'Bright Future' in our hands

You'd like a bright future, for yourself and your family. I'm sure you're as sick as I am of the pathetic economic performance of New Zealand.

You'd like a bright future, for yourself and your family. I’m sure you’re as sick as I am of the pathetic economic performance of New Zealand. We can be thankful that the concept of the "knowledge-based economy" has entered the wider public arena and become an election issue with both major parties taking part. However, if we want something real to happen after the election then let’s not kid ourselves, we can’t leave it to the existing crop of politicians. The government’s Bright Future/Five Steps offering ignores the role of IT as the potential prime driver in a recharged economy. The restructuring of aspects of education, R&D and taxation are long overdue and all our industries will benefit, but that won’t be enough to change the mindset of the bulk of New Zealanders to exactly how we earn our crust. The government is still hanging back from presenting a real vision of what New Zealand can be and do. I doubt it has any real idea. The power of information technology can be brought to bear in New Zealand for incredible gain. We’ve seen the impact of the Internet and the way in which it has changed the fortunes of many peoples’ lives. We’re living in our daily business lives through more radical change than the bulk of our fellow New Zealanders have ever considered. As a group we are very well positioned intellectually to see where New Zealand can go. Individually we need to come out of our shells and send some strong messages to the politicians. Or we can become more involved in this country’s politics ourselves. If you agree with what I’m saying then sit down now and send me your thoughts on the knowledge-based economy, what we can do, how we can do it, what the vision for New Zealand can be, with our help. Your opinion counts. Don’t hesitate, email me at richard_wood@idg.co.nz. For publication in Computerworld, please send a copy of your letters to cw_letters@idg.co.nz

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