Manufacturing Foxes – Tenuous Connections Across Time
In a display of sheer audacsiousness, Adrian tries to connect a forgotten sport from the 1600s to difficulty in re-shoring businesses today.
Can he do it?
Watch and find out!
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2 thoughts on “Manufacturing Foxes”
When I first heard you say the phrase “fox tossing” I thought the next topic was going to be about “dead cat bounces”. Another colourful phrase that Leslie doesn’t like.
It’s an interesting comparison. Can I explore a few points.
First of all, China was able to take over manufacturing for the world because they have such cheap labour. That, and government control, allowed them to build that supply chain and to build it with the required flexibility to be repurposed easily. But I think the trump card (pardon the pun) was labour costs. It reminds me of the story of Home Depot in China. They discovered that there is no DYI culture in China. The new middle class simply hires someone to do stuff around the house that you and I normally would do. Home Depot eventually left China with their tail between their legs.
Another analogy is the building a Saturn 5 rocket. NASA developed the skills in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Try doing it today. It’s not for lack of materials. We simply don’t have the skills anymore. We have to start from scratch – as Musk did with the Falcon. He built the infrastructure/supply chain and skills with textbook knowledge only.
Tongue in cheek assertion – with the right money and authoritarian government, I think we could restart fox tossing. Yes, we would need to develop new skills and capabilities such as how to feed then. And get them ready for the “tossing ring”, etc. And we would need to build a supply chain for everything from fox food to fox tossing fashion accessories. But Musk could do it. Or Trump (please don’t give him the idea).
Missed this at the time Adrian but have now caught up. Some of these are similar suggestions to what Peter Diamandis has been talking about. His first book is called Abundance and his latest one is The Future is Faster than YouThink. Thought you might be interested. Wanda