The Future of Geography - De-borderization

May 30 2008 / by Jeff Hilford / In association with Future
Category: Culture   Year: General   Rating: 10 Hot

In the past, boundaries have been a function of geography. Bodies of water (rivers in particular) seem to be the most common dividers of territories, This made sense in a time when these obstacles were difficult to traverse. Cultures and cities formed around these dividers. Natural boundaries in combination with the xenophobic nature of humans (and animals in general) have played a prominent role in the territorial development of the planet. We fear what we do not know.

Over the years, improvements in transportation, navigation and information communication technologies have served to temper this innate distrust. As our natural inclination to explore, map and quantify the planet brought the peoples of the world into contact with one another, we were incented to collaborate across cultures by the desire to exchange natural resources as well as the inevitable knowledge transfers that were a byproduct of interaction. Today, though natural resource exchange is at an all-time high, it is the transfer and creation of knowledge that is exploding across cultures, bringing people from far-reaches of the planet together and chipping away at the meaning of nationality. (cont.)

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Obama And Conversational Government

January 19 2009 / by Jeff Hilford / In association with Future
Category: Government   Year: 2009   Rating: 7 Hot

One of the most exciting things about the promise of the Obama administration is their commitment to employing interactive communication technologies in an effort to better their stewardship of the country.


It was the utilization of these tools that spurred him to victory in a daunting primary process and pushed him to a convincing win in the general election.  At a simple level, what he really did was engage anyone he could in conversation.  That is the hallmark principle of web 2.0 and also of a good politician.  I think this concept is at the center of why people (a whopping 79% approve of his handling of the transition) are so optimistic about what type of leader he may be.  While it's true that we are in the midst of very difficult times and that will prod more folks into being open to and hopeful that Obama may lead us out of here,  I think it is his continued commitment to conversation and engagement that offers the most potential upside.

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