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Seminars on IT - The World is Flat 3.0 - Nov 2007

Seminar 2 - The World is Flat 3.0 - Nov 2007

Back in 2000, Thomas Friedman recounts, the world began to shrink and flatten, under the influence of digital interconnectivity. Elaborating on his World is Flat thesis, Friedman describes how this new global order puts creative, entrepreneurial individuals in the driver’s seat, and poses distinct new challenges and opportunities.

The digital platform that connects Bangalore, Boston and Beijing enables users from any of these places to "plug, play, compete, connect and collaborate," and is changing everything, says Friedman. He lists some basics to keep in mind: Whatever can be done, will be done, "and the only question left is will it be done by you or to you." Friedman describes a Budapest limo driver who asked him to refer friends traveling to Hungary to use his service -- as detailed in a website in Magyar, with English and German translations. And there’s the Sioux City- Winnebago Indian network, exporting construction tools to Kuwait. In our new era, individuals are limited only by their imaginations, so how well universities and schools enable and inspire students will determine who wins in global competition. Innovation, believes Friedman, will come from "having two or more specialties," from those people able to connect the dots and mash them together.

Thomas Friedman won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, his third Pulitzer for The New York Times.

Thomas L. Friedman
The World is Flat 3.0
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT World)
Date accessed: 2009-02-01
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