“How did growing up in Minnesota shape your view of the world?”
That was one of the questions addressed by New York Times foreign affairs columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman when he spoke earlier this year at Stanford Graduate School of Business' View From The Top speaker series.
Among other things, Friedman said that, while growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s and ’70s, he witnessed local Fortune 500s practicing corporate social responsibility “long before it was ever invented.” Friedman also said he perceived a shared optimism about how communities can work together through politics and philanthropy to improve residents’ lives, and he cited today’s diverse roster of Minnesota politicians.
“To put it simply, I learned from Minnesota that politics could work,” Friedman said, adding that even today, in his professional career, he’s “always looking for Minnesota” in every subject he covers.
Here’s a video that shows Friedman’s comments about what he learned growing up in Minnesota:
And here’s his complete speech: