“Innovate, if not, then stagnate.”
The generation that we are in is a natural outcome of information and communication technologies. We run after time because change – which we normally takes time to adjust thus becomes an enemy of many—attacks not only from our own backyard but also from every tips of the globe. What we have cannot continue to take us “there” because “there” is as uncertain as it is fast becoming, unless we adapt with the process and abandon tradition and provincialism.
The era that we are now is selective to those who respect it and want to be a part of it. Those who do not either because they are not willing to bet what they have built and accumulated for a very long time—education, business, skills—for something that just recently sprang and suspiciously too successful, or those who are too proud and insulted to embrace something so successful perceived by people “too small” for them, are left in their own world until the whole generation overtakes them. The world has linked, and it will never be unlinked. Globalization can never be undone. Instead, it will continue to bring more changes and initiatives in a faster and broader scale.
Universities, to position their graduates in global competencies, should themselves adapt this phenomenon that is changing the whole world’s blueprint in terms of communication, consumerism, trade and innovations. It has to open its doors for its students to commune with the students of other nations and learn from each other through Adult Education—wherein students and teachers learn from one another. It has to upgrade even its curricula, as most are no longer needed in this generation. The Department of Education, aside from shifting from traditional to K1-12, should also think of reviewing the lessons given to all levels. From dwelling more time remembering history’s mistakes and failures, we must begin to shift into training our children into Feedforward Information. This is where Development Communication comes in.
The relationship with poverty and information should give our government idea to address poverty in identified places. Where there is an Internet, there is always an opportunity for livelihood. I personally knew several people who started their striving businesses “penniless” at Facebook only by promoting or selling a product of another, and receive commission per sale.
As a region, the South East Asian Nations must continue to work together and identify each other’s strength and weaknesses so that the region can compete globally as different parts of one body, instead of competing at each other and as one nation in the global scale.
Globalization open opportunities to those who want to see the world and experience the world. It is a friend of the ambitious, the innovators and the determined. It has no place the parochial-minded, the stubborn and the proud.