Article Title: “At the Cutting Edge of the New Frontier of Cyberspace”
Author Names: Craig Lock and Bill Rosoman
Category (key words): Internet, www, technology, trends, internet marketing
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(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)
Sharing some thoughts, which may be of interest.
These writings may be freely published.
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
“AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE NEW FRONTIER OF CYBERSPACE”
“The nations that will be successful in the information revolution may be large or small, and are unfettered as to hemisphere. Assuredly, however, they will have invested in the critical information, computer. social and Internet infrastructures.” (McGovern, 1998)
“The next information revolution is well under way…It is not a revolution in technology, machinery, techniques, software, or speed. It is a revolution in CONCEPTS.”
– Drucker, 1998
“Money is what fueled the industrial society. But in the informational society, the fuel, the power, is knowledge. One has now come to see a new class structure divided by those who have information and those who must function out of ignorance. This new class has its power not from money, not from land, but from knowledge.”
– John Kenneth Galbraith
“The future belongs to those who apply knowledge with innovation and resourcefulness to find new paths – in business and in life.”
– Craig Lock and Bill Rosoman
In this short piece, as we “pioneer in the field of cyberspace”, I’m sharing a few thoughts on the place of technology in these early days of the “Knowledge Economy”,
which may be of interest. My thoughts apply to my little (and “adopted”) home country of New Zealand in particular, but I believe the basic (very over-used word!) PRINCIPLES
apply world-wide (May 1999).
Bill Gates once described the “Information Age as the “Wild West of Cyberspace.” A few years ago, he also said there would be two kinds of businesses in the year 2001:
1. those online
2. those out of business!
What is knowledge?
“He who receives an idea from me receives instruction himself, without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.”
– Thomas Jefferson
We are becoming ever-more a “knowledge society” – with the rapid diffusion (big word!) and exchanging of huge amounts of information daily. This makes the sheer volume of knowledge difficult to absorb.
A few personal thoughts… I believe NOW is an ideal moment in history to look with fresh eyes at the kind of society we want to create, in a world, where knowledge is replacing the old sources of wealth and power as the driving force in the world’s most successful societies.
In recent years we are seeing “little” New Zealand’s rapid transition from a pastoral to a knowledge economy (and society), as we are fast “catching and riding the knowledge wave”. I believe it’s more “an age of wisdom” in sharing information world-wide through the amazing power of the internet.
Businesses MUST “get with the times” and respond by embracing the enormous international opportunities offered by the Internet. It’s either ADAPT or DIE (“a slow lingering death“).
I believe that we should be finding new paths for social and economic development. New Zealand’s economy and society need to be driven far more by knowledge, technology and innovation than in the past. I feel we need to urgently seek a STRATEGY for this “NEW KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY” that we are living in. We should “forge, mould and hew a knowledge society out of the old by catching this immensely powerful Knowledge Wave”… then riding it like the giant waves from the winter storms at Waimea Bay in Hawaii – to the absolute best of our individual abilities.
Here in far-off New Zealand (near the bottom of the world), I believe we have an excellent foundation to be extremely successful in the global economy. However, we must move speedily ahead to be a far more “knowledge-driven” economy; otherwise we could become “also rans” in the ultra-competitive global market place.
I truly believe that many New Zealanders have not yet recognised that the Internet is the modern equivalent of the ‘freezer ships of yonder’, that revolutionised our economy last century. As we enter the twenty-first century, the Internet will be our ‘key vessel’ for reaching global markets from these far-off “sleepy shores”.
In doing this we WILL find new paths for social and economic development. Knowledge is replacing the old sources of wealth and power, as the driving source in the world’s most successful societies. We must become a “knowledge export platform”…and that is the vision for my little business, Eagle Productions based in provincial NZ.
In effect, we are creating wealth through the comercialisation of ideas. We are utilizing to the fullest, the amazing creative potential of the human IMAGINATION to reach the world.
“The “digital divide”: In the future there will be a widening gap between those with the skills in the new technological age and the “not so well off”, those “poor souls”, who have not put in the effort to acquire or update their computer and technological skills. It is a matter of using our resources wisely in this “digital age.”
Here in NZ I believe, we need to be driven far more by knowledge, technology, innovation and renovation. The first step is transforming the innovative spirit that allows we “Kiwis” (New Zealanders) to turn no.8 wire into innumerable useful tools around the farm, into a commercial operation. It’s simply a matter of “sharpening the pencil” of New Zealand’s focus from agriculture to e-commerce.
Re-focussing existing economies and enhancing existing products (traditional, such as agriculture and horticulture) through adding value via the world wide web. Utilising the best of the old, yet with the hope and optimism of the “new world”.
USE Information Technology with all the amazing powers of the world wide web . With the web and e-mail, we must always keep technology in perspective – by using it for ‘ease of communication at the click of a mouse’, to make our lives easier and market products and services around the globe efficiently and cheaply in the early days of this “New Age of Wisdom“!
Each individual has a responsibility, a great opportunity, to utilise their utmost potential to gab this “moment in history”, this “heartbeat in eternity”.
Make technology WORK FOR YOU -: for your (and your family‘s good, your business and especially your country.
It’s the spirit of its people that makes a country, any country, great…so build not walls, but bridges.
Craig Lock Eagle Productions (NZ)
originally written in May 1999
Let us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Rather than borders, let us look at distant horizons together…in the common spirit of the value and dignity of a shared personhood – our common humanity as citizens of planet earth.”
It is not what your country can do for you, but what YOU can do for your country.”
– charismatic former US President, John F. Kennedy
“The spiritual is stronger than any material force, thoughts rule the world.”
– the great and inspirational American philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”
– Jonathan Winters
About the Author:
Craig Lock has been marketing products online for the past ten or so years. Craig is a writer, who believes in sharing information with a ‘dash’ of humour, as well as encouraging and helping others to find their talents and gifts, to strive for and accomplish their dreams in life – whatever they may be. www.craiglockbooks.comhttp://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available athttp://www.creativekiwis.com/books.htmlhttp://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock www.lulu.com/craiglock +https://www.xinxii.com/asresults.php?s4=craig+lock&iSearchButton=Search&…
“Dropped out in Godzone”: A tale of the author’s adventurous first four years in a New Zealand provincial town, with many humorous incidents. “Dropped out…” is available at: the above web sites.
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE!
Craig’s blog on which he’s posting (sharing) various thoughts and extracts is on his blog at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=craig+lock&t=post andhttp://craiglock.wordpress.com
“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE!
“Another good thing about being poor is that, when you are seventy your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.”
– Woody Allen
P.S: Don’t worry about the world ending today…
it’s already tomorrow in “little” scenic and tranquil New Zealand
These thoughts may be freely, published electronically or in print.
“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”