Using Facebook for presenting facebook organizational culture

November 22, 2013

Today I witnessed an innovative presentation modality: a facebook page instead of the usual PPT. Although unusual, the medium fits very well the topic of the presentation, which is about the corporate culture at Facebook.

My students of the Organizational Behaviour course uploaded their presentation on this facebook page and made us experience how it feels working at facebook: in fact the presentation lasted longer than usual, but they gave us free sweets during the presentation, to keep us motivated… exactly like Facebook is doing in its offices (free food, many benefits, but work many hours). Brilliant and creative, well done!

You can check out the presentation at

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facebook sweets OB course USI

Symposium on Africa: help, cooperate or invest?

November 19, 2013

Last Saturday November 16th 2013, the Symposium “Africa: help, coopertate or invest?” took place in Lugano, organized by Fosit and MIC.

It started off with an introduction to the topic by Prof. Veglio, president of FOSIT and professor at the university of St. Gallen, followed by a roundtable discussion. The guest speakers were Blandine Sankara (sister of the Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 198, murdered 26 years ago.) Prof. Katharina Michaelowa (ETH) e Chrystel Ferret (SDC); moderated by Roberto Antonini (TSI).



In the afternoon, three different Atelier were organized. The pictures below refer to Atelier 2 on Microfinance.
The topic was introduced by Damiano (student at the University of St. Gallen), who gave an insightful overview on the status of microfinance in the world. I particularly like the visualization below, which maps the situations in which people need (micro-)loans or other financial products such as micro insurances, and what elese they normally do if they can’t get them from a bank.


Then Isabelle Dauner gave a talk on the topic of microfianance specifically in Africa, using a ‘analogue’ technique, drawing the ouline of Africa and then pasting different information, sldes, drawings and coloureful notes on the poster.

Simposium Africa Helvetas

Visualizing for personal development: the career sweet spot

November 19, 2013

“It isn’t normal to know what we want.┬áIt is a rare and difficult psychological achievement”
Abraham Maslow (In Business model you pg. 125)

Coaching, mentoring and personal development programs are usually based on dialogue. Talking is certainly useful, but we visualizing, drawing and sketching can provide additionl help for understanding yourself and your potential. Starting with this post, we’ll showcase a series of templats and examples on the topic of personal development and leadership through visual mapping.

A first example is the career sweet spot. The example below has been drawn by Sebastian Kernbach, researcher at the University of Lugano, adapted from the sweet spot of the book “Business Model you” by Timothy Clark, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur (pg.114). In contrast with the original sweet spot, the figure below invites you to consider your values, in addition to your skills and interests.

What is the sweet spot? This quite well known visualization is a Venn diagram with three overlapping circles. The circles represent skills, interest and values. You can easily draw it yourself and fill it in with information about yourself.

The “sweet spot” is the overlap of the three: that is, he skills which match your interests and your values. In most cases we have a set of skills which are useful for our job/studies, but maybe our current job is not alligned with our personal interests and our core values.

Using this template can help you identify if there is a good overlap between the skills you have and what really matters for you. If the “sweet spot” is empty or not very populated, you might need to focus on acquiring skills that are closer to your values and interests, to gain more satisfaction from your daily activities.


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