World is flat


  • Amazing talk by Thomas Friedman at MIT
  • I was personally excited as he shares that it was our own Nandan Nilekaniwho almost said that World was flat during his visit t Banglore.
  • I am also excited about his reference to IIT Madras 🙂
  • His reference that future belongs to individuals like all of us … and not to Nations or Companies excites me even more ….
  • In his reference to Green energy …. he says ” Lets change our leaders and not only our light bulbs” . This is extremely relevant to our country ….. We haven’t  changed either for a long time 😛

4 thoughts on “World is flat

  1. If you have read a lot of his book, The World Is Flat, the topic is very flat. He over simplifies a very complex topic about how the world has changed. I am definitely not a fan of Thomas Friedman.

  2. Nilekani only said that “the playing field is being leveled”, which is a far cry from saying “the world is flat”. It never is, and it never will be, scientifically or metaphorically. And as Amanda said, Friedman is over-simplistic in his analysis of globalization and mainly talks about internet coonectivity and technology, and leaves out a great majority of humanity, and African continent altogether, in his discovery of a “Flat” world.

    Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel winner for economics and was Chief Economist at World Bank) said while on a trip to India, that 600 million people from India (out of the one billion!) have been left out of the “development” fold of globalization. So, obviously, all India is not going to migrate into middle class, if anything the inequality is far, far worse now, after the advent of globalization.

    I would recommend a small, but interesting book, by Aronica and Ramdoo, “The World is Flat? A Critical Analysis of Thomas Friedman’s New York Times Bestseller,” which offers a counterperspective to Friedman’s theory on globalziation. It is a small book compared to the 600 page tome by Friedman, and aimed at the common man and students alike. As popular as the book may be, some reviewers assert that by what it leaves out, Friedman’s book is dangerous. The authors point to the fact that there isn’t a single table or data footnote in Friedman’s entire book.

    “Globalization is the greatest reorganization of the world since the Industrial Revolution,” says Aronica.

    You may want to see http://www.mkpress.com/flat
    and watch http://www.mkpress.com/flatoverview.html
    for an interesting counterperspective on Friedman’s
    “The World is Flat”.

    Also a really interesting 6 min wake-up call: Shift Happens! http://www.mkpress.com/ShiftExtreme.html

    There is also a companion book listed: Extreme Competition: Innovation and the Great 21st Century Business Reformation
    http://www.mkpress.com/extreme
    http://www.mkpress.com/Extreme11minWMV.html

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