Dear *|FNAME|*,

This month, we’ve been exploring how mobile technology is transforming Africa. We’re also looking at the strange patterns of digital globalisation.

The articles below discuss these topics and others in more detail. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Kind regards,

Victor Garcia

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Debunking the Myth of China’s Lack of Innovation
In 2017 it looks as if China is again on-track to file more patent applications than any other country in the world, putting to rest the tired old trope that China’s entrepreneurs don’t innovate.
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How Agile Development Took the World By Storm
Once upon a time in the world of programming, years could pass between the identification of a business need and the launch of the software to meet it. In the interim period, it’s highly likely that the original business case would have evolved, meaning the software was already obsolete at launch.
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How the Physics of Topography Explains Language Diversity
It’s not only linguists that are permitted to study language. A recent investigation by a physicist and mathematician has shown how the physical landscape affects the spread of dialect. The new model of language diversity and spread indicates how geography and population density play an important role in influencing the spread of dialects – and it can all be explained mathematically.
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Beyond Diversity: Is Your Company Culturally Competent?
Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. It isn’t necessarily an ability to understand a multitude of cultures – humans are so varied that it just isn’t possible for anyone to be able to pass seamlessly across all cultural barriers.
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Understanding Digital Transformation Trends in the Retail Sector
Whether retailers like it or not, expectations from consumers are evolving as technology increasingly becomes part of their daily lives. For traditional retailers, competition from newer, online retailers has intensified, forcing them to adapt and focus on creating better customer experiences.
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How to Give Feedback in Different Parts of the World
British people are notorious for understatement. In one Korean War encounter, many British soldiers died unnecessarily when their CO’s description of the situation as "a bit sticky" failed to communicate to their US allies the seriousness of their problems.
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Understanding the New Eco and Ethical Trends in the Jewellery Industry
We’re living through one of the most turbulent periods the jewellery industry has ever experienced. From online retail to 3D printing of jewellery, this sector is being affected by a number of disruptive forces.
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