Are You Ready For The New World Order?  Or Are You Part Of The Problem?

Once upon a time, in the not so distant past, you could easily draw a map of the  connections between states on the globe.  There are the bi-lateral connections from state to state made by treaty, military and trade agreements.  Businesses deal with other businesses, or with governments. across state borders. There are also the connections made between organizations and agencies that have an international membership.   These are not new, and they are increasing and effective still today.

In the past, technology limited the amount of information sharing between groups.  Connections were expensive across state borders.  The information was also shared with only a limited number of people in a given organization.  It wasn't widely disseminated, and only a few people had access to the technology that allowed connection across state lines.  

The state border served as a real boundary between states.  For the most part, people respected the lines on the map as a definite border separating us from them.  Postal mail and the occasional calls via satellite or transoceanic cables connected business, government and academia around the world. Of course, people could also take a ship or plane and go talk face to face.  However, these methods were expensive and limited to the upper levels of management, government and society. 

A map of the world based on changing connections between groups over time would show a series of networks evolving and adapting between people and between communities of people.  As population grew and migrated out of the plains of east Africa, new communities formed in more distance locations.  The more distant a new location, the more isolated those communities became. New networks formed. 

Individuals network with others,  communities network with other communities. The only real limiting factor controlling the size, reach and scope of the system of networks is the cost involved in maintaining, protecting, advancing and strengthening those connections between communities.  

Here, 'connections' is defined as everything and anything exchanged between the individuals within the community, or between communities, for whatever reason and purpose.  These connections include information, commodities, resources, transportation, trade, commerce, knowledge, mutual protection, culture, adaptation, and so forth. 

The costs associated with communicating with other communities, whether those communities are geographically local or more distant, determines the effectiveness and success of the network.  If the cost is high, then the connection is weak.  A low-cost connections encourages greater connection and stronger networks. 

Today, the costs associated with network connections is minimal.  Information sharing is virtually instantaneous.  Networks in business, governments, global organizations and agencies, civic groups, and even people all around the planet is growing at such a high rate speed that location is no longer restrictive.  Connections within and between all these elements are taking on a life of their own, and they are becoming more than the sum of the individual elements.

The world is now so intertwined at all strata of society, in all states globally, that what was once viewed as the domain of government and corporate business to communicate via their connections across state lines, is now in the hands of individuals operating within his or her personal networks to communicate with the world. 

Over the past ten to fifteen years, the lines of communication and connection have changed.  Every person on the planet can now connect with and share information with others around the world in a moments notice.  The global connections that were once the realm of a relatively small number of actors have now shifted to include everyone who wishes to pursue those connections.

So what then is the new world order?  More to come in the next article.  Hope to see you then.

Tim Williamson