Yesterday we received the first indication of what challenges lie ahead. Digital Opportunity Trust, our NGO facilitator, sent us the following little tidbit of information
The following table presents several options for continued high impact CSC program opportunities in China building on the past successful CSC Program implementations of DOT with IBM in China during 2009 – 2011. The final scope of work will be decided upon discussion with local partners and stakeholders.
|Supporting Local Industrial Cluster Development||Helping local Hi-Tech industry cluster in guiding local private economy, especially SMEs engaged in ICT, service outsourcing, bio-tech and modern processing/manufacturing to move toward a good and healthy development||Local Hi-Tech Industrial Parks|
|SMEs Transformation and Innovation||Helping local government in building a smarter strategy in upgrading competitiveness and international business cooperation. Using IT technology in creating a worldwide network||Local commercial bureau|
|Supporting Local NGO/Industrial Ass. Development||Supporting Youth/Women entrepreneurs development||Youth League/Woman entrepreneurs association, etc.|
|Community Service||Interacting with rural schools by involving IBM China’s ODC programs||Education Organization, selecting 1-2 rural high schools|
Many of you reading this are not familiar with what I do on a day-to-day basis, and might well read this and and think to yourself, “That doesn’t actually tell me anything about what he will actually be doing!”.
Some of you, however, have a deep working knowledge of my profession, in many cases greater than my own, while others of you will be colleagues who actually work with me on a day-to-day basis. You will greet the above table with a knowing smile, and say to yourself, “That doesn’t actually tell me anything about what he will actually be doing!”.
Rest assured, this lack of specificity is not lost on me. I’m certain this is because the DOT are still working with the targeted organizations to finalize the scope of our engagement, and are probably just now figuring out the team assignments. In truth it makes sense for them to wait until these tasks are complete to share such details with us.
But that doesn’t make the waiting any easier :-)
First conference call with our team members is Thursday; am really looking forward to meeting them.