Cell phones – the empowerment of the underclass


I listened to a TED talk recently. IT was packed with great insights which I will comment on in future posts. The talk is by Shashi Tharoor on the topic of “Soft Power”. You can get the talk here . Soft Power is the ability to attract others. Really exciting talk. One of his comments was that in India, 15 million cell phones per month are sold! The cost of the handsets and the service is cheap, including free incoming calls on some plans. This means that street vendors to fishermen to stone masons can afford cell phones and take orders for their products and services. The empowerment of the underclass is the result of connectedness. Wonderful!

There’s so much more in this talk. Listen, you won’t be disappointed.

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