Who Doesn’t Want to Live in the 1st World? But What is it?

Once, my 12-year-old son asked me what the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd worlds are. This is what I told him.

You are standing by a swimming pool on the roof of a hotel, with an ice-cold Coca-Cola. You are living in the 1st world.

Do you see that man on the street walking into the Internet café? He is living in the 2nd world.

Do you see that other man on the street driving the donkey cart? He is living in the 3rd world.

This explanation of these worlds is adequate for a 12-year-old, but it uses a poetic license to do so. In fact, these phrases are defined somewhat differently. And there is also a 4th world.

Curious and want to learn more? Sure, you can Google 1st world and try to find an appropriate definition. Or, you can have the definitions of this and other terminology at your fingertips — if you have access to the KT Project’s Glossary of Common Industry and Project Terminology.

One of a project’s biggest challenges is the belief that a glossary is unnecessary. On the contrary, a comprehensive glossary has a profound impact on project success because it can be used as a single consistent authority that benefits all who use it. These benefits are quickly realized after implementation.

To learn more about effective communication and project success, read this KT Project ebook: Successful Projects Need Effective Communication – Tackling a complex challenge with a simple solution.

The KT Project’s glossary is especially useful for capital projects in the energy, industrial, mining, petrochemical, pipeline, and power industries.

About the Author

Roy O. Christensen founded 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. Contact Roy: hello@ktproject.ca or 1+403.703.2686.


  1. Poolside view on the roof of a hotel in Luxor, Egypt , 2007, Roy O. Christensen
  2. Overview of a street from the roof of a hotel in Luxor, Egypt, 2007, Roy O. Christensen