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November 11, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

Quotes from Tom Friedman’s “The World is Flat”

Quotes from The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

“We are entering an era of creative destruction on steroids.”
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 364

“Using computer simulation and graphics, you can now bring all sorts of data together to create models that will show you how all kinds of complex things work together–before you actually go through the process of building them.”
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 296

“So those landscape architects, financial planners, home designers, and real estate brokers who get it, who become skilled at working to build, customize, and interpret models, will also find themselves with a pathway to the new middle.”
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 296

CQ + PQ > IQ
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 303

Nobody works harder at learning than a curious kid.
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 304

“We reward risk taking. Our university system is competitive and experimental.”
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 316

“In a flat world, where value is increasingly created, and complex problems solve, by whom you connect with horizontally, having a high trust society is even more of an advantage.”
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 320

Out of clutter find simplicity
From discord, find harmony
In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
Albert Einstein

“Vanilla will not put food on the table anymore.”
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 431

BOP and the flat world
What do poor people need most that we could sell them? You cannot design this stuff in Palo Alto; you have to cocreate with the user-customer beneficiary.
In order to answer that question, HP created a public-private partnership with the national government of india and the local government in Andhra Pradesh. Then a group of HP technologists convened a series of dialogues in the farming village of Kuppam. It asked residents two things: What are you hopes for the next three to five years? and What changes would really make your lives better? To help the villagers (many of them illiterate) express themselves, HP used a concept called graphic facilitation, whereby when people voiced their dreams and aspiration, a visual artist whom HP brought over from the United States drew images of those aspiration on craft paper put up on the walls around the room.
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 477

Community based software development is now a business, one that holds the potential for Microsoft as for every other company.
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 108

The job of government and politicians in such a flattening world is more important than ever. It is to embrace globalization and understand that a fairer, more compassionate, and more egalitarian society lies in a web of policies aimed not at strengthening the old welfare state–or in abolishing it and just letting the market rip–but at reconfiguring it to give more Americans the outlook, education, skills, and safety nets they will need to compete against other individuals in the flat world. That is what compassionate flatism stands for, and it is build around five section areas: leadership, muscle, cushioning, social activism, and parenting.
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 364

We’ve been here before. Each century, as we push out the frontiers of human knowledge, work at every level becomes more complex, requiring more pattern recognition and problem solving.
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century 372-3

But the Indias and Chinas are increasingly adding one more thing to low-cost labor and high-power technology: unfettered imagination–that is, high innovative and creative capabilities. They will focus first on solving their own problems with cheap labor, high technology, and high creativity–re-imagining their own futures….So, for the last time, you have been warned. This is not a test.”
Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 390

No institution will go through fundamental change unless it believes it is in deep trouble and needs to do something different to survive.
Gerstner at Harvard Business School

And there people will have to become less like specialty tools and more like Swiss Army knives.
Joe Santana director of Training at Siemens Business Services

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  1. Fehmeen | MicrofinanceHub / Nov 11 2010 11:00 am

    These are some interesting quotes, but I personally don’t agree with all of them. For instance, we see that India and China haven’t been very creative in the pursuit of solving domestic problems even though they are quickly emerging as powerful economies in the global arena.

    Just to remind you – what do you think about the possibility of me writing another guest post for your blog?

    Fehmeen

  2. compassioninpolitics / Nov 11 2010 11:29 am

    I imagine so on the guest post. I need to process the one you just sent on micro-finance.

    I’m not sure I can assess Chinas strategy and creativity in addressing their domestic problems. In the technology entrepreneurship space (which has direct creative implications) China have been creating a better community (for instance they brought David Cohen, an angel/VC from Colorado to help train and inspire new internet tech entrepreneurs).

    That not withstanding, teaching and doing creativity and entrepreneurship are certainly two different things. The cultural change will likely be longer than in other areas.

    It is the case that regionalism (aka corruption) in China will likely hinder their ability to execute on their strategic economic goals over the longer term. I would guess this will also be why they will have problems implementing reforms overall.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Nov 11 2010 12:10 pm

    On successful flat world countries:
    “They try to tap the energy, entrepreneurship, creativity, and intelligence of their own people–men and women–rather than drill an oil well.”
    Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat, 344

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