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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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The founding team

This article is part of a series about going from “I’d like to start a business” to having a small start-up running, and beyond. If you haven’t read the previous articles, I recommend you do so by going to the first one, which includes a small table of contents.

If you ask members of five different startups which ones they believe are the keys to their business success, you will probably get various answers. But I can assure you, one of those keys will pop out in all cases: to manage to put together an exceptional team..

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Latin America after an Euro collapse

Euro’s partial or total death seems to be behind the corner. Even if Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, keeps injecting liquidity or the European Central Bank decides to “rescue” Spain or Greece (the last bailout consisted of 169 billions of dollars), the euro zone faces systemic economic problems that can’t be solved printing money: slow growth, skyrocketing debts, huge fiscal deficits, high unemployment and short competiveness.

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The social protests in Latin-America as a tool of power groups.

The massive communication and the citizen’s participation in politics

Currently, the social networks have turn into the tools of the construction of a world with an interconnection that can not be compared. This technological development of the massive communication, has produced lots of variations in the daily live of many people, in relation with their way of interacting with the rest of the society; and furthermore, the citizen’s massive participation in politics has become more common with the finality of expressing the sensation of diverse groups about certain socially relevant topics. In this sense, we do not need more than a couple of hours to gather a big group of people unknown between each other, but united by a common idea, with the finality of initiating an explicit opposition against a government.

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