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What's Changing? - Culture



Please see below selected recent culture-related change.


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July 2021


December 2020

  • Despite the often extreme differences between individuals, many elements of our existence are shared by almost everyone. We all shiver in the cold, sweat in the heat, and sometimes dream while sleeping, and have similar facial expressions. Researchers from UC Berkeley and Google Research used machine learning and YouTube videos to compare common facial expressions to the situations that prompt them. These videos were made by people from 144 different countries representing all corners of the Earth and featured various situations and subjects. The algorithm searched the videos for 16 facial expressions commonly associated with amusement, anger, awe, concentration, confusion, contempt, contentment, desire, disappointment, doubt, elation, interest, pain, sadness, surprise, and triumph. All 16 facial expressions popped up in similar circumstances. Everybody tends to cheer, cry, concentrate, and celebrate in similar ways. No group of people smiles when startled, shrugs when surprised, or frowns with joy. The findings suggest that 70 percent of the expressions we use to show emotional reactions are shared across cultures, reported Big Think.


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December 2019


July 2019

  • The UN cultural agency UNESCO added 29 new sites to its World Heritage List, including iron-age furnaces in Burkina Faso, a wine-growing region of Italy known for Prosecco, the city of Jaipur, India, and eight major buildings designed by the US architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Overall, UNESCO has granted special status to over 1,100 sites of "outstanding universal value."


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December 2018

  • Gallup believes that organisations should start by giving their employees the chance to define the best of your culture as it is, right now. What is currently working? Identifying the reality of the current culture provides a starting point. After that, the organisation can gauge how realistic a future aspirational culture is. Is it a major departure from what's working now? Is it a minor tweak? Is the aspirational already happening in pockets across the organisation and simply needs to be scaled?


October 2018

  • Identifying the growing trend of cultural individualisation, TrendWatching noted that global mega-platforms like Netflix and Spotify empower users to pick and choose ever more unique and diverse blends of content than ever before. At almost zero cost! Indeed, when launching this initiative Spotify highlighted how 1 in 4 of its users “actively listens to artists from a culture (or country) different from their own”.
  • TrendWatching added that if you want to jump on this trend, but you’re worried about becoming the target of the next cultural appropriation scandal, one could learn from Spotify, which is celebrating local artists and producers, rather than exploiting them. And don’t think this trend isn’t relevant just because you’re not in the digital media business. IKEA recently partnered with Design Indaba to bring African design to the world. 
  • Data can be a powerful tool, and a risky one. Having the right corporate culture to tackle data responsibly is critical. The latest issue of the McKinsey Quarterly, “Why data culture matters,” explored how companies can cultivate their analytics efforts with culture in mind. 
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September 2018

  • How is your office culture really made, asked Quartz? It believes it starts with little decisions that have a big impact, like replacing email with a new collaboration tool. A new interactive explored different employee perspectives.
  • In an entertaining and persuasive podcast series a few years ago, Melvyn Bragg examined various aspects and definitions of culture.
  • Knoco provided a series of observations around knowledge and national culture, comparing for example the open Australian sharing culture with the more reserved Eastern cultures and the impact that each has on how knowledge is shared.