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Opposing a workable idea is the most common practice internationally, but in our local companies and organisations, an anti-creativity bias shown against creative ideas is more visible. As per our deep-rooted organisational culture, people with new ideas or thoughts become a laughing stock for colleagues and rest of the staff members. Particularly, the ideas proposed by the junior-level staff or young inexperienced employees often get rejected by the seniors without any consideration.
Both in our public and private sector organisations, it is not easy to question the authenticity of existing ideologies, political trends, socio-economic policies, and cultural and technological practices.
“I have read the same idea somewhere else”, and “practical people never waste their time in these imaginative fabrications”, or “don’t repeat the words of great scientists”; these are the usual comments made by the people working in different sectors and divisions of an organisation.
Furthermore, most of them refuse any new idea or suggestion, saying that ‘Americans must have implemented the same idea decades before, as they are more developed, technologically sound and clever than us in doing these things.’
In our organisations, many staff members believe it is not their job to think of new ideas because they have no technological resources to put these ideas into action, or we are regionally helpless and cannot afford the luxury of devising unconventional ideas. As a result, most of the creative minds are sincerely advised by other co-workers to simply leave this country and go abroad.
‘You were born in the wrong country!’ is the frequently given answer in response to new ideas, especially when the ideas are mechanical and technical in nature. Continue reading
A deep analysis of world history reveals that most of the inventions were made during World War I and II. Examples of these inventions include plastics, aerosol containers, and jeep, satellite, and penicillin antibiotics and so on. The reasons behind this were mainly aimed at catering the increasing needs of the decisive war equipments, and other electromechanical machineries and devices, in order to inflict maximum harm upon enemies. There was also an elevated ratio of war causalities which helped replace human warriors with machines and automatic military apparatus.
Thus, relying less upon human resources in conducting military exercises and routine day-to-day activities quickened the innovation process in many countries, mainly due to the prolonged war and regional conflicts among western nations.
Keeping this fact in view, we must question ourselves that how many inventions have we have produced so far since our country has been into an officially declared war on terror since last decade?
If we still believe that war on terrorism isn’t our own war, and we were regionally and politically forced to be a part of this incessant warfare, then what about those wars we have already fought against our neighboring country, including non-official participation of Pakistan into the Afghan War after the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979?
In fact, we are not unfamiliar with war games, as since the creation of Pakistan, we inherited a born enemy standing at our eastern borders, while countries touching other borderlines also remained vulnerable to various regional and geographical insecurities.
Other than regionally falling into ‘war friendly’ environs and circumstances, we have to deal with frequently-occurring natural calamities and challenges like heavy rains, floods and earthquakes etc. Continue reading
The idea is to periodically change the national and provincial capitals of the country. In other words, we must shift the designated capital cities (both national and provincial) of our country recurrently to new locations. To summarize the proposed idea in a few words, I have named it as “The Idea of Capital Change”.
How relocation of our capital cities will benefit the nation? “The Idea of Capital Change” can be taken as a two-in-one formula for rapid growth and provincial solidarity. It’s totally a new concept that is supposed to trigger national development, especially in underdeveloped areas by changing both provincial and capital cities on a regular basis. By following this way, new areas will automatically come to the sate of the ideal development and growth. Shifting both national and provincial capitals to new places will be a revolutionary step ever taken by any government as it will solve a number of issues related with under development, slow-moving progress as well as a sense of escalating loneliness and economic and political deprivation in some areas of the country. Many Seraiki speaking people living in the Cholistan and Multan side of the Punjab want their own Seraiki province, whereas political conditions in our Balochistan province are even worse and a voice for a separate Baloach land is being raised by their leaders. My idea will also be a sign of relief for those people who want their own exclusive provinces rather than living within established provincial boundaries, or where separation movements have been formed in order to create their own homeland rather than being a part of the country. Implementation of this idea will not only multiply the regional bondages and attachment among all provinces, but would also help us reduce the widespread gap between rural and urban communities, especially the gap found between rather developed big cities vis-à-vis backward small cities of the same country. It will remove the sense of deprivation of the deprived masses belonging to rather underdeveloped areas of the country. “The Idea of Capital Change” is also a wonderful way to cure flawed democracy where a certain and constant majority, located a certain part of the land, is bound to rule the country democratically whereas the minority, on the other hand, can never be able to take the decisive lead during elections, thus being unable to rule the roost by any democratic means. In many countries like Pakistan, their minorities because of being low in number can never be able to form a government through democratic ways. What can be done in these conditions? And what about those supporters belonging to the losing party in the election- should they wait till the next election? Is thing not undemocratic? In a democracy, whoever wins the election leaves a permanent minority unelected despite being significant in numbers, just like a musical chair played between minority and majority offering one party to sit at a time. Especially, when minority belongs to certain ethnic or religious backgrounds, their frustration and sense of deprivation may easily ignite sectarian violence, thus leading them up to the separation of state where the minority can govern by itself e.g. Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, and Cyprus. Continue reading
From ‘made in space’ products to underwater restaurants and hotels, new and unique business ideas are always fascinating to investors. This is because innovative business ventures not only deliver the return on invested capital, but also provide the businesspersons with the feeling of being a trailblazer, or trendsetter in the market, compared with traditional run-of-the-mill businesses.
From ‘me too’ business to the ‘out of this world’ trading initiatives, a variety of options are always available for starting up a product or service-based business for small investors and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). However, new business ideas, implemented through reasonable financial investments, lead a newly formed company to a win-win situation.
Many small investors find it risky to try a new ‘out of the box’ business idea, but these underlying risks can be mitigated after evaluating the socioeconomic and cultural compatibility of the idea where it is going to be practically implemented. Essentially, you have to show basic creativity to find out ‘real, but un-served need’ of the consumers, which is not being catered by the existing companies. For example, many popular brands of baby nappies or diapers are available in the market made as per predefined standards. Nevertheless, these readymade nappies do not fit every child accurately, as not being tailor-made or fully customized as per each baby’s requirements. Available with the same design for both boys and girls, readymade diapers are also not gendered specific.
This problem may lead the business opportunists to a new business idea of making customised baby nappies. Adding a design element in the proposed baby product will make it more appealing also, and very high class of buyers could utilize nappy tailoring & designing service as a symbol of status. If you are a keen observer, you can quickly generate a valid business idea. For example, absence of a decent public toilet system is a common problem never addressed by the private companies in our cities. Run by government departments, we can find public toilets at some locations that appear to be ‘not user friendly,’ offering totally unhygienic and sullied environment, and very limited space, including the universal lack of toilet papers, water and the rest of the lavatory accessories. Especially for women, these public toilets are not usable at all, and no consideration is given to children, disabled and old age people during construction of toilets at public places. Well-equipped with essential toiletries, private firms can introduce a paid service of ‘wheeled mobile toilets’ in our cities, offering sanitized and hygienic environment to all age groups. Continue reading