Sunday, October 30, 2005

Globalisation on a flat world

Don Perrin just sent me a copy of the intensely interesting reflections of Thomas Friedman in his article The World is Flat, After All, in which he describes a rapidly changing global economy, where a vast number of knowledge experts from previously disadvantaged nations now have access to our markets and are in a very good position to compete.

Friedman's notes really got me thinking about the economic revolution we have only begun to experience. I know I have even experimented with outsourcing animation work to Indian designers in my own learning resource developments. If it had of worked (in that if I had of found someone able to do what I was needing) apparently a good rate in India for such work is US$8 - $10 per hour!

Most people think of sweat shops, worker exploitation, and job loses when they hear of this stuff, but that may not always be the case. A couple of years ago, I was even considering moving myself into an economic region where I could compete back home from. In other words, from a yacht in the Black Sea at US$10 per hour developing rich media learning resources for Australian projects...

Friedman's article, or that keynote speech from John Seely Brown are thought provoking accounts of what is actually happening within and throughout our increasingly globalised economies.


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2 comments:

botts said...

hi leigh

yes an interesting article...but did you spend any time looking at the context in which it was placed?

attached to an extreme right wing conservative political website that supports the war on iraq and the presidency of mr bush...how on earth is that context going to be supportive of globalisation of any flavour? even the comments posted at the end of the article immediately jump into pro violence redneck bigoted rantings without even considering the broader positive outcomes that friedman is suggesting.

as a blind aside...how does a website that supports the idea of proactive invasion of other countries also claim to be anti violence...check out their disclaimer on their home page???????

have yourself a great day

botts

Leigh Blackall said...

Jeez Botts, uncovered some dirt there mate? I just put a search in and posted the first link I could to the article. The original was actually posted in the NY Times, and Don told me that for him to republish it he'd have to pay them $4000! So further dirt on that site seems to be a breach of copyright!! Unless they paid the 4 grand... surely not?