Here’s a summary of what it takes to develop a culture of stone, instead of merely transferring technology from one marble-quarrying region to another.
- General, straightforward and above all permanent access to information and knowledge throughout the life of a stone company. The information receivedmust be interactive and relevant to a specific region and culture; it must not merelywork towards standardisation andsteadiness. It is not all about transferring technology, machinery, experts or quarry masters.
- The quarrymen being able to process, change and innovate the knowledge they receive incomparatively easy ways, adapt it to their own natural, cultural and spiritualbackground and adjust it to their aspirations and the local mining industry, both economically and culturally, with globalisation and international competition in mind.
- The ability to transmit the knowledge thus received and processed to other mining communities who can share the samelonging for growth, so as to increase the critical massand bring about a cultural renaissance, to improve production and distribution. So as to multiply the force that comes from knowing.
Through empowerment, information loses its traditional vertical and hierarchical nature.Now,communication is cross-sectional,initiatives are widespread (not concentrated), and any quarryman cantake them on. The space of freedom is growing larger, so large it is global, it extends throughout the world.