It’s the Knowledge Economy, Stupid!

With apologies to former President Bill Clinton for tweaking his famous 1992 campaign slogan, let us summarize the results shown in the last few blog posts through this diagram (the areas of the circles are proportional to the estimated magnitudes):


From this bird’s eye view, the indicative global agenda are (it is easier said than done and many leaders have been seriously doing or trying to do these; but I will say it anyway):

  • Longer-lasting tangible assets (e.g. “planned obsolescence” and heavy “gas guzzler” models in the car industry are stupid);
  • Establish new policies and institutions to recover and strengthen business confidence in financial systems (allowing financial carpetbaggers to run loose is stupid);
  • Confidence-building processes and more bridging leadership to reduce tensions among nuclear and near-nuclear powers;
  • Continue the shift in global wealth creation from industry to services (Colin Clark saw this even before World War II; see “Colin Clark hypothesis”);
  • Continue or accelerate shifting the basis of global wealth creation less and less from extraction of non-renewable natural resources (and the stupid destruction of regenerative stocks of renewable natural resources), and more and more from application of human knowledge and creativity;
  • Establish more policies and institutions to accelerate value-creating innovation (e.g. military R&D and Internet viruses are value-destroying innovations).

What’s in your mind?

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