The Hows

The Magic of Clustering - The Global Village

So how do we get from where we are, CHAOS to where we are going? Remember our objective is as stated by Mc Donough, A DELIGHTFULLY DIVERSE, SAFE, HEALTHY AND JUST WORLD, WITH CLEAN AIR, WATER, SOIL AND POWER - ECONOMICALLY, EQUITABLY, ECOLOGICALLY AND ELEGANTLY ENJOYED. We have already touched on the Tools we will use such as finance, team work, colaboration, Aviation, etc. But how do we go about this in a practical day to day sense?
We have all heard the saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child'. We propose that it takes a village to raise a Nation. So how can we empower the Village to raise the Nation?
According to Porter, M. E., a business cluster is a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers, and associated institutions in a particular field. Clusters are considered to increase the productivity with which companies can compete, nationally and globally. Michael Porter claims that clusters have the potential to affect competition in three ways: by increasing the productivity of the companies in the cluster, by driving innovation in the field, and by stimulating new businesses in the field. According to Porter, in the modern global economy, comparative advantage — that is, how certain locations have special advantages (i.e., harbour, cheap labor, better weather or conditions) to overcome heavy input costs — is less relevant. Now, competitive advantage — how companies make productive use of inputs, requiring continual innovation — is more important.
Porter argues that economic activities are embedded in social activities; that 'social glue binds clusters together'.  This is supported by recent research showing that particularly in regional and rural areas, significantly more innovation takes place in communities which have stronger inter-personal networks. In much more simple language, we are describing the typical behaviour of African Villages.
The question becomes, how can we use this Village Behaviour to impact Real economic development? This brings us to The Magic of Clustering and the powers of the principles of the village, The Global Village.

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