Praise of Diversity

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A short while ago I found a phrase by Humberto Maturana (a brilliant Chilean philosopher) and could not resist the temptation of sharing it on Twitter: “We have to change our attitude: to collaborate instead of compete; to share instead of desire. That is why we speak of the end of leadership and the beginning of co-inspiration and collaboration.” I believe that in this era of diversity, the new frontiers of hybrid work require more than ever that which Maturana mentions: co-inspiration and collaboration. The way I see it, the challenge has almost spiritual dimensions (how do we collaborate with ONE goal while keeping our individuality and our differences?) as well as other very specific and equally important dimensions (how do we manage the work of a team with members who live in 5 different time zones?).

Being a global organization offers us huge opportunities to answer these questions innovatively and with creativity. This is so because each of our special features contributes to the DNA of a glober: our customs, our styles and our origins are the pieces of the puzzle that shape our organizational culture. Diversity is our distinctive feature. That is why we wanted to celebrate it with these contents aimed at inspiring our conversations:

  • How to manage the communication of global and multicultural teams and how to overcome differences in order to achieve an homogeneous and consistent operation.
  • Why incorporating socioeconomically diverse talents allows better reflecting the needs of the population and providing more holistic views to the work teams.
  • We spoke with Elizabeth Isele, the CEO of The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship, about the silver economy, the myth of young entrepreneurs and how a multi-generation approach is beneficial for the work environment.
  • Verónica Baracat, a specialist of UN Women, tells us about gender inequality in STEM and why the COVID-19 pandemic broadened that gap. She reminds us that only 22% of the people working in the field of artificial intelligence in the world are women and that if this challenge is not dealt with urgently, the gap will broaden.
  • We will also dig deeper into the world of female gaming. Why are there so few female gamers? And we talked to Sandra Castro, ambassador of Women In Games for Colombia and leader of Colombia Women in Games, about her Tan Grande y Jugando (So Old and Playing) project and about her tips for female gamers and developers.

And to end, a milestone in our history and the voice of a very special person.

A few days ago we celebrated that we reached 20,000 globers! That means 20,000 perspectives, points of view, ways of doing things and minds that work together every day to make this world a better place.

One of the persons who joined the team recently is Melina Masnatta, a woman that I admire since I learnt about her work with Chicas en Tecnología (Girls in Technology). She is our brand-new Global Learning & Diversity director, and I asked her to share with everyone what things inspire her.

“It inspires me to be able to contribute to diversity in the technology sector and to collaborate so that those who decide to work in this ecosystem may find a place that allows them to learn and grow. Today we need more people engaged in the technology field, not only because technology impacts on everything, but because that which does not arise from a plural work team, where all people from all the world are represented, causes design problems and even economic losses. Technology is our way to express ourselves, of engaging as citizens of the world, as well as a catalyst to generate impact and solve even the great challenges we have as humanity.”

Welcome Meli to Globant!

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