Friday, November 14, 2014

Seth Made Me Think It

Seth Made Me Think It

I was reading Seth Godin's blog today:

Staffed by mimes

He speaks of things that come with no instructions or pictorial only instructions with no prose.

"After wasting hours trying to figure out the proseless instructions for a fancy lamp I purchased from an Italian company, I wrote a narrative for the company, in the vain hope that perhaps they'd save other people the trouble."

This bit is what made me think of this little idea.

Seth, you are not at their mercy. Post the narrative you wrote up on your own site for people to find even if the company chooses to ignore your offer. Your desire to help is not tied to their response.

Then I went further. Anyone can do this and we probably should.

At first I thought of a central site.

Then my mind ran on the Distripedia idea I had years back.

"First thought is to tag it something like this:


So, could we incorporate better manuals into a distripedia?


Or does this not belong in a distripedia?

Should it be simply:


Feedback please.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bahamians with College Degrees (AKA Brain Drain)

A few thoughts on:

Ten reasons Bahamian college graduates don't want to come home

While I agree with the thrust of this and want to add a hearty “hear, hear” I am going to take a contrarian approach to some of the points where I feel it might be helpful to the overall discussion.

One: On getting a job. Some are available with the right attitude, work ethic, and connections. Obstacles all. And when you get one, it may not be a good fit.

So, don't get a job. Freelance or start a business. (We throw up a whole different of obstacles for people trying this so watch out.)

Many job applications are written with the applicant already in mind. This is a result of our work permit laws. We might be better off requiring a mentor/mentee hire requirement when giving out high level work permits. (Or require a hire at a matching pay with the Bahamian being sent to the company's head office country / country of origin of the hired expat for training.)

Two: Something I wrote on facebook today:

“In the Bahamas the saying "It's not what you know but who you know" is popular. Although this practice has some problems and is worse when it is happening in government as opposed to private enterprise, there are honest motivations for this as well as dishonest. It can often come down to the fact that "I feel like I can trust X because I know his family and how he was raised and, even though he has less paper qualifications than Y, I think I am going with him. Plus, if he causes me any problems, I can get his father to sort him out." Don't underestimate this factor. It is also my feeling that the more shady / unethical the situation is in a society, the greater the role this factor plays in such decisions. #cronyism

Three: Are they getting a college / university education to become a better person / citizen? To pursue their love even if it reduces their income potential? To increase their earning potential?

If the latter, does it not behoove them to see what pays in their country (if that is where they want to live and work) and see who is making the kind of money they hope to make before they choose what degree to go away and get? If they are looking for ROI, this needs to be considered. Right? What is the sense in me going off to study orbital mechanics and zero gravity manufacturing and then coming back to the Bahamas and saying there is no job waiting for me and my country let me down? I came back with a degree in Ocean Engineering in 1981 and have never worked a job in engineering. I could get an attitude about how that all worked out but I have chosen not to.

Re: Innovation. That is against the law here. I know from experience. You need a business license to go into business. If they don't have a preexisting category on the application form, they refuse to give you a license for that business. Innovators need not apply. They do not know how to put other at the bottom of that form the last time I applied.

Four: How do we know they are qualified? No one knows what you are actually qualified and fitted to do until you start doing it and make a track record for yourself.

Five: Probably, but you need to compare take home pay and the buying power it gives.


Eight: You got that right. Welcome to the struggle to improve our common home. It can seem hopeless, keep on hoping.

Nine: There is a beauty to a slow pace if it is done for the right reasons and in the right way. I agree we have it wrong in so many ways though. Just don't throw out the baby with the bath water and shoot for the trappings of a wealthy life rather than a quality life.

Ten: And somehow we seem to like it that way. Successive governments have not made a serious impact on changing this in my adult lifetime. Neither have we citizens.

Like I say, I greatly agree with the thrust of this article. I just think we need to consider some other points of view. The main thing I think is we need more Bahamians thinking of providing jobs for themselves and perhaps for others, rather than looking for jobs. It is high time we started dismantling the barriers we have in place that hinder Bahamians trying to start business and especially, in this day and age, online businesses catering to offshore customers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How do you speak HORN Bahamas?

OK, so I was on twitter the other day and saw a tweet:

that I could not help but respond to in a sort of whimsical way:

So there you have it Bahamas. Tell us how you speak Horn.

Don't forget to take a peek at the Naked Ghosts!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Acceptable Discrimination?

Acceptable Discrimination?

I keep asking this basic question and so far I don't recall a serious answer if any answer at all.

Right ( "up in" ~;-) ) now, we are all about trying to get something passed to prevent discrimination based on X.

My question is:

What things are acceptable for a government to discriminate against its people for?

Is the list of things that are acceptable to use as a basis for discrimination so long that we find it simpler to list that things that are not acceptable?

I really would like some intelligent response to this thought.

all the best,