Innovation in The Bahamas

Dear Editor,

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity, not a threat.” — Steve Jobs

In order to move forward as a nation some things must change.

First and foremost our mentality has to change.

We must be doers and not talkers. Often people talk about what situation they should’ve been in or what the government is doing wrong but the best way to see a change is to be the change.

We must find it within us to strive to better ourselves and our country.

We must also appreciate what we already possess in order to truly identify what we don’t have. This is how we can enable ourselves to find the best solutions.

They say that the future is bright but you can’t see it with your back turned.

We often hear people saying they miss “the old days” and how things used to be, but the past is nothing to dwell on.

Yet, we should use it as a lesson and see how we can learn from it to create a better future.

Staying stuck in the past while in a world that is constantly evolving will only cause us to stay behind as a nation. The islands of The Bahamas hold so much untapped potential that is waiting for us to not only see it, but to take action.

Another step towards an innovative Bahamas is to diversify our economy.

To diversify our country, we must reform the educational system.

We cannot have an agricultural industry without farmers, we cannot be a tech hub without technicians and we cannot have those professionals without the proper education.

Albert Einstein once said, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

We can’t expect the youth to want to take interest in other fields if there aren’t any proper educational platforms that allow them to explore different industries.

Also, they may not want to explore different fields if they grow up thinking that being a doctor or lawyer is the only way to succeed. To bring diversity to the economy we must first introduce it into our curriculum.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

Change is a key component of innovation.

Moving our country forward has to be a joint effort between the government and the people.

It is the government’s job to teach the people how to fish, but they cannot make the people go fishing.

We have to take it upon ourselves to help the country move forward together, and it is up to us to “believe in The Bahamas”.

Bryant Lowe

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