We all witness the centrification of our living space, people of all levels of society leave their countryside origins behind and flock to the cities in search for a rewarding career and a vivid private life. That means that most countries have just one or 2 real centers of action and the widespread countryside contributes little to the wealth and advancement of a nation.
GDP contribution of London in relation to the UK overall and Moscow in relation to Russia overall are 2 extreme examples.
Parag Khanna, a global strategist makes the point that the world should nowadays not be mapped by its 200 sovereign nations but by its 40 – 50 mega cities and that the lines on a contemporary maps are no longer the boarders but high speed rail links, broadband connections and commuter connections.
I find these maps a great tool to stimulate an individual thought process about the future of nations future business opportunities.
Read the excellent interview with Parag Khanna with the Washington Post for more information.