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The rise of mobile internet access is allowing many people to connect who haven't had access to desktop machines or fixed-line broadband in the past. Mobile phones will account for nearly 10% of African GDP by the end of the decade due to explosive growth in the telecoms industry. There are more mobile phones than adults in most African countries. This is having a significant economic, social and cultural impact on the continent.
The first time I lived abroad, in Argentina, I wrote an excited letter to an old friend. “I am living in a place that is very similar to the States in most ways,” I told him, “and yet everything in daily life takes place in Spanish. More amazing altogether: while there are tons of things I don’t understand, I am able to function very well.”
Despite protests by certain organizations against Pakistani cricketers, sports fans from both India and Pakistan have been expressing remarkable solidarity via social media. Thousands from Karachi to Lahore and Kashmir to Kolkata, have been changing their profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote peace between the nations. An online campaign #ProfileforPeace, started by Nudrrat Khawaja and Samir Gupta, is becoming the theme for this movement.
When my friends in Mexico migrate within the country, they always go to places where they have family or townspeople. Even if they’ve heard that jobs are more plentiful elsewhere, it’s better to have a network. The community can get you a job, they tell me.
In fact, the community is practically obligated to get you a job. The community is obligated to do anything within its power to support its members.
It’s easy to assume that cultures correspond to countries, but the reality is much more complex, and the same is true for languages. You probably know, for instance, that Spanish is spoken in dozens of countries around the world, and that it is spoken a bit differently in each. But what you may not realize is that cultural and linguistic differences occur on a much more local level as well.
How do people of different cultures come together and achieve a common goal? How can you bridge cultural divides? Recently Harvard Business Review, published a very interesting article on this very topic. According to Jeanne M. Brett, professor of dispute resolution and negotiations at Kellogg School of Management, " Multicultural meetings can be tricky to lead.
Often times when thinking about Culture Training for the military, we focus on teaching military personnel to understand different cultures and people to successfully carry out thier mission. A recent news story, examines the inverse of how we view culture training. A recent survey of New Hampshire veterans indicated many felt ashamed of needing help for PTSD. And they also felt the providers—most of whom have no military experience—don’t understand what it’s like to be a veteran.
If you haven't already, drop by local bookstores and pick up a copy of Victor Sebestyen's new book 1946: The Making of the Modern World as the new book has interesting insights into the importance of cultural understanding how it affects military decision-making. Sebestyen's book chronicles the year 1946, a year that would signal the beginning of the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, and the beginning of the rivalry between the United States and the USSR.
A few decades ago, Lahore, Pakistan had a thriving film industry and a rich tradition of music. "In Punjab here in Pakistan, music is usually practiced by traditional musicians' families," says Mushtaq Soofi, a music producer. "They inherit it, they learn it from their parents and then transmit to the next generation." Over time though, things began to change and the rich music scene of Lahore became threatened by the rule of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and the terrorism of religious extremists in the Taliban.