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International Collaboration Day

Today, Tuesday 16th of January, we celebrate in more than 40 cities and 4 continents the International Collaboration Day, created to highlight the coworking spaces.

Recent decades have brought continued growth in areas associated with collective action. Just 20 years ago, collaboration was in a secondary scene, however, nowadays it has made it’s way into all strata of our society, move to the center of the global scene and transform the strategic priorities of all organizations.

16 de enero - Día Internacional de la Colaboración - No faltes!

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How to make the most of the SABF experience

This time last year, I was preparing for my trip to the South American Business Forum. As a student, I have been to many international and local conferences, and I can honestly say SABF was the best conference I have attended. This was mostly due to the amazing organising team, their dedication to excellence, and the quality of the delegates. However, the quality of a conference experience also depends on the delegate’s preparation and attitude. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of the SABF experience:

Before the conference:

  • Be prepared. You don’t have to do heavy research on all the topics that could be covered during the conference, but you should try and read on topics that you are most interested in. This means that you can contribute more during the sessions, and you may already get an idea of questions to ask speakers.

  • Have goals. Think about the top three things you want to get out of the conference. It could be anything from sharing your experiences with others, to learning about a particular topic or organisation, or talking to a particular speaker.

During the conference:

  • Add value.  If you are selected for SABF, it means the organisers can see your potential to contribute to the conference. You were probably selected because of your leadership experience, entrepreneurial mindset or other extra-curricular activities. So be prepared to share your unique experiences. Also, be prepared to share your culture- most likely, you will be one of few (if not the only) delegate from your country. Most of the valuable and memorable conversations I had were with delegates who I exchanged ideas and knowledge with.

  • Speak up. There will be many opportunities to ask questions and share your opinions, so make sure you take them. Speaking in front of 100 people can be daunting, but remember that they are 100 friendly, curious and open-minded people.

  • Be curious. You will meet people from all over the world and from different walks of life. There are some incredible students selected to be part of SABF, so try and get to know people and their stories. During my conference, I met a variety of people- from students who already founded their own start-ups, to leaders of student organisations, to students involved in NGOs.

  • Be open-minded. Ultimately, any experience is only as good as your attitude. You might encounter cultural differences, or opinions that are vastly different to yours. There may be things that don’t go smoothly, or as planned. When those things happen, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. What could you learn from the experience?

  • Take notes. The conference is only 3 days, but it is intense. I had so many epiphanies and new ideas come to me during the conference. Even now, a year on, I still refer to my notes and find that my understanding of a particular issue is constantly evolving.

  • Savour it. SABF is full of dynamic people, thought-provoking sessions and learning opportunities. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city with many attractions. Argentina is very rich in history and culture. Make the most out of everything! The same experience won’t be replicated again.

After the conference:

  • Stay connected. There won’t be many opportunities in life where you will meet so many different people from so many different backgrounds, all in the same place. Stay in touch with your newfound friends. The conversations that you started during conference can be (and should be) continued afterwards.

  • Remember the lessons. Take some time afterwards to reflect on what you have learnt, and how you can move forward with the knowledge.

  • Share the experience. Be open and proactive sharing your experiences- whether it’s through a speech, writing a blog, or spreading the word about SABF in your university.

To all those that have been selected for next year, I wish you the very best!

How SABF changed my life

When I made up my mind to write this article; at first, I thought of writing especifically about one of the talks that was given in last year´s SABF, and how this talk made me think again a lot of aspects regarding the direction my career was heading to.
But then, I realized that this single talk, as enlightening as it had been for me, not quite caught the great change in the way I now think my future and my career, that the SABF as a whole, made me experience.
At this point in my professional education I have no doubt, and who knows me, knows it: the SABF was the beginning of a new life and the source of new motivatión and enthusiasm for my studies. In this brief post, I will try to express why this conference has the potential of being a life changing experience and how it changed mine.

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13 Lessons learnt from World Business Dialogue ’13

  1. Family in Business. The most successful companies, and the most prone to survive crises are family owned. Treating the company as a part of your identity sparkles innovation and creativity; marvelous example is the Ferrero company (http://bit.ly/Zpq2wX) where the founder Michele Ferrero designs almost all products. Moreover, when a company is hit by exogenous factors and economic hardships, the family as a whole acts as a catalyst in the survival of the firm due to the personal connection the members have established with its existence.

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SABF in Germany

During March 13th and 14th, Celeste Molina and I, Luciana Reznik, attended the 16th Edition of the World Business Dialogue, an international business conference organized by students of the University of Cologne (Cologne, Germany), and we wanted to share our experience with the SABF community.

The World Business Dialogue gathers 50 prominent leaders with 300 students from the entire world to boost international cooperation among the students, by means of debates, ideas and workshops.

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Corruption in disguise

CPI does not only stand for consumer price index as most economists know. Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, has broken the conventional acronym’s significance with its Corruption Perspective Index (also, CPI). Transparency International (TI) has started as an independent organization in the early 1990’s and gained its credibility over the years. TI aims to emphasize transparency, integrity, democracy, accountability, and similar values, among the world’s different private and public sectors. The organization has a rich archive of reports, indexes, and articles about corruption and corresponding solutions. It also lobbies for transparency in the international context. Transparency International broke the early 90’s taboo by tackling corruption directly, and by turning corruption into a measurable variable.

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Thinking Together: Open Source, the culture of sharing and openness

Social entrepreneurship as a different approach to business has gained traction over the past two decades, but have you heard of “open” entrepreneurship? Many of you may be familiar with the concept of open source, which has been successfully applied in areas such as technology and knowledge management. I recently came across an organisation called Open Source Ecology, which has given me some new insights on the open sourcing, and how it represents a new way of thinking.

To explain the concept briefly and generally, open source promotes the free redistribution and availability to the public of a product’s design.  The idea is that the design is open to the general public to use and modify, free of charge. The term “open source” was coined shortly after Netscape announced in 1998 that it would freely provide the source code for its web browser. Today, the open source concept has evolved beyond software. For example, Wikipedia is a project that embodies open source principles in the field of knowledge management.  There has also been some progress in applying the concept to pharmaceutical development and scientific research.

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Internet: Human Right?

In previous posts we have talked about telecommunications, studying its impact on society and the new opportunities provided to the new generations as well as the urgent need of the various governments to close the gap of access to information between different types of socio-economic sectors.
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CONTINUITY, SUCCESS, Continuity, Success, continuity, success …

“Compromiso Joven” is a project led and created by students from the University of San Andrés located in the district of San Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The project was born as a result of the negative social impact that led to the economic and political crisis of 2001. In that year a million Argentines were restricted of the extraction of cash from deposits, accounts and savings triggering a situation of lack of a permanent president and a social upheaval. Every since that time, the main objective of the organization has been to contribute to the development of a responsible and committed to their reality society, creating spaces for reflection and interaction that involved actors of the university and the community in which it is inserted.

For more than a decade “Compromiso Joven” has been promoting a social responsibility commitment in UdeSA and in its area of influence, as well as a mutual learning between the parties involved. “Compromiso Joven” seeks to connect diverse realities that would otherwise remain isolated from each other, and seems to be succeeding in its work.

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Workshops at IMPSA, Kimberly-Clark and Globant

This year the students had the chance to participate in office workshops at IMPSA, Kimberly-Clark and Globant.

At IMPSA the students were welcomed by Rubén Sánchez Perco who is the Commercial Director. IMPSA is a company dedicated to provide energy from renewable resources. Sánchez Perco commented that even though some developing countries, like Argentina, have implemented new regulations in order to reach a percentage of the energy from renewable resources, one of the most important challenges is still getting funding.

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