This is the New Zealand way of doing business. Instead of involving a dozen lawyers, licensing agents and a whole bunch of people, Peter Jackson did a simple negotiation with the national museum, Te Papa. Peter needed a biplane engine for King Kong, which the museum secured. In exchange, it could have The Lord of the Rings exhibition for an encore.
Granted, there would still have been a lot of folks involved in actually getting the exhibition in there—the model my friend Bridget MacDonald stands next to in the photograph in this Fairfax article is one piece—but it shows that at least among some folks, a handshake is enough. Everything else beyond consensus ad idem is just using money.
The lawyer-laden way of doing business in some nations just seems such a world away from what we are accustomed to here. Posted by Jack Yan, 04:47
I believe that those habits are derived from our common colonial guides - 'not cricket', 'stiff upper lip' and 'not done' aren't just phrases but actually mean something, like a gentleman's agreement.
I suspect you are right, Niti. They also come from a culture where people trust ﬁrst and doubt second. I can name some places where there is a presumption of guilt, not innocence. I believe most places begin with values and traditions, but some have lost their way.Post a Comment
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