responded with a number of valuable programs. Nonetheless, we observe that there is ferment and excitement in the technical and private sector communities, from the hands-on training effort of the community in Wellington to the sparks of initiative in the IT area to the organized developments of the producers' organizations in potatoes, swine, lobsters, and other commodities. Alert as the government is, it would seem to us that the private sector has the greater momentum. Participants in the activities of the Knowledge Assessment were knowledgeable about advances in their fields, realistic about the risks and opportunities, and prepared to take initiatives when given the opportunity to do so. One aim of governmental programs should be to encourage and open doors for the individual citizen, and to leave decisions and outcomes to their own perspicacity and fortune.
The process begun with the Knowledge Assessment was a useful one, beyond the findings of the present study. Several of the virtual case studies have resulted in deals, prospectuses, even recruitment of management teams, and some of the vanguard enterprises may one day become real enterprises. The process of gathering interested, informed, and energetic people in a structured exercise has proved catalytic, and in one form or another should be continued. This could one day become a function of the Center for the New Economy should it become a reality. The case study format is not the only way, but we also think that the presence of outsiders lends a fresh ingredient to the catalysis. We were happy to have the chance to help.