World Business. In one Place.

With as many people as New York has during its hectic morning rush hour, one tends not to see the same people on a daily basis. Sure, there is a group of people that I take the train with each morning, we all recognize each other and leave each other alone to our commuting ritual of reading or sleeping, but once we exit the train at Grand Central Terminal, we are each lost in the crowd, headed to the street, the subways and the escalators of 200 Park. And although I don’t tend to see the same people once I exit the train, I have randomly run into friends of mine twice in the past week. These friends live far from me and were headed to work in midtown as I was trying to head downtown. I tried to calculate the odds of running randomly into two good friends, at being in the same place at the same time on the same day, but couldn’t come up with a precise number. All I realized is that the odds of such an occurrence must be pretty large.

There are times when not just New York, but the whole world feels small. It is not an exaggeration to claim that the world is becoming more and more one place as opposed to several places spread out over thousands of miles, as this Financial Times photo depicts here. In such a world, the skyscrapers of New York are next to those of Shanghai, London, Chicago, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. In the next few years to come, working remotely will continue to grow in popularity and will soon be the norm across a number of industries worldwide. Global collaboration will allow companies to hire the best employees from around the world and provide them with the technology and resources to stay wherever they choose and work productively. In many instances, this is already old news. I can only imagine what the next decade will bring. It will be exciting to be a part of the ride.

One Response

  1. I know what you mean when you say the world feels small. It is amazing who you run into as we go through this adventure called life. Chisa and I went to Matsuyama to attend a wedding reception. While we were at the church before the reception began, the missionaries were there waiting for interviews with the president. One of the missionaries happened to be our friend from Chisa’s old ward in SLC. The world is small but living in the church makes it even smaller. It is kind of eerie sometimes. Anyways, I hope you are well. Lates.

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