This writeup focuses on technology leadership and the moral calculus of brain-picking for sustainable development in Africa. Hence, we must acknowledge that the ingenuity of the human brain is the infinite driving force and panacea for purposeful, productive, and sustainable leadership for creation of wealth and national security.
Several research and marketplace experiences have revealed that our brain drives us to effectively navigate the world of creative-thinking; especially in the tech-innovation world. This is because, through collaborative-thinking, the cognitive interaction process further triggers several other layers of chained concepts; leading us to the deeper citadel of ground-breaking thoughts and innovation. Ultimately, it allows us to anticipate the future and filter its meandering curves; one layer disrupting the other in an unending thinking and exploration marathon.
The moral calculus of technology leadership has become the strategic cornerstone of actions for global vision-bearers. African leaders are therefore called to order and challenged to either enter the visioning room and sit at the table; or accounted for as missing in future actions (MIFA) of moving humanity forward; as we watch the evolutional history of the new world being technologically reconfigured in space – at a high-density scale.
The known old-school of pervasive leadership nostalgia must be hunted down if nations must outlive the emerging fierce struggle to explore and conquer the universe of our future. The need to interrogate this subject is anchored on the imperatives that African leaders must reimagine technology empowerment strategies of 21st Century development. The available options are‘they can save or contribute to the demise of their nations; especially when they turn blind eyes to science and technology and innovation-enabled equation of future survivability. All other options are foreclosed!
As technology spurs humanity into space, new concerns continue to emerge on: What Next? This case scenario is a complex one to forecast at the mercy of the fact that; ‘indeed, no one knows precisely’. Will history repeat itself – positively and/or negatively? And if so, who would be left out of the sustainable path of future development? Perhaps, many of the nations of the world who are unable to consciously identify and master their technology core-competence would presumably be on the top list.
Reimagining how to avoid the grave consequences of the above situation of being written off the digital transformation footprint of future space exploration/s, Africa should urgently commence the mapping out an escape route strategy. This can be done by establishing the Africa Innovation Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AIRA) and constituting the Africa Digital Transformation Think Tank for Future Space as a Framework to jumpstart its implementation process. Consequently, and by extension, each African country would be required to establish her independent National Innovation Recovery and Reinvestment Act (NIRA); as well as a strategic Think Tank Framework for Future Space.
Our torrents of individual thoughts and acts have been proven to be inadequate and unsustainable. This is because the fussed minds possess the ability to query existing situations and somersault their trajectory into a more meaningful and technology-tested development. The validity of the preceding statement is derived from the fact that human ignorance begets and spurs the hallmark of research; simply because we do not know everything under the Sun. The emergence and vigorous chase of the COVID-19 Pandemic further validates this.
Meanwhile, it has become evident that African leaders seem to have a deficit baggage in strategic ‘brain-picking’ enterprise; whereas ‘Brain-picking’ is an essential accelerator for 21st century development – especially for Space exploration.
The task of mastering the challenges presented by digital transformation is so colossal. Its success is dynamically dependent on brain-picking by visionary leaders. This fundamental strategy has become the hallmark for accelerated digital transformation for the attainment of sustainable development goals; as enshrined in the United Nations SDGs agenda.
Brain-picking spurs the creation of collaborative knowledge clusters in a value chain that stimulate sustainable leadership. This is acclaimed as the bedrock of dynamic entrepreneurship for the creation of wealth – especially in the Tech-Innovation Ecosystem. The moral calculus for Nigeria’s/Africa’s technology leadership must be built anew if our future survivability must be guaranteed.
Currently, there is a huge gap between our technology leadership vision and the potential moral calculus harvest big wins. The complexities embedded in the tech-innovation delivery cycle makes brain-picking imperative for success. This is due to the significance of its multi-disciplinary requirements and the multi-purpose demands to conquer the endemic challenges presented by Information Technology and digital transformation.
Leadership and Co-creation ideas
An old saying teaches that ‘you can’t give what you don’t have’. Therefore, vision-bearers must come to terms and accept that they do not know all. This tasks them to explore and adopt brain-picking. Don’t be shy and or arrogant, because ‘leadership is based on inspiration, not on domination, on cooperation, not on intimidation (William Arthur Ward). According to Albert Einstein, ‘Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the life-long attempt to acquire it’.
The foregoing represents the hallmark of the reasoning behind brain-picking for effective innovation acquisition and delivery.
For a considerable time already, there has been discussion within scientific circles about similar issues; by exploring the dynamism of brain-picking which constitutes multiple thinking layers. For example, the report of the research team appointed by the European Commission; “The Contribution of Multilingualism to Creativity,” presented the first known macro analysis based on the available evidence which has been conducted by searching through several studies and giving particular attention on recent research on the brain”.
Can Multilingualism, for example, assist in producing better technology leadership? Marsh, specialized planner at the Continuing Professional Development Centre of Jyväskylä University; who coordinated the international research team behind the study, says that especially the research conducted within neurosciences; offers increasing amount of strong evidence of versatile knowledge of languages being beneficial for the usage of an individual’s brain.
“The research report brings forth six main areas where multilingualism and hence the mastery of complex processes of thought seem to put people in advantage. These include learning in general, complex thinking and creativity, mental flexibility, interpersonal and communication skills; and even a possible delay in the onset of age-related mental diminishment later in life.’’
Marsh revealed that: – “It is obvious that enhanced memory can have a profound impact on cognitive function. This may be one reason why the multilingual shows superior performance in handling complex and demanding problem-solving task when compared to monolinguals.’’
All the above challenge us to realise the quest to establish Africa Innovation Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AIRA); while also constituting the Africa Digital Transformation Think Tank for the Future of Space; mainly as a framework to jumpstart its implementation process. Consequently, and by extension, each African country would be required to establish her independent National Innovation Recovery and Reinvestment Act (NIRA); as well as a strategic Think Tank Framework for the Future of Space.