Thursday, February 09, 2006

The World Is Flat


I recently finished Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. At 469 pages, it's not a quick read, but I think it's an important read. I had first heard of it shortly after it was published, and I heard him speak at a graduation ceremony in the late spring.

Some may say this book repeats stuff you could have known from other sources (at least one Amazon reviewer did), and they might be right. What I find important is, first, that it assembles a panoply of arguments for the flattening of the world all in one place (including concerns as well as benefits), and, second, that, if what he says is so obvious, it would seem that we would be acting more in accord with the recommendations he makes.

If you haven't read it yet, I encourage you to do so. Consider the suggestions he gives for people, for companies, and for countries. Think and decide for yourself. And then figure out how to act, how to move forward in ways that will make a positive difference.

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