New Zealand's latent resources
I asked my friend Verpal Singh to pen a few thoughts on what he thinks are the latent resources in New Zealand. My views on the economic and social benefits lowest-price propecia costs us of cultural diversity is well-known as I regularly talk about harnessing New Zealand’s cultural diversity. As such, it is good that Verpal can add some of his thoughts here:
1. Cultural diversity is not unique to New Zealand as the whole world is becoming culturally diverse and those countries which are resisting this movement are gradually acquiring an image of being out-of-sync. Sure this diversity should be harnessed to benefit NZ. However, when other diverse societies also seek to use their diversity for their own benefit, we reach a situation where NZ is competing with others for a piece of the diversity cake.
2. As I did during the World Cafe discussion, I would list the following three aspects of NZ as our latent resource:
a) As members of the developed world, we are the insiders. However, due to our geographical location, smaller population and relatively small-sized economy, we are also the outsiders. This puts us in a unique position of an outsider while being on the inside. We, thus, provide an outsider’s perpsective to problems facing the developed world, while experiencing these same problems first-hand. The tradition of providing leadership to the world, set by people like Sir Ernest in Physics and Sir Ed in pushing the limits of human endurance is being eminently followed by New Zealanders like Dr John Hood (Vice Chancellor of Oxford University), Chris Liddell (CFO, Microsoft) and Helen Clark (head of UNDP) amongst many many others, and bears testimony to the fact that New Zealanders’ unique perspective is being appreciated by the world. The only possible equivalent in these aspects (that I could find) is Iceland.
b) The ease of contact between the rulers and the ruled
in the New Zealand system of governance. This empowers the people and provides them the opportunity to show their leadership in areas that they hold dear, whether it is environment protection, opposition to Nuclear arms, or a more equal world.
c) A long history of technological innovation — which is the most important part of Ray Avery’s work. Combined with a) and b), an innovative idea has greater potential to be turned into a great enterprise in New Zealand than even in USA (where the power enjoyed by established commercial entities to influence government decision-making in their favour seems to have killed off Americans’ innovative streak — their car industry being a prime example of this).