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I want to share (only with myself most probably) my thoughts about why is important to have an English CV, the de-facto international working language.

Although It was almost by accident that I translated my CV in English, I later recognized its power.

First, fast-growing companies use English as their main language. Which means that companies that can face market crisis, speak English.
Which in turn, leads me to observe that those companies who wants to establish businesses in top-growing economies (a.k.a emerging countries) must speak English, because at least internally they must have a common language.
So to be recruited by those companies, you must have a CV in English.

Second, if you aim at relocating, best international recruiters uses English as a de-facto standard language to post job descriptions, interview and recruit new talents.
English is more conversational than other languages and it’s lot easier to express yourself during interviews, not least many national languages’ business terms are nowadays borrowed from English.

Third, if you are hired by someone who doesn’t asks you if you speak English, you may not be looking for an internationally-open environment. Conclusion: the company is losing a big portion of the market.
For example, if you’re looking for services in an hospital or a public administration and the workforce doesn’t speak English, they can’t effectively offer services to English-speaking expats which may be willing to pay even more than nationals.

Fourth, If you look for a job in your country and still hesitate to translate it in English because not many companies are requesting it, having a CV in English can nothing but duplicating the chances to land the job of your dreams.
It differentiate you, it gives you a plus against other candidates that didn’t do it.

On the other hand, I think today we need a structured format of CVs that can be interchanged among different companies and despite the language used, describe and qualifies the skills of an individual.
An attempt is made by the European Commission, with the eCompetence Framework, that (at least in the ICT Sector) aims at establishing this format.
Again in English.



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Together with my wife we recently started a new community for italians in Brussels: www.bruxella.com .

The community aims at providing information for Italian newcomers in Brussels, sponsoring italian shops and events, listing restaurants, pubs, cinemas and useful services owned or managed by italians, for italians.

Bruxella  The idea is to promote Italian shops and services, both on-line and off-line, organizing events, parties, dinners and printing calendars, postcards and other merchandising by selecting some of the best artworks (pictures, illustrations,etc..) of our members, which will be regularly invited to participate in competitions.

The project is fully self-managed and self-financed and is a sort of a technical and economical challenge: it is an open initiative where everyone is invited to contribute and everyone can help extending it.
So join us and help us improve the life of italians in Brussels 🙂

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This year I have been attending a couple of seminars and presentations which I liked very much and from which I learned the power of the open, interconnected, social networking.

I started in February (February 22) with Richard Stallman and his lecture at the VUB in Brussels about “The danger of software patents” which I very much appreciated.  In Stallman’s vision, patents are mind restricting and does not allow creative minds to freely explore and innovate using others’ ideas.

He exemplified many issues that software developers are facing in large U.S. organization which involves patent breaching and causes the developers to be sued by multibillion companies which holds royalties on some algorithms.

His presentation cleared out that if we insist in patenting every single piece of software, soon there will not be any freedom of innovating but to pay royalties to big companies. It recalled me how Google bought Motorola only for its patents and not for its assets!!

Small software companies will likely abandon new ideas just for the fact that they may be breaching some patented software or simply because they might not be capable in determining if and when their software is potentially breaching a patented software.

Although is very much related to US patent’s systems, Stallman warned that soon the same situation may be applicable to the entire eurozone, because there’s no clear legislation on the matter.

In June 29, 2011 I’ve attended “The Power of Open” by Creative Commons at Google’s office here in Brussels – a friend of mine organized 🙂  🙂 🙂 (I am so proud about that) – where I learned the importance of “open licensing” that in facts, made me re-think on how to promote myself and my music. I now publish my music under the Creative Commons “attribution, non commercial, share alike” license which I hope that will improve my music sharing among my (few) followers and enables other creative minds to create derivates and remixes.

Creative Commons is now in my opinion one of the founding pillars at the basis of this new changing world. The reason I learned from the next conference I attended.

I ended up blogging (in their official, password protected blog ) for the 2011 EuroCIO Annual Conference in November 30, a 2 days conference in Paris where I had the pleasure to attend speeches and lectures by many of the most influential CIOs and thought leaders in Europe.

The main thread there was openness and change management in this new ever changing economy. Every single company is now attempting at tackling the recession with new management ideas and tools, most of which are concerned at social networks and systems’ elasticity in the cloud computing era.

The most interesting lecture was the one by Pieter Hinssen which presented the “New Normal”, describing how we have spent 20 years becoming digital and that now we are only half-way to become it. Today the new normal is to put the customer at heart of the company operations because people is starting to become shaped by technology (in his slideshow is showed a split picture with the upper part depicting the “old normal” where a family was having a dinner altogether and the lower part depicting the “new normal” where everyone around the table is watching the TV).

From these 3 conferences I learned that Belgium is a common gather for thought leaders (Stallman was invited by ESI, Google invited Mark Patterson to talk about CC here and Hinssen is a Flemish). There are so many new challenges in the world, and sharing is the key to master it.

Share your thought, your work, your pictures, your music, your life.

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Living  in Belgium since 2 years, I was looking for some courses in Project Management, not essentially tied up to a certification like PMP or Prince2 or whatever.. but just as introductory course for project management.
Yes of course it should be “IT related” but so far I was able to find only these links:

  1. http://www.prosource.be/content.aspx?PageId=102
  2. http://www.pmi-belgium.be/
  3. http://www.askedu.net/training.asp?Course=Project+Management&Location=Belgium

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Some say that the basis of competition has switched from who sells the most products and services to who “owns” the customer.

Now this company-customer relationship represent a firm’s  most valuable asset.

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