Posts from — May 2012
50 years minus one years ago when the independent Jamaica was a mere baby, the gust of freedom was blowing in many places. Other nations were also sensing the gust of freedom from colonial rule. This was been done in a back drop of the cold war in Jamaica’s back yard, where alignment with the west was critical in light of the bay of pigs (The US attempt to dislodge communism from Cuba in 1961). The gust for freedom was also very evident in the birth of the civil rights movement. On a sweltering summer day in August of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave the seminal speech of the 20th. Century that provided the vision, drive and momentum for this movement’s monumental achievements.
Key milestones and anniversaries provide us with reflective moments to determine our future destiny. In the recent past, I was painfully reminded of our increasing sense of uncertainty beyond the pride in our Olympic prowess, and performing art skills. We have discovered that freedom has its cost. In 2011, a survey of Jamaicans revealed the stark ling fact that the majority of Jamaicans would prefer return to British rule. The choking debt servicing situation is dashing the hope of independence and raising the temptation of seeking a sugar daddy. The continuing global economic situation makes self development even more critical. The ghost of our own Greek tragedy is a rising specter for many thoughtful Jamaicans.
Mindset certainly makes a big difference. King’s speech was a catalyst to connect hearts and minds in a focused determination to change the fortunes of a stifled people. Like a pebble disturbing a stagnant pond, the stirring of the Jamaican community is needed to tackle our deepest challenges. Fresh thinking will allow us to set in motion a new wave of actions to amplify the success factors needed for this new era.
Let’s imagine that our current leader decided to take the upcoming Independence period to address to nation about its prospects in light of the multitude of challenges. She wants to squarely meet the challenges, but frame them in an outlook of possibility.
Your job should you decide to take it is to provide two elements that we will include in an info-graph of fifty (50) elements to give shape to Jamaica’s imaginative future. It will be called
Elements of Jamaica’s Future Success Stew
You may want to frame your response in light of the expectation of the growth of nations.
Please submit your entry here by June 30, 2012.
Our collaboration expressed in this manner is the first tiny step we can take to shape a glorious future.
May 28, 2012 No Comments
Recently, I was invited to lend my expertise in digital technologies to help combat some damming condemnation at a long-term Caribbean celebration. This annual event attracted over 400K people and generated millions of dollars in revenue to the affected merchants. The sensitive stage of this deliberation does not allow me to be more detailed, but I share this story to say that as impressive as these numbers are, the community leaders even in a tough economy chose to support the new set of neighbors (complaints) rather than the old neighbor’s traditions.
The city leaders did some community calculus and perceived a docile, diffused Caribbean community, and so they felt comfortable making their decision without any political cost. Yes, change is constant, and we have much work to do to engage, educate and renew our community base to restore its vibrancy.
When we consider our broader world, we clearly see a rapidly changing world both demographically, and technically.
Lots of Caribbean communities are still reeling from the global recession. Mainstay enterprises are now shuttered and the landscapes of our lives are washed with the constant tsunami of change. So how do we cope and thrive? Where do we Jamaicans go find relief and renewal?
As creatures of habit we usually reach for our cultural pacifiers. Our music, athletic prowess, delicious foods, and celebration become important touchstones. We are about to get a double dose of thrilling Olympic feats and joyous celebrations from our 50th. Year of Independence. It is good we have these but what will we do come September? What will we do when the cheering is over and the parades are silent?
A nation on a mission is a terrific tagline, but how is that mission being realized? Do they have the industrial, no digital strength to pole vault us into a new era of break through possibility?
Those of keen discernment and future vision are telling us that we have entered a new era , one where mind power matter is our most precious resource. Innovation and new value creation will be the bolt-fuel we will need to escape the orbit of a developing nation status.
To create our future reality, we will need to deploy the power of our collective inventive imagination stitch a game plan together through the super glue of social trust and have a sustainable conviction to make it happen. This will be a tall order that will demand be practice a higher discipline beyond the commodity practice of “no problem man” . It will demand from us a dedicated effort to deploy a new alchemy to deliver the higher value required.
Chew on this and let your expanding mind consider the possibilities. In part II , I will share series suggestions that we may want to deploy to use our existing icons, and invest them with new value to fuel a new future. Start mind chewing!
May 20, 2012 No Comments