Leadership in tough times
Juan Pablo de Alba, Director General, Easyfairs Columbia, looks at what leaders can learn from difficult times with particular reference to how Columbian leaders coped in 1999
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What will winning organisations look like in 18 months' time?
Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore discusses the attributes of winning organisations
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Laura Tyson GLS 2010 interview
Laura D'Andrea Tyson, S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management, Haas School of Business, on what we can learn from emerging markets
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Introduction

This unit looks at developing reading skills in the context of using Social Science materials. This material is primarily an audio file, originally 11 minutes in length and recorded in 1988.

This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Social policy: welfare, power and diversity (D218) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this Author(s): The Open University

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The Future of Brazil
The old joke about Brazil is that it is the country of the future, and always will be. There are signs, however, that the Brazilian economy is finally achieving the stability necessary for it to fulfil its potential. What is particularly intriguing is that this has happened under the leadership of Lula, the former print-worker, union leader and founder of the innovative Workers’ Party, who is now in his second term as elected president of Brazil. To what extent is it possible for a radical
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Korea’s Middle Power Foreign Policy in the 21st Century
This lecture starts by briefly defining the middle power and its role in the regional system. The security environment that the Korean peninsula is facing is later introduced including the North Korean nuclear weapons problem, the rise of China, and human security issues. Korea's foreign policy postures both at bilateral and multilateral levels is also provided. The lecture concludes with a brief introduction of Korea's alliance strategy, policy toward North Korea, polic
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Launch of the National Security College
Australias first National Security College will begin activities in May after its official launch by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at The Australian National University on Saturday 24 April 2010.In a major address on national security, the Prime Minister said the National Security College at ANU will enhance collaborative leadership in the national security community and build trusted networks within and outside government.For more about the National Security College: http://nsc.anu.edu.au/
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How Slow Responses Made the Ebola Outbreak So Deadly - Part I
Hospital walls in Sierra Leone are covered with fliers commemorating young nurses, lab technicians, and ambulance drivers who died of Ebola. This is a part of Pulitzer Center grantee Amy Maxmen's article published on Nautilus. It's a timeline of the world's plodding attack on Ebola, in photos. View it here: http://nautil.us/blog/how-slow-responses-made-the-ebola-outbreak-so-deadly
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OrganWise Guys Shorts: Calcium is the Key to Healthy Bones
Come learn about health and nutrition with the OrganWise Guys! In this short: Grandma Bone teaches kids about how bones needs lots of calcium to be strong and healthy. (1min)
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the economic issues faced by developing countries in mutilateral trade negotiations

  • describe these issues from a developing country perspective

  • explain how the economic power of nations impinges upon the ability of states to negotiate settlements that are beneficial to them.


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3.2 Evaluating open learning

Having experimented with some of the search tools available and got some results, the next step for anyone searching for relevant content is to evaluate these results in a systematic way. If you intend to use OERs for direct teaching and learning purposes, or for some repurposing prior to teaching and learning, there are several attributes that need to be considered first. Important attributes of quality OERs include:

  • accuracy
  • reputation of auth
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1.8 Religion and spirituality

A good example of polysemy can be found in the different ways in which people regard the terms ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality’, and this is the subject of the first exercise below.

Exercise

Give some though
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"It was wonderful." Professor John B. Fenn on his Nobel Week experience
Interview with Professor John B. Fenn by freelance journalist Marika Griehsel at the 55th meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 2005.
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2.8.1 Learning about verbs

You and Christine go to a shop to buy a film for your visit to the museum.

Key Learning Points

  • Talking about time

  • Asking for goods and services

  • Learning about verbs

  • Using verb forms:
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The Place in 60 seconds
What students can do in the Business School Active Learning Spaces (called The Place). For more info check out https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/students/resources/learning-support/rethinking-the-classroom/the-place-for-students
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2 Definitions: energy, sustainability and the future

What do we mean by energy and sustainability, and what is meant by future?

The term energy has a long history but the standard scientific definition today is that energy is the capacity to do work. The term power is related to energy and its definition is power is the rate of doing work. The two are linked together by the simple formula

energy = power x time

The term sustainability is not so simple to define but there is perhaps no better
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Institutul naţional pentru studierea Holocaustului din România
The website 'Elie Wiesel' National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania (INSHR) reflects the activities of this research institute founded in 2005 in Bucharest, Romania. The website is in Romanian with a good but incomplete English version. The site presents the aims of the institute of collecting information about the Holocaust but also of disseminating the research results by creating learning materials for teaching. The section on publications introduce the monographs and testimoni
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5.1 Domain, specification and design modelling
Enterprise systems are software applications that automate and integrate all many of the key business processes of an organisation. With some understanding of software development, you will learn about current development practices for this type of system and develop relevant skills to apply them to real-world problems. You will develop core skills in object-oriented analysis and design, allowing you to develop software that is fit for purpose, reusable and amenable to change.
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1 New Labour's approach welfare reconstruction

This audio file, recorded in 1999, explores questions about New Labour's approach to welfare reconstruction. The discussion is lead by John Clarke with contributions from Ruth Lister and Sharon Gerwitz and contains extracts of Tony Blair's speeches.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • John Clarke Professor of Social Policy at The Open University;

  • Ruth Lister Professor of Social Policy, Loughborough Universit
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The Case of the Missing Martian Atmosphere
Jared Espley spoke about climate change on Mars and the MAVEN mission. Several types of evidence from past Mars missions leads us to believe that Mars used to be much different from the dry, cold place we find today. Ancient gullies and canyons look as if they were carved by flowing water, minerals that can only be made in standing water have been found, and ancient volcanoes of many sizes litter the surface. Clearly, the atmosphere had to have been thicker and possibly warmer to support so much
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