At a time when BlogActiv.eu hosts over 500 EU-bloggers and an abundance of great blogposts, the BlogActiv team has finished plumbing work to take our platform one step further. We’re glad to announce that BlogActiv is getting a technical upgrade this weekend. All the technical steps will be executed this Sunday (March 22). The BlogActiv… » read more
Heads up! We’re glad to announce that BlogActiv is getting a technical upgrade this weekend. Read all about it in this blogpost and sign up to your BlogActiv Bloggers Café on Thursday 26 March 2015.
Last year I decided to get Information Overload under control, setting up a GTD system with a DoIt-driven morning routine and Pocket, Diigo and IFTTT to queue, store and share useful stuff. I was all set. For what, I wasn’t sure. But I was sure as hell organised. And then, a couple of days ago,… » read more
As I mentioned in my previous post, the past couple of years have seen a lot of innovation in online content strategy, coupled with growing disenchantment with “Big Internet”. These trends triggered my return to blogging, so I thought I’d start with an overview. The Rise of Longform Across the pond, the past few years… » read more
In compliance with ‘Step 3′ of ‘How do I Get Started’, I hereby edit this post by voicing my agenda on what I plan with this blog. But first, let me briefly introduce myself; I’m a writer and a political activist. I advocate on issues that promote societal progress and solidarity such as, among other… » read more
This video is aimed at developers interested in combining machine translation, automatic semantic analysis, human curation, faceted and federated search, and social media to create a machine-assisted multilingual longform content curation engine.
The 10th November 2013 is likely to enter EU history as the day when an overwhelming majority (483 against 141 and 34 abstentions) of MEPs passed a resolution calling for a single location of the EP. To this end, Article 341 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Institutions, according to which the… » read more
By Jason Anderson, Head of European Climate and Energy Policy at WWF European Policy Office Today much of civil society, including environmental NGOs, social movements and labour unions walked out of the UNFCCC negotiations to protest the lack of urgency reflected in the talks. The action was not taken to say that the negotiations are… » read more
By Duncan Freeman Last week S&P Dow Jones Indices, which provides data to financial institutions, announced that it no longer considers Greece a developed market. After years of financial and economic crisis we are used to Greece being downgraded. The downgrading of Greece prompts an interesting question: Greece has endured many years of falling GDP,… » read more
It’s not strictly necessary to rebrand bloggingportal, but everyone I’ve spoken to thinks it’s a good idea, so why not have a little competition? This is more about coming up with a neat idea than holding a design competition yet. For example, here’s an idea sketched out on the metro using my trusty Note2: Got… » read more
I seem to be writing the word “introduction” an awful lot recently. However, this is because all good work, academic or literary begin with an introduction. Even our relationships begin with an introduction: “Hi, my name is Chris and you are?” . . . “Delighted to meet you.” I note that I am beginning a… » read more
With BlogActiv feeling a bit creaky, I spent the summer taking a hard look at Google+ and Tumblr, and integrated my GTD (Getting Things Done) system with my online presence. Tumblr vs Google+ vs WordPress Tumblr disappointed – it’s more Facebook than a true blogging platform, and so good for brands, less so for thinking… » read more
At last the officials from the EU countries and its institutions have, albeit belatedly, started to react to the “customs war”, waged by Russia against Ukraine and which is aimed at disrupting the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU. It should be noted that, in general, the official reaction of the EU… » read more
Deforestation and extreme weather are factors that exacerbate food insecurity in Haiti. Building people’s resilience to these hazards is a key part of WFP’s programme in Haiti. Thanks to funding from the European Commission, over 25.000 people are taking part in this ‘cash for work’ programme aimed at preventing soil erosion. Through such programmes Haitians… » read more
Problems of EU citizenship in the UK Throughout the EU, implementing free movement law still poses significant challenges for Member States and exercising EU free movement rights is rarely as straightforward as one might wish for EU citizens and their families. These challenges are not only the obvious practical ones about the application of law… » read more
Two days before his inauguration, President of Iran, Hasan Rouhani said, “The Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed”. A bit similar words were given by former President Ahmadinejad for years. On the other side Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu went on… » read more
by Danny Barrs, Founder and Owner, Global Transaction Services LLC /// I should perhaps start by admitting that my interest in the EU project is as much personal as it is commercial. I have lived and worked in Britain, France, Germany and Luxembourg and my 3 children and 4 grandchildren have been born in 3… » read more
By Christina Ionela Neokleous For many years, executive compensation, with the forms of base salary, bonus, stock options, restricted share plans (stock grants), pension and other benefits (car, healthcare etc.), was a highly controversial subject that has attracted the attention of regulators, media and academics. Their criticisms took many forms of concerns relating the level… » read more
Tweet There is no subtle progress, there is no benevolent authority questioning the purpose and direction of society. It’s just a group of people who now have unlimited access to resources and the mechanism of the state. It’s just a group of people seeking to imbed their authority all across the public sector, in such… » read more
What on earth is going on inside the Conservative Party? Are the last years of the Major Government repeating themselves, with “Europe” once again tearing the Party to pieces and driving it to electoral suicide? by Ben Patterson, former MEP and current chairman of the Conservative Party in Kent.