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“Videos Políticos” por Rafael Puyol

Written on November 23, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Culture & Society, Democracy & Human Rights, Europe, News

Por Rafael Puyol

He visto los vídeos del PP y del PSC sobre las elecciones catalanas y uno me parece una equivocación y el otro una horterada. En la filmación de los populares Alicia Sanchez Camacho, a lomos de la gaviota Pepe (gran imaginación), lanza bombillazos contra grupos de independentistas y contra inmigrantes irregulares .Las bombillas de Camacho pretenden ser ideas y los inmigrantes, ante la crítica, las mafias que los controlan.  Sé de sobra que la política inmigratoria del PP  no es xenófoba, pero al lanzar el spot   han  cometido un doble error. El primero es dar carnaza con tanta facilidad y de forma tan gratuita a la oposición. ¿Alguien  creía que no iban a reaccionar de la forma tan descalificadora y violenta como lo han hecho los otros contendientes y las asociaciones que los amparan? ¿Y qué han ganado a cambio? El segundo error es no reconocer la equivocación y trasladar a los ciudadanos, presuntos retrasados mentales, la idea de que el desacierto es ajeno.

Pero si este video es una pifia, el del PSC produce vergüenza ajena .Una joven se acerca a la urna para votar. Primero se desmelena , después jadea en un meti-saca cadencioso del voto en la urna para llegar al clímax cuando, al fin, lo deposita .Mira que nos dan el coñazo con el compañeros/compañeras y el miembros/miembras para que al final una coleguilla protagonice un espectáculo tan burdo como simular un orgasmo al emitir el voto. No sabía que en eso consistía la erótica del poder.

En fin, los partidos deberían tener un poco más de cuidado con sus juventudes a las que se atribuye la idea de estas perlas del marketing político. Con estos spots no creo que se convenza a nadie para ir a votar .Y si así fuera ello no evita que sean vulgares, disparatados y engañosos. Como no elevemos el nivel del reclamo electoral nuestra democracia va a ser cada vez menos participativa.


Payal Mulchandani, Co-Founder and Business Head of The 4th Wheel.


After having spent almost a year in Spain while pursuing the Master in International Relations at IE, Payal started her own venture, “The 4th Wheel”, with two of her friends in her hometown of Ahmedabad, India. The 4th Wheel is a Corporate Social Responsibility Consulting and Research firm.  

About “The 4th Wheel”: Who Are They?

Three women, with a passion for learning, understanding and working for economic, social, and human development decided to enter the exciting world of entrepreneurship. The 4th Wheel brings a contemporary edge to the world of entrepreneurship. We share a passion for excellence and understanding and represent the new generation of social entrepreneurs who love to swim across the tide. Each of the three of us come from a different background and our experiences put together makes “The 4th Wheel” a whole and complete organization ready to tackle the myriad aspects of social enterprising. Out to look at issues which deserve attention and make a difference in the prevailing scenario in the development of the underprivileged and poor, we strive to be agents of change and be a part of that “team‟ (development entities) which will lead to a brighter and better future. Fuelled by innovation and foresight, we are driven to make an impact with our ideas for a wide-scale change. We work together with our strengths and resources to set up an enterprise which focuses on a missing link (the business sector) in the fight for progress and against distress. Businesses have gained immense clout in the prevailing form of capitalism. The role of businesses in facilitating development has long been debated. We have progressed to a society, where businesses are no longer based on the sole motive of profit maximization. There has been an acceptance of the role they can play in making the effects of globalization and business operations, positive and reducing the ill effects by conscious efforts. These efforts in a broad sense are termed as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Corporate Social Responsibility is an evolving concept and is no longer random charity or philanthropy but is now looked as key to business operations, sustainability and development. Read more…

More news about MIR alumni after the jump.


California Voters say ‘No’ to Prop 19

Written on November 3, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Americas, Culture & Society, News

California voters declined to make their trendsetting state the nation’s first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warning that legal chaos would ensue, and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to work while high.

The legalization effort was losing by 9 percentage points with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting. Backers showed support for the measure by gathering outside the campaign’s headquarters to watch returns come in — some of them lighting up joints to mark the occasion.

Supporters of Proposition 19 blamed Tuesday’s outcome on the conservative leanings of older voters who participate in midterm elections. They also acknowledged that young voters had not turned out in sufficient numbers to secure victory, but said they were ready to try again in two years. Read more…

As published in 

by Gaudenz Assenza (Professor at IE School of Arts and Humanities)

For many years, our economic system rewarded those who said, “I want, give me” while ignoring others who practiced the idea “I have, let’s share”. But with the economic crisis, the momentum of self-interest has begun to wear out. Greed, frivolity and hedonism are increasingly out of fashion. Instead, more people are rediscovering the beauty of slowness, enjoying family, friends, hobbies, spending time in nature — all those things that are neglected when work is the priority. The slowdown was not just about the economy; it reflected a broader shift in values. Realizing that life has more to offer than a fat bank account, fewer people are willing to work 12 or 16 hours a day in the pursuit of a career.

If we look underneath the recent hype and anxiety, the message of the crisis is clear: slow down, reflect and reconnect with who you truly are and what you really want to do. If we disregard these signals — if instead of slowing down we try to accelerate — we do so at the risk of a more drastic slowdown in the future. If we decide we want more of the same, we may get it at the cost of sacrificing our health and our relationships. Phenomena such as burnout, depression and nervous breakdown are not confined to people on the fast track. But if those on the fast track change their ways, they help themselves and others who are dependent on them.

Wise business leaders do not pressure subordinates to accelerate; they form environments where people can thrive and be creative. Instead of installing more controls in an attempt to speed up and achieve unrealistic profit targets, leaders can focus their ingenuity on ways of releasing the power of free will and self determination. If leaders do not learn fast, subordinates may fail to respond, numbed by the proliferation of incentives and punishments imposed from above. Efforts of performance maximization and crowd control are losing their edge. Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Speed is irrelevant if you are moving in the wrong direction.”

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