TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) is a platform for interesting thoughts on technology, entertainment and design. Norbert Csizmadia was also at TEDxMETU event, organized by the Budapest Metropolitan University. He gave a lecture on how to explore our 21st century world using maps
Even today, maps are a tool for learning about the world, providing stability and a basis for orientation, helping us to understand and even shape the processes of the global economy, politics and geopolitics. 21st century maps display this information as a visual image. We also say that 1 picture (1 map) is worth a1000 words - it can be read in his analysis which was published in the Figyelő magazine.
In addition to natural and social geography, a third geography is needed, and this is ‘functional geography’, which I call ‘new geographical fusion’ or geofusion. The most important statement of this is that the geographical location / space dose matter, and this synthesis is meant to reflect global trends. Using the newly created geofusion maps, we can also determine the geopolitical structures based on geographical factors, and hence we can also identify the most important power centers of the multi-centered world economy.
The most important “passwords” of the 21st century will be connectivity, complexity and sustainability. So today, interconnected lines also play a key role in our new world maps, consider the roads, pipelines, air routes, scientific and research collaborations, global and regional value chains, or even interconnected social media networks.
These networks are condensed into nodes. In our interconnected world, the roles of global nodes, HUBs, are clearly appreciating. Today, 64 global cities account for a significant share of world GDP. The new science of network research is also becoming greatly important, as it outlines the centers, the contacts, and the availability details in such a way that the more general findings lead to concrete recognitions and solutions. Today, the international spatial organization is fundamentally changing and will have a serious impact on regional and local processes.
A new world order of geofusion has been born, outlining the geopolitics of networks as well as the network of geopolitics.
The main nodes of the developing networks also redraw the significance of each area. The economic gravitational field has clearly and significantly shifted eastward. The economic gravitational field has clearly and significantly shifted eastward. The New Silk Road will reach Europe through the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, so the future role of the region will be even more important. As a meeting point for Central Europe, East and West, it could become the gateway to a new Eurasia, and thus an economic and geopolitical powerhouse.