What I like about the (Western) Australian mindset …
How can you combine laid back, as well as a can do mindset - be very open minded yet seem to be parochial - not British yet so British (this may annoy some). This is what I like about the Western Australian mindset. I cannot speak for the rest of Australia - only because I have not spent time there (yet).
Having worked with the Cisco Academy programme since 1999 and spending time with a multitude of interesting souls in Europe and farther afield I am always fascinated by how other education systems manage to wrestle with vendor vs state and win/lose in the process. In the UK we have had our losses, wins and current losses. In the state (not national) focussed education system within Australia the same challenges are present.
Over the last couple of weeks I have had the privilege of spending time with some innovative minds - left field thinkers who see the solution and do not need permission to solve the problem. Working around obstacles, often ignoring their existence while pursuing the need for skills in network engineering and the opportunity of offering this to diverse communities.
The trouble is that we need to bottle the essence of people like these and find a way of transmitting it to other situations.
This time I am posting for AM GMT+8 not for the UK audience.