Published On: Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

New book about lessons to be learned by SIDS

Miguel Goede 2013-06-27 10.04.47WILLEMSTAD - Dr. Miguel Goede presents a new book "Caribbean 3.0; Transforming Small Island Developing States". The book is the follow-up in English of its successful book "Curacao 3.0" in which he translates his concept of 3.0 for the Caribbean.

His book elaborates on the challenges Small Island Developing States face all around the world. The special situation of the SIDS has been recognized since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Goede states in his book that SIDS in the Caribbean can learn much from each other. SIDS are characterized by their limited natural resources, a concentration of social and economic activities and infrastructure near the coast; a fragile and limited reservoir of drinking water, population density, an economy vulnerable to external shocks, limited physical space, limited financial, technical and institutional capacity to mitigate the impact of climate change. Goede says that the islands are inward looking and closed within their group.

Although the islands could learn from each other, at the same time they need to develop a unique vision and strategy and implement this. For the SIDS to successfully cope with their condition, education, ICT and sustainable development are top priorities. These are the basis for the 3.0 information society. The transformation of capitalism from 2.0 to 3.0 means that the emphasis is focused more on social entrepreneurship and no longer on profit maximizing. The market is a construction to solve problems. In the new society knowledge workers and creative people come together to create value. The book also elaborates on matters of governance and sustainable development. Also certain elements of government policies in Curaçao are discussed and plans such as GreenTown to replace the refinery are scrutinized. Also projects like the Knowledge Zone in the area of Airport City Hato and the creative Zone around the bay of Waaigat are discussed. Last but not least, the long-standing wish to develop a national master plan for Curaçao like the master plan for Barbados, is discussed. Goede advises SIDS to develop and implement a tailor-made master plan.

A Facebook group “Caribbean 3.0” has been created. People can join to discuss the development of CSIDS 3.0. The book is available as an eBook. This facilitates the distribution to the islands in the Caribbean. The book can be ordered online: And at the local bookstore Mensing’s.

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