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The future of work: robots versus humans?

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Brenda Hali lives in Mexico but works remotely as marketing manager for a company in Silicon Valley. This gives her the flexibility to design her schedule, allowing her to study and travel. It is a model that works well for her. "I like the freedom I have to manage my time and choose where to work from. At least in my generation, …

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Open Knowledge, Endless Skills

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It all started with a Facebook post. In fact, it began much earlier, in the classrooms of a school in Veracruz, Mexico, where Lorena Lopez already loved numbers so much that led her to study Statistics—even though in vocational guidance some folks insisted on telling her …

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Latin America's Road to Sustainability

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Superlatives are enough to define Bogota as one of the largest and most dynamic cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its more than 8 million inhabitants make around 15 million trips every day and contribute almost a quarter of the total to the Colombian economy. Today, four out of every ten commutes …

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The Transformation of São Luís

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Behind the walls of what used to be an industrial complex, there was an empty lot covered with dry bushes, rusty fences and cracked façades. Located in the heart of São Luís, the largest city in the state of Maranhão, in northeastern Brazil, this space seemed to have been left to its fate—more than 51,000 square meters were abandoned, unused ...

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Microloans: a key for freedom

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“I would go to the streets and steal from people, with my belly showing, pregnant,” says Rosario, an inmate at the San Joaquin Women’s Penitentiary in Santiago, Chile's capital city. “My job was stealing. It was enough to afford rent, electricity, water and other expenses. And at thirteen, I gave birth to my girl.” …

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Innovating In Indigenous Lands

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When you walk through the market of San Andrés Larráinzar—a small town in the state of Chiapas, in Southern Mexico—you are likely to hear a familiar tune. You will definitely not miss it: These are the chords of La vida es un carnaval, interpreted by world-famous Cuban singer Celia Cruz. But as you start to hum the lyrics…

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An X-Ray of Latin American Creativity

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Since she was a child, Laia Barboza grew up surrounded by consoles such as Nintendo and Ataris in Maldonado, a city 130 kilometers east of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. After hours of playing along her friends, Laia began to experiment little by little with technology until...

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Better Spending, Better Lives

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The region is aging. Latin America and the Caribbean is going through a demographic transition where women have fewer children, giving space to a veteran population that needs more (and better) medical coverage. The picture is clear: countries must invest in health and distribute resources more efficiently…

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