Yesterday, at Radisson Blu, delivering my talk – Abundance in the Data of Nations.
From feedback, it was well received. I am expecting to post the video once the organizers make same available. Like Hamlet answered Lord Polonius “Words, Words, Words”, in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, at this moment, it is “Data, Data, Data”. But take it further – can you refine the data?
I take you to the “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge when he muttered “Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink”. It is not just about the availability of data, but making sure that it is useful.
Like Chinua Achebe would write “An adult does not sit and watch while the she-goat suffers the pain of childbirth tied to a post”, great people, the future is Abundance if we take action.
“Data, Data, Data”, the newest buzzword in town, but knowing what to do with it or how to use it, or even the willingness to reference it, is a different thing altogether.
We still struggle with counting numbers accurately here, but always in love with making bogus claims about our size and potentials; we also need to see the DATA that supports them. It’s a good place to start.
Our planning is always poor, the execution – even poorer. But we are equally legendary in creating abundance and scarcity within a shortest possible time, another anomaly that needs to be addressed!
If we have mastered how to spend or waste money, we need to equally master how to measure impact and progress, to be able to ascertain what works and what needs to be discarded.
If our data collection, harnessing and application becomes anything like our crude oil, then we are readying for another disaster. We need to do better this time.
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