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El Huffington Post - Spain | 26/08/2015

Chandran Nair fears the world is drifting apart

Ever since the publication of "The world is flat" by Thomas Friedman in 2004, it has been the fashion to observe the convergence of the globalised world. But it seems more likely that we are living in an era of divergence, writes Chandran Nair, Leader of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, on the centre-left news website El Huffington Post: "Even as certain indicators of social development, such as life expectancy and literacy, have converged, we also find ourselves living in a parallel era of great divergences brought about by the very consequences of convergence where technology, free markets and democracy are viewed as the panacea to all human challenges. But it is more likely that divergence, not convergence, will have the most profound impact on societies. ... If the true aim of technology is to make the world a better place, then we already possess almost all the necessary tools to do so. What we lack are the appropriate political systems and institutions to put new business models into action and the willingness to change an inherently ineffective and unfair economic model."

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