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In his latest book, entitled “Connectography: mapping the future of the global civilization”, the global strategist Parag Khanna develops the concept of “diplomacity”, a neologism to design the rising interconnection of cities through their own diplomatic channels. Following a liberal approach, based on transformation of urban planning and local economies through ICTs, the author designates cities as “dis-intermediate state structures” and drivers of a new world system.

In an interview published on City Lab website, the author details his vision via examples of “well-connected cities” and underlines the importance of data visualization to understand the reality of today’s globalization and its future. He also speaks about its digital cartographic project: Connectivity Atlas, an open-source mapping of infrastructure data.

The interview, written by Tanvi Misra, is available at

Parag Khanna, co-founder and CEO of Factotum a consultancy strategy agency



Parag Khanna is the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and CEO of the consultancy agency Factotum. He has contributed to many international broadcasting channels (CNN, BBC, CNBC) as well as newspapers (New York Times, WSJ etc.) and been an adviser to US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 programme (2014 report on “Alternative worlds” can be consulted here).

On October 16 2012 we provided our video message about the Green Digital Charter: ICT for Sustainable Cities to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) workshop “Connected City- the Greener Future” in Shenzhen, China. 

The one-day event examined how the deployment of ICT solutions in sectors such as energy, housing and transport can turn the challenges of today’s cities into opportunities for greening the world economy.

More specifically, the events objectives were to:

  • Draw attention to the potential of ICT to address sustainability challenges
  • Showcase state-of-the-art ICT solutions in areas like transport, energy and housing, highlighting the efficiencies that can be achieved
  • Encourage Chinese companies to become engaged in the climate effort by making the business case for developing smart ICT solutions
  • Raise excitement amongst local policymakers through relevant research

You can view our contribution here