Over the past two months, pro-Castro and opposition social media geeks held dueling social media festivals in Cuba. Both groups are calling for change, with even regime supporters calling for lessened restrictions on Internet access.
During my recent seminar on "influencing" for 240 managers and entrepreneurs in South America, one issue participants shared with me was the "leadership vacuum." Local executives, who reach seniority, want to leave Venezuela because of the difficulty of doing business there, and outsiders resist being posted in the country for the same reason. As a result, companies have difficulty filling their top country-level spots.
I've heard the reason Venezuela took a turn 11 years ago when its free democracy eroded into a culture of corruption.