WikiLeaks, Influence, and The Age of Honesty


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http://blog.ogilvypr.com/2010/12/wikileaks-influence-honesty/
 

 

We wear a mask that grins and lies
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes
This debt we pay to human guile
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

It begins when we are children. As Steve Hein of EQI.org points out, “Children start out emotionally honest. They express their true feelings freely and spontaneously. But the training to be emotionally dishonest begins at an early age. The child is told to smile when actually she is sad. She is told to apologize when she feels no regret. She may be told to kiss people good night when she would never do so voluntarily.” In short, she will slowly be influenced to conform to a social structure that attempts to control what feels true.

But what does emotional honesty have to do with WikiLeaks and Digital Influence, you ask?

It’s simple really. We are still struggling – as individuals and as countries – to break down the walls of ‘protection’ that we have been brought up to believe we must build. We have not yet replaced those walls with the bridges necessary to fully transform society.

We’re secretive. We’re protective. We’re afraid. Seguir leyendo “WikiLeaks, Influence, and The Age of Honesty”

Why Can’t Big Companies Solve Big Problems?


By Edward Liu
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662575/what-cant-big-companies-solve-big-problems

I completely agree. As a employee of a large conglomerate, I have fought hard to avoid becoming another cog in the system. The mentality is very conservative – that’s one part of the problem and it’s primarily due to the demographics of the company. At the same time, the great irony of being a large company and unable to fight large problems comes from the very political nature of a large company. Multiple “leaders” within the organization have their own agenda/goals. And when they all want different things, of course, it does not translate exactly into progress.

Utlimately, it’s true that it is the major leaders such as the CEO or Board of Directors which must make the right stand and not only encourage but ensure that hybrid thinking & solutions is implemented. However, going back to the demographics, it seems that unfortunately the inherent difficulties could mean that this may not happen for at least another generation. Let’s hope it is sooner than later. Seguir leyendo “Why Can’t Big Companies Solve Big Problems?”

Obama: desgravaciones a la clase media, no ya a los ricos


“El nuevo programa tributario de los republicanos es similar al de George W. Bush: menos impuestos a las clases alta y media alta. Nosotros optamos –señala el primer mandatario- por incentivar la investigación vía pequeñas y medianas empresas”.

Por un lado, la ultraderecha propone quemar ejemplares del Corán y un grupo de magnates, acaudillado por Rupert Murdoch, Glenn Beck y Sarah Palin, cuestiona la presencia de un afronorteamericano en la Casa Blanca. Por el otro, éste anuncia el fin de las desgravaciones impositivas a los estratos sociales más prósperos. Dicho de otro modo, Barack Obama desmonta el legado de Bush. Seguir leyendo “Obama: desgravaciones a la clase media, no ya a los ricos”

El techo de cristal, ¿por qué pocas mujeres llegan a puestos gerenciales?


Carleton "Carly" Fiorina, CEO Hewlet...
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Carly Fiorina (ex CEO de HP) e Indra Nooyi (CEO de Pepsi) son algunas de las raras excepciones de mujeres en puestos de altísima responsabilidad en las corporaciones. ¿Por qué llegan tan pocas?
Por Mariana Paludi (Universidad de San Andrés)

Un reciente estudio de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT) señala que, en la última década, la ocupación femenina en América Latina creció del 42,1 al 47,1 por ciento.

Datos alentadores, sin dudas, acerca de la creciente importancia de la mujer en el mercado laboral.

No obstante, la investigación de la OIT sólo refleja una parte de la realidad. De hecho, además de la cantidad de mujeres que trabajan, es necesario observar la calidad de sus puestos. Y aquí los datos son menos alentadores…
Seguir leyendo “El techo de cristal, ¿por qué pocas mujeres llegan a puestos gerenciales?”