GLOBAL VILLAGE 100
What if we could shrink the earth’s population, as a thought experiment, to a village of precisely 100 people with all the existing human ratios remaining the same?
What would that little global village look like?
This micro-village would look something the following. There would be:
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
89 would be right-handed
11 would be left-handed
6 would possess 59% of the world’s wealth and all 6 would be Americans
80 would live in sub-standard housing
70 would be unable to read or write
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education, and
1 would own a computer.
Think about it and post your comment:
When you think about the world from this compressed perspective what, in your opinion, is the most interesting thing for you to consider?
Not long ago I was invited to address the 800 students and teachers of the Senior School of St Michael’s Grammar School, St Kilda, Melbourne .
I was asked to talk about “Diversity in Thinking”.
In 1983, School of Thinking originated the idea of ‘Six Thinking Hats’ to show that there is more than one way of thinking besides the traditional Greco-European method called logic.
Today, after 30 years of teaching thinking and training teachers of thinking around the world, it is plain to me that there is a vast, virtually unlimited, number of ways of thinking ( for example, see this Wikipedia list).
There are not just 6 thinking hats, nor 60 thinking hats nor even 600 thinking hats, there are in fact many, many more … at least 6 billion thinking hats on Planet Earth!
To get you thinking, here are over 100 THINKTIPS reprinted from my book THE X10 MEMEPLEX: Multiply Your Business By Ten! (Prentice Hall 2000):
ESCAPE: How can I escape?
“Help! I’m trapped. How can I escape?” This is the cry of the thinker. Why? Because THE most difficult feat of thinking is to escape from your point-of-view. All of us are trapped in the special world we create for ourselves in our brain, our own unique viewpoint, our CVS. Your world and my world are different. You are trapped in your CVS as surely as I am trapped in my CVS.
— For the other 99 THINKTIPS click through to here …