Different nations, same problem

I recently gave a talk to a group of professionals from South Korea who were participating in the University of Missouri’s Global Leadership Program, a year-long program designed to teach government officials and other professionals the intricacies of American business, culture and language. Before my talk began I had a chance to talk with several of them about what issues downtowns in South Korea were facing. The answer was surprising, although it shouldn’t have been.

“Our downtowns are suffering because malls were built on the outskirts of town and everyone’s going there to shop.”

I guess we’re all more alike than we think.