Us and Them in World 3.0
THIS BOOK HAS FOCUSED, so far, on how to improve the world for the people in it. This chapter is about how to improve the people themselves—or rather, ourselves. Not in general, but in terms of how to rethink our own relationships with the rest of the world. The security of existing levels of integration and the possibility of additional gains from opening up ultimately depend on popular opinion supporting or at least continuing to tolerate openness. In the words of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, “Educating people to be open to the other person—I think that's the challenge of the twenty-first century.”1
The unfortunate truth is that we're far from open to others at present. In fact, as this ...