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Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S.

Germany Extends Free College Education To All Students In The U.S. | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

“[Tuition fees] discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study."

....[I]t was decided that from this year on, college education in the country will be free for all students. This week, as the last German state to abolish tuition fees makes its transition to free education, Germany announces that it is extending its gift of knowledge to students from the U.S. and around the world.

German universities do have a request for foreign students....a conversational fluency of German is a prerequisite for applicants coming from outside the country...[and it is] difficult...to learn the language. Fortunately, there are plenty of programs both in Germany and in the U.S. that offer courses on basic and advanced German.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Germany had free tuition before.  They experimented with allowing regions to charge tuition, and many opted to go back to the tuition free model. There are lessons to be explored here, perhaps from Americans who may choose learning German and study abroad.  

An alternative view has been published in Forbes:  ~  There is No Such Thing as a Free College Education, mentioning German culture and the taxes difference in Germany..  ~  Deb

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The wisdom of Ai Weiwei

The wisdom of Ai Weiwei | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Artist Ai Weiwei is perhaps China's foremost dissident, unafraid to confront the masters of Beijing, ...enduring prison, beatings and other tribulations." 


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Here is Ai, then, in his own words:


"Without freedom of speech, there is no modern world, just a barbaric one."


"Everything is art. Everything is politics."


"Nothing. Jail is about nothing."


"I was born radical."


"I don't want the next generation to fight the same fight as I did."


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Change leader, art and MUCH courage.  Enough said.  Support Ai Wei Wei and follow his work on twitter here:

  • https://twitter.com/aiww 


My favorite quote today:

"I don't want the next generation to fight the same fight as I did." 


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The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership

The fatal car crash that altered China's change of leadership | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

The infamous, and fake:  “Thank you. I'm well. Don't worry,” on a Chinese social networking site marked the beginning of the end during  leadership succession last month. ~ The Scotsman


This cautionary tales provides an anatomy of fractured succession in the high echelons of Chinese political leadership. ~ D


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...the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of ...once-in-a-decade leadership succession  

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The brief comment, published in June, appeared to come from Ling Gu, the 23-year-old son of a high-powered aide to China’s president.  Tt helped quash reports that he had been killed in a Ferrari crash after a night of partying.


However, later it came out the message was false, posted by someone under Mr Ling’s alias almost three months after his death.


The ploy was one of many that tried to suppress news of the Ferrari crash that killed Mr Ling. It is now clearer that the crash had more momentous consequences, altering the course of the Chinese Communist Party’s once-in-a-decade leadership succession last month.


China’s departing president, Hu Jintao,  suffered a massive reversal of his own when party elders – confronted him with allegations that Ling Jihua, his closest protégé and political fixer, had engineered the cover-up of his son’s death.


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China Leadership: New blood, no bloodshed

China Leadership:  New blood, no bloodshed | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
China's change at the top ran smoothly - this time



...In the Western democracies of France and the United States voters endorsed both change and continuity respectively.


Voters in Mexico demonstrated the vitality of their democracy, while the will of the voters in Russia is unclear.


The people of Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Japan and South Korea voted, mainly endorsing unchanged government.


But another great change of leadership happened in 2012 without the unpredictability which arises from consulting the people. The leadership transition in China was predictable.


For only the second time in its history the CCP had managed a transition of leadership, establishing an unambiguous, yet unwritten, set of guidelines for change.


Leadership change in any one-party state is difficult.

Read more: http://ow.ly/jkTbL ;

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Change in China also skimmed through scandal, so perhaps it wasn't quite so predictable, even using the clear, unwritten guidelines for change.  Shifts do seem to be subtly happening.  ~  D

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Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China

Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
After the hardships of workers in China’s electronics factories were exposed to a global audience, working conditions have changed.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

After FoxConn & Apple made front page news and were parodied for their treatment of workers, there is now a shift globally in investment for staff.  The bottom line and social resposibility have gone global. ~ D

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Intuit's Scott Cook on Failed Global Expansion: 'We Should've Known Better' [VIDEO]

Intuit's Scott Cook on Failed Global Expansion: 'We Should've Known Better' [VIDEO] | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Intuit founder Scott Cook and what went wrong the first time they rolled out the company's Quicken tax prep software worldwide.


It would see cultural due diligence was the lesson learned here.  

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We can launch,  ....but then the sales slowed way down.  

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Yes, it seems it was a ethnocentric blind spot.  Paraphrased:  ONLY in the US did we studying the customer & give them exactly what they wanted.  We didn't do that overseas.  

    

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We'd get meetings of our global teams together…  We could launch, could get the press, we could fill the channel, we'd get initial evidence.

   

But then the sales slowed way down.   

   

Visiting the Japanese:  150 people crammed into the biggest room we had.   Strategy, plan, dream.  He asked for questions.  In Japan, they don't ask questions of the big guy.  Silence.

   

One engineer, finally, cautiously raised his hand:  Why does our product for Japan look just like an American product?  It was built for Americans, not Japanese.   …And he was right.  Ultimately the root cause problem was too hard to overcome.

   

The root cause was baked into our early decision.   …We build them based on what we knew in the U.S.

   

See the full video here.

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