3 - Change Happens

How data is already making a big impact on your daily life and work

In his book The World Is Flat, Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman discusses how the world has seen three eras of globalization.2 Globalization 1.0 began when Columbus discovered America, changing European rules on their position in the world and the way they discovered and colonized it. Globalization 2.0 lasted from around 1800 to 2000 with multinationals as the driving force, from Dutch-English joint-stock companies to the hype of the dot-com startups. Globalization 3.0 is where we are today. It is characterized by what Friedman calls the ‘flat-world platform’, where individuals and small groups are empowered by personal computers, fiber-optic networks ...

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