Last week, Parag Khanna sat with the TED Blog to discuss no less than the political future of the world we live in. He works in the expansive field of geopolitics, and his TEDTalk discusses the history and future of some of the world’s most troubled states and the possibilities of a borderless world. In […]Continue reading
Why you should listen
Global theorist Parag Khanna travels the world with his eyes open – seeing patterns emerging from the chaos of today’s complex world. In his 2011 book, How to Run The World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, he sketches a 21st century that has much in common with the complex and multi-layered 16th century, where non-state actors have as much influence on the course of world events as countries do.
Khanna’s forthcoming book, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, redraws the way humanity is organized according to lines of infrastructure and connectivity rather than our antiquated political borders.
At TEDGlobal 2012, he curated and guest-hosted the session “The Upside of Transparency”.
What others say
“By exhorting leaders to make use of new, open technologies that encourage more diverse and dynamic marketplaces, Khanna makes a powerful argument: the world can become smarter than the sum of its parts” — Eric Schmidt, executive chair, Google
Parag Khanna’s TED talk
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Parag Khanna asks: Do we live in a borderless world? Our world has over 200 countries. He suggests that those of us watching TED live in “TEDistan” — a world we feel is defined by cities — a world that looks like the image of the world at night from space. But for 90% of […]Continue reading
Geopolitical expert Parag Khanna examined the historic and present-day implications of nation-state borders. Borders may be popping up on the atlas year after year, however, in practical human interactions, borders seem to be vanishing. A critical component to guiding this trend in a benevolent direction is building infrastructure. Followers on Twitter were receptive to Khanna’s […]Continue reading