I am still coming to terms with running two blogs. The running and life blog gets updated more frequently.
Anyway when I was at the airport to go to Dubbo for my ICT Presentation there was a cheap version of Friedman’s The World is Flat and have been reading it carefully for the last month. Time now to distill a few notes which I would like to put into application. First up he talks about 10 flatteners – should be 13 of them.
10 things that changed the world
- 11th September 1989: the walls went down and the windows went up – Berln Wall
- 8th September 1995 when the web went round and Netscape went public – WWW
- Workflow software: connected machines and software applications encouraged standardised business software.
- Uploading: Apache, Linux, opensource – community developed software and answers – Wikipedia
- Outsourcing: all caome about with Yk2 and India helped out and have been their since.
- Offshoring: running with gazelles and eating with lions. 2001 China joined the WTO and the rest of the world has had to run faster and faster.
- Supply chaining: Walmart.
- Insourcing: FedX and Us Postal. not just delivering packages they are doing logistics – sychronising global supply chains – they actually fix Toshiba lap tops rather than forwarding them to Toshiba.
- Informing: google
- Steriods: you can access the internet in Japan on the Bullet train at 240km/hour. Look at storage, IM and filesharing, VoiP, video conferencing and computer graphics.
Now what I want to do is work through the issues and see how I can apply them to education.