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If you are an aid agency going for a new look, a small non-profit with a limited marketing budget, etc, then you should consider Squarespace. Squarespace is a low-cost web platform that is changing the web design landscape. No longer do agencies need to spend considerable amounts of time and money setting up a website. Now, for the low-cost of $8, teams can set-up, design and publish their own site in a matter of hours.

In the age of limited funding and smaller budgets Squarespace gives agencies a great way to cut costs. Rather than pump money into marketing they can now redirect those funds to more operationally important departments. Web design and development is getting cheaper, faster and easier. I call it ‘the race to zero’ – zero cost, zero effort and zero time required to work in the web space. Given that Squarespace is only $8 for an intro plan it seems we’re just about there.

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Squarespace just launched a commerce component that comes fully integrated with the Stripe payment platform. While most agencies won’t be selling wares I am sure some creative marketing teams will quickly figure out a way to use it for fundraising.

Squarespace is no stranger to disaster. The CEO, Anthony Casalena, lugged jerry cans of fuel, something most aid workers are intimately familiar with, to the roof of their data center to keep their client sites up and running. Along with their fellow geniuses over at Fog Creek, the creators of the incredibly useful Trello, they kept the generators running for days. I think Squarespace and Fog Creek have earned their honorary aid worker badges.

Give Squarespace a try for free for 14 days and let me know what you think. If any agencies are currently Squarespace I’d love to hear about your experiences with this up and coming platform.

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BOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

by Jon Thompson on September 11, 2012

Humanitarian logistics at it’s finest.

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LevelUp Launches ‘Causes’ To Help Humanitarian Institutions

September 7, 2012

I am a big fan of backed LevelUp. I use their iOS app several times a week at the eateries near my office here in San Francisco. I was first introduced to their iPhone app during one of their outreach campaigns in my neighborhood and, while I was skeptical at first, I now appreciate the [...]

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TOHL – Helicopter-Borne Pipe Laying System Has Humanitarian Applications

August 24, 2012

Check out this inspiring video showing a pipe laying system developed by a group of Georgia Tech grads. TOHL has an interesting concept that could easily be deployed in many of the disaster zones where we work. I have a dozen questions straight out of the gate but I could see this as a simple [...]

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Franck AYNES – “Kibati” (feat. Alain TUMAINI – DR Congo – Goma)

April 30, 2012

My friend and former colleague, Franck Aynes, just posted this video on on YouTube. Franck wrote, performed, filmed, and produced this video from his base in Goma, DRC where he works for the World Food Programme. Humanitarian logistics officers are incredibly talented individuals. Enjoy. Be sure to stop by Franck’s Facebook page and say hello. [...]

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BBC – Syria crisis: Red Cross trying to negotiate ceasefire

February 20, 2012

From the BBC World News site: The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is in talks with “all those concerned” in Syria’s conflict to negotiate a ceasefire. The group says it wants to negotiate a truce in the most affected areas to allow it to deliver aid packages. Correspondents say the fact that [...]

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MSF (Live Online Event) – At Any Price? Negotiating Access to Crisis Zones

January 20, 2012

If you want to know how hard it is to save a life you should definitely tune in for this event on January 31, 2012. From the site: Humanitarian negotiations are life-and-death issues for people in need, but they also raise troubling political and ethical dilemmas for the organizations that are engaged in them. In [...]

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Photo Adventure in Vietnam with William Thompson

December 22, 2011

For over 40 years my uncle, William Thompson, has been shooting photos for in some of the world’s most remote locations. He has shot throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, North South and Central America. He is well know for his work with National Geographic, the Marlboro cowboy and Wells Fargo. He even shot Bill Gates in [...]

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Slowy App – A Great New App For Testing Your Sites In Low Bandwidth / High Latency Environments

December 2, 2011

I just came across this great little app on Y Combinator’s Hacker News site. Slowy markets itself as a “real-world connection simulator and bandwidth limiter” and it seems to work quite well. I am running it on a Mac and it was easy to install and switch on and off. I can test my sites in [...]

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Tips For Finding A Job With A Humanitarian Aid Organization

June 23, 2011

I’ll update this post with more thoughts but, for now, please ask questions in the comments section. Be sure to take a look at my Humanitarian Job Info page for links to organizations. Don’t overlook the importance of an internship/volunteer position Internships and volunteer positions may not pay a lot but they are worth their [...]

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