I have been thinking a lot about Israeli development recently, especially in the context of our hi-tech sector, which is one of our strongest national assets. Here are some of my thoughts.
The Israeli Hi-Tech Sector
- What would it take to make Israel a hi-tech center?
- What can we do to halt the brain drain of our best scientists, researchers, and academics?
- What is Israel’s most transferable expertise; what could have the most impact on the world: software development, cell phone technology, electric energy, solar energy, biotech, agricultural technology, green innovations?
- Currently it is the aspiration of Israeli hi-techs to become so successful and high profile that they are bought out by a large technological corporation, often in the US. What can we do to change this?
Creating a Technological Oasis
- How could we create a technological oasis like Silicon Valley in Israel?
- How can we make the Negev more attractive as a technological center?
- What can the Negev learn from Haifa about setting up successful centers of technology?
- What would a technology center look like or have to have for people to be willing to come: high salaries, aesthetically pleasing, family oriented, good housing, reliable transportation to city centers?
- What would be the most attractive features of such a technology oasis: a brain trust of Israeli and international peers acting as a hi-tech think tank; the best technological facilities in the world; secure investment by private donors guaranteed in the long term; an elite training camp for scientists from emerging technological hot spots; top of the line educational facilities for scientists’ children and desirable employment opportunities for spouses?
- Who can we look to as models for those who have created a physical location for technological oases: the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, India?
- Who would be our best strategic partners in global technology? Should they come from developed technological economies or emerging?
- Which nations have the best potential or capacity for technological advancement in the next two years, 5 years, 10 years? Why?
- What can we use to forecast a nation’s technological future? Does it have to be a democracy? Will companies coming from near dictatorial governments ever be suitable partners?
- How does access to the internet and web savvy among its citizens affect the process of a nation’s democratization?
- How can we partner with emerging East Asian technologies to maximize our resources and theirs- for economic, political, and social gain?
- Where do our neighbors from the Middle East fit in?
Israeli Arabs & The Middle East
- How could Israeli Arabs become more technologically savvy and what would the consequences be?
- What could Israel do to encourage or incentivize technological entrepreneurship among our Israeli Arab citizens?
- What about Palestinians?
- What would have to happen for our Middle Eastern neighbors to become more technologically aware: a decreased reliance on oil as the central economic factor; increasing democratic freedoms, such as freedom of speech; recognition of benefits derived from capitalist mentalities in the areas of entrepreneurship, etc?
Changing the Face of Jewish Investment in Israel
- What would happen if instead of donating to Israeli foundations, Jewish organizations or those who supported Israel were to invest in the Israeli economy? Instead of giving to a foundation, they would invest in Israeli hi-tech or agriculture or business, thus supporting the development of the Israeli economy and “donating Jewish”?
(More insight into this here: “Guest Author Tsvi Bisk Asks, ‘What If One Billion Dollars a Year Were Used to Buy Israeli Alternative Energy Technology?'”)
Israeli Hi-Tech on YouTube
Take a look at a video from Hollyyyyyy, my favorite Israel YouTuber, on Israeli hi-tech (among other things).
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