Digital 8 Represents Future of Mobile Organizing

At this point in NGP Van’s history they have reached the upper echelon of expectations where every single release that they make has high hopes pinned on it. Digital 8, their newest product, was no different and yet they still managed to hit it out of the park with resounding success. Political campaigns that are successful tend to be the ones that are the most innovative, and with NGP Van helping progressive campaigns with their near constant innovation they have become an unparalleled tool in helping deliver victories for Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.


What strikes users most about Digital 8 is the sheer scope of tasks you can do with it — all in one place. One thing that is truly exciting is the ability to set up automatic e-mails to subscribers which can go a long way in creating a campaign e-mail program that truly interacts with voters. Additionally, Digital 8 has the power to put one-click actions throughout the website and e-mail blasts. Imagine how much easier it will be to get first time donors when all they have to do is simply click a button to make their donation to your candidate? If even that is not enough to catch you interest than you will surely be impressed by their newly revamped ability to create data visualization that will give campaigns a new way to compare and study the data they are receiving. While that barely scratches the surface of what all Digital 8 can do, it is a good introduction to the type of simplicity and easy to use software that is exactly what has put NGP Van at the top in the field of database management.

As mentioned earlier, a campaign can not expect to win using decades-old strategies — constant innovation is the key to success. With the release of Digital 8 it is clear that NGP Van has recognized this trend and is at the forefront of bringing these new ideas to fruition so that progressive candidates big and small can bring innovation to their campaign. Moving forward, do not be surprised if you hear talk of Digital 8 in campaign headquarters, party meetings, or any place politicos gather — because it surely has the look and feel of “the next big thing.”

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Thor Halvorssen; activisim for the betterment of humanity

There are many people that claim to be defenders and crusaders of human rights. However, not many of them are ready to do everything that it takes to ensure that every human is treated with dignity regardless of their color, wealth or other conditions of life. However, Thor Halvorssen is one activist with a different mindset. He has been the champion of the will of the defenseless for a number of years now and if his success is anything to go by, it pays to help other humans get better treatment from the government and society in general.

Thor is a citizen of Venezuela by birth. Many people have described him as one that was born into the life of activism because both his parents were activists. His father was originally Norwegian while his mother came from the lineage of one of the founding fathers of the nation of Venezuela. When he was a teenager, he watched his father get tortured under a cruel and dictatorial regime. This really changed his outlook on life and thus came his decision to become an activist.

He founded the Oslo Freedom Forum. This is a human rights gathering that has been gaining following and has such a huge momentum that currently it has been described as the human rights equivalent of the Davos economic forum. He has also been through a lot in his attempts to advocate for human rights. For instance, there was a time when he was captured in Vietnam when covering a human rights interest story in their prison system. One of his cameramen had to escape with the video tape hidden in his person because their captors wanted it destroyed.He says that he does not believe in the kind of activism where people group together depending on their shared beliefs. He is a lover of all people, but describes himself as a hater of humanity because of their inhumane nature. He states that he does not discriminate against anyone and that as long as he is running in the same cause with a person, then the person is fit enough to be called his friend. Thor is a truly inspirational filmmaker and activist.