A few months ago I read a report that New Zealand had only developed it’s vineyards in the 1970s. When people first started the idea everyone thought they were completely crazy. We are so stuck in the box in Scotland – a central part of a dependency culture – that we don’t really commit to innovation.
We think, for example, the only ships we can possibly build are for the MOD. If you begin to think about that, possibly for the very first time, it’s a completely bizarre idea in the world of 2014
A Scottish research team today unveiled 21 future industries that could be built in Scotland if the powers of independence were used to maximise the potential of the country’s human and natural resources. The vision is opened up by Lateral North, an architecture, research and design collective based in Glasgow.
Possible industries include kelp farming, house factories, expansion of childcare, marine farming and a container port in the Orkney’s.
Robin McAlpine of Commonweal said of the new report:
“This is an exciting vision of what’s possible in Scotland if we actually had an industrial strategy and invested in the things that we could be world leaders in. Britain doesn’t do investment – Scotland could. With smart specialisation we could look around the world at what others are doing and work out what we can do best. That’s how most countries work, it’s about time Scotland started doing it. All the potential is there.”
Dreaming is important. Being able to dream is absolutely vital.
Some of the ideas explored by Lateral North will be daft, some will be brilliant. But they open up a world of possibility. Go see their work here.
What stands out again and again between the Yes and No campaign is that one is pointing forward while one looks over its shoulder to past glory.
Channel 4’s Paul Mason has written: “Over the next eight days, once the Westminster leaders have done their turns here, this referendum will go to the wire: Westminster reality, financial market reality versus something else. If you only believe that “something else” is Alex Salmond and the SNP you will never understand why it’s got so tight, and why so many of the educated young are not just voting yes but spending their waking hours dreaming of underwater high-speed trains to Orkney.”