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Chapter 17: 11/9 versus 9/11

In this chapter there is much talk about what 9/11 stands for and what we should symbolize it as standing for. Friedman talks a lot about how it should be seen as “11/9” and not 9/11. He goes on to say that 9/11 is just a number and that we cannot fear 9/11 forever. We must continue to live our lives, forget, but never forgive. He also talks about how technology alone cannot keep us safe, and that we can not just hide under a cave living with fear. A good quote that Friedman states in this chapter goes as follows: “The hallmark of a truly successful organization is the willingness to abandon what made it successful and start fresh.” Stop looking backward on memories and look forward to dreams and goals.
EBay was another interesting topic discussed by Friedman in this chapter. EBay went public in 1998 and has seen much success as establishing itself has a ‘community’ where anyone can get positive feedback and feel validated. A surprising majority of EBay’s feedback is positive, and they have around 105 million registered users from 190 countries worldwide. They are trading more than $35 billion dollars in products annually. EBay is seen as a self-governing nation-state, the V.R.E., the Virtual Republic of eBay.
India and its Muslim culture was discussed by Friedman towards the end of this chapter. India is the second largest Muslim country in the world, with Indonesia being the largest. There are 150 million Muslims in India and they have more Muslims than Pakistan. Indian Muslims aren’t involved with the Taliban or al-Qaeda. This is because they are raised in a secular, free market, a democratic context of India. They are influenced by a tradition of non-violence and Hindu tolerance. Indian Muslim women are empowered to speak their mind and stand up for their rights.
In the flat world you don’t just get your humiliation dished to you fiber-optically, you also get your pride dished out to you fiber-optically. Social contracts whose dominant feature is that authority comes from the bottom up and people can and do feel self-empowered to improve their lot tend to spend their time focusing on what to do next, and not whom to blame next.

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11/9 versus 9/11

SLIDE 1:

Cannot fear everything after 9/11

Think of it as 11/9 and not 9/11

Technology alone cannot keep us safe

“The hallmark of a truly successful organization is the willingness to abandon what made it successful and start fresh.”

SLIDE 2:

eBay

Became a ‘community’ and has helped people gain confidence and positive feedback

“Every human craves validation or positive feedback.”

Majority of feedback on eBay is positive

eBay has 105 million registered users from 190 countries

SLIDE 3:

India

Second largest Muslim country in the world- largest is Indonesia

Indian Muslims aren’t involved with the Taliban or al-Qaeda

Why? Because of the secular, free market, democratic context of India

Influenced by a tradition of non-violence and Hindu tolerance

Indian Muslim women are empowered to speak their mind and stand up for their rights

Trading more than $35 billion in products annually

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