With technology, resources, knowledge and creativity, we can build paradise on earth.
That may be why so many people in China have no religion, and why Dongguan is closer to it than any other city in the world.
This city, once just a fishing village bordering Hong Kong, is the symbol and triumph of China's long-term strategy to modernize the country and lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty at home and abroad. With poor quality products and cheap imitations of international brands, it has done its best to provide affordable products not only for its own people, but also for other countries that are not as wealthy as a few in the West. Today, your cell phone, computer, speakers, headphones, TV and home appliances are likely to come from here, as it produces more than 60 percent of all consumer electronics. Major local and international brands have offices here, and some of them are most likely to use the same manufacturers that once copied their products to now produce them. Once a seemingly impoverished suburb of Hong Kong, the
In 2002, it was amazing to witness the growth, vitality, beauty and strength of this young, healthy and powerful city. Its substantial investment has made it quite competitive for many talented people from China and around the world, providing excellent opportunities for innovation and contribution to the companies and businesses that operate here. It has taken China from the bottom of the innovation ladder to the top of the innovation ladder in the span of about 20 years. People really need to be creative to find what is not possible here. While many people only think of China and Shenzhen from the biased news media, it's important to know that most of your favorite electronics brands are greatly privileged here, as most of their products are probably made here. But the purpose of this article is not to change your mind about China or Shenzhen.
Here, the future has passed.
Here, all it takes is one good idea and a few people to start a great business. Companies have power and influence, but the market is very strong and competitive. Just a few years ago, Tencent was a name that almost no one outside of China would recognize. Today, it has an online network with more daily users than Meta (then Facebook, because we live in the future) and it is the most influential company in international championships (again, we live in a future where video games are prevalent) more popular than the Olympics, partly because of epidemics). We are fortunate here that the COVID pandemic is long past and the government has adopted appropriate strategies to protect us from the virus These strategies have not only helped us in China, but have also helped the heavy reliance on most products being made in China.
It's easy for the world to commit to reducing carbon emissions, but it's easy to forget that about 80% of the world's manufacturing is done in China, and that manufacturing consumes over 70% of electricity. China is the world's largest producer of solar panels and renewable energy, the place where most recyclable materials are recycled, the most densely forested country, and the place with the largest reserves of rare earth metals on which the global electronics industry depends. These facts in themselves are large enough to understand not only the extent to which most of the world's population depends on it, but also the far-reaching economic and political strategies they adopted long ago to provide sustainability for others.
What does the future hold?
Only a few years ago, many people would not have believed that you could print items and products at home, that cars could drive themselves, and that artificial intelligence would replace them at work or serve them at home. Smart homes and passenger-carrying drones seemed like science fiction, and living in a shipping container seemed like an insult. Professions like video bloggers, influencers, drone pilots or professional gamers aren't even legal, but they make millions of dollars and shape our perception of the real and virtual world. In fact, we don't believe that money can be as completely digital as cryptocurrency, that we can record our travel memories as 360-degree photos and videos, or that we can create parallel universes that can be accessed through VR headsets. Since the pandemic began to make working from home the new reality for many people
There are many opportunities for business and social innovation
You may notice that many talented people are living in large companies to launch their careers. Regardless of their career opportunities, companies have left little room (if any) for the positive changes they would like to see. In terms of environmental and mental health issues, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, selfish and shameful corporate interests, and even the fact that their employees are at the mercy of investors, are far from sustainable.
Unlike most leading companies, many businesses and startups that care about social and environmental injustice are employing business strategies that appeal to many people who cannot ignore such issues. The pandemic may just be a slap in the face to many who ignore the technologies and changes we needed long ago. The global commitment to carbon neutrality only proves that such change is not only necessary, but lucrative. Companies and big brands are struggling to make their businesses more sustainable, but recycling and manufacturing can be done effectively in a very limited number of product categories, offering small companies the opportunity to slowly specialize and scale up production over time to compete with the big brands.
Beyond the Future
The way we live and work is forever changing, and new technologies and global challenges make our education and diplomas of little value unless we keep learning and exploring new ways to make the world a better place. We know that many people have great ideas for products and businesses, but very limited knowledge of design, technology, regulations, and a very limited understanding of manufacturers and investments. To empower innovation and sustainable product design through new technologies that help individuals and companies do business and scale their business. We will regularly write about them on our official blog, LinkedIn page and WeChat with insights, updates and examples to better inform all interested parties. In doing so, we will actively seek opportunities for networking professional and business partnerships, leaving plenty of room for collaboration and positive change for experts, enthusiasts, innovators and investors. Our international team is currently expanding and we are looking for freelancers and makers from around the world who are passionate and/or experienced in sustainable product design and manufacturing to contact us directly.
To give you a better understanding of successful sustainable brands and to give you a better idea of how to get started and what you should consider in order to safely transform your product ideas through manufacturing into a successful business in China.
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