3D Culture: A multidimensional approach to better storytelling.

How 3D Culture Works

Three-dimensional experiences can be traced to the early 1900s, experimenting with 3D-filmmaking. Around the same time, the concept of “Culture” as we know now, started to shape up. Both disciplines were trying to create a vivid representation of an object, a situation or a behaviour in order to understand it. Scientists use mathematics or physics, while anthropologists use  social concepts. More than a 100 years passed already and we still trying to figure things out.

Virtual reality, 3D experiences and three-dimensional selfies are part of the normal, so it’s organic to think about culture in a three-dimensional way, or what I like to call, 3D Culture. Borrowing from concepts from 3D modeling, we could say that its possible to create a model of an object (situation/moment). We should be talking about a “multiverse” approach, but lets move in little steps. I worked plenty with 3D artists, experience designers and collaborated with researchers and analyst on multicultural projects, so inadvertently I became a 3D Cultural Analyst, rendering situations into models, creating a mental sculpture to have a 360 understanding. We model culture using our own algorithms (thoughts and perceptions) shape and texture our objects (experiences) and look at it from many angles (situations). Don’t worry if this doesn’t make sense, keep reading, we are almost there.

Our brain is an organic 3D living scanner, we collect information and data from many sources. We model situations, ideas, actions and behaviours based on new input and within our own archives and mental 3D library of emotions, thoughts, memories, sounds, smells and flavors. We give this objects meaning through texture mapping and create high poly experiences. The result is a beautiful, amazing 3D model of who we are and how we see the world. All in real-time.

This mentally interactive, three-dimensional cultural model reflects and shapes our story and how we behave, on a daily basis. Our ideas, thoughts and beliefs, even the music we listen, the food we like or the books we read are part of our 3D cultural model, shaping our identity and framework to our ‘why we do things the way we do’. And it’s passed down from one generation to the next one.

Culture is wide and filled with many layers, and naturally we tend to simplify things pre-modeled objects, royalty free-ideas of what something means. Words come with a significant amount of conceptual baggage. For example, think of the word “Argentina”. Did your mind conjured images of tango, gauchos and delicious steak?…and what about California…Hollywood and golden beaches? or India (colorful dances, spicy food and Ganesha). Or in reverse, the words ‘fiesta’, ‘nachos’ and ‘5 de mayo’ in a single phrase invoques the idea of Mexico. So wrong on many levels. The reality is that words convey powerful notions of “Argentinean” or “Indian” qualities. How people dress and eat is just part of it, and really a very small indicator of all the symbols, traits, diversity and depth that each amazing and unique culture. Also, culture exists beyond its ‘Wikipedia’ country description. Office buildings, universities, shopping markets, public transportation, coffee shops, anywhere people interact and share the same language, slang, interests and values creates culture: a subculture. They can be united by a music style, a game or a concept, food or sports, uniting complete strangers from around the globed, with opposite cultural into a single hearted vision.

Spoiler Alert!  you can’t design for everyone.

But we can focus on a subculture and inspire culture from the inside-out, enabling ambassadors. This shift build space for growth, mixing innovation and design with relevant insights into the deeper layers of cultural behavior. Its an opportunity reinvent and a vibrant playground for talent to make better products and services.

 

People are people no matter which country you are, and you’ll find interests and tastes as diverse as their inhabitants. From gender identification, tradition, decision-making process and concepts of self. We could try to isolate subcultures using this parameters. Spoiler Alert!  you can’t design for a whole culture. Appealing to everyone is a waist of resources and time. What we can is to focus on a subculture, inspiring culture from the inside-out as ambassadors. Become and real influencer. A 3D cultural approach allows us to take a fresh look into situations from various directions and views -like a 3D camera moving around a virtual scenario-. so we can identify opportunities and challenges and had a quick understanding without investing much time. 

Subcultures thrive within culture and sharing similar values, beliefs or behaviors, but “updated” to reflect their current life experience. Happens a lot with expats for example, were we adapt our ‘mother-culture’ re-significating to continue cultural survival and cultural evolution. “Tex-Mex”, “Chinese-American” “Techno-Jazz” “Newyorican” are everyday simple examples. You can be Argentinian, speak spanish at home, polish with friends, and english at work Italian father and Argentine mother, raised in Buenos Aires, lived in the US half your life and living in Poland. That’s my crazy 3D cultural model.

3D cultural models are a multi-method approach using traditional tools, ethnographic observation, media investigation, data research, social behaviours and sub-cultural pointers to create a playground to analyse key and relevant findings. highlighted by cultural heritage, geographic momentum and social influences to generate a valuable framework to capitalise cultural-data opening new avenues for further research under the cultural-technological evolution umbrella. 3D cultural modelling gives flexibility to change angles quicker without re-formulating the scene, can easily help us calculate effects and behaviours, and get a subculture estimate with a 360 experience perception. This is not overriding classic techniques but a supportive framework to play with those variables, a view of the world through multiple lenses, from the individual to the collective, creating a storytelling that empowers, encourages and represents people transcending time, culture and language, and finally understanding that diversity is the one true thing we have in common.


My tech travel setup

MacBook Pro

Robert Capa, a famous photojournalist once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It’s not just about zooming in with your lens, either. It’s about getting physically closer to people and getting to know them better. It’s also about spending a little time with a stranger before taking their photo. That helps build the trust and comfort that’ll come through in your pictures. Walk up to your subject with a simple wave and a smile to help communicate that you mean no harm.

Ask permission to take a photo if they speak the same language as you. If you don’t share a language, try learning some basic phrases ahead of time, gesture at your camera and ask through expression. Of course if someone doesn’t want their picture taken, it’s imperative to respect their wishes and move on — people are always more important than photographs. National Geographic writes that “making great pictures is primarily a mental process.” What makes you want to photograph the person or place? How might you describe it to a friend, and what adjectives would you use? Are there details you can focus on that tell a story?

iPad/iPhone

Maybe it’s a dry, arid desert, captured by focusing on the patterns of cracked earth. Or a prairie that’s photographed with the horizon at the bottom of the frame, to help create a sense of the open sky and tranquility. Or maybe it’s the story of a deft artisan, fingernails covered in wet clay as she molds a pot. When you’re on the road it can be tough to eat right and make sure you get all the right nutrients. I started taking daily supplements of Multi-Vitamin, Fish Oil capsules and Vitamin D and it helps a lot. Especially the Vitamin D since I don’t get to see the sun a lot during the winter in Sweden.

Sennheiser HD-25 Headphones

It’s difficult to recreate the grandeur of a vast landscape in the confines of a picture frame. But one way to add a sense of depth to your photos is to compose them with objects in the foreground that support the scene. It can be as simple as a winding road through a national park, or some rocks to show off the local geology.

If you’re taking photos of people during normal daylight hours, a quick way to get more flattering light is to move the person out of direct sunlight. The light is much “softer” and doesn’t cast stark, unflattering shadows across their facial features. Even better, have someone stand next to an open door or window as the single source of light.


EXPERIENCIAS EDUCATIVAS ON-DEMAND

La innovación en materia de tecnología educativa han impactado en cómo los alumnos y profesionales quieren aprender. Aulas virtuales, dispositivos móviles, lectores digitales, VOD, video games y contenidos en “la nube” alimentan a un mercado ‘hambriento’ de innovación.

Un factor clave para la innovación es la tasa de adopción de nuevas tecnologías por parte de la comunidad joven. Los millennials que buscan insertarse en el mercado laboral, traen un conjunto de expectativas acerca de cómo aprender y colaborar. Más aún, ellos nos enseñan que el aprendizaje se logra mejor en incrementos continuos, en función de la demanda/necesidad de aprendizaje y capacitación de los alumnos.

Gracias a la evolución de la tecnología y la aparición de múltiples dispositivos y diversos medios de comunicación, una de las claves para hacer que el aprendizaje sea eficiente y eficaz es la velocidad, disponibilidad y accesibilidad de los contenidos. Los empresarios y compañías reconocen la oportunidad de aprovechar el mercado de educación “adulto”, no solo aumentando la inversión en estos productos sino también en el desarrollo de contenidos y experiencias de aprendizaje “on-demand”.

Esta tendencia no es una moda a corto plazo, relacionada con una plataforma de moda, sino más bien, un cambio de paradigma que tendrán un impacto profundo en el mercado del futuro.

La inversión en tecnologías educativas acompaña la capacidad y necesidad del alumno de consumir contenido rápido, cuándo quiere y donde quiera. Herramientas para desarrollo y capacitación, entrega de contenidos, lectores digitales, bibliotecas virtuales, juegos y sistemas de administración basados en la nube han impulsado un alto nivel de innovación educativa.

Gran parte de la inversión proviene de empresas que tradicionalmente han invertido educación post-secundaria, pero ahora están cambiando su enfoque hacia la capacitación laboral. La razón principal de este cambio está directamente ligada a la manera de consumir contenidos, ya que la capacidad y accesibilidad de contenidos y conocimientos trasciende los niveles de edad, alcanzando el mercado de la educación de adultos y la formación corporativa.

ESTUDIANTES EN LAS NUBES.

con la llegada de los dispositivos móviles y la modalidad de contenidos por demanda, las bibliotecas virtuales han crecido rápidamente. Este rápido crecimiento significa que los alumnos tienen acceso a prácticamente cualquier tipo de contenido de aprendizaje que deseen en cualquier momento que quieran -y en cualquier dispositivo- ya sea un celular o una tablet, y no están más limitados a una computadora de escritorio o un aula física. La abundancia de información  puede ser algo positivo para los estudiantes, pero en el caso de la capacitación profesionales debe tener una estrategia que garantice a los alumnos un contenido diseñado especialmente para sus necesidades de trabajo y objetivos de capacitación.

PERSONALIZAR LA EXPERIENCIA DE APRENDIZAJE.

Aprendizaje adaptativo es acerca de la personalización de la experiencia de aprendizaje. Mediante el uso de técnicas de aprendizaje adaptativas, podemos reducir el tiempo que toma a los alumnos para que dominen, eliminando la necesidad de cubrir contenidos obsoletos o ya conocidos. Esto mejora la efectividad de los programas, ya que el alumno sólo se centra en lo que es necesario.

Los enfoques tradicionales de desarrollo de contenidos se focalizan en un ‘talle unico’ en vez de adaptar el contenido a las necesidades del alumno. La experiencia de  capacitación busca la personalización del contenido, pero para ello, la plataforma debe poder replicar esta experiencia ajustando la información en base a elecciones o respuestas anteriores del alumno. El éxito futuro de aprendizaje adaptativo es no está sólo en el diseño de la tecnología, sino en el diseño del contenido. El contenido debe ser acortado y modificado en los objetos de aprendizaje, consumida según las necesidades del alumno.

LA EXPERIENCIA DE APRENDIZAJE: MENTORÍAS

La ciencia del aprendizaje nos ha revela que una de las técnicas más eficaces para aumentar la retención y la aplicación de un contenido es ampliando la experiencia de aprendizaje a pre y post-capacitación. El lugar de estudio y trabajo sigue evolucionando con la aparición de nuevas generaciones y nuevas tecnologías, desarrollando una cultura de aprendizaje más inclusiva.

Las empresas valoran el desarrollo interno de líderes para el futuro, y el conocimiento institucional se transmite a nuevos talentos. Una de las maneras más eficaces para transferir conocimiento propio es a través de mentoring y coaching. Y el viejo dicho es cierto, la mejor manera de aprender algo nuevo es enseñándolo. La tutoría no sólo desarrolla los alumnos, sino que también es una forma de desarrollar talento actual del que enseña.

EVOLUCIÓN DE LAS MECÁNICAS DE JUEGO

Enseñanza a través de medrosos lúdicos mejora la motivación, el compromiso y la retención de conocimientos. La pronta ejecución de los juegos se centró en la sustitución de la experiencia en el aula con un juego. El siguiente paso evolutivo en el mundo de los videojuegos nos permitió aprender a incorporar mecánicas de juego en programas de aprendizaje. El corazón un juego atractivo (video-games) es una buena historia que atrae a los jugadores, apelando a sus motivaciones y emociones. La evolución de la teoría de juegos ha encontrado que utilizando el principio de la narración y la participación conecta las emociones del alumno mientras aumenta su participación y asimilación.

CLASES PEQUEÑAS, GRANDES RESULTADOS.

Con la popularidad  de las plataformas virtuales y programas de formación en línea los modelos de aulas tradicionales van evolucionando. La razón de una clase con muchos alumnos era para amortizar los costos fijos asociados con un instructor y el aula. Ahora las necesidades del negocio y las necesidades de los alumnos están alineadas. La formación de profesionales está conectada directamente con las necesidades del mercado laboral, y con la comprensión de esta necesidad, podemos mejorar el rendimiento académico del alumno.El desafío es poder desarrollar contenidos que se adapten a las necesidades del alumno.

La experiencia educativa necesita prepararse para el futuro del aprendizaje, quizás no sabemos cuál será la tecnología de aquí a un par de años, quizás sea una tableta holografía de VR, no lo se. Pero el futuro está en conectado con la experiencia colaborativa y social. Las escuelas del futuro quizas tengan clases online con estudiantes ubicados en diferentes o incluso diferentes países. La tecnología no debe ser una barrera para la enseñanza, o reducida a un dispositivo o una plataforma, sino como un viaje cambio, crecimiento y evolución social.

 


Working from your home?

01. Wake up at the same time every day.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

It’s funny — the thing I feared would take away my “freedom” is the one thing that has allowed me to have it.

Joelle Steiniger

02. Have a routine when you wake up.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I’d start my day by checking email, Twitter, Facebook. Reading the “news”. I’d look at my to-do list and start working on something.

03. Plan your workout time — stick to it.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Distractions aside, there was no real rhyme or reason to my workflow. The not-so-fun (but necessary) stuff kept getting neglected.

04. Call it a night.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.