Rod Drury, a well known New Zealand technology entrepreneur, runs a great weblog talking all about the challenges and rewards of taking NZ technology to the world. Rod is passionate about the subject and is committed to adding value when he works with technology ventures.
Drury has also become a self-titled “digital socialist” because of his strong views on how the current digital communications network model is failing New ZealandersÂ and why we need to open our digital trade routes. There was also a recent discussion on his blog about the role of mindset in overcoming the challenges of geographical separation.
From an organisational researcher perspective, I agreed that the discourse/mindset, within which an organisation frames its global strategy, does make a difference to how it projects itself. But I also thought that we should not downplay the challenges of small size and geographical isolation. For example, if we truly aspire to increasingly become an exporter of digital knowledge, then we need to sort out some fundamental structural issues like bandwidth and network peering â€“ and fast.Â
As a nation I think we tend to lack a collective sense of self esteem. Outside of rugby and the haka, we don’t quite seem to know what we stand for – it’s cringeful at times.Â On the other hand,Â I’m fascinated by the biographical accounts of people like Peter Jackson, Burt Munro and Bruce McLaren. All examples of hero innovators from our recent historyÂ who (in some way or another) crossed the Valley of Death and went on to build dominant positions in a globalÂ niche, based on their creative talents. We don’t giveÂ these role modelsÂ nearly enough public exposure at home.Â
There’s a funny TV ad for theft insurance running here at present that implicates “foreigners” who swipe all our Kiwi icons eg. Dame Kiri, Split Enz, Coutts and Butterworth etc. It sums up our current inwards looking mindset. In fact these iconic characters saw opportunities to go global with their talent and were cocky enough to do so.
[tags]globalisation, export, technology, New Zealand, innovators, organisational discourse[/tags]