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How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World, According to Parag Khanna

How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World, According to Parag Khanna
“Political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important.” In the medieval period, empires battled and colluded with each other in the quest for land. The resulting system, in which nations became the main actors on the global stage, is perhaps the one most of us know best. But it’s changing. We’re now moving toward a new era where insular, political boundaries are no longer as relevant. More and more people are identifying as “global citizens,” and that’s because we’re all more connected than we’ve ever been before. “Geography is destiny,” one of the famous adages about the world, is becoming obsolete. Khanna spoke with CityLab at the The Atlantic's 5th annual Summit on the Economy this week, where he was one of the featured speakers. Could you explain why cities are at the heart of this global shift in power? Cities are a key element to that evolution for many reasons. Diplomacy among cities is the return of an ancient pattern. We are a visual species.

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