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"When I was growing up in Minneapolis, my parents always said, “Tom, finish your dinner. There are people starving in China and India.” Today I tell my girls, “Finish your homework, because people in China and India are starving for your jobs.” And in a flat world, they can have them, because there’s no such thing as an American job anymore.” Tom Friedman


Tom Friedman - The World is Flat Lecture

About the Lecture

Chances are good that Bhavya in Bangalore will read your next x-ray, or as Thomas Friedman learned first hand, “Grandma Betty in her bathrobe” will make your Jet Blue plane reservation from her Salt Lake City home. In “Globalization 3.0,” Friedman contends, people from far-flung places will become principal players in the marketplace.

In his latest book, The World is Flat, Friedman describes the unplanned cascade of technological and social shifts that effectively leveled the economic world, and “accidentally made Beijing, Bangalore and Bethesda next-door neighbors.” Today, “individuals and small groups of every color of the rainbow will be able to plug and play.” Friedman’s list of “flatteners” includes the fall of the Berlin Wall; the rise of Netscape and the dotcom boom that led to a trillion dollar investment in fiber optic cable; the emergence of common software platforms and open source code enabling global collaboration; and the rise of outsourcing, offshoring, supply chaining and insourcing. Friedman says these flatteners converged around the year 2000, and “created a flat world: a global, web-enabled platform for multiple forms of sharing knowledge and work, irrespective of time, distance, geography and increasingly, language.” At the very moment this platform emerged, three huge economies materialized -- those of India, China and the former Soviet Union --“and three billion people who were out of the game, walked onto the playing field.” A final convergence may determine the fate of the U.S. in this final chapter of globalization. A “political perfect storm,” as Friedman describes it -- the dotcom bust, the attacks of 9/11, and the Enron scandal -- “distract us completely as a country.” Just when we need to face the fact of globalization and the need to compete in a new world, “we’re looking totally elsewhere.” 



ELT /EWT - Everyone Listen To/ Everyone Watch To...consider and discuss the following:


What role, if any, does the institution of education play in contributing to the productivity continuum of the US? What would you describe as necessary changes?

Where will our next productivity boost come from? What part will / should education play in this boost? Are we teaching in a manner that will encourage a boost?

Why & How, if at all, should educators consider, incorporate, integrate, explore, and assimilate the various cultural applications into their daily pedagogical practices?

What might educators need to know about various cultural applications in order to succeed at the task of integration?

What role does communication, connection, and collaboration play in our ability to align the various cultural applications represented by our students?

Who are the winners and losers if cultural applications are not aligned?

What might be the cost to our global participation if we chose not to explore or incorporate the various cultural applications?

What do you see as our responsibility, as educators, to students and families who are unable to "plug & play" in the increasingly global social order?


ELT-EWT The World is Flat Critical Analysis.pdf

Hot Flat and Crowded Chapter 1.pdf

Hot Flat and Crowded Chapter 2.pdf

Hot Flat and Crowded Discussion Guide.pdf




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