accountability

Some ideas or concepts translate badly from one language to another, a great demonstration of how languages are vehicles for cultural transmission -which may explain why some people get to learn to speak a foreign language, but never really master it if they don’t get immersed in the culture as well. But that is a […]

drivers wanted

In the late 1990s, Volkswagen launched a very successful commercial campaign in the U.S.A. that comprised all the most popular advertising platforms back then (TV, printed media and billboards) using the slogan Drivers Wanted. All the ads, regardless of the platform, sought an emotional response from the consumer while representing a different way of driving […]

cashless

For years and years, when we wanted to pay for a product or service we have reached for our wallet and produced some cash, that the Wikipedia defines as money in the physical form of currency, such as banknotes and coins.” Cash, of course, has been around for hundreds, thousands of years -first in the form of coins and later […]

on vacation

It depends on your line of work, but for many of us email is a common tool in the workplace. Sometimes, too common -according to Carleton University researchers, we now spend one-third of our time at the office and half of the time we work at home reading and answering emails. That’s 11.7 hours spent at […]

together

There seems to be a general consensus around the idea that teamwork is a key competence in the 21st century, because it allows team members to be more effective in the solving of problems and more successful in the implementation of exacting projects. And I totally agree with that idea. 100%. The problem -the way […]

space out

Preoccupied is one of my favorite words in English, for two reasons: because its meaning is quite different from that of words that look just like it in other languages, such as preocupado in Spanish or préoccupé in French because its meaning is faithful to the combination of the preffix pre- and the adjective occupied, […]

a factory for one

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. Before the industrial revolution manufacturing was done using hand tools or basic machines. After the industrial revolution, the mass production of consumer products was made possible, radically changing the economy and society. In other words, the […]

collective intelligence

Over the years I have been asked to give presentations, lead workshops and participate in seminars, most often about aspects related to education such as ICT (instructional technologies) or international programs -several times. I have the impression that doing that was as interesting and enriching for me as it was for the participants -or even […]

mentor me

It is funny how simple the definition of mentor is an experienced person in a company or educational institution who trains and counsels new employees or students.” and how complicated it must be to set up a mentorship program, at least in my neck of the woods and industry (education) -because they are, for the […]