Rodrigo Vela Weber

German FairAccess
Cologne, Germany

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Rodrigo Vela Weber
Posted about 3 years ago
Higher or vocational education? Higher education for masses or for the elite?
I have lived many years in a developing country and in Germany, And believe me, you don't want to separate the students at early ages, there are many cases where the most successful students in college or on their jobs where really lazy at school. That's something that I think it's hurting a lot Germany. I think the problem is somewhere else. We live on a globalized world, now you don't compete with your peer on your city but with your peers around the world. That's why it's so hard to find a job. The other huge factor is the mismatch between the demand of jobs and offer of professionals. Maybe people should start thinking about that before they choose what to study. Maybe universities and Governments should advertise where the demand is to the young people. I don't know what could resolve the unemployment problem or the mismatch of the professionals market, but I know less education in any sense would be terrible.
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Rodrigo Vela Weber
Posted about 3 years ago
The world struggles with debt, and economists see dollar signs, what do think is the solution to the problem at hand.
Education. I think we need to be more drastic about the need of education. As Krisztian said policy makers are elected democratically. Everyone is free to choose who is going to represent them on the Government. Sometimes people are manipulated by politicians because they don't have the education to understand what's going on. Sadly politics and the economics crisis are too complicated to just judge them by the results. Remember that there is not 1 politician that is on the power that does not have the support of a certain amount of people.
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Rodrigo Vela Weber
Posted about 3 years ago
A conversation with Prudential: As people are living longer, how can we plan for a retirement that could last up to 30 years or more?
I have to agree with Jose, but I would like to propose what I would see as the best solution. It's not real to try to find a way to increase the retirement pension to be able to last 30 years. That's not the idea of a retirement pension. The idea of it, is to have something to live of when you reach a point when you can't work anymore. My grandfather worked after the retirement till he was 76. He did it because it was good for him not for the money. Considering these two ideas, I think the best solution is to raise the retirement age unless there is a health condition that unable the person to continue working and offer a retirement pension that works progressively. A plan where after a certain age the person starts working less hours or he retires from his job and the company that provides the retirement plan offers him a job that is designed for this plan, like a freelance work of their specialty. That would allow them to stay active, to continue contributing to society and earn money.
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Rodrigo Vela Weber
Posted about 3 years ago
Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea
I have to agree with Clay, and I would go further. I think the media companies are one more time underestimating the power and the range of the internet. That might be because most of the people on top don't use the internet as the younger generations do. You can't stop "the sharing". Many people won't see it like that but is like asking you to not play a song if there is other people around you listening. The internet and the communication channels will continue evolving, they won't be able to stop it, those measures are just hurting themselves. Let me give you an example, here in Germany you can't watch 80% of the music videos or any video that features a licensed song (that's really annoying), but that's not going to stop me to listen to music, I just won't listen to the music of that artist... I won't post it on Facebook, I won't play it on my car, iPod, parties, that's what most of the people will do, and therefore, it won't be as popular as it could and they won't sell as much as they should. No one is buying CDs anymore. If they want to be profitable they need to catch up, they need to invest on creative solutions where they create value. The media companies have the means, the problem is that they don't have the vision and they are not dynamic. In my opinion everything on the internet will be free or almost free, that's the future of it and there are millions of ways to take advantage of it.
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Rodrigo Vela Weber
Posted over 3 years ago
Is History an important subject in school? Or should we be focusing on the future?
History allows you to get to know a lot about all the cultures in the world and why we are now like we are. I think the main problem with that subject is how it's teach. I never paid attention to history classes in high school but I can watch the history channel all day long. Probably the best way to teach history is to do it in a very modern and interactive way. But the question is then: how many people that studied history and teach it, are the kind of person that likes modern and interactive models.
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Rodrigo Vela Weber
Posted over 3 years ago
Can systems designed 50-100 yrs ago still be functional. Are changes to them the solution or we need to start all over again?
@edward long: No I don't propose a One World government model. I said WE and OUR because that's a common problem. Most of the countries have the same kind of problems, they try to improve their "systems" like health systems, economic models, tax systems and so on. All of these massive models where originally designed when the world worked completely different. Regardless if those systems worked at their onset or not, I can't imagine that with all the new technologies and resources we have now we can't designed a more effective and fair model. I'm trying to keep this as a general idea, not for a specific system or a specific country but as a mindset. I think most of us don't realize the effect that the internet, social media, cloud computing among others have and could have on our society.