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Read more Launches Social Bingo Game Into Beta

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ANGUILLA, BRITISH WEST INDIES–(Marketwired – May 6, 2013) –, Ltd. (OTCQB:BNGOF), owner of the popular online gaming community, today announced it has launched the beta version of Trophy Bingo, its innovative proprietary social bingo product.

Released in select test markets only, Trophy Bingo is a multi-platform social bingo game available on smart phones and tablets running Apple iOS and Google Android systems as well as online on Facebook. Trophy Bingo is a ‘best of breed’ dog-show themed bingo adventure where players win their way to the best in show blue ribbon. The beta release was simultaneous to all supported platforms and beta testing is on-going as fine tunes the monetization and player progression of the product. It is expected that a period of four to six weeks of beta testing will be done before releasing Trophy Bingo worldwide on the App Store, Google Play, and Facebook.

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Apttus Announces Platinum Sponsorship of Salesforce Customer Company Tour in London

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Salesforce Customer Company Tour Invites Attendees to Connect With Customers, Partners and Employees in Entirely New Ways With Social and Mobile Cloud Technologies

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Peter Thiel: Twitter will outlast the New York Times

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Tech visionaries Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen disagree on the promise of Twitter but both see a relatively long lifespan for the social media firm. At least in Internet years.

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Alibaba buys stake in China’s Weibo

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Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce group, buys an 18% stake in Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, as it looks to tap into the social media sector.

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Virgin bill goes viral on Facebook

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A broadband bill sent to a deceased man by Virgin Media has gone viral on social media after his son-in-law complained.

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Manchester Metropolitan University Deploys Video Across Campus, Powered by Kaltura

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The University Is Launching a Social Video Portal Using Kaltura’s MediaSpace Video Portal, and Integrating Kaltura’s Video Extension for Moodle for Enhanced Teaching and Learning

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Co-operative skills: what are they and why do we need them?

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A co-operative development worker explains how to deal with some common skill shortages

Meetings that never seem to end or dissolve into frequent arguments; members leaving; frequent disputes; difficulty in retaining people on your board or management committee.

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you may have a co-operative skills deficit.

What do I mean by co-operative skills? When I explain it to people I often use the analogy of a car. You go to the showroom, you are shown all these amazing vehicles, you choose the one you like the look of and, importantly, one that will meet your needs – whether that be off-road, commercial vehicle or zippy runner for about town. It’s only when you drive it away from the forecourt that you realise you’ve never driven a car before and never had any proper lessons.

Trying to manage a co-operative without members possessing co-operative skills can be like trying to drive a car without ever learning to drive – with the added complication of several of you trying to drive at once. Co-operative skills could be described as the understanding of how to work effectively with other people on an equal basis towards commonly held aims and objectives.

Legal structures and governance systems used by co-operatives are a technology. Like all technologies, you need to understand it to be able to use it effectively. I’ve heard people dismiss this approach, saying that it is just a governance issue and that the rules or articles of association are the “manual” but even the best governance framework or member handbook may not unlock the base level skills needed to interact with other people to achieve mutual benefit and put the “manual” into practice.

Some technology – such as a smartphone – is iterative and application can be learned by experience or through use. Like using a smartphone, co-operative skills can be learned through trial and error – and co-operating is a natural human behaviour with psychological and emotional benefits. The problem we face is that a certain amount of “relearning” may be required. People are taught at school to compete, have hierarchical approaches to work and management imposed on them, and in the schoolyard or workplace they have been taught to use power play to achieve individual success at all costs over mutual benefit.

Common skill shortages I have noticed include:

Communication skills – understanding communication as a two-way process, listening skills, assertiveness. A building block for all co-operative skills. Vital for good meetings and to negotiate with other members. Communication skills also provide a boost to the day-to-day running of your co-operative in areas such as customer care and marketing.

Meeting and decision making skills – different ways to reach decisions, how to chair a meeting and how to participate. Speaking as chair of a co-operative, even the best chairing techniques require all participants to share responsibility for helping the meeting run smoothly.

How to deal with conflict – not just conflict resolution but techniques such as principled negotiation which encourage and value disagreement as a means to producing the best outcome for your co-op.

Team working – recognising individual roles, behaviours and skills; techniques for galvanising your team around common goals.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with some well established co-operatives whose members developed these skills over time through trial and error or with the assistance of other co-operatives and co-operative development bodies. However, each time a new member joins the co-operative the newbie also needs these skills – not only to thrive as an individual member but also for the whole co-operative to continue to function effectively. I’ve noticed that in startup co-operatives, those with good co-operative skills have progressed more quickly and been better equipped to deal with the hardships that face any startup business.

I believe that for co-ops at all stages of development, investing in the co-operative skills of their members pays dividends: time is spent running the business effectively and generating profits, not dealing with internecine strife; the business is managed more effectively; mutual needs of all members can be met, and members who add to the co-op’s diversity are retained by enabling them to participate.

Many co-operatives – including my own, Co-operantics – host ideas, tools and tips on their websites to encourage co-ops to carry out a bit of DIY before calling in the experts. I’d like to see a time when every co-operative has co-operative skills as a standard item in their training or human resources development plan.

Nathan Brown is an experienced co-operative development worker and member of Co-operantics, a co-operative development body.

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VIDEO: A childcare crisis in urban India?

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In urban India just one in every four women goes out to work, with social attitudes and a lack of opportunities partly to blame.

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Media Advisory: Ontario Federation of Labour to Unveil a People’s Budget Following Unprecedented Community Consultation with Citizens and Groups

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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 15, 2013) - In February, the Ontario Federation of Labour launched an unprecedented, province-wide community consultation on the next provincial budget. The People’s Budget campaign visited nine communities, inviting Ontarians to share their ideas for a new approach to addressing our economic, social, and fiscal challenges. The campaign received in-person and written submissions from more than 135 citizens and groups. This input serves as the basis for the recommendations contained in the People’s Budget. On April 15, we share this vision for Ontario.

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Roma and Milan use social media to sell brands to fans

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Italian football giants score with social media

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