Big Idea – The World is Flat

Image of a flat map of the world. In his bestselling book, The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman suggests we have entered an era of globalization where the world has shrunk from a "size small to a size tiny" with a flattened playing field (Friedman, 2005, p.10).

We live in a world where individuals can collaborate and compete globally. The lever that is easily and seamlessly enabling individuals to go global is software, in conjunction with the creation of a global fiber optic network. In essence, this has made us all next-door neighbors (Friedman, 2005).

Friedman urges us to ask two questions:


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