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How Megacities Are Changing The Map Of The World

Reimagine how life is organised on Earth. We used to live in a world where we thought “geography is destiny”, but urbanisation and the rise of better infrastructures, transportation, and trade have led to interconnected cities, creating a better map of the world that is fluid and borderless. 

We are no longer limited by geography. The global connectivity revolution in the fields of transportation, energy, and communications has brought on a quantum leap of giving people better mobility in terms of resources, goods, and knowledge. It represents the revolution of the world from “political geography” to “functional geography”. 

According to Global Data, this radical shift in urbanisation means that between 2015 and 2025, these megacities will experience the biggest rise in total output and will contribute to the world’s GDP growth by 76%.

We’ve summarised the key points below of Parag Khann’s Ted talk on ‘How Megacities are Changing the Map of the World’.

A Better Map of the World

Today, we see two forces coming together, which we can call “connectography”.

Connectography represents a quantum leap of people, but it is an evolution of the world from political geography (legal divide) to functional geography (use), from nations, borders, infrastructure and supply chains.

A Global Network Civilisation

The global system is evolving to a global network civilisation — one where connectivity, not sovereignty has become the organising principle of the human species.

Interconnected cities can not only make the world more sustainable and peaceful. Throughout the world, global connectivity has brought on more trade, more investments, and better economic stability. Countries don’t need more walls, but more connections. 

Connectivity is Destiny

Borders and walls are isolating countries, leading to economic tensions and trade conflicts that lead to war. We need connectivity to rebuild these strained partnerships and pick up the pieces of a world torn apart. It is through connectivity that world leaders think twice, step back from the brink and decide to focus on economic ties over territorial tensions. 

Bringing seamless physical and digital connectivity is how we encourage people to step up, rise above their geographic constraints, and build global connectivity networks. 

People from all walks of life across the world should not only build connectivity but embody it through openness and a new sense of interconnectedness. We should no longer be constrained by geography and rely on it to fulfill our destiny. To be a more united world, we must think of connectivity as our new destiny. 

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