28
Oct

Mozart – The Arduous Life of Freelancers

Written on October 28, 2007 by Santiago Iñiguez in Philosophy

Santiago Iñiguez

H.C. Robbins Landon: “1791: Mozart’s Last Year

Many careers can be run on a freelance basis. Being self-employed has many advantages, basically the freedom to choose work assignments, independency and more room for creativity. It has also serious drawbacks, such as its potentially precarity and that working hours normally extend far beyond the standard working schedule of employed people. Traditionally, freelancing has been common in professions such as journalism, writing or consultancy, and according to Wikipedia’s "Freelancing on the Internet", the Internet has brought many opportunities for would-be freelancers.

Mozart W.A. Mozart, whose 250th birth anniversary is commemorated this year, worked basically as a freelance composer, a fact that forced him to accept almost any order received from friends or strangers. He was once approached by Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Prussia, and offered the position of conductor of his court’s orchestra, an offer that he declined since he felt very close to Joseph II, the Emperor: “I enjoy living in Vienna, the Emperor loves me and I don’t care about money”, he is supposed to have told a friend. Later, the Emperor heard about this and asked Mozart to become his Chamber Composer, although the retribution was not substantial -800 florins. When he was asked about his honoraries at the court he responded that they were “too much for what I do; too little for what I could do”.

A major risk of freelancers is that they must handle contracts, negotiations, accountancy and other management functions by themselves. Here, Mozart did not prove to be very skilled, according to his letters and to different biographies. He seemed to have always lived on the edge of his economic possibilities. However, his endless capacity for work –he even composed in the presence of friends and at social gatherings-, his music knowledge and experience, as well as his geniality allowed him to sustain his family decently and pay the expensive health bills of his wife Constance at different spas during her recovery from illnesses, although he only left his own wardrobe as inheritance. He is attributed to have said: “People make a mistake who think my art has come easily to me. Nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not studied over and over”.

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28
Oct
27
Oct

Velo islámico. Derechos y deberes.

Written on October 27, 2007 by DeansTalk in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Fernando Fontes

Muslim_hijab

En las últimas semanas se ha reproducido en España la polémica sobre si se debe autorizar o no la asistencia a colegios públicos de niñas llevando el velo islámico. Esta polémica, como todos sabemos, no es única en España sino que existe en todos los países europeos, habiéndose resuelto de diferentes maneras.

Mi opinión, vaya por delante, es que no se debe autorizar la asistencia a clase con el velo islámico. Y ahora voy a tratar de justificarlo en base a los siguientes argumentos:

1.-  Laicidad del Estado, entendida como separación absoluta entre Iglesia (religión) y Estado. Este es uno de los mayores avances de las sociedades occidentales y responsable del desarrollo, en todos los órdenes, científicos, tecnológicos, morales, culturales, etc. de estas sociedades frente a las que no han conseguido esa separación entre religión y Estado. En las instituciones públicas de los Estados laicos  no debería haber ningún símbolo religioso, sea de la creencia que sea.

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26
Oct

The Fall

Written on October 26, 2007 by Felicia Appenteng in Literature, Philosophy

Paradise Felicia Appenteng

In light of recent posts about Lost Paradises, I thought that it might be interesting to listen to a discussion about the original loss of Paradise and the fall of mankind.  An examination of the nature of sin is necessary to understand lost Paradises because perfect places and imperfect beings are inextricably bound to each other. 

In this line of thought, I found this idea to be a perfect introduction to one of my favorite programmes, the BBC Radio show, In Our Time, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.  On April 8th, 2004, he held a discussion called "The Fall"

How would you characterize man’s relationship to Paradise throughout history?  Could you frame history as an attempt to achieve the impossible Paradise?

26
Oct

IE Business School Annual Alumni Conference

Written on October 26, 2007 by DeansTalk in Arts & Cultures & Societies



25% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION
WILL BE OVER 60 YEARS OLD BY 2050 AND THERE WILL BE 9,200 MILLION PEOPLE
IN THE WORLD

THE DEMAND FOR ENERGY WILL
GROW BY 50% OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS

OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS THE
WORLD WILL SEE EXTRAORDINARY CHANGES WITH REGARD TO WATER

What implications does all
this have for business? On November 16th IE’s Annual Alumni
Conference will hold an open debate on the key challenges currently
facing the world with the help of Asit Biswas, “2006 Stockholm Award”
known as the Nobel Water Prize, Haniz Zlotnik, Population Division Director
at the United Nations, and Michel Camdessus, former Director of the
IMF.

IE is always at the forefront
of major trends and constantly anticipating the future. That’s why
we invite experts to think about new paradigms for businesses, knowing
that the rules of the game are constantly changing and that only companies
that know how to incorporate the new scenario into their corporate DNA
will prevail.

We are seeing changes in production,
changes in consumer patterns, changes in how people travel, sell, communicate,
lead, finance…In short not only economic and social changes, but also
in the world of business.

The Annual IE Alumni Conference
also includes the burning issue of climate change. Apart from the controversy
about how real the phenomenon is, there is no doubt that this debate
is resulting in changes in political decisionmaking and that it will
have a marked impact on business organisations. Hence, we will be joined
by Felix Hernández, a Researcher at CSIC and Spanish representative
of Al Gore’s Climate project, both of which received the 2007 Noble
Peace Prize.

The Annual IE Alumni Conference
is a platform where alumni, current students, professors and professionals
from all fields of business meet to take part in a major training and
networking exercise against a markedly international backdrop. An extraordinary
event that you can’t afford to miss. 

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