Man continues to interview many of Australia's most
innovator thinkers and doers. We know your going to
hear a lot more about Bernie and his Blood Clever
Australians. As is often the case we are amongst the
very first to shine a global spotlight on newsworthy
Why did you establish Bloody Clever Australians?
Because I, like most Australians are fed up with miss
management of our nations future. The present
answer to balance the nations books is to flog assets
and or open the door to immigration and subsequent
stamp duty collection with zero thought for infrastructure.
Yes I know it (infrastructure) is happening slowly
but our Federal, State and Local Government management
approach is create the problem then crisis manage
the solution. Blind Freddy can see that we need to
be increasing manufacturing, productivity and exporting
our resources. Our greatest resource is between our
ears and we are bloody useless as a nation in terms
of nurturing, farming and commercializing our intellectual
capital. We think we are bloody clever but in OECD
terms we are ranked 23 in the world in cleverness
and going backwards.
So whats the solution?
it all starts with education. Our battery hen approach
to education is all about TER rankings. Creativity
is bred out of children even though we are all born
creative. Kids are told that future employment will
be based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math) based subjects so become a propeller
head or else. Creativity comes naturally but it is
undervalued and as a subject (Art) ranks as an elective
at best. Parents know that if you play to their strengths
you build self-esteem, confidence and the rest follows.
Our approach is baffle them with bull shit so they
cant make head nor tail of the relevance of
subject matter. Kids struggle through high school
with NFI as to what they are going to do with their
lives and go to TAFE or UNI as the only option. Then
leave in the vast majority of cases with no idea what
makes their career tail wag. It is a national
is about being prepared for life and excelling. We
have to introduce vocational thinking early. My approach
is through storytelling , potentially spark the imagination
and in doing so help kids map a curriculum based pathway
to their vocation .
What will be the measure of success?
Ask the question Do you know what you will be?
Statistically record answers and through story telling
see if the answer moves from no idea to some idea.
Are you living your vocational dream?
2 Do you have any idea?
3 Can we help you pursue your vocational dream?
Q. Why Cleverness?
Cleverness can be taught, it is a survival skill.
It can be learned just like scripture, ethics or any
other subject. I think Australians are bloody clever
and if we get kids thinking about their future early
through how other clever Australians took on the world
we can create future entrepreneurs and who knows,
one day be the cleverest nation on the planet with
a IP based economy.
there you have it. Now you now why you will be hearing
a lot more about a very clever fellow named Bernie
Thompson. Aussie's that still believe in real Australia
and true Australian values would do very well to look
more into his impressive Australians initiatives.
Clever Australians presentation
have to get CLEVERER. Who knows, one day we might
just be the cleverest nation on earth.