The miracle of Irene Natividad: Global Summit of Women, Warsawa 2016

I attend this week the Global Summit of Women 2016, in Warsawa, Poland. Once again this event is energizing, full of amazing women, generous to share their knowledge, and experience with other women, and the brave men, many CEOs, attending the conference. Numbers of women attending add up to three ceros, over one thousand from 73 countries from all over the world. I spread the word of my new released book on smart cities, may collaborative work with COIT in Spain and of Camilo José Cela University.
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The miracle of Irene Natividad and Margarita de Cos

Global Summit of Women is a miracle, made up each year by @INatividad and @GlobeWomen. Irene is an truly amazing and strong woman I first meet some years ago, back in Madrid. Then she headed the first opening of the Madrid Stock Exchange ever made by women. Thrilling, yes, as she is. Margarita de Cos is the head of the Spanish delegation @GlobeWomen, and a great leader and model of all of us.

Global Summit of Women 2016 Warsawa Dr. Olga Gil

Asia, as part of Eurasia

During the summit I am having great opportunities to build up ties with China and Japan, countries that interest me a lot. From China, I meet Cyindy Cheng Yang, CSO from Focus Media, and Lu Dai, News Director and Union President from Shanghai Oriented Webcasting. I learned a lot from Huang Wenlin wisdom, chief of the China Association of Women Eterpreneurs. I really enjoyied talking at the table together with impresive chinese business women Jayjun, Sunny, and Ayilaile.

From Japan

From Japan, I have meet Hijiri, Kiyoka, Keiko -from Deloitte- Machiko, Mahoko, Minori, Naoko, Reiko, Yuyiko Tanaka, from the Japan Women Ingeneers Forum and I.N.O. corporation. and I stablished great contacts with a university and a bussiness school. Both institutions are interested on my work on smart cities and to stablish ties with UCJC university in Madrid.

Global Summit of Women 2016 Warsawa Dr. Olga Gil

Global Summit of Women 2016 Warsawa Dr. Olga Gil

Testing the ground for the new and very innovative academic programms at Universidad UCJC

At the Global Summmit I have been testing the ground for the new and very innovative academic programms at Universidad UCJC.

Think, Create, Discover and Communicate. Future is here.
A unique bilingual summer program (Spanish/English) in Madrid, at Camilo José Cela University.

This is pre-university Humanities, Science and Technology course, designed for a generation facing a world immersed in a process of drastic changes -16-18 year-olds. The pre-university course is held in campus and living at the university residences, in Madrid outskirts, from June 29th to July 13th.

For this course we have seek *very* motivated young people interested on:
– How emerging technology affects our fundamental experience of humanity.
– How information online compilation systems are changing radically our concept of privacy.
– The radical changes on classical concepts of communications, progress, war, culture, politics, work and knowledge taken place today.
– New technology is creating new humans and new ways of communicating.
– These new humans will be, at the same time, the developers of new discoveries in science and drivers behind the development of new technology.

Why this course? And how our university differenciates from others!

Generations born in an entirely digital environment have to decide where they will take communications, robotics, environmental research or the exploration of outer space. Today´s youth will define progress in communications technology and what are the priorities of human kind: men reaching Mars, developing apps, the creation of a robot as -a dream of science fiction for decades and alquimia for centuries.

Based on the cross-cutting nature of knowledge today and its impact shaping the future, this two week summer programm “Humanities, Science and Technology: Think, Create, Discover”, allows students to:
– ´Tackle different aspects of what will be their world with a strong base on communications, interpersonal, and Media communications.
– Learn from the major conceptual changes facing their generation.
– Develop skills related to technology and creativity in a practical and fun way.
– Visit firms, with industry professionals to get to know the most innovative initiatives that blend Humanities, Science, Technology and Communications,
– Develop a rich network based in Madrid, open also to opportunities to practice Spanish lenguage while starting over contacts with Madrid as focal point of reference for Latin America and the whole Hispanic world.

The course will is complemented with cultural and sporting activities in campus at Camilo José Cela University in Villafranca del Castillo. I particularly love the horse riding club.

Humanities, Science, Technology & Communications summer course gives pre- university students, age 16-18 year old, a great opportunity to acquire the tools and skills that will set students apart from their entire generation.

Just in case you are interested in the Humanities, Science, Technology & Communications summer course, I leave you the name of the contact persons below.

Meeting brave enterpreneurs and social enterpreneurs from America and Spain

Impresionada por el trabajo que desarrollan Elsa Andrés en Justisen, Lola Elejalde en InnoBasque, Rita Gasalla en Gälow, Gema Cernuda en Ellas Deciden y @Peixco, Carlota Lorenzana en, -and great restaurants for women visiting Madrid for business purposes!- Merce Ribera en Atrevia, Maruxa Sanmartín en Grupo Maviva, Erika Vallespin en ATKearney. Agradable y acogedora la Embajada de España @EmbEspPolonia el día de nuestra llegada a Varsovia, con un cocktail de bienvenida capitaneado por su Excelencia el Embajador Agustín Nuñez, arropado por Isabel Martín, Consejera de Turismo y Carmen Batres, Consejera de Información y Prensa, entre otros.​ En España, una delegación de lujo, a pesar de que de nuevo en esta edición, faltan ministras que arropen a la delegación, a diferencia de Francia, donde si ha habido una Ministro arropando a la delegación francesa.

El mundo hispano

Entre nuestras hermanas de América Latina y el mundo hispano, Maricruz Cochamanidis, de Kuljis Cochamanidis Group en Bolivia, Marianne Hontiveros (Filipinas), Patricia Espinosa, Nora Villafuerte y Yasmin Darwich President of BPW International and based in Coahuila (México).

From France

Just to name very few: Isabelle Roux-Chenu from Capgemini and the young Pauline Chanvin and Louise Moulié, from Politiqu´elles, a French non-profit organization working towards women empowerment at

From Switzerland, a country I am very interesten in because it has a long tradition of work on local government, democracy and networks: Martha Uribe, from Nestle, Arancha González -SheTrades programm- and Vanessa Erogbodbo -women and trade program-, from International Trade Center, United Nations, at Geneva.

From The United States of America, Claudia Freed, CEO of EalGreen and leveraging the circular economy and empowering access to leaning at

Olga Gil, Dr Olga Gil Warsawa Global Summit 2016

Last but not least, I am having great opportunities to meet with mayors and enterpreneurs concerned with the future of cities, such as the Honorable Mayor of Warsaw -three terms Mayor! and teacher- Hanna Gronkiewick-Waltz, and discuss about comparative public policies in cities across the world.

Thank you all for your time and generosity! Comments are open for any new insight!

Humanities, Science, Technology & Communications summer course. Contact persons:

Mª Victoria García: mvgarcia at ucjc dot edu
Mar Calzadilla: mar dot calzadilla at sek dot es

Address: Urb. Villafranca del Castillo, Calle Castillo de Alarcón, 49, 28692 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid
Phone: +34 918 15 31 31


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Branding de mujeres profesionales.

Estos días he estado preparando mi próximo viaje a Estados Unidos. Anticipo una presentación para académicos en la que he incluído documentos visuales: He seleccionado imágenes de actividades en las que he participado y de personas que me apoyan académicamente (Oxford, Warwick, CUNY…) o con las que he compartido intereses en años recientes.

Me interesa vuestra percepción sobre branding de mujeres profesionales, con sus particularidades específicas con aplicación a candidatos electorales, CEOs de empresas, intelectuales, líderes de opinión o científicos y la ocupación real de posiciones en organos en los que se toman decisiones: el Parlamento, los Consejos de Administración o los órganos rectorales de las universidades. Viendo este documento, de forma general: ¿Que añadiríais? ¿Qué cambiaríais? ¿Que incluiríais en posibles cursos que las jóvenes puedan aprender? ¿Que consejos daríais?

Estaré encantada de recibir vuestras ideas y comentarios sobre los aspectos mencionados y sobre cómo mostrar de forma gráfica en qué somos expertos (hombres/mujeres) a una audiencia que te ve por primera vez -o que aun no ha tenido ocasión de verte y escucharte.


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The United States and Changes in Global Paradigms: US Elections 2012

Following the invitation of the US Embassy in Madrid to travel to the United States to for the 2012 Elections in October, I was asked to prepare a Conference for December 4rth at the Political Science Department of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid –the department ranks first among poli science faculties in Spain.

I have chosen to speak first about the political system, focusing specifically on those things I did not know about the system. Secondly, on the electoral system with with a special attention to the micro level. Thirdly on marketing politics; Fourtly, on politics and the youth; and finally, on the global implications of having a democrat versus a republican president.

Let me start talking about the United States Political System, stresing specially things I did not know –despite my in depht knowledge of regulatory policy in the US:

For the following insights I am greatful to Dr. Jeremy Mayer, Director of the Public Policy Program at George Mason University, who gave us a witty and sharp Overview of the US Political and Electoral Systems.

Things I did not know about the United States Political System:

Two principles make federalism in the United States different from others:

1. In the realm of political diversity<br
The structure of government is diffeent across states. The power of the governor is also diferent in each state. The Federal Constitution does not make indications on the governance of the States. Therefore, States does not neeed to have a governor. Texas is the example of the weakest governor in the country, because the state cobstitucion heavily restrains the power of the governor… Thus we could conted that when George W. Bush said that being the governor of Texas was good preparation to become President of the United States… he has betting high.

2. In the realm of olitical freedoms

Political freedom is the reason why the constitution of Massachusetts allowed gay marrige, while other states did not.
Virginia laws are very different form other state laws: if you ever break the law, you may not vote ever again. Florida has also a similar law.
Laws are harder on blacks, and state laws in both states might change the outcome because… 90% of black turn out is for Obama.

There is not a National Register for voters. Thus, there are 30.000 people registered in both New York *and* Florida at the same time. 2.000 are stimated to have voted in both.

A few states have holiday to vote, but most states do not.

State have different ways to select their candidates for a presidential election: Some choose primaries, other caucus, and another prefer state conventions.

1) Primaries might be closed, were only party members can vote. Primaries can also be semi-closed, with members of the party as well as friends. There are also open primaries, where any citizen can vote. One migh well be strategic, inn states with open primaries, such as Ohio.
2) Caucus, where Iowa is example. Caucus are low turn out events because of time schedule and the time they take, over three hours. The meeting is held in a small place, where people step close to the representatives they like more, the winners combine the attention first shared among the varius representatives. Pasion of representatives for Obama favored his candidacy against Hillary Clinton. Rules of democratic caucus and republican caucus might be different.
3) State conventions

In 1998 Obama supporters studied the rules of all states. Hillary Clinton, in turn focused on New Hampshire and Iowa. Obama looked into everything, and to the log view.

In the 2012 election 70% of US citizens are registered to vote. However, since many people work clock ticking, they have to be back to work, thus long lines are discoraging. Furthermore, some states decide to close polls at six, thus many voters cannot arrive to vote. 358, a polling aggregation website offered quite accurate information balancing out the polls with comparative demographic data, and weighting each poll based on the pollster’s historical track record, sample size, and recentness of the poll.

Electoral laws have attempted to be changed at a late statage in Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin –some of these states being swing states.

The Federal state and the member states have fiscal independency. Both levels may decide to have taxes and to what extent. There not limit writen in the Constitution. However, raising taxes in one state may incentivate people to move to a less taxed state. States can be bankrupt and the federal government is not supossed to help. In 1964 NY city went bankrupt. President Ford said: you are spending money like European socialist and drug traffikers, with all those universities free. When NY city asked for hel his answer was: “drop dead.”

As a percentage, 70% of the taxes go to the Federal State Government. 30% go to the states and the local governments. From this 70%, seven hundred millions a year go to the military. About 25% of the Federal budget is distributed among states and local governments according to an existing formula that the President may not change without Congress overview.

Only military academies are national universities. Public Universities are funded by the States.

As for the electoral system. The base is very undemocratic. The winner takes all the votes in each state. And the system grants two minimunn votes to each state, disregarding the population. This makes Wyoming with about half million population and 3 votes (2+1) overepresented with regard to Caifornia, 36 million people and 55 votes (2+53).

Florida, Ohio and Virginia have been deciding who the next President would be. Obama was pull out of North Carolina. Mayer says that the election we can compare with is the 2004, because that was also a very tight one for both candidates.

Jeremy Mayer says the system “is very anacronistic, not corrupt, but it might be bettered”

The system alienates low information voters.
However, one good thing is that it leaves room for qualified talent to raise -as opposed to Europe- But also for the low qualifyed such as Palin. Money permeates because of weak parties, compared to Europe. Three million of US citizens gave money to Obama in 2008. The ability of small donators raising money thorugh Internet brings hope to the system.

On the positive side, the US Constitution and the political system have guaranteed peace and little conflict (just a civil war) from 1777. It has prevented the raise of religious, racial and regional issues beuase it has not rewarded the second or third place. This is embeded in the Constitution.

Each of the following themes deserve an article of their own. For the moment I will offer a documentary and some spoken comments:

On the electoral system with a focus on the micro level, I have prepared this documentary showing interesting mecanisms of citizen participation.

On marketing politics, the meeting with Evan Sutton from New Organizing Institute (NOI) fosused on citizen mobilization during elections and the use of social media to organize during elections.

On politics and the youth, pictures show the talks with volunteers working for both parties. Aditionally, my students at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Carlos III made comments, sent questions and held debates on the trip. Some of them might be read here –see specifically the comments to the linked post on how the youth in Spain sees the elections in the United States.

Finally, a reflection on the global implications of having a democrat versus a republican President. Lack of new ideas for the challenge representing the change in global paradigm was paramount during the debates previous to the election. Thus, the implications of having one or the other are quite tied to the personality of the Commander in Chief as well as his personal abilities and capacity to build teams to negociate in the international arena. Lack of new ideas, however is a challenge for western democracies. In any case I am still reflecting on this late subject in which I plan to publich some articles both in Latin America and Spain in the following months.

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Elecciones presidenciales en los Estados Unidos 2012

Desde el 21 de octubre de 2012 tendré la oportunidad de vivir en directo las elecciones presidenciales de los Estados Unidos. La oportunidad me la brinda @USembassymadrid Creo que mi trabajo siete años como voluntaria en la Asociación de ex-becarios Fulbright, como parte de la Junta y de algunas Comisiones ha sevido para que me conozcan y para que decidan invitarme. Viajo a Washington con cuatro talentos, algunos de ellos jóvenes políticos: Juan Manuel y Luis. En la Embajada estamos coordinados por @aslevia que se ha encargado de que la organización hasta la fecha sea impecable.

El programa, que puede estar sujeto a algún cambio, es muy ambicioso. Vamos a vivir la semana inténsamente. Incluye encuentros con especialistas, con políticos, jóvenes políticos voluntarios, organizaciones no gubernamentales especializadas en activar a la sociedad civil… y vamos a ver a Obama en un mítin en Tampa!

Estados Unidos desde estos últimos puntos de vista es algo insólito para una española.

Os dejo la agenda completa al pie, y si estais interesados que centre mis reportajes en alguna parte específica, dejadme vuestras sugerencias en los comentarios ¿Algúna curiosidad o interés especial?

Siete días en Washinton y Florida (Tampa):

I. Washington, D.C. (Sunday, October 21 – Wednesday, October 24, 2012)
Theme: Introduction to 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. The Media, The Global Economy, and the Elections. Monday, October, 22 – Wednesday, October 24

Federalism Overview/Overview of U.S. Presidential Election Process (with emphasis on understanding the Electoral College) – Professor Jeremy Mayer of George Mason University will be invited to provide the participants with an overview of federalism, the United State federal government structure, separation of powers, and political processes. The discussion will also include the relationship between the federal government and the states.

The Economist – In a meeting with an editor or journalist from The Economist participants will have an opportunity to discuss multiple topics including the publications coverage of global economic challenges focusing on the United States and Europe, how these challenges are impacting the 2012 Presidential election, and the role of the media in general in covering important issues during the election. The meeting will be requested with Mr. Edward McBride, Washington Bureau Chief or Mr. David Rennie, Lexington Columnist. This video, prepared by AFP and published by The Economist overviews these issues.

New Organizing Institute (NOI) – Mr. Carlos Odio, Director of Special Projects at NOI, or one of his colleagues will be asked to invite some of his colleagues to meet with the group to discuss the role of citizens as organizers and agents of change and how they can and do impact elections, including the tools that NOI supplies to do help them do so. He will also be asked to focus on the increased use of social media as a tool for community organizing during elections as well as the role of youth during the election season, and reaching out to the Hispanic voters in the 2012 election. NOI is a community of organizers committed to solving the biggest challenges that stand in the way of change. Their basic belief is that if people have the skills to engage others, the tools to build powerful campaigns, and a community of practice to help them learn and grow, they can win real change, make measurable improvements in people’s lives, and restore faith in the government and democracy. They train organizers to build and manage effective movements by integrating tried-and-true community organizing, cutting-edge digital strategy, and data-driven decision making. They provide free access to revolutionary tools, technologies, and research to help campaigns reach the next level, and build a community of practice that connects organizers across issues, creating a more integrated, more diverse, and more dynamic movement for change.

Georgetown University – To engage with young political leaders and observe the enthusiasm on a major U.S. college campus in the nation’s capital, participants will spend time at Georgetown University where representatives of the College Republicans and the College Democrats will dialogue with them about their efforts to support their respective parties, and how they are encouraging the youth vote and participation in the political process. This is an excellent opportunity for us to discuss the uses of social media in elections, what issues are of most concern to young voters, and volunteerism and political activism among young voters in the United States. Finally, for an academic perspective on the elections, faculty representatives who work with the College Republicans and the College Democrats will be asked to join the discussions at some point.

Alexandria Democratic Committee – This committee will be requested to assist with arrangements for a visit to the Obama for Re-Election Campaign Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This will include discussions with key campaign staff available, to discuss the operations of the campaign as well as issues such as media relations for the campaign, volunteerism in the campaign, the use of social media, outreach to targeted populations, and other relevant topics. We will request a brief discussion with the Vice Chair for Communications, Mr. Elvis Cordova, or another key member of the campaign staff.

Alexandria Republic City Committee – to assist with arrangements for a visit to the Romney for President Campaign Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This will include discussions with key campaign staff available, to discuss the operations of the campaign as well as issues such as media relations for the campaign, volunteerism in the campaign, the use of social media, outreach to targeted populations, and other relevant topics. We will request a brief discussion with Ms. Anne LeHuray, Chair of the Outreach Committee.

Wednesday, October 24
II. Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Florida (Wednesday, October 24 – Sunday, October 28, 2012)

Theme: Elections Process and Issues in a battleground State
Many people would argue that the road to the White House runs through Florida, which happens to be the largest swing state in the country. For example, with the exception of the 1960 and 1992 races, ever since 1928 the winner of Florida won the White House. With 11.2 million registered voters and 29 electoral votes this November, whichever candidate wins Florida has an easier path to victory. Therefore, a program focused on the U.S. elections will be greatly enhanced by a visit to this important swing state. For this reason, we will spend several days in the state, and particularly in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg, Florida area. For Spaniards Tampa has a special meaning, since it was a embarquement point for the American troops departing for the Cuban War in the XIX century.

In Florida we will focus on the themes above, in meetings and discussions with the following (or similar) list of resources:

B. Thursday, October 25 – Friday, October 26

Honorable E.J. Salcines
, Senior Judge, District Court of Appeal, Second District – In this discussion the participants will receive an overview of the election process in the State of Florida and have a candid discussion about the state’s role in the overall U.S. political system. This will include a review of the 2000 Presidential election in Florida, the results of which were well publicized across the world and which created numerous debates around the election system in the United States. Besides his duties as a Senior Judge, he is also an adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law.

He lectures in Spanish on American law and the American court system in Spanish-speaking countries. In 2008 he received the “Champion of Justice Award” from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, and the “Good Government Award” was presented to him by the Board of County Commissioners from Hillsborough County who annually awards the “E. J. Salcines Lifetime Leadership Award” to outstanding leaders in the community. He is also a member of the Knight of the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, Spain and Former Honorary Vice Consul of Spain for the Central West Coast of Florida.

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office – To help participants better understand the technical aspects of the U.S. election system, and specifically the process of voting, collecting, and tallying votes, a meeting with the County Supervisor of Elections Office will be arranged.

Former Governor Charlie Christ – To provide a unique perspective on the U.S. Presidential election, as well as the role of local and state elections and how they impact and are impacted by the Presidential elections, Governor Christ will be requested to meet with the participants. Governor Christ was also a U.S. Senate candidate and recently spoke at the Democratic National Convention, and has over 25 years of political experience which he will be able to share with the participants to help them gain a better grasp on the complex U.S. political and election systems.

Florida Campaign Headquarters of Romney for President
– Here, participants will have an opportunity to speak with key campaign staff and local volunteers about the organization of the state’s efforts to elect Governor Mitt Romney as President of the United States. This will include discussions on organizing techniques, the role of social media in the campaign, outreach to rural areas, volunteer mobilization, and some of the key differences between Governor Romney’s plan and that of President Obama.

Tampa Campaign Office for Obama for America
– Participants will also visit the Tampa Campaign Headquarters of the reelection campaign for President Barack Obama –see their work in Facebook. Similar to their visit to the Romney for President headquarters, there time at the Obama campaign office will include discussions with key campaign staff and local volunteers on organizing techniques, the role of social media in the campaign, outreach to rural areas, volunteer mobilization, and some of the key differences between President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s visions for the United States of America.

Mr. Peter Schorsch, Professional Blogger – In this meeting, participants will be able to discuss the role of bloggers and other media professionals in informing the public on the elections and raising key issues that are of concern to the public. Mr. Schorsch will also invite some of his fellow bloggers to join the discussion to provide multiple perspectives. Mr. Schorsch is President, Extensive Enterprises Online, LLC and Executive Editor, Mr. Schorsch launched a private firm to provide clients with a success-oriented, diverse team of artistic, media and government affairs experts. He offers expertise on complex issues for clients facing challenges on a variety of governmental and public affairs levels. As his firm’s principal, his responsibilities include client development and servicing, creative direction and internal operations. Mr. Schorsch’s firm specializes in the conception and execution of strategies involving direct mail, collaterals and online media.

Ms. Amy Rettig, the Nielsen Company – Ms. Rettig or one of her colleagues will be asked to discuss the 21012 election’s media measurements in the online and digital age. A tour of the Nielsen campus will also be included. The Nielsen Company is a global information and media company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and business publications (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek).

Saturday, October 27

Opportunity to attend a local campaign rally in the community or on one of the local college campuses.

Excitante ¿verdad?
Pues sigue nuestras huellas en @olgag y a través de!!!

Se me ocurre que me encantaría haber llevado de fotógrafo acompañándome a @victorianoi ¿porqué? qué fotos hace este jóven estudiante de UC3M!. Me voy a guardar la idea para la proxima oportunidad que surja. Tal vez si lo sugiero hasta me dan un sí. Por el momento, invitados especiales son mis alumnos en las universidades Autónoma de Madrid y Carlos III, a quienes dedico el viaje y a quienes invito a estar en contacto a través de la web.

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Haciendo empresa #open #data

Con redes como Linked In que alcanca los cien millones de usuarios registrados en el mundo e incluye perfiles tan variados como 997.000 maestros, 1030 chocolateros, 74 artistas que rinden tributo a Elvis y un “susurrador de martinis” incorporados a la red… Con un nueve por ciento de los miembros en la comunidad de alta tecnología… con Twitter celebrando su quinto cumpleaños…

Jeff Weiner, CEO de LinkedIn dice que tienen un millón de nuevos miembros de LinkedIn cada semana  -un profesional por segundo-, la red social  profesional se utiliza en más de 200 países.  Todas las compañías Fortune 500 tienen ejecutivos en LinkedIn –EBay, y Cisco se encuentran entre las empresas con más usuarios.

Veamos las regiones del mundo, encontraremos curiosas correlaciones entre crecimiento económico y crecimiento de la red social LinkedIn. La lista de miembros de Brasil crece a una tasa de año-sobre-año de 428 por ciento. México tiene una tasa de crecimiento del 178 por ciento y la India tiene una tasa de 76 por ciento. Se puede conectar con la misma facilidad con alguien en Sao Paulo o México como pueda con sus colegas en San Francisco, Londres o Benidorm.

En vista de estos datos 1). ¿Sirven de algo las redes sociales? Y si sirven ¿Cuando sirven bien y cuando no? 2). Cómo es posible que las bolsas de conocimiento especializado lleguen a entrar en contacto con pequeñas empresas avidas de responder a los retos de un mundo en cambio en el que las reglas del juego están cambiando radicalmente. O en lenguaje de los economistas ¿Como podemos bajar los costes de transacción y hacer más transparente la información en los mercados? 3). Y desde un punto de vista más filosófico; este nuevo espacio social ¿Como cambia nuestra forma de aprender? Para debatir sobre estos temas y otros relacionados con el aprendizaje, contamos con un #encuentro compuesto por expertos y pequeñas empresas interesadas en su conocimiento.

Participantes confirmados: – Jean Charles Blondeau – Alfonso Bustos – Chris Tonge – Cris Ramón. Y el amable apoyo de Amelia Partners Sports&Marketing, Ejaso Abogados de Internet, MGC Protocolo global para negocios universales, y Expresarte, capacitando a lideres del siglo XXI para comunicar mejor, que han hecho posible el proyecto en los momentos más delicados –esta en una empresa non for profit.

Si estás interesado en asistir, por favor, confirmarlo por favor en este formulario. El evento es abierto, pero las plazas limitadas, por lo que confirmaremos con un correo vuestra plaza el lunes 28 y os informaremos en función de las reservas del lugar de celebración.

Formulario: puedes rellenarlo online aquí

Te comunicaremos si tienes plaza disponible para poder asistir

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Siempre nos quedará París

Mi regalo de cumpleaños.
Besos, desde París 😉

Le Flâneur (music by The XX) from Luke Shepard on Vimeo.

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¿Preparados para la nube?

Ayer asistí a la presentación del número 83 de la revista TELOS, dedicado a la sociedad en movilidad, con reflexiones muy interesantes sobre el teléfono móvil: los nuevos usos y las nuevas utilidades.

El uso de teléfonos inteligentes (smartphones) y la computación en la nube  crece. Creo que ambos son instrumentos óptimos cuando nos movemos en entornos controlados: de casa al trabajo, y cuando tenemos acceso wifi garantizado. Sin embargo, la oferta de servicios de telecomunicaciones no está a la altura cuando el entorno deja de estar controlado.

En mi viaje reciente a Estados Unidos, con un teléfono inteligente y con muchos documentos en la nube tuve dificultades operativas. Mi teléfono inteligente, acostumbrado a tomar decisiones de forma autónoma utilizaba la web hasta para actualizar los segundos. Algo que le agradezco hasta el punto de haber prescindido del reloj de pulsera en el día a día, se convierte en una actividad imposible debido a las tarifas de roaming. ¿Es un solución apagar el móvil inteligente y adquirir uno básico en estos casos? La duplicación del aparato, debido a que no hay una forma sencilla de limitar su inteligencia parece la única opción. ¿Y que hacer cuando necesitas acceder a la base de datos de contactos y estás en la misma situación? Complejo.

Este hecho no quita relevancia al crecimiento imparable del acceso a servicios de datos en los móviles, cifra que es importante en países en desarrollo. Un ejemplo: el 80 por ciento de los usuarios de móviles en  Indonesia tienen acceso a servicio de datos —Jakarta Globe.

Veamos la nube: viajo con mi ordenador e intento conectarme a Internet en el camino de Madrid a Raleigh en North Carolina. Tiempo no me faltó: 17 horas de viaje. En Barajas me informan de que en la terminal de la que salgo no hay wifi, y donde la hay, es de pago (independientemente de que la necesite 10 minutos). En el nodo de Atlanta la terminal tampoco dispone de wifi. En las terminales que hay wifi, escasisimas, una empresa llamada Boingo presta servicios de acceso a cambio de facilitarle nuestros datos de tarjeta de crédito, y bajo pago. En el Sheraton hay acceso individual, desde la habitación y tu propio ordenador, que se cobra por días. En el hotel no hay centro de negocios. En el centro de convenciones de Raleigh, magnífico y recien inaugurado, hay acceso libre por tratarse de un Congreso sobre la web. Los ferrocarriles de la costa este disponen de wifi libre en sus estaciones. Imaginen el maná cuando llegas a una ciudad tras horas de viaje y logras confirmar una información al acceder a tus funcionalidades.

En estos viajes el acceso no es ubicuo, sino escaso, indeterminado –no sabes si lo tendrás o no, ni dónde. Esto ocurre siempre en los entornos no controlados, aquellos que no son los habituales, de casa o trabajo. ¿Están los proveedores de telecomunicaciones a la altura, ofreciendo servicios que respondan a estas necesidades? ¿O son ellos mismos la remora que impide hacer usos de la tecnología que ya son posibles?

Mientras termino de escribir esta entrada un amigo me envía esta referencia que desconocía sobre puntos wifi en ciudades españolas. Me gustaría conocer tus impresiones y si has tenido experiencias positivas y negetivas de acceso a Internet en lugares públicos tus datos, que nos ayuden a convertir la experiencia en algo fácil y posible.

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Tendencias en la Web

La conferencia sobre Web Science que se celebró de forma paralela a WWW2010 Conference en Raleigh, North Carolina (25-27 de Abril 2010) nos deja como temas estrella dos muy interesantes: el uso de herramientas de comunicación instantanea para ejercer influencia política en elecciones americanas y la conjunción entre la web y la televisión personalizada. Esta semana en NY mis deberes de primera hora consisten en preparar los artículos para los que tengo anotaciones y documentación, fruto de las conferencias WWW2010, websci10 y Future Web.

El reconocimiento el mejor Paper de Webscie10 fue para From Obscurity to Prominence in Minutes: Political Speech and Real-Time Search. Sus autores son Panagiotis Metaxas y Eni Mustafaraj. El interés del paper reside en su magnífica explicación del mal uso de Twitter en las última campaña política en la que se han disputado puestos al senado norteamericano.

El reconocimiento al mejor poster fue para NoTube: Making Personalized TV Part of the Web. Los autores son Balthasar Schopman, Dan Brickly, Lora Aroyo, Chris van Aart, Vick Buser, Annelies Kaptein, Roland Schijvenaars, Ronald Siebes, Lyndon Nixon, Libby Miller, Veronique Malaise, Michele Minno, Michele Mostarda, Davide Palmisano e Yves Raimond.

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4 de Mayo: Worcester, Boston, NY, Baltimore

Desde Worcester a Boston viajo con Dex en la mesa de al lado del mismo vagón de tren. Dex nos regala los oidos con una música estupenda, y me cuenta que está involucrado en tres proyectos que le entusiasaman, y que tiene que ver con las música:

Como Dex está escuchando una música estupenda en su ordenador le he pedido que me grabe algo. Una hora después llevo ¡un giga de rock and roll de Boston y alrededores en el usb! Estupendo para el resto del viaje, porque mi ordenador, muy ligero, no lleva ni música, ni ranura para Cds. No puedo escuchar los que compro. Y en los hoteles no hay canales de música/video en la televisión. Es increíble ¿Cómo se puede vivir (bien) sin música? Un modo de hacerlo es aprenderte las letras y cantar. Lo malo es que creo que la SGAE no permite reproducciones. Yo soy una tía muy legal. Si no se puede cantar, no se canta. (more…)

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Día de la Madre en España, llego a Boston

Mientras Nueva York amanecía alborotada por una supuesta bomba en Times Squuare llego a Boston sin novedad.

Dormí en el tren, donde el único inconveniente fue el gusto de los americanos por el aire acondicionado. Se sufre en los hoteles y en los aviones y en los trenes. Más que un vagón era un frigorífico. Creo que hasta perdí arrugas. Bien pensado podrían pensar en anunciarlo como tratamiento anti-edad.

El tractor del los trenes americanos continúa pitando, como las locomotoras del Oeste, cuando entra o atraviesa una estación. Me encanta. Es un sonido muy familiar, se sábado por la tarde en familia, cuando las películas eran mejores.

Llamé a mi madre, que estaba el Almería, disfrutando del tiempo y la primavera en el desierto. Estaba muy contenta. En Estados Unidos hay cabinas de teléfono, operativas, limpias y disponibles. En Estados Unidos el día de la madre es el próximo fin de semana.

Poco después mi buen amigo Paul Posner, compañero de estudios en Chapel Hill y ahora profesor en Warwick, me recogía en la estación.

Nos esperaba un día expléndido en Worcester, 35 grados con 80% de humedad. Sensación de costa oste. Paseos por senderos junto al lago, visita al molino y contemplación de árboles y flores, arquitectura local, la universidad de Warwick, downtown, crossing town, todo junto a Paul, Sammy y Heather.

La comida y la cena, gentileza de Heather.

¡Como cocina mi amiga Heather! ¿Cómo explicarlo? Magníficos ingredientes, hierbas frescas, un taste of Mooosewood, sabores auténticos. Siempre una fiesta para los sentidos. Y Sammy ha heredado su creatividad.

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