Our governments are currently spending millions of dollars building new airports and seaports, or upgrading the old ones with more millions of dollars.
For any country, it’s important to have good airports and seaports to trade with the world, to import necessary goods and services from abroad but also to export domestically produced goods and expertise.
Now, more important than materials goods are ideas, because ideas move the world.
Where are our ‘Ideasport’ in order to import good ideas from abroad and export our best ideas.
No country could produce all the goods it needs. The same for ideas. No country could produce all the best ideas in the world. Ideas trade is an important market, we are not currently well prepared for.
Like for goods, Africa needs to find good and reliable idea suppliers from abroad, but also develop the domestic necessary infrastructure for fast, broad and effective distribution of the newly available and imported ideas.
The most appalling thing in many African capitals and universities is the very low quality of the ideas which are circulating, and more disturbing how old and deprecated are those ideas.
Industry magazines, professional and scientific journals are scant, and in many universities and schools the copies I’ve seen so far are 2 to 3 years old.
One manager at the biggest library in an African capital told me that they have to rely on the humanitarian donation from the Unesco for their supply for scientific journals and magazines.
Like the biosphere (natural environment) in our capitals is now full of junk, widespread and smelly waste, the infosphere (dominant ideas and reference points of a society) in our countries is unfortunately also filled with junk, wasteful and unsustainable ideas.
The ideas circulating in our capitals are unfortunately the same quality as the cheap, unreliable, short life, low-level-suppliers goods you find in our open sky markets and hasty supermarkets.
If we want change in Africa, and fast, we need to start building huge “ideasports” staffed with more people and allocated with more resources than our airports and seaports.
Like the airports and seaports, the ideasports will cost a lot of money to get started, but they would bring in more goods, bring in much greater results, not only in the short but also the long term.
We cannot compete in a world moved by tectonic ideas with the kind of ideas currently in the mind of our elite and ordinary people.
No, we can’t, and we will continue losing.
Our ancestors were prosperous at their time, but failed to learn early enough that gunpowder and firearms have been introduced into a hungry and desperate Europe in the 14th century, and we, their descendants, are still paying the price of that historic ignorance.
We need Ideasports.
Let’s start building our ideasports,
the best ones in the world.