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David Passiak: This book explores themes of empowerment with companies, startups, and global citizens working together to co-create a better future. A key component of that is how the world is being reorganized around cities and the themes of connectivity that you address in Connectography.
Some people refer to this idea of a triple bottom line: people, plant, and profits. What types of values and best practices do you see in this emerging global network civilization? What defines success in this new world order?
Parag Khanna: We need a sense of collective morality in building a global society. Think of connectivity in terms of things like supply chains and labor rights. For example, a Bangladesh factory collapsed a few years ago and we realized: Hey, wait a minute! All of this clothing is being made for Zara and H&M in this factory in Bangladesh, and it collapsed and killed hundreds of people. Why aren’t our major retailers and brands focusing more on their own supply chain?
We only care about things that we are connected to. Part of the problem is that we think governance of relations between countries is structured according to only international treaties. We are not creating the human connections, which happens through the supply chain. For example, where your mobile phone and clothing came from. These connections allow us to feel each other indirectly. The more connections that we have, the greater sense that we are connected. This builds a type of moral or ethical bond between people. Supply chains are crucial vehicles in which we get from us vs. them, from me to we, if you will.