The world is getting flatter. At midnight in India (around noon in another part of the world) an Indian receives a call from a lady in America. He helps her get her vacation arranged and sends her a complimentary air ticket, which she receives the next day. It isn't surprising how distances seem to become meaningless and how nationalities and geographies almost obscure. A tourist in London buys a bunch of souvenirs to take back home to India. He realizes only when he is back in his apartment, that each of the keychains he purchased has a "Made in China" imprinted on them.
Something special has been happening to the world over the last few years. The center of gravity is shifting to the east and all of a sudden Asia seems to be the sexiest continent of the world. Is this a significant chapter in the history of the world? Who knows! I'm just happy to be a part of being a part of a really amazing story, that I can tell my grandchildren many years later. I look at ThoughtWorks University as a symptom of the flat world phenomenon. Its amazing how at ThoughtWorks, Bangalore is our global melting pot; with new hires from all over the world joining to create an amazing worldwide network. I am not surprised, that besides learning, one of the key goals of the program is to help create the worldwide network. The current group of students is as small as 18. But lets start outlining the million possibilities. This group of 18 has met a group of 6 trainers. Together, they become a group of 24. As they socialize in Bangalore, with TW'ers from various parts of the world, the group becomes bigger. When its time to split, the group isnt just a group anymore. Its a huge global network of people who can perhaps be ready to work with each other at a minutes notice. To have a friend many miles across the world is fantastic; but to know that you're now part of a fast growing global web, where you have someone you can count on, in every continent is just fascinating... very special... a flat world symptom. I cant help marveling at this with every passing day of TWU.