fraud of power outages. The P2P marketplace would help users trade with each other across the world in a safer manner and would make transactions much smoother. Malcolm Casselle is currently working on the WAX protocol and has a team of advanced developers working around the clock to ensure the best possible experience for his customers.

Vijay Eswaran Explains How To Be A True Leader

Vijay Eswaran is a businessman from Malaysia who was born in 1960. He leads QI Group, a Hong Kong-headquartered company, as its executive chairman. His company is involved in a wide range of industries including telecommunications, luxury products, travel, and more. He earned his undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom at the London School of Economics. Later on he moved to the United States where he attended Southern Illinois University and earned his MBA in 1986.

As a leader, Vijay Eswaran has advice for others who want to pursue leadership positions. He says that what many people don’t understand is that being a leader doesn’t mean ordering people around. Someone that is a true leader, he says, is someone that knows that to lead is to serve. The concept of this he learned from his father. His father would say, “Service above self” which means that you put others first before yourself as a real leader.

There are 5 Cs when it comes to being a leader, Vijay Eswaran says. The first is to care. If you take care of your employees you know they’ll do their best to take care of the customers of your company. His second C is for clarity of vision. In order to inspire others, he says, you need to have not just a strong vision of what you want to accomplish but also the ability to explain it clearly to your team.

Core values is a C because it defines who you are. He says that the three core values as he sees them are compassion, honesty, and acceptance. Being committed to growth is the fourth C. This means investing in your team and helping the individual members grow not just as employees but also as people. Finally, he says creating a will to sacrifice is the final C. He says that looking at past servant leaders had the responsibility of leading thrown on their shoulders by others. To lead other people you have to make sacrifices in your life, he says, in order to serve the greater good.