I'm a sucker for a good diagram – a picture's worth a thousand words and all that jazz.
So I thought I'd see what, if anything, came up in a search about New Zealand's science and innovation system; diagram-wise.
The image below, taken as a screenshot, is what Google came up with when I searched under 'science and innovation system, New Zealand' (selecting the Google images icon as well)
To state the obvious – nothing terribly much here to explain what goes on in godzone, not a hint of a plan you'd have to say.
Well, what about a comparison with other countries?
So, I did the same for Denmark, a country that we like to compare ourselves to, frequently.
This is it here.
Again, to state the obvious - much more illustrative, many more models and examples of how Denmark's ideas to products continuum hangs together.
What the heck, decided to do the same for Fiji (a near neighbour we'd possibly like to think we have a bit of a science and innovation lead over).
Here's their Google search result.
Now, there may be some peculiarity in Google algorithm for my searches. (Though I had some of my non-sciencey colleagues search too, and they came up with something very similar).
And, it could be an unfair search term for NZ Inc
Or, it could be that there is no plan.
It could be that we're doing lots of science, lots of innovation, lots of commercialisation - but it is all adhoc and uncoordinated, relying on luck and synchronicity and who the heck knows what.
I'm also hoping I'm wrong.
If anyone's seen a plan, please point it out.
It would be a kind of relief to see one.