PS: Comment attached to VIIP post, Science fair genius, is an example of many that have been received and deleted (thought each time was the commenter was not registered with ITKE and perhaps they should be).]]>
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Today is the start of a festival in Ireland where over 1 million will celebrate for five days culminating on Monday March 17 with a world famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Ideally the green luck of St. Patrick will help everyone find the pots of gold awaiting them at the end of the revelation rainbow. Echoed below are a few words from an earlier post. Ideally they help somehow to increasingly evolve quality and value.
“it just may be that important functions are not wholly internal to your organization, as a friend of a friend once suggested the offshoot (global chief knowledge officer) of his Chief Technology Officer role was”
“To advance knowledge, related to various important topics such as ethics, the future needs important functions to be more so and increasingly intrinsic and pervasive, so knowledge is shared more so within and external to many organizations. In this way, all shall more so gain. In this way, there more so will be a rebuilding of worth (individual and universal) to greater upwards and inwards dimensions within people, within products, within processes and so on, including relative to rebuilding the capacity for intelligent collaboration within and throughout our world and universe.”
On the new site, there is information about a 03 March 2008 6.9 earthquake in the Philippine Islands region. Fortunately the evaluation within Tsunami Bulletin Number 001 is that no destructive widespread Tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and Tsunami data. There is a “however” however, “earthquakes of this size sometimes generate local Tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within a hundred kilometers of the earthquake epicenter. Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.”
Ideally the software, technology and information associated with the new “Unified Tsunami Website” will help save lives. This post takes no credit, however says thank you to those involved in the creation and update of the new unified site, and in the creation, deployment and management of related technologies and information. The related work can help to save hundreds of thousands of lives, or more, in one single successful early warning.]]>
This post is perhaps part of a start of a progressive march into uncertainty with increasingly smarter government, global cooperation and balance. As an initial step, think of what it means, or should mean, to be human. Next think of the term fellowship; for example as analogous to funding, however also as analogous to effectively working together, such as people effectively working together, and such as machines and people working effectively together, and such as the intrinsic and pervasive aspects of software and technology architectures doing the same. In our interconnected universe, what you do can make a difference; so too can increased unity, especially when increasingly combined with diversity. Fortunately there is growing support and evidence for collaboration, convergence, unification and simplification from various perspectives. Fortunately this is beginning to show more so within thoughts (i.e., within the individual and shared thinking of people, organizations, communities and governments). However, imagine the pure potentiality of the same throughout the world relative to increasingly working well together. Imagine how this may improve the budget of any country, and when the planet operates more as one, how this may improve the world.
Below are a few words from the Budget 2008 speech by Canada’s Minister of Finance delivered to the House of Commons on Feb 26, 2008 (full version here). A related article on the web (National Post) is, “Budget 2008 an uninspiring cure for insomnia”. Imagine how growing a fellowship of public and pros (IT and other) could enable unprecedented positive results. Imagine the collective energy, the collective imagination, the collective innovation, the collective benefits, the collective wisdom. Imagine the new dimensions of peace (value) and joy (quality) that inherently would materialize for the benefit of all in this generation and those of the future. March is a time for all to begin again, fresh, new, springing forward. A time to really start a forward thinking march for greater awakening. If more put their heads together, as well as their hearts together, it just may be possible for people to enable what seems impossible and truly wonderful. Imagine all having their hard earned money back while having tax free savings without limits. Imagine global economic prosperity, better services, and greater peace and joy. Of course the type of mindset change required, for such wonderful things to be reality, will not occur overnight. With enough collective positive energy wonderful possibilities may however come true, and sooner rather than later. Now is the time to really start a march towards something unprecedented and truly worthwhile… something life evolving, something that elevates life. Every country has challenges (including for Canada such things as the Minister of Finance noted: the economy slow down of our biggest trading partner, the U.S.; volatility in global financial markets; struggling economy sectors; slow economic growth projections for coming years), so the world must think differently as the only way the world is really going to make tremendous forward leaps is through radical paradigms shifts from the edge of rational collective imagination and innovation. Among other it is nice to see that Budget 2008 aims to further address matters pertaining to infrastructure, health, education and so on, including the need for increased research and innovation, and including the need to further tackle high purposes (e.g., environmental stewardship, and homelessness). Still more must be done, or one day everyone could be homeless. An evolution of global proportion is needed. Ideally the Internet will be an on-going tremendous help. Ideally more will awaken to their life’s purpose. Ideally a 2020 global vision will result in tremendous gains before, by and beyond the leap year of 2020.
There is evidence of a continually emerging change of mindset, and of a new worldview. And there is an essential critical need for all to be —increasingly— advocates, catalysts, enablers and solution architects for it, from a worldwide perspective, not simply organization or country perspectives. Thank you for all you do.
investing in research and development to strengthen our economy and stimulate innovation and discovery
technology is quickly evolving and we must be relentless in our pursuit of new breakthroughs
automotive innovation fund
secure Canada’s leadership in the global marketplace through research and innovation
helping Canada’s communities
roads, bridges, water systems, public transit and international gateways
creating a seamless, modern, safe and secure transportation system for the benefit of all Canadians
ensure that the next generation of Canadians has the opportunity to excel in this increasingly competitive world
student grant program
develop and attract the next generation of world-class researchers
attract the best doctoral students from here and around the world to study in Canada
To strengthen the ability of Canadian universities to attract and retain the world’s top scientific leaders, our Government will provide $21 million to establish Canada Global Excellence Research Chairs.
These prestigious Research Chairs will be offered in the four priority areas identified in the Government’s Science and Technology Strategy:
- The environment;
- Natural resources and energy;
- Health; and
- Information and communication technologies.
This funding will allow each Chair to assemble outstanding research teams and undertake cutting-edge research in areas of strategic importance to Canada.
shift from social services to economic development and skills training
changing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to improve and speed up the application process
Canadians demand and expect that action is being taken to reduce harmful emissions and to crack down on polluters.
Since 2006, our Government has announced numerous initiatives to support cleaner energy, clean transportation alternatives, cleaner air and water, and the development of green technology.
Our Government has committed to reduce Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions 60 to 70 percent by 2050. This is an ambitious and achievable goal.
better enforce our environmental laws
Canadians want a healthy environment. They also want healthy, safe communities.
another step towards building safer communities and putting criminals out of business
putting more police officers on our streets
We want to ensure Canadians receive full value for the money they pay in taxes.
the economy grew faster than expected a year ago
The extra federal revenues we received have been used in a balanced way.
incremental tax relief to Canadians and Canadian businesses
help workers and communities that are already feeling the effects of the slowing economy
reducing the debt
there are challenges on the horizon
we are seeing increased global uncertainty
We have a long-term economic plan: Advantage Canada.
And we are building on that plan.
Today’s budget is prudent, disciplined and realistic. It is focused on preparing Canada and Canadians for the challenges ahead.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always. — Mahatma Gandhi (QuoteDB)
“…We talked a lot about globalization and technology, but in the end, it’s the political climate, the government, the ability to embrace risk-taking and change…”
This is not the last VIIP post for February 2008… more fun to come. For a bit of fun in the meantime, see this post on Overheard in the tech blogosphere.]]>
“Balance”, this is a word that can be applied in ways, or from many perspectives. For example, relative to a particular person’s balance within life, or relative to ensuring effective types of balance within roles and responsibilities, within a company, within a country, within an industry, within the global society, and so on, such as through sharing loads between resources and particular types of technology. In many ways “balance” is an important word, and as stated in IQS101, true universal fellowship starts with it.
One way to achieve balance to greater dimensions is to increase transparency, such as through “Open” sharing or initiatives. As stated by Liz Barnett in 2004 within “Applying Open Source Processes In Corporate Development Organizations“, increasing transparency is a good idea.
Firms should increase transparency — the visibility of the project information to people who aren’t team members — to improve coordination and help increase productivity. Increased transparency can also improve the accountability and the performance of individual employees by providing a documented workflow and a basis for feedback. Leading development organizations know that disclosure improves business relationships and will communicate select information about project progress to customers.
Moving forward to “smart” Government, how might balance be further improved, as a result of continual inquiries into quality, value, excellence, simplicity and how transparency may be further increased?
Feel free to positively comment on this, to think about lessons from the heart, and to watch for an upcoming VIIP post. Hoping for a bit of Good Luck, a future one may share some related positive thoughts, insights and wisdom from a VIIP and IQS reader within the National Institute for Smart Government. Perhaps this is a topic for Governments in general and should be tabled at the next summit involving worldwide representation.]]>