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Demographics, Technological Entrepeneurship and the Future

Demographics, Technological Entrepeneurship and the Future

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When:

  • Wed 4 Dec ’13, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where:

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Institute Members: $7.50
  • Students: $5.00

Many countries in the world lack significant natural resources and are characterized by low standard of living with little hope for improvement, due to fast population growth and mismanagement. This is also true for countries that are rich in natural resources, but do not use them wisely and on the other hand, in most cases, people that enjoy high standard of living are industrious and their countries industrial.

The basic reason of this division is technological entrepreneurship nourished by free market economy and it is the technologically entrepreneurial people that make the difference. So, is there hope for everybody on the globe to improve their lives? Can technological entrepreneurship be motivated and taught so that generations of determined entrepreneurs will build up thriving economies? The clear answer to both questions is yes, but the process will take time and dedication. It all starts with education in general and scientific-technical education in particular. This is a long process, but there is a way to expedite the process – start with the already educated engineers and scientists. These are the first candidates to open entrepreneurial endeavors. They can make the difference, but need motivation, instruction and encouraging economic environment that foster creation of successful start-ups and these pioneering entrepreneurs can then serve as role models to others. The name of the game is motivation. If this nucleus of capable people are motivated toward entrepreneurship, a process can start that will make a huge difference in a life of a country. Living examples to countries that underwent this process are China, Israel, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey whose societies shifted from agrarian to industrial within several decades thanks to the spirit of entrepreneurship and the motivation to create high-tech industries led and guided by individual engineers and scientists.

Professor Shechtman is hosted by the University of Auckland, in association with Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Royal Society of New Zealand. His visit is supported by The Lion Foundation, sponsors of the Hood Fellowship.

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