When I heard the title of Thomas Friedman's latest book, I was amused and intrigued. Catchy title for sure but perhaps an overreach. After reading it though, I have more questions than answers. If we are as connected as he contends we are technologically, why are we so divided on so many issues? Further, are communities and regions "flat" too? If so, we need to take some lessons from Friedman's book and begin applying them locally. How can we take advantage of this moment in our history to strengthen our communities and regions? Friedman’s book challenges us to think about our collective futures in different ways and with different skills. In the weeks ahead we will be looking at various aspects of the book that have implications for communities.