Unlearning

I was in the middle of having my dinner last Sunday, when the television caught my attention,miraikan it was Korina’s “Rated K” on the TV. For that particular segment, they were having a special edition on featuring Japan. And what more better way to feature Japan than to showcase their greatest asset: technology. Korina’s team brought the audience inside the Miraikan Museum, where Japan keeps and displays their latest innovations and inventions. The robots, working with and serving the humans, and the other gadgets they shown were, undeniably, amazing. It somehow made me wish for our country to possess the same technology.

wall-e1 I wasn’t able to finish the whole segment, though. I changed channel by     the time they were about to feature a Pinay Entertainer, not that I have anything against her. And also because I remember Wall-E was on Disney Channel that time. While I was enjoying Wall-E, although it was actually the second time I watched it, I suddenly thought of Rated K’s featured story on Japan’s robots. The robots that Rated K featured were those that are capable of helping the humans, the same way the robots in the movie Wall-E do. But, of course, Wall-E is a science-fiction film set in the future, the robots in the movie were all just conceptualized. Japan, however, made it possible for robots as such to exist. I thought of how they must be really proud of what they have. Not only that they are famous for it, but they also gain power through it.

As much as I admire Japan’s craft, I know that my own country, the Philippines, has very much to offer, too. We are also known, inside and outside the country, for our own unique products. They may not be like the pictures you see above, but our outputs, definitely, are something to be proud of. I certainly agree that “creativity” is what can make us at par with the other countries. There’s no doubt about it. handicraft_products-dsc01420My worry, however, is that the kind of mindset most Filipinos have, when it comes to businesses, is as old as their secrets in doing local handicrafts. Translation: still traditional. A traditional mindset may have worked for them over time, but times have changed; and definitely, business has evolved with time. I thought again of how far the other countries, such as Japan, have reached. And then thought of how long will it take until our country will, at least, be as almost as successful as them. It may be a long shot for us, but I know that we can do it, if only we can broaden our mind, open ourselves to changes, and get out of our traditional way of thinking.

There are actually a lot of new trends today when it comes to businesses: being open and transparent, co-creating with your customers, sharing resources, and acting globally. These are the ideas mentioned in the book Wikinomics by Tapscott. When you looked at it and analyzed it for the first time, the ideas may seemed to be a little hard to digest. You may even asked, what ever happened to protecting your resources and other business secrets. But that’s exactly the kind of traditional thinking most of the Filipinos in organizations have today, and where are they right now? Still on the same path, I’m guessing. I believe that in order for us to survive this new world, a world where communication and technology keeps on taking a higher level, we must be adaptive with these new ideas.  We are already equipped with the talents, we may not have the best set of machines to mass produce it, but, I believe, if only with the right kind of mindset, we can go out and stand with the rest of the world.

I remember Wall.E the first time he went to outerspace. He was always used to doing the same stuff over and over again. That’s what he was designed to do, after all. But even if he was configured to do only a specific task, he managed to get out that habit, and went for a different kind of adventure outerspace. Even though he knew that things outside are different, he learned to adapt with the changes. Unlike Wall.E, though, we are not mechanically designed. We can do so much more.

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4 Responses so far »

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    aLps said,

    And Wall E is conceptualized, animated, written, produced, directed, marketed and watched by humans. Definitely, humans can do so much more. :>

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    barrycade said,

    i was watching this show on Maxx channel where they featured Japan’s latest inventions: an alarm clock pillow that shakes when you need to wake up. 😀 Crazy idea, but it tells you how open they are to innovations of many kinds. We don’t have that kind of culture here in Manila, do we?

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    Dominique Anne said,

    Wall-E’s picture caught my attention! I love that movie! I find it interesting that you actually connected Wall-E to our lesson and present condition of the Philippines. Wall-E, as a robot, is efficient but he looks old and rusty compared to other robots who do the same if not greater tasks than him. Filipinos must turn the Wall-E in them into Eve–a more efficient, beautiful, product of change.


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