The future of industrial heritage as an interest in Ireland is at stake.
Have you heard anything of interest about IH recently?
Egos and control issues are standing in the way of IH in Ireland.
Gone are the days when an elite group could withhold information.
At the moment, there is an elite and there is the rest of us.
The rest of us have an interest in IH and appreciate being informed.
Even if you don't believe it, fake it or face the consequences.
Keeping the interested amateurs onside keeps the State onside.
Exclude the serious amateur and they will do their own thing,
even if this is not deemed by you to be in your interests.
Perhaps you feel that you own the interest and can control it.
Even if you could, why? An interest shared is an interest expanded.
Rather like money, the more that is spent, the more for everyone.
Makes you wonder, if IH was shared, would there be more for all?
Only way to find out is to open the flow of information and set it free.
Do you believe that you can hold back the tide, King Canute style?
Everyone who is protecting a vested interest thinks they can.
Long term, good will prosper if only because complacency outs.
Do nothing and you will wither on the vine like unharvested grapes.
Only by promotion and participation will the interest progress.
Every journey starts with a single step,
So let the journey to make IH mainstream start in 2010.
No more them and us. We are all experts in some area of IH.
Open up the archives and let the information flow.
Take positive action and establish an information store
Work with the community to get anything and everything concerning IH recorded.
Or invite those in the know to add to your repository.
Respect the knowledge and intentions of all who come and make the most of what they offer.
Keep everyone onside as exclusion fosters resentment.
Only by inclusion will you achieve domination.
People will work for free if they are valued and respected.
Exclude those with alternative opinions and you reduce the value of everything.
No one should feel that they are unwelcome for telling it as it is.
Unique opportunities to promote and develop the resources of IH are offered by the internet.
Positive results will flow from inclusion and involvement.
Only by taking the first step to an open information environment will you see the benefits.
Realising this is the key to everything.
For 2010 is the defining year for IH in Ireland.
Ask those who have dropped out to come back.
Invite those who are unaware to join up.
Leave the petty squabbles about egos at the end of the line and disconnect the track on which they stand.
Days Hotel Belfast - located in a lovely area of Belfast where the Union Jack flies from every lamppost and the kerbstones are painted blue white and red.
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