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“Haitian Entrepreneurs Launch Emoji App”


Get ready to express yourself with Lingoji – the revolutionary new emoji app dedicated to cultural diversity. Bringing a shared cultural context to the digital world, Lingoji has opened an entirely new way to communicate to those close to you.

Lingoji combines lingo and emojis to create culturally-specific, sticker-sized icons. These can be used to convey humor, context, tone, and even complex expressions and emotions. Lingoji’s point of distinction is the engagement of local artists. The development team is integrating artists from cultures all across the globe. Here, they create culturally authentic art, specific to each culture.

Lingoji is the first of its kind. The app provides a wide array of emoji sets, each custom-tailored to a single country and culture. Users can easily choose the set that is the best fit for themselves, their friends, and their families. Available for just $1.99, each of these emojis sets can be easily accessed from the keyboard of a mobile device. Lingoji currently supports a total of four Caribbean countries: Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. From there, Lingoji will be expanding steadily into other countries.

These culture-based emoji catalogs provide a common language between individuals from distinct cultures and regions, thereby making it easier for them to communicate with their community. Widespread usage of these emojis will eventually highlight a variety of cultures around the world that are not currently represented.

As a Caribbean native, Lingoji’s co-founder Patrice Gervais developed a love of other cultures while working in New York for Colure Media. Patrice and his co-founders David-Georges Renaud, Gerald Brun, and William Belle have all worked to create a highly unique tool. This visual story-telling palette is designed for our diverse, modern cultures.

Lingoji is currently available at both the Google Play and the App Store. For questions or feedback, the Lingoji team can be reached at


4 Ways to Develop a Culture of Respect and Trust

4 Ways to Develop a Culture of Respect and Trust

By Greg Besner @CulturelQ


Employee engagement is a huge challenge today that every company is trying to tackle. What makes employees happy? What keeps them around? And what can we (as leaders, entrepreneurs and fellow colleagues) do about it?

Last week the Society for Human Resource Management released a report stating that “respectful treatment of all employees” was the number-one contributor to job satisfaction. And “trust between employees and senior management” was the second. What an amazingly simple idea for a surprisingly common challenge.

This means that above all of the perks and management tricks, treating each other like people is what really matters. Whether you’re starting a company or part of growing one, developing a culture of respect and trust should be a priority.

1. Listen to each other.

Communication is at the core of human relationships, and it should be no different with your colleagues. Open a dialogue by listening and making people feel comfortable sharing. This is an ongoing process that should go beyond a single engagement survey each year. Collect regular, ongoing employee feedback — and all forms of feedback at that.

Send pulse surveys, host focus groups, plan one-on-one meetings and participate in conversations around the office whenever possible. Sometimes the best feedback happens in these casual settings, when formal barriers are not in place.  

2. Show employees that you care.

In the same way you nod to someone to show them you are listening, make sure employees know you are listening by communicating the findings of any feedback they have provided.

Through my research interviewing hundreds of companies, it stood out to me how well-intentioned feedback efforts can backfire if nothing is done with the new information. Employees want to know that their voices aren’t falling into a black hole. If you can’t make the recommended changes, simply explain why. It’s scary, but transparency like this goes a long way to create a culture of respect and trust.

3. Help each other.

People who respect each other help each other. They support each other as employees and as people. Not only does this mean that employees will have richer, more positive relationships at work but also when there is a culture of support, employees won’t be afraid to ask for help. This ultimately makes everyone more comfortable and effective in his or her job.

4. Encourage everyone to be themselves.

The team-building events at my company CultureIQ, a business providing company culture-management software, have ranged from hiking to volunteering at a soup kitchen and a competitive game night at a local jazz bar. The common thread to these diverse (and seemingly unrelated) events is the team behind it.

Each month we pass the planning of our culture events to a different member of our team, and thus, each employee has an opportunity to bring his or her personality to the table. Not only do we get to know each other during the event itself, but we learn something about each employee through the event they plan. Hiking isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, but it certainly speaks to our product manager’s love for the outdoors, and we all are able to respect and appreciate that together.

The next time you find yourself stumped at retaining and engaging employees, just remember that it comes down to two surprisingly simple concepts: respect and trust.



Media influences on American Culture

ImageMedia influences on American culture have been very positive and it impact daily life. The evolution of mass media during the last century has been tremendous especially because of the internet. It helps in communication that keeps people to be connected. Mass media during the past one hundred years have been print publishing’s, electronic media and digital media.
Mass media took a whole different level with television programs, telephone technologies and internet. “Technological innovations such as the steam engine, electricity, wireless communication, and the Internet have all had lasting and significant effects on American culture.” (Lule, J. 2012). They integrated all of them to achieve the result they would like. For example, reality programs got people to vote for their favorite singers. Cell phones are so advanced, at first text was so implemented now people can retrieve their emails also. Politicians utilized mass media especially internet to deliver their point of views, and convinced people to vote for them. For the new generation, they need to have access to internet for jobs and daily information. They can keep in touch with others online and from healthy relationships which can be very beneficial. Emerging media are fast, cost less and are very accessible. However it is important to use credible cited when it come to education. Children and adults can learn and communicate from an iPod especially if they are unable to speak in a case of special needs kids. Most people used traditional and emerging media to balance the information they need whether is for professional or personal.

They were able to connect news network, and videos sharing sites for votes to ask questions to the Presidential candidates. In the past Americans had a few channels on their television, however, with cable providers and internet they have hundreds of channels. They bring news from all over the world and all types of entertainment. The media can be used to watch over government, business and other institutions. “Today, newspapers and news oriented television and radio programs make available stories from across the globe, allowing readers or viewers in London to access voices and videos from Baghdad, Tokyo, or Buenos Aires. Books and magazines provide a more in-depth look at a wide range of subjects.”( Lule, J. 2012).
Mass media influence American to buy particular goods; they spent so much money on advertising. Famous athletes and celebrities got paid so much money to represent products. Old technologies shared tasks and resources with new technologies. Television, radio, prints and internet merged to deliver news, information, entertainment and social relationships. It makes everyday life faster because of network consumption, people would surf the internet, watch YouTube, play games and answer emails on their cell phone. “But convergence hasn’t erased old technologies; instead, it may have just altered the way we use them.” (Lule, J. (2012). Media convergence help special needs people to communicate and stimulate their brain.
Media literacy is important for responsible media consumption today because the messages sent influence readers, viewers and listeners to buy services and products. It raised questions than it answers, and it is a great way to shape classroom dialog. It can focus on a specific group and utilized different types, for examples photographic, newspapers, articles, movie trailers, songs, print ads, radio commercial, textbooks, subliminal ads and so on.

Lule, J. (2012). Exploring media and culture. Irvington, NY: Flat World Knowledge, Inc.
Films Media Group (2009). Media literacy in the 21st-century classroom. From Title: Media Literacy in the 21st-Century Classroom.