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.

Max Bock-Aronson, from Universidad of Wisconsin USA, considered that the technology of the 21st Century has resulted in a dramatic change in global make-up. “A global network that transcends nationalities and languages can provide the necessary tools in order to let each person achieve a change.” Then, he invited the audience to take and implement ideas, redefine opportunities and balance differences beyond our destiny.

Marcos Tacca from Instituto Balseiro, introduced the students in how to achieve collective objectives through individual actions. “Through the power offered by communication, individuals can reach global goals without giving up their own beliefs. The role of leaders should be revised, leaders must always promote pluralistic thinking.”

Luis Belisario from Universidad Central de Venezuela, based his presentation on the new role assumed by consumers who participate actively in the production process of goods and services that they consume. “This new way of involvement in the economy could be very well used in companies in order to increase their benefits, reaching consumers more directly.

Jonatán Carné, from Universidad Nacional de Rosario, highlighted that cooperation is the best way for countries and man to achieve goals in common. “In general, there is an actor who is dominant and is imposed over the others. So, cooperation is not reached. Cooperation is possible when actor have similar interest, it is not possible when cooperation is bounded.”

Jessica Hanna, from Universidad of Balamand in Lebanon, stated that globalization shows challenges every day and that is why we need to find new solutions daily. “Collective actions are the generator of positive energy throughout the regions of the world. Global objectives are the incentives that will keep the world alive”.

Finally, we also thank the participation of Roxana Viquez, Enrique Leimbacher, Cecilia Smoglie, Rick Dow, Rob Britton and José Luis Roces. They were the moderators of the discussions generated from students presentations.