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“We only care about things that we are connected to”

-Parag Khanna

excerpt from book

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.

PARAG KHANNA is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency. Parag’s latest book is Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civili-zation (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and author of How to Run the World: Chart-ing a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008).

In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at George-town University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.