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November 14, 2007

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Rick

Fascinating.
Thanks Larry.
Where do we sign up for the Jetson mobile franchise?

Steffan Antonas

Larry,

Fantastic article. There are several key point's you made that relate to how Bahamians can tackle the future - In particular, as it relates to education, you were right on the money with this comment -

"we must reinvent education in order to compete."

It's important that people realize how fundamentally critical training will be for Bahamians' futures - not just to allow them to compete for the hottest jobs of today, but for JOBS THAT DONT EVEN EXIST YET. That's key - the Bahamas has GOT to start training people in Information Technologies now to remain competitive in the future. The government, as well as the private sector, should consider investing in programs that give educational grants for top students now, and build incentives into those programs to reduce the problem of brain drain. Talent retention will be the cornerstone of our future success.

In addition to finding and developign educational programs, Bahamians can start by educating themselves on trends that will affect our economy and ecosystem, as well as trends in globalization and technological advancement. Here are some books/resources for Bahamians who want to stay informed:

http://worldchanging.com - A Website devoted to all things green and innovative. You can also buy their book at http://worldchanging.com/book - the foreword was written by Al Gore and has been called "the most important book of the 21st century" - it's got 600 pages about the latest technologies and green trends.

Books:

Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier

One last thought - given the state of the Bahamian government and their inability to move quickly to implement educational programs and to provide training and resources to Bahamian students and professionals, movers-and-shakers (people who are making a difference) need to start soliciting the private sector for the investment dollars needed to get education off the ground.

Robert d'Albenas

Great article! You're excellent at summarizing the essence of books and ideas...thank you.

EB Christen

WOW! Super article. Now, if only this was the kind of stuff being debated in parliament and not the 'wutless' s@#$! that currently passes for debate! Thank you Larry! Get the lawyers out of parliament and get businessmen, journalists and community leaders in!

Bob Knaus

I used to be in the strategic information technology planning business. I'd like to challenge a couple of Canton's assertions.

Firstly, today's CIOs will not be tomorrow's CEOs. The mindset and analytical skills needed to manage information technology are much narrower than those needed to lead an organization. To put it bluntly, most CIOs have too much intelligence and not enough charisma to be CEO. Trust me. I've worked with them.

Secondly, the key to progress for the Bahamas is general education, not information technology education. Only one person in a thousand is well suited to be a computer programmer... so why waste classroom time teaching every child programming? Instead, teach that IT is simply a tool to make life easier and work more valuable... that IT is neither to be feared nor worshipped.

In the global marketplace, a nation of creative minds and critical thinkers will outperform a nation of computer geeks.

Computer Geek

"In the global marketplace, a nation of creative minds and critical thinkers will outperform a nation of computer geeks."

This is true.

With a good idea anyone can get the funding needed to purchase an army of programmers or construction workers or artists or scuba divers or whatever is needed to make the idea a reality and start making money from it.

Truly good ideas come from a knowledgeable mind. An imaginative mind that can create something completely new. Or an experienced and diversified mind that can look at many unrelated pieces and bring them together so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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