April 30, 2005
Flatism will get you everywhere
Thomas Friedman, a New York Times foreign affairs columnist, says the world has gone from round to flat -- and not just because of China and India. Rather, a new "global, Web-enabled playing field allows for multiple forms of collaboration -- the sharing of knowledge and work -- in real time, without regard to geography, distance, or in the near future, even language." The cause, he argues, is a disruptive technology wave comparable to Gutenberg's introduction of the printing press. Only this time it's happening at warp speed and affecting people everywhere all at once. Result: As new winners replace the old and unexpected changes appear in rapid-fire waves, the risks of social disruption are unusually high.
Link: Globe and Mail