Patty Johnson Interview Part 9: Guyana in the Global Economy



Guyana in the global economy: exporting furniture with a new business model could have long-term benefits at home.

Qasim Virjee
Patty Johnson, Elise Hodson
March 2006
GUYANA
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Transcript

Guyana in the global economy: exporting furniture with a new business model could have long-term benefits at home. "Quite rightly, there is a lot of discussion, a lot of debate these days around the global marketplace, around what’s happening in the global environment, the local and the global. I think that for me this project has been a very nice contribution to that discussion. The methodology of this project has been very important for me, the development of that methodology which not only includes design processes but also includes working in a very explicit way with both these manufacturers in these communities. The model is one of partnership, one of collaboration not hierarchical, not a branch plant. Working across cultures to create new identities for people, building economic capacities not only for the manufacturers but for the communities. The hope would be that it will build some capacity in their communities so that they can continue 1. as a community and 2. that some of these techniques can be passed down to the younger generation and I don’t mean that in the icky traditional sense. I actually mean that a lot of the younger generations are not that interested in these techniques because they’re still used in a very traditional way. Even though they live in very remote spots they actually are aware of the world and so my feeling is that if you can show how these things can engage the outside world and it can lead to economic capacity then, in some way, the younger generation will become more interested in that. For manufacturers who are responsible for and support hundreds of people in these countries, that they have substantial orders or that they could be attached to these affluent markets can, and hopefully will, be a huge benefit for them."


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