What is the First World?

Once, my 12-year-old son asked what the first, second, and third worlds are. I said:

You are standing by a swimming pool on the roof of a hotel, with an ice-cold Coca-Cola in your hand. This is the first world.

Do you see that person walking down the street to an Internet cafe? This is the second world.

Do you see that person riding a donkey cart down the street? This is the third world.

This explanation is likely adequate for a 12-year-old; however, it would be inadequate for a professional. These phrases have comprehensive definitions that educate and inform. Also, did you know, there is a fourth world?

Find definitions of these and thousands of other phrases and terms in the KT Project’s Glossary of Common Industry and Project Terminology.

The KT Project’s glossary is the first comprehensive terminology resource written specifically for capital projects in the energy, industrial, mining, petrochemical, pipeline, and power industries. It is a significant work comprising over 620 pages and 250,000 words.

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  1. Poolside view on the roof of a hotel in Luxor, Egypt (left picture, facing east), 2007, Roy O. Christensen
  2. Street view from the roof of a hotel in Luxor, Egypt (right picture, facing south), 2007, Roy O. Christensen

About the Author

Roy O. Christensen founded the KT Project to save organizations significant money and time, by providing key resources to leverage expert knowledge transfer for successful project execution. The signature KT Project guideline is the Glossary of Common Industry and Project Terminology, that defines thousands of phrases and terms.