I have had to complete census papers, until I stopped even though it is compulsory in New Zealand, as I had to provide so much personal information and yet it made no difference to my personal life that they knew everything about my circumstances. I discovered that the real needs of people cannot be found through statistics which is so easily manipulated for hidden financials gains; and, who wants to be told, anyway, that you fall into the category: Other. Even at the time I applied to study at Unitec NZ, my birth country - Namibia - did not appear in the dropdown list of countries to choose from in telling them where I was from. Nevertheless, having fallen through every crack in the current legal, governmental and banking system, I have learned first-hand the needs of the grassroots. I have never been good at having anyone as my boss so how can I demand others to make me their boss – I stand for a young plural leadership cadre even if I may be the person holding the vision for the time being. I have learned that as an innovator, I am not necessarily the best one to articulate my innovation but that I need interpreters of my vision who can communicate it from A to B and eventually to Z, instead of me communicating the Z to people who are only ready to understand A. In my particular field of expertise, who can better articulate my vision than youth in their twenties, while as a visionary parent, I give them the cue in pioneering an entrepreneurial education, from the cradle to the grave, building the healthy family of the Digital Age. New Zealand is such a young economy, it does not need a hierarchical ‘mature’ leadership cadre who plays gatekeepers to creativity and prosperity for the grassroots. It has become time to start putting the power in the hands of our youth even though they seem to have more tattoos, piercings and offences than brains; they don’t!
|SUSANNA SUSARA KRUGER||
Author, Speaker, Educator & Entrepreneur