Coursera – International Organizations Management

UniversityQuite interesting class, even if I thought initially that the class will cover management issues in corporations operating across the world, rather than international organizations themselves.  The class gives an excellent overview of the international dynamic and concept of international organizations.  The class also discusses in-depth PPP – Public-Private Partnerships, which are projected to grow.

A few interesting points:

WTO system under which all members need to agree on a particular measure is no longer functioning.  To better reflect reality of the international supply chain, regional trade agreements, mega-regional trade agreements and Plurilateral agreements are growing in number.


The chart above shows rise in regional agreements.

China surpassed US by internet population, but below in penetration (half of US rate).  Quite interesting chart of internet total use and penetration rate is below.


Will China become a new dominant player in the world based on its economic success?  Maybe not…

That it is more likely that China will continue its rise through competitive cooperation, and will become the center of the global network.

As “data” is becoming more and more important for businesses and countries, it can become an asset that could (or could not?) be controlled.

Will we see “data nationalism” with the requirement of certain or all data assets to be stored locally?  It will lead to fragmentation of the internet.


The class explains the concept and recent growth of PPPs – Public-Private Partnerships.




Interesting to see “attracting talented employees” as a business interest in PPPs.  From another side, it is an expected development as younger generations becoming disillusioned in the career experience of their predecessors.

Mobile Twin Cities – UX – Communicating with Developers

pureBrigitte Dahlberg made a wonderful presentation on communicating with developers for a diverse audience of developers and curious people from the business side, including two marketers 😉  Even a couple of lawyers were in the audience; the lawyers gave surprisingly insightful overview of the NDA.  Overall, it was a lovely meeting of Mobile Twin Cities (even from a marketer’s perspective 🙂 ).

A few points from the presentation:

US professionals – a bridge between business and developers.

User journey (how the product is used). It should normally be done before agile sprints, but could be done in the middle.

Screen flow (Site map). Do not concentrate only on current users – as you want MORE users.

Wireframes (wireframes are not a design… it is wireframes 😉 ).


Mobile wireframing: show the keyboard on the wireframe or not?  Better to show, as otherwise, developers will make assumptions.

Design: sometimes, a designer can design something impossible to build.  Do not get approval for the design before developer review.

watchWhat to do with weareables?  We still do not know how weareables will be used – everybody is experimenting.

Wireframing for responsive/adaptive – need to have a wireframe for each break point.

Tools of the trade (prototyping): – allows to create prototypes of websites and apps without coding

axure – free trial available

balsamiq – free tool (as far as I understand)