Surprising insights into the German education system
Some time ago the study commission of the German Bundestag “Internet and digital society” met on the subject of “Change processes in the digital business and working world”. Among other things, it was about the startup funding and corporate culture in Germany as well as the education system. There were some surprising insights into the digital transformation and the German education system - from Gunther Dueck, among others.
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:
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Creativity as a disease?
"Creativity is considered a disease in school," he said. In addition, the imparting of social skills is “not part of the education system”. Listening is important. The issuing of orders is withdrawn at school, he criticized. That is wrong, because as an entrepreneur you sometimes have to make “clear announcements”.
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, unlike Dueck, she had very practical suggestions. You can counteract this with a high level of media literacy. So you can work at home "only in certain places, so as not to delight the entire social environment". In their opinion, such media skills should be taught in technology classes. However, it should be observed that teaching offers, which would start in primary 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.
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 – Berufebilder.de® read. But the very different solutions to this dilemma are quite interesting:
Heiko Hebig spoke of the “sustainable promotion of venture capital financing models” SPIEGELnet GmbH. Start-up entrepreneurs are often not helped with the bank loans most commonly used in Germany, since their business models are not suitable for such loans, emphasized Tom Kirschbaum, co-founder of Penelope Ventures GmbH. Venture capital companies may not "demonize" venture capital.
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 went on to say that it was more difficult to found a “large company” than starting a start-up company. This would require a high marketing effort, he emphasized. This is often more expensive than the actual development.
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
Tom Kirschbaum demanded that the assessment of opportunities and risks must change. "In Germany it is not the vision that is seen but the concerns," he said. Facebook for example, it is mostly mentioned in the media in connection with possible violations of data protection.
"I would like us to talk more about the opportunities," said the company's 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 have no fixed start or end times and no fixed workplaces, offer advantages and are “exciting for family planning,” said Heiko Hebig.
Independence or isolation?
Holger Eggerichs, who is jointly responsible for “Cloudsters” - a non-profit project for the “future of work” of the Lübeck association Lubeca - stands in the way of the advantage of independence through the new work culture, social isolation, a lack of work rhythm, a lack of infrastructure and a lack of professionalism.
The project created a non-profit, urban “co-working concept” that gives all citizens access to a virtual work platform and allows them to communicate and cooperate across companies.
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