Education is not a pursuit. It is a fundamental cornerstone of how I function on a daily basis.
While this has personally led to a career at the forefront of scientific discovery (working with nanotechnology and the emerging fields of sentience and interconnectedness) I see my thirst for knowledge not as a lofty pursuit of the ivory-tower crowd, but something more in keeping with the basic human condition.
We all want to learn and add to our skill sets.
Like all natural phenomena, what happens on a nano scale is echoed as we move toward higher orders of magnitude within the same system. This explains why our society is thirsty for knowledge. (And I’m not only referring to TMZ.)
Collectively, we are driven to build our Knowledge Capacity.
In Alberta, the Canadian province I now call home, this is particularly poignant when one considers that (malign it or not) our resource sector has propped up the Canadian economy and made for an economic boom amid the world’s fiscal uncertainties.
The rub is that our relative success has lulled us into remaining primarily a resource economy.
How can we generate even greater value? By building the knowledge base (here, at home) required to make sophisticated products from our precious resources.
To that end, we are currently in the process of building our Knowledge Capacity to educate and train the next generation of citizens who will transform our economy from one focused on exporting raw materials to one that creates unique, proprietary solutions to the world’s problems. (Including some we, ourselves, have contributed toward creating.)
We need to avoid the overwhelming allure of focusing on our immediate problems or (even more captivating) the challenges we have recently overcome.
By forcing ourselves to look further ahead, and encouraging our civil and economic leaders to cast an eye toward the areas where we do not yet have a proven record of success, we will enable a future of greater possibility. It can be a scary territory to spend time in, especially for those in power, because it opens the door to scrutiny, but it is a necessary step to achieve real and meaningful progress.
It is within this space that an exciting future is now taking shape, one where our greatest resource is not what is pumped out of the ground—or restricted to those who do the pumping.
We are building Knowledge Capacity to envision new possibilities for ourselves and the world around us.
I believe that many great achievements are about to unfold because (like countless generations before us) we are developing a better understanding of how the world works and pushing ourselves to learn better ways to inhabit it.
To my mind, this is a future worth knowing more about.