This Week Tendenci is Celebrating Twenty-three Marvelous Years of Serving the World’s People

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This week our team at Tendenci is celebrating twenty-three marvelous years of serving the world’s people! So, cheers to our clients and to the Open Source Tendenci Community! Our success is yours. Your success is ours. 

Twenty-three years ago, our Founder and CEO Ed Schipul started this wonderful company which was first known as Schipul The Web Marketing Company and today, with a broader global vision, is known as Tendenci – The Open Source AMS. 

We would like to take this moment and express that we understand we are living through uncertain times due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought us all a deep economical shock. It is especially in times like this, everyone needs to unite. 

Nothing is more satisfying to us than to continue to help organizations reach the far corners of the world, even through our hardest times. Yes, we are all being challenged, but crushing coronavirus uncertainty is a must. And restoring the confidence of nonprofits and associations is our mutual goal. Greatfully, Tendenci software – being open source is the advantage we hold. Proudly.

Building on last year’s message from Founder and CEO Ed Schipul, we would like to reinforce our message – thankfulness is more important than ever before. 

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Happy Twenty-three Marvelous Years!

With Love,

Tendenci

This Week Tendenci is Celebrating Twenty-three Marvelous Years of Serving the World’s People

Tendenci Celebrating Twenty-three Marvelous Years. Graphic image designed by Team Tendenci.
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This week our team at Tendenci is celebrating twenty-three marvelous years of serving the world’s people! So, cheers to our clients and to the Open Source Tendenci Community! Our success is yours. Your success is ours. 

Twenty-three years ago, our Founder and CEO Ed Schipul started this wonderful company which was first known as Schipul The Web Marketing Company and today, with a broader global vision, is known as Tendenci – The Open Source AMS. 

We would like to take this moment and express that we understand we are living through uncertain times due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought us all a deep economical shock. And it is especially in times like this, everyone needs to unite. 

Nothing is more satisfying to us than to continue to help organizations reach the far corners of the world, even through our hardest times.

Yes, we are all being challenged, but crushing coronavirus uncertainty is a must. And restoring the confidence of nonprofits and associations is our mutual goal. Greatfully, Tendenci software – being open source is the advantage we hold. Proudly. 

Building on last year’s message from Founder and CEO Ed Schipul, we would like to reinforce our message – thankfulness is more important than ever before. 

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Happy Twenty-three Marvelous Years!

With Love,

Tendenci

Happy Women’s Equality Day!

Photo by Josh Johnson

As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, we recognize that the constitutional “We the people” didn’t always apply to all of the country’s people. Yesterday marked 100 years since women finally won the right to vote. However, this victory was far from complete.  It wasn’t until 1965 that the voting rights of Black women and men were also protected.  And even still, voters fight to protect their constitutional rights.

With that in mind, and the struggle our country is currently undergoing, we understand the lack of fanfare marking this momentous event in modern feminism – a feminism that celebrates diversity.

Tendenci, a mostly women-led power team, would like to take this moment to recognize all of the contributions of women throughout history, and more specifically, women’s suffrage.

Happy (belated) Women’s Equality Day!

With love,

Team Tendenci

Women’s Day 2020 | Each For Equal

Happy International Women’s Week! ‘An equal world is an enabled world’. #EachForEqual

SF Women's March, Photo taken by: Ed Schipul 
"A Woman's Place Is In The Revolution"
SF Women’s March Photo by: Ed Schipul

From International Women’s Day website:

Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious – so what’s not great about that?

The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth … so let’s make it happen. Let’s be #EachforEqual.

Tendenci, which has historically had far more women in the role of Programming Manager, and which currently has far more women than men on our team, we obviously agree.

To my coworkers,

Happy Women’s Day and Week. May you all feel appreciated, loved and respected everyday. And may we as women, continue to uplift each other and conquer the world together. And thank you Ed Schipul for believing in equal pay and equal opportunity. – Shirley Rodríguez

Tendenci AMS Celebrates Black History Month, Honoring Influential Black People and Afro-Puerto Ricans

This month we honor all Black History, including Latin America.

Kimberly Bryant

The inspiring Kimberly Bryant is the creator of Black Girl Code, a program designed to change the face of technology by offering a future to young girls of color in technology.

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE

Ursula Burns

The inspiring American business woman Ursula Burns was the first female Black CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She is currently the chairman and CEO of VEON, a senior advisor to Teneo, and a non-executive director of Diageo as of April 2018.

Photo of Ursula Burns
“She is inspirational to me in how service is leadership and leadership is service.” – Ed Schipul

Charles Gordon

October 12, 1925 – November 16, 1995

He was an American playwright, actor, director, and educator. He was the first African American to win the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and he devoted much of his professional life to the pursuit of multi-racial American theater and racial unity.

Charles Gordon October 12, 1925 – November 16, 1995
Charles Gordon October 12, 1925 – November 16, 1995
I had the privilege of studying acting/theater under Charles Gordon”.
– Ed Schipul.

Dania Warhol

“I am. Transfeminist, black, cuir (queer), sureñx (southern). I exist I live with music and stories. I am the sum of all my ancestors and the experiences of my contemporaries. It’s not my job, it’s my language.” – Dania Warhol

Dania Warhol and the Spicy Nipples team.
“Dania is a young beautiful Transfeminist, and a hard working Afro-Latina rock star from my hometown in the south of the island. She is an advocate and leader to all the women, LGBTTQIAP+ community, poor people and black immigrants of Puerto Rico. Her dedication, elastic brave heart and passion keeps me alive and inspired.”
– Shirley Team Tendenci

Dania Warhol and a group of amazing strong women have created a Transfeminist platform called EspicyNipples.

“Media technologies and art are tools that we use for collective liberation, to heal generational violence and to connect our diverse nuances. We want to be a citizen journalism platform, taking into account our experiences and our bodies. Where we can count being ourselves, where we can grow collectively while telling our stories, and where we can be part of a safe space for queer life.”

Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles – Pratriarca de la Bomba y la Plena

July 10, 1910 – July 21, 1996

El Maestro Rafael Cepeda Atiles a.k.a. “The Patriarch of the Bomba and Plena” was the patriarch of the Cepeda family, known internationally as the exponents of Afro-Puerto Rican folk music.

Rafael Cepeda July 10, 1910 – July 21, 1996

“The bomba grew out of the colonial African slave experience. In its style of drumming, singing, and improvisational dancing, it resembles several other West African-derived forms of music and dance in the New World. The plena emerged as a local popular music during the last decades of the nineteenth century.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

And of course, we greatly honor Martin Luther King Jr. and 8 Black Activists Who Led the Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King Jr. Photo taken by Michael Ochs
Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Tendenci Clients Doing Good – Hong Kong Response to Mask Ban – Baker Institute

To stop the spread of misinformation, you need actual information, intelligence, subject matter expertise combined with critical thinking. Do that and the result in knowledge. Hence it makes our team happy, not taking a position either way, but to see that our software can facilitate dialog about tech from silicon valley to human rights issues in Hong Kong.

We are the paper the newspaper gets printed on. Some stories need to be talked about in a safe place without the influence of Facebook or Google or Twitter, etc. One of those clients is The James Baker Institute for Public Policy. This post was automatically blocked by our firewalls for a number of IP addresses, I can only assume because of it being a hot topic.

https://www.bakerinstitute.org/research/hong-kong-mask-ban/

While I have not read the report in its entirety, it is interesting to see that it IS still possible to have a place on the Internet, free of trolls, where actual thoughts can bubble up, and freedom can be expressed.

The PDF is available at https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/3db31746/bi-report-121819-china-maskban.pdf

Score one for open source, freedom of speech and freedom in general.

A fond farewell from Rachel and a celebration of new beginnings

Rachel Schipul

To our Tendenci clients, you are changing the world. It has been a privilege to be a leader for the company and the community, and I thank you all for the opportunity.

It is with mixed emotions that I say that last Friday December 6, 2019, was my last official day with Tendenci. I say “official” because you never really leave a community that you care deeply about. (And don’t worry, Ed is still guiding the ship with the help of a strong team.)

I have been an avid part of the growth of Tendenci from a small, proprietary software product launched almost twenty years ago into the global, multilingual, open source resource it is today. My enthusiasm for Tendenci is as strong now as ever. And I’m proud of what we have accomplished.

I have truly enjoyed working with so many great people over the years, both the amazing employees who feed my soul and the wealth of Tendenci users who keep me challenged. Software, like a garden, is never finished. It is designed, built, tended, and constantly improved. Keeping things fresh, adding new functionality, and building on the latest technology are the core of a thriving environment.

To everyone I have worked with, keep moving forward. I know there are great things ahead for you and all of the Tendenci community!

Feel free to connect with me (Rachel on linkedin) as I move forward knowing Tendenci is in good hands and our clients are safe and growing! I will still be in the background keeping Ed in line and celebrating the future successes of Tendenci and the community as they happen. Rock on y’all!

(Editor “Ed” notes: THANK YOU RACHEL FOR YOUR HUGE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR GLOBAL GROWTH!)

SuperUsers Reset on Tendenci Sites Today as a Precaution

Norton Data Breach Report

All super users / admins on all Tendenci hosted sites will need to reset your passwords today. This can be done at <your site> /accounts/password/reset/

Why? People reuse passwords. You shouldn’t, and you know that, but you probably do. Therefore, in an overabundance of caution given the large number of data breaches on the Internet this year, we are resetting all superuser passwords to a long randomized string unique to each. I’d also like to emphasize that:

  1. We have not had a data breach,
  2. Your site has NOT been hacked to our knowledge (every site has it’s own “silo” meaning your site is isolated from all others in it’s own containers.)
  3. A LOT of other companies have reported breaches and humans tend to reuse passwords.

A quick visit to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ will show you how pervasive the problem is.

Next step: go to your login page and click “reset password” and pick a unique password hopefully with a space ” ” in it. Tendenci accepts spaces in passwords so USE THEM!

To make passwords easier to remember, use sentences or phrases. For example, “breadandbutteryum”. Some systems will even let you use spaces: “bread and butter yum”.

From: https://www.it.ucsb.edu/password-best-practices

Security is our top priority. Security is an inconvenience. Security best-practices are far better than the alternative. We apologize for the inconvenience but it is, after all, what we are paid to do.

This decision was made by me, Ed Schipul, the founder and CEO. And it was done without advance notice specifically to prevent bad-actors from knowing about it in advance and sending phishing emails to you. The Internet is unfortunately a rough place right now. Stay safe out there!