Sunday, December 1, 2013

Creativity in a Global Context

We are truly living in an age of globalization and technological disruption. Are you going to ride these waves, which are bigger than anything we have seen before, or be left behind.

I would caution you against being left behind. While tech might not be "your thing", the truth is that we are going to be facing greater and greater economic disparity that is already growing rapidly between those who embrace technology and those who don't. Think about it this way- are you more productive on a typewriter or a computer? Do you work better when connected with literally everyone in your office, or when you need to send carbon copy letters by snail mail that takes weeks to arrive.

I think the answer is obvious, and while I am NOT going to say that there is an impending apocalypse, I am very aware of the social unrest that technological is accelerating. You need only look as far as the Arab Spring to see the huge role that Twitter played in the unveiling of the government.

So how do you survive by playing this new game of globalization and disruption. The first thing is that you need to learn to engage in the outside world. If you can't speak multiple languages and communicate wit people regardless of their culture and socioeconomic background you, my friend, are going to be left behind. Thankfully, there are options for you. For one, you can find global work placements more easily than ever before. For example, you can start a company in China like my friend Scott did, or you can strike out on your own as a freelancing "digital nomad".

You should also be working to pick up as many skills as possible. In this day and age, there is simply no excuse not to be improving your skills and knowledge at a rapid pace. After all, people in Bangladesh are, why can't you, dear first world citizen, be bothered to? The truth is that The West has rested on its laurels for decades and arguably even centuries, but now, thanks to a flattened playing field, we are now facing competition from places we never had it before.

I welcome it personally. You should to. After all, the rewards for the innovative, the global, and the disruptive are potentially great, and if you are willing to study at a website like Coursera or Udemy you can also improve your skillset rapidly. If you don't- trust me, you will be left behind.



  1. Nice blog, Peter! Hope to see more articles on this blog!

    1. Thank you Charles, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment here!

  2. Hi Peter,
    I like your blog - when will you be back? It is Easter Sunday and you haven't posted in ages.
    Hope that all in well in your busy world. Post soon, you are missed.
    A. Gatto

    1. Aww, thanks Alice! I will try and post soon, haven't been trying to spend less time on the computer lately but I may have lost that battle :P

      And Happy (Belated) Easter!