Connectography = connectivity + geography

Connectography = connectivity + geography. Global strategist Parag Khanna begins his buoyant and hopeful Ted Talk with, “I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth.” In his new book Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, he makes the case that, “the arc of global history is undeniably bending towards integration.” Khanna explains that as cities rapidly expand, we become increasingly more and more connected through energy, transportation and vast arrays of communications networks, cables, and satellites. He believes we are in the midst of transforming to a new world — one based on ‘connectography’ — and his perspective is refreshingly observant and optimistic. He notes that as connectivity becomes more and more pervasive, our future will be shaped by these forces to a greater extent and less by geographical country boundaries. “Mankind has a new maxim — connectivity is destiny — and the most connected powers and people will win.” Khanna paints an absolutely fascinating picture of our emerging, evolving world. One that quite frankly will upend the way you currently look at a global map. Think new borders that have much less to do with geography and everything to do with our interrelationships. For a very compelling watch, read and listen, check out these links…

TED — How megacities are changing the map of the world

In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: “Connectivity is destiny.”

Washington Post — Six maps that will make you rethink the world

We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete.

CBC ‘The Current’ — How connectivity reshapes world map

National borders are vanishing, new megacities are emerging and it’s all good, according to author Parag Khanna.

Michael Chase, CMO
 St. Joseph Communications

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Originally published at Monday Morning Mashup.