me, 2.0: jose nazario
beauty and the street
some more thoughts about KL
a composite image taken from my KL hotel room showing part of the city.
everyone i met in KL has been kind, generous, gracious, and truly
interesting. they have so much to offer on so many levels, share it freely,
and for it i am luckier than i could have imagined. a big thank you to
if my thoughts after this recent trip to malaysia and reading on global
economies are right, our economy wont survive, the american dinosaur will
simply follow that same path and become extinct or simply outmoded. dinosaurs
had tiny brains,
and damn if we don't have a teeny one as a nation as well. economically
speaking, i think america is akin to a large, giant business like IBM,
Xerox or general motors. these are all striking examples of businesses
that failed to adapt quickly and faced failure, some closer to that
total failure than others at various times.
granted, an economy like malaysia or taiwan is smaller and can afford
to be more nimble, but they're well funded, smart and have the
intelligence to recognize, to borrow a phrase from wayne gretsky's
father, "where the puck will be". just like a well funded start up with
minds to match can excel, so can these nations and regions.
i have seen the future, and it looks a lot like KL, and much more so than
tokyo does. KL is culturally diverse yet these features are preserved at
the root, technologically savvy on all levels, and the usual great disparity
between rich and poor still exists. it looks less and less like
america every day, and the stale model of being xenophobic simply will
result in failure. people in KL (and indeed most of the rest of the world)
are very global in thought. the region is shaping up to be far more
important than as an "emerging market", a view that itself shows western
arrogance. the future may lie in economic regionalism, far beyond NAFTA
and the EU, but to succeed cultural security will have to be preserved.
that's a point poorly articulated by terrorism, but just as important
i think. and one totally misunderstood by most of the western powers.
some of the people i've already talked to about this, most i would say,
think i'm sort of paranoid doomsday fanatic. i'm not. i'm not saying
"go out and learn mandarin, your next boss will be speaking to you
only in mandarin ..." i remember in the 80's when we were all told to
learn japanese, they were going to directly run our economy. i'm not
saying that sort of thing at all. i'm only saying that people who understand
the true implications of globalization and where the power is likely
to ultimately lie will succeed. everyone else will fail, insisting their
failed world views are still valid.
these are the sorts of things that are on my mind after this last week.
we'll see how i continue to shape them, learn, and use that information
in my personal and professional life.
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