An interesting email came in from my old friend Karl Wiig this evening. He is looking for a list of competence that nations need to acquire to be successful in the modern age. Now regular readers of this blog will know that I am very dubious about the whole idea of competence as it is currently interpreted. However the question pricked my interest. It links back to an earlier polemic on government to which I owe a more substantial follow up.
I would like to ask for your perspectives on what you consider important for your country to be competent – as considered from intellectual capital, or knowledge, points of view.
One perspective is that for a country to be competent is to be able to provide security and make it possible for its citizens to have acceptable quality of life, livelihoods, freedoms, and other aspects – now, and in the future. It might mean having good governance, maintaining peaceful relations with the international community and within the nation itself, effective industries, knowledgeable workforce, and being able to participate equitably in the global economy.
I hold the reasons for these to be self-evident, but am happy to defend them