It’s got nothing to do with the weather. Plenty of smart people here so that isn’t it. And it’s not that a nation of convicts, indigenous people and immigrants can’t be resourceful. “Innovation” is the hot word on everyone’s lips and we’re all trying to figure out how to make it happen and wondering why Australia can’t just be more like Silicon Valley. We spent the last 30 years digging shit out of the ground and now we want an economy driven by science and technology, but the hard truth is that after burning through the nation’s wealth with relatively little investment in the sector, it’s going to take some time. The good news is that we can learn from our brothers and sisters across the Pacific and look at how Community professionals are building Startup ecosystems and how we can fast track a lot of the progress we spent so many years avoiding with our heads buried in mine shafts / quarries / etc.