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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 ( 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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Student-Run Workshops

On Saturday, activities started with the Student Workshops. This dynamic gives students the possibility to present the best essays of the eighth edition of the South American Business Forum.

In this edition, the students in charge of these workshops were:

Carla Giovanoni, from the Universidad de la República de Uruguay, shared her ideas about international integration in this new era of globalization. “If we want real long term solutions in order to solve these issues, we must create an international authority. This organism should be based on some basic principles like peace, justice and solidarity.

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Alternative education, new ways of teaching

In late April, under the theme “Inspire your ideas” took place in Buenos Aires the first universitary TEDx event in Argentina, TEDxUTN. Probably most of you already know what are these globally spread talks, but if not, you can find more information on the official website of TEDand TEDx. The event consisted of 15 talks which discussed several issues, from education and entrepreneurship, to travelling and astrology.

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What do the SABF 2012 participants think?

Like every year, during the application time we receive the essays written by potential participants seeking to be part of the event.

We congratulate each student who worked inspired by the main topic. We are aware of the big effort that represented working around the three themes outlined in this opportunity: the enterprise, the individual and regional level. It has been very interesting reading the essays, we  want to highlight the way in which the students organized their ideas, implementing their knowledge and transmitting their vision.

We appreciate the time invested by the students, in order to this we decided to share with you one of the most outstanding english speaking production from SABF 2012 participants.

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