As published on Monday June 10th, 2013 TelegraphJournal.com
COMMENTARY by Trevor MacAusland
Protests or occupations are now the norm of the day in New Brunswick. In cities, villages, landmarks and universities across the province people rally in disapproval against social injustice and economic inequalities brought on by our current fiscal state.
Observing this, I keep asking myself if these protesters are the 99 per cent, why do they protest for the "one per cent" to fix things for them?
Although there is value in peaceful protests against such things like austerity measures, pension reform, fracking, and cuts to education and health care, I believe there is a more productive way of disagreeing and showing my opposition to an unsustainable financial state of affairs by creating new solutions and doing things in a different way. My way is by creating the change I seek by adding value to my economy through innovation and entrepreneurship.
As Donald Savoie mentions in your paper, our province needs more entrepreneurs, not protests, if we are to address the challenges we face as a society.
THE VALUE OF MORE ENTREPRENEURS IN OUR COMMUNITIES IS THAT THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND EMERGING MARKETS ARE NOT THE ENEMY, THEY ARE THE COMPETITION AND AS ENTREPRENEURS THE AIM IS NOT TO MAKE FOOLS OF THE COMPETITION, BUT TO BEAT THEM IN THE ARENA OF THE OPEN AND FREE MARKET.
Why, you ask?
Well, entrepreneurs challenge the government, challenge the market, challenge the system; they challenge everyone and work hard to prove that we can do better if we set our minds to it.
The value of more entrepreneurs in our communities is that they recognize that the government and emerging markets are not the enemy, they are the competition and as entrepreneurs the aim is not to make fools of the competition, but to beat them in the arena of the open and free market.
Entrepreneurs succeed by innovating, creating and adding value, which will evolve the immediate environment. True entrepreneurs will not be limited by academic titles, social ranks, political affiliations or compromised interests. An entrepreneur changes the game, makes the old rules obsolete and shows that the path to change, innovation and improvement is by leading and doing, not just sitting or talking.
There is no anarchy more beautiful than the one which creates something, leaving behind the old, the ugly, the bad, and stale in the dust, contrary to the anarchy of opposing and destroying, of bringing chaos and making the game one where everyone loses.
It isn't easy, but it can be done.
Over the last year I have helped launch 20 new world-class technology companies from New Brunswick. These companies have now raised close to $7 million dollars from investors and created close to 100 new full-time jobs. This was accomplished through a new economic development model that combines privatesector funding and mentorship.
So what will it be? Are you going to sit and occupy, or will you answer my call to get occupied with building a better community, one solution at a time, taking away from those you despise the thing they love the most - power, profit and influence - by bringing it to your side?
Trevor MacAusland is executive director of New Brunswick's Launch36 startup accelerator program.