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Xerez Haffenden

Recent Posts by Xerez Haffenden:

What3Words set to Change the World

There was a recent news story stating that Google maps was incorrectly directing people not to the national park they were hoping for, but instead to one man’s private driveway. He regularly contacted Google to let them know of his frustration re-directing tourists and replacing signs and fences, but still each day dozens of people would flock to his property and start the trek up his driveway, because well Google maps was WRONG. 

Topics: Technology non-profit global addressing

The Digital Mesh from Rome with Love

A vacation is indeed an incredible luxury, a thing once taken only by the elite classes and not even coined as a concept until around the time of the Norman Conquest. Of course these days you are hard pressed to book anything for your vacation now matter how big or small without the use of the Internet. The Internet has long ago replaced travel agents and the world seems to be more often than not, using sharing economy style bookings on sites such as Air BnB. With every very new airline booking, accommodation reservation, or online communiqué post, you will be asked endlessly to log in and create a new account. I have been noticing that more and more often I am being given the option to log on via another service, usually Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or LinkedIn. In fact on some applications it is now difficult to log in WITHOUT going through another site, usually a social media service.

Topics: Technology non-profit

What You Need to Know About Building BRIDGES

The non-profit world can be a very confusing place to try and understand our differences and to determine who’s who in the pond. Some of us refer to ourselves as agencies, others are non-profits, some are organizations (which sounds so big and fancy), still others identify as charities, N.G.O.’s, or are members of the “third sector”. Then there are the foundations, service clubs, self-help organizations, volunteer clubs, and even MANGO’s (A Market Advocacy NGO apparently! Confused? Then just imagine how your donors or supporters might feel! So just what are all these organizations doing anyway?

Topics: non-profit

King Louis XIV would not approve of you Instagramming his dinner!

The reported origin of the word etiquette, was in 18th century France, when King Louis XIV and his team decided to host a public garden party for the nobility. This first party saw the King’s precious gardens trampled as the nobility mingled, and I’m going to guess, dined on canapés.  Signs were posted to ward off this unwanted behaviour i.e. “Don’t step on le grass”. These signs became known as “etiquette” or a “ticket” warning you to behave.  The signs however failed to stop the flower trampling…. WHAT? People disobeyed the signs! So the poor King was required to pass a legal decree in order to keep the nobility off his damn flowers. Etiquette then evolved to become the name given to all rules of what members of society should or should not do.

Topics: non-profit netiquette

Rise of the Machines

The benefits of having machines in our lives cannot be denied. Push a few buttons and coffee is made or the laundry gets done. Say a few words and Siri dials home for you during your commute, or finds you a route to the nearest gas station in an unfamiliar city. All of this is super convenient and if this were a science fiction movie, it might also be the next step in increasing our dependence on artificial intelligence, thus making us ready for when they rise up and take over the world.

Topics: non-profit machines robotics

Do you Need a Social Media Expert or Not?

We all know of someone, or some organization who has had wild success with their online marketing and media presence. Tweeting the right thing at just the right moment, showing as many Instagram followers as a minor celebrity, and using their social media to attract and hire a younger and hipper demographic to fill their agencies roster.

Topics: Social Media non-profit