The Power of Enterprise, Education and Boat People

A new generation of boat people I write from the hospital. My son is wrapped up in swaddling. He’s a day old. We’ve named him Isaiah Seraph Chung. His namesake comes from that beautiful moment between the prophet Isaiah and the Seraph in the Bible. The sky is blue outside. We’re in beautiful Sydney, Australia. The hospital staff are incredibly warm and friendly. We’re Australian citizens with medicare, private health cover and the benefits of being at the SAN hospital, one of the best hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere. For my son, we’re thankful, it’s been smooth sailing. I am conscious even in Australia today, other expectant families will not be so fortunate. I’ve been watching the news that’s been screaming “Turn back the boats”. That’s the kind of hospitality many will be shown regardless of which of the two major parties get in. I’m glad for my baby, wife and I that we are not on a boat heading to Australia. 34 years ago my wife was on a boat heading to Australia. She travelled first class, in her mum’s belly. She was going to be called Sydney because she was born here. Her family had fled Vietnam. I’m glad that 34 years ago, the Australian Government did not “turn back the boats”. I love boat people. Less heat, more warmth There is too much heat in the current conversation. We need more warmth. So I would like to tell our story of the warmth and kindness of enterprise, education and the difference it made to boat people. Family stories are what we pass to our kids. They...

A rising wave to float all boats

My digital pen is fired up after going to the Unbundling Education Conference. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to hear from thought leaders in technology, workforce and education. I get so used to the banter of start ups and tweeps but in this room, I just want to listen and ask questions. I think I was the least qualified and youngest in the room. All the better for me, I’m hungry. How can I synthesise and glean from the thought leaders in technology and education? Bleeding heart technologist for education needs to write. And so my Technology and Education blog begins. Magic happens when the best thoughts of technologists, enterprise and education leaders collide. I had front row seats yesterday. The main question the collision raised for me was… Q. “What sort of helpful Australian government regulation/policy can help Workforce demand and Education supply move towards a dynamic equilibrium?” For a Technology, Work, Education discussion, Economics turned out to be the winning box seat to understand the conversation. The primary stimulus for my dynamic equilibrium question was: 1. Andrew Thomson’s (CISCO) description of the interactions between Work and Education as economic market forces. 2. Andrew’s question “How can we have a rising wave that floats all boats?”. 3. Prof Iain Martin (UNSW) point that only government has made a lasting difference to the education model over the past century. I studied Economics and Computer Science at Sydney University a decade ago. Coding, Algorithms and Game Theory I loved. Economic statistics – not so much. I loved the creative aspect of making things with technology. The immediately tangible art created...