Immigration is the a word that every young Greek has in his mind or in his mouth every now and then as unemployment takes its toll seriously in my country, Greece. The other day as I was looking at my bookcase, my eye caught an ancient book about technology-that time I was writing my thesis about the introduction of the internet in the libraries and it was a constant reference – and I picked it up just for fun to see how ancient was the author’s ideas. The title of the book was ‘Being Digital’ by Nicholas Negreponte, an authority in the subject. For my surprise I was astonished about the author’s vision , the optimism and the humanity he approached with his subject. The following is a passage from his book which really gave me a bit of optimism and comfort by reading it.
“The pharmacist on the the small Greek island where my wife and I have had a house for over twenty-five years confided to me his concern about this thirteen-year-old son, who loves computers. The father is torn because he believes that if his sons learns about computers, there will be no work for him on this small island and his son will emigrate away from the family, as so many Greeks had done in the recent past.
It is hard to explain that, of al the possible lines of interest, this may be the one that keeps him near home. More and more the Net is becoming a place for entrepreneurs who are building ‘global cottage industries;. Sounds like oxymoron. It’s not.
To be a multinational company in the past, you had to be huge, with offices around the world capable not only of handling your corporate atoms but dealing with local laws, customs(in both senses of the word) and the physical distribution of products. Today, three people in three different cities can form a company and access a global marketplace.
As people in white-collar industries are displaced by automation, they will increasingly work for themselves. Concurrently, companies will outsource more and more and hire employees like subcontractors. Both trends are pointing in the same direction. By the year 2020, the largest employer in the developed world will be ‘self’. Is this good ?
Patmos 1995 from ‘Being Digital”
P.S. Now everything is here, to access all the resources we need to be connected globally is an easy task. The Bright Greek Young Things can grap the opportunity and take the lead to establish their own future ignoring the fat, corrupted and arrogant politicians. And I’m sure they can take the world by storm.