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Forum Post: The World is Flat

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 24, 2012, 10:01 p.m. EST by DanielBarton (1345)
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So I recently have read a book that was required for one of my engineering classes. The class overall was about markets and merging ideas. In this class i had lunch with U.N. directors, VP of Google,VP of John Deere and professors from China, Canada, and India. We discussed ideas of global markets, technological differences, and even music.

So what im suggesting to the people who want to learn what is happening to our world is to read this book:The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman

Friedman believes the world is flat in the sense that the competitive playing field between industrial and emerging market countries is leveling; and that individual entrepreneurs as well as companies, both large and small, are becoming part of a large, complex, global supply chain extending across oceans, with competition spanning entire continents.

The author suggest that the trigger events for this phenomenon were the collapse of communism, the dot-com bubble (resulting in overinvestment in fiber-optic telecommunications), and the subsequent outsourcing of engineers enlisted to fix the perceived Y2K problem. Yet we are only now beginning to feel and understand the full implications of these events.

Even if you dont like the idea of globalization it is a good read and a good idea to understand what you are involved in.

Also if you want to ask any question about what we talked about go for it ill try to answer it.



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[-] 2 points by gsw (2727) 1 year ago

Good book. Well researched and informative on outsourcing, which allowed UPS and Wallmart to expand.

This is also interesting


► 19:01► 19:01 www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOwZwkhFemQ May 31, 2011 - 19 min - Uploaded by PremierLegend THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD BANK, JAMES ... HE TELLS THE GRAD STUDENTS ...

There is an extended unedited version I can't locate it....battery dying.

[-] 1 points by DanielBarton (1345) 1 year ago

thanks im looking forward to watching this

[-] 1 points by DanielBarton (1345) 1 year ago

seems like no one gives a shit