Gunther Dueck on education and corporate culture in Germany: "Creativity is considered a disease!"

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Last December, the Enquete Commission of the German Bundestag "Internet and Digital Society" met on the subject of "Change Processes in the Digital Economy and the World of Work".

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What was it about?

Among other things, it was about StartUp funding and corporate culture in Germany as well as the education system. There were some surprising findings on Digital Transformation and the German education system - including Gunther Dueck.

The video for the session was unfortunately only to find in full, five-hour length. At 1: 30, Gunther Dueck - mathematician, ex-IBM manager, publicist and speaker, makes his interesting comments on the German education system, which in his opinion already suffocates entrepreneurial thinking:

Creativity as a disease?

"Creativity is considered a disease at school," he said. Moreover, the teaching of social competence is "not part of the education system". It is true that listening is important. However, the issuing of commands was withdrawn at school, he criticized. That was wrong, because you sometimes have to make "clear announcements" as an entrepreneur.

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Dueck's explanation of MdB Tabea Rößner's question was a little less helpful as to how to confront the modern precariat. Rößner, media spokeswoman for the Greens, thus alluded to the situation of many creatives.

Dueck's answer is old-fashioned and personally a little too superficial: anyone who brings the appropriate soft skills and adaptability to the modern, digital society will do it. The rest falls down. This is a little too simple for me, especially when it comes to political decisions.

How does digitalization change our working world?

Also interesting I found the remarks of Professor Ruth Stock-Homburg from the Technical University of Darmstadt (Department of Marketing and HR Management), who spoke directly before Dueck. She warned against the complete mixture of work and family. This was bad for the health but also for the performance.

And she had, in contrast to Dueck, quite practical suggestions. One could counteract that with a high media competence. So one could let work at home "only in certain places take place, in order not to make the entire social environment with it happy". Such media literacy should, in their view, be taught in technology lessons. It should be noted, however, that class offers that would already begin in elementary schools are "off the table as soon as the red pencil is applied".

Full-digitization is inhuman

What I found particularly exciting was their statements about the Digital Society: Just as Taylorism, the complete division of labor, recognized as economically efficient, but abolished for reasons of inhumanity and the resulting lack of affluence, is also a complete digitization of the Society does not prevail, even if that sounds practical at first. It will always be Company that are more digitized than others.

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This is an aspect that is often overlooked in many parts of the digital society!

Financing possibilities for startups

What else? Not so much news. It is an old hat for me that there are some catching up to do in financing start-up companies in Germany - all that is left to do is to interview Carsten Foertsch Best of HR –® read. But the very different solutions to this dilemma are quite interesting:

For a "sustainable promotion of risk capital financed financing models" Heiko Hebig spoke of the SPIEGELnet GmbH. Start-up entrepreneurs are often not helped with the bank loans, which are usually customary in Germany, because their business models are not suitable for such loans, said Tom Kirschbaum, co-founder of Penelope Ventures GmbH. Therefore venture capital provided by venture capital companies should not be "demonized".

Tax relief for venture capital donors

In France, positive experiences were made with tax relief for wealthy people who invest in venture capital models, said Frederic Hanika of Software AG. This would have created more venture capital funds, making the financing of start-up companies easier.

Hanika continues to found it more difficult to set up as a start-up company, but is the step to becoming a "big company". This requires a high marketing effort, he stressed. This is often more expensive than the actual development.

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Another problem for young company founders, says Heiko Hebig, is the high bureaucracy. Here, from his point of view, it would be sensible if, at the very beginning, facilitations were possible at the very beginning.

See more opportunities than risks

The assessment of opportunities and risks must change, demanded Tom Kirschbaum. "In Germany, not the vision is seen, but the concerns," he said. Facebook, for example, is often referred to in the media in connection with possible data breaches.

"I would like us to talk more about the opportunities," said the company founder. One of these opportunities lies in the new work culture, which makes the employee part of the project, he said. The new working time models, which would not know any fixed starting or ending times and no fixed places of work, offer advantages and are "exciting for family planning," said Heiko Hebig.

Independence or isolation?

The advantage of independence through the new work culture would stand in the way of social isolation, lack of work rhythm, lack of infrastructure and lack of professionalism, said Holger Eggerichs, co-responsible for "Cloudsters" - a non-profit project on the "future of work" of the Lübeck-based association Lubeca.

The project has created a non-profit, urban "co-working" concept that gives all citizens access to a virtual work platform, allowing them to communicate and cooperate across companies.

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  2. Ray

    Sorry, after I've let go of my basic anger, I'd like to complain about creativity in school. The school system actually does not work at all in the interests of the economy, even if in high schools - I have the impression of the stories of a niece - already drummed and the kids more or less an 40-hour job is expected. Completely nonsense, the stuff is largely forgotten, and the students do not feel like replicating all the time. Logical. The formulas for a modern pedagogy, which enables students to collaborate, project-oriented learning, are available for a long time, supporting the PISA studies. The old Professoren "at the universities also said yes. And then continued as before. They can us. A German elementary school teacher is still largely completing the same studies as an upcoming literary critic. No one benefits from the results, neither the student nor science nor the economy. In my view.

  3. Simone Janson

    Hello Ray,
    it is not just the propaganda of the digital industry - but an interesting approach to see the lack of creative education in school as a consequence of economic propaganda. As far as the forecast for the digital hype is concerned, that's how I see it.

    • Ray

      I have a good part of my socialization - as you say so nicely - in the 80er spent. At that time hardly anyone spoke of career. It was simply asked, where are my strengths, what would I like to do, and then you went in the direction. When studying, you have been happy to have a little more time, after all, the first goal of the education was your own, also personal development. The money for this has been achieved with the many existing student jobs. The result: Germany was one of the strongest economic nations in the world and, compared to today, little indebted. In hindsight no bad model, seems to me.

      • Simone Janson

        Exciting comparison - I have never thought about that. Whether that with the economic power but only to it? Yes, obviously these career publications are a child of the 90er. Have however the impression, so slowly is the a discontinued model, because the people have enough of the topic and notice that they do not so far.
        As I just noticed here in the blog, the topic is increasingly critical.
        Will probably still need a little while until the discontinued model has expired and the publishers / media notice. So far, career publications have always sold very well!

  4. Ray

    In my opinion, creativity at work is eradicated by the fact that applicants for jobs that do not have the streamlined CV usually have no chance. The company prefers to have a co-worker who has already been prepared for the job in the day-care center and then has precisely targeted this job through school, university and prakika, even on vacation. The result is a career- and money-hungry business robot who will certainly not have any particularly interesting ideas to help his company. Anyway, for the emergence of ideas in humans an inner looseness is necessary, which one loses at the latest then, if one reads through the many articles everywhere, which want to tell a, how one comes to a job. This - you have to say - propaganda of the Digital Industry ostensibly creates a winning and losing company, which is depressed on both sides. All I can say is: always stay relaxed. Incidentally, the current hectic success of the digital economy will soon be over and then many things will be relativized.

  5. Elisabeth Goehring

    The coctail in this article is interesting .. And I give the author right, as far as the creative industry is concerned: dropping the "unadjusted" remainder is thin. It shows that people did not understand what creativity is all about. Usually there is also a wild jumble of different ideas about what is actually an artist or a creative.

    • Simone Janson

      Thank you! Above all, I thought of very practical problems - such as the fact that the artist social insurance is still on the stand of 1970.

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